Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book written by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter series.

Reviews

Good

  • The description of the wizard's camp site and the various wizards from all over the world is really colorful.
  • I like how the characters become more moody as they get older and become teenagers. It makes them seem more realistic.
  • Rowling does a good job of talking about the jitters teens feel when it comes to finding a date for a dance.

Bad

  • The whole idea of magic using power words becomes more problematic as the number of spells expand. Are the words created or discovered? Where did they come from? Are new words still being discovered? Why does a single word have a very specific outcome?
  • Arthur Weasley's incompetence toward Muggle objects is quaint at first, but quickly becomes ridiculous when he can't distinguish between the number 20 and 5.
  • The Ministry of Magic, and most of the wizarding world, seems to be entirely inept. A small band of Deatheaters start making trouble after the World Cup, and they aren't able to arrest a single one of them? They can't even successfully stun teenagers, but have no trouble making wild accusations toward them.
  • What's the point of cancelling Quidditch for the entire school for the Tri-Wizard tournament if only one student from Hogwarts is going to be in it, and there will only be three events spaced months apart? It seems as though Rowling did this solely to make sure that Quidditch couldn't be played without Harry.
  • Some of the teachers names are directly related to what they teach. Your name is Sprout? You'll teach herbology. Your name is Vector? You'll teach arithmancy, etc. I'm hoping these are nicknames, otherwise, the wizarding world seems to have very predetermined occupations.
  • Why does Hogwarts continue to let Peeves stay in the school if all he does is ruin things and create mischief without contributing? Are the numerous professors all incapable of exorcising him?
  • Since the teachers were in fear of under-aged students putting their names into the Goblet of Fire, why didn't they just require all the students to put their names in all at once, and then close it off? Why not post someone to guard it? It seems quite negligent to leave the Goblet unattended for days on end.
  • Even though Harry was forced to enter the tournament due to a contrived "magician's contract," why didn't the teachers just require him to purposely lose each event at the start? That would be fair to everyone else, while also keeping him safe.
  • Kakarov was a confessed Deatheater and then they let him become headmaster of a children's school? And nobody thought this was a bad idea?
  • Having children steal eggs from mother dragons makes for an exciting story, but the very likely chance of a student being eaten or mauled to death makes it seem ludicrous.
  • The wizarding world seems to have only a single news journal, The Daily Prophet, and it appears to be on par with Fox "News" by giving carte blanche to a constant lying hack like Rita Skeeter who puts out hit pieces on minors. Do wizards not have laws about slander? And why would the majority of wizards take her seriously, including the Minister of Magic, who is constantly presented as a bumbling fool.
  • The Wizarding world is really bigoted and highly unjust. They refuse to let non-humans carry wands, they killed or banished all the giants, they keep house elves as slaves, etc. Barty Croutch sentences Sirius to prison without even a trial?!
  • The Tri-Wizard Tournament is considered a spectator sport that the entire school comes out to watch, but two of the three events take place in areas that can't be seen, so why do they even bother bringing out the whole school to watch. Okay folks, for the next hour, we're going to watch bubbles appearing on the surface of the the lake and the outside of a maze, how exciting!
  • Barty Croutch, Jr.'s Azkaban escape is surprisingly easy, so the inescapable prison now has two confirmed escapes within a year?

Ugly

  • Throughout the series we've been reminded that Hogwarts is protected from being discovered both by muggle technology and wizard divination. We're also told, over and over again, that apparating on, into, or out of the grounds is impossible. Lots of serious magic has been spent protecting the castle in this manner. And yet, nobody ever considered blocking port keys?
  • Voldemort's plan was a total mess. He had someone abduct a powerful aurur and use a difficult-to-make potion to impersonated him for several months without anyone (even long time friends) noticing anything was wrong, so that he could sneak Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire even though the teachers were watching for foul play. All of this hinged not just on Harry being allowed to play and not being injured in the first two tasks, but also beating three other more competent students in the final task. Here's a slightly simpler route: mail Harry a package with a port key in it. When Harry opens the package and touches the port key, he will teleport to the graveyard. A more convoluted, but just as effective approach: kidnap a student on their way to platform 9 3/4, impersonate them with polyjucie, walk up to Harry, and toss a port key to him. When he catches it, he'll be teleported to the graveyard. Or, if you prefer an old fashioned approach: when Harry is in Hogsmede, hamd him a port key, and he'll teleport to the graveyard.
  • For the reasons above, you can also see why the idea of port keys make the wizarding world a mess. The ease at which they can be misused is very high.

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