Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Goblet of Fire This is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at the Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened in a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen year old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

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My thoughts

Yes I have been on a Binge Reading session with Harry Potter just before Christmas and I am loving it! It has been so many years I have read these books and Goblet of Fire felt familiar but yet so new for me to read! I am loving Hermoine more in here, with her stand for the House-Elves – I completely forgot about S.P.E.W. or lovingly referred to by Ron and Harry as SPEW.
The interaction between Ron and Hermoine is even better here as normal, I always said they liked each other from the beginning and it is plainly clear in this book for me that there is a mutual attraction, but will they act on it? Noooo because they are silly acting little kids ^_^ hehe exactly how kids of their age would behave in school.

Harry thought he was loving his time at Hogwarts, but when his name mysteriously appears in the Goblet of Fire and he needs to compete as the fourth champion, but second for Hogwarts, is were the trouble begins! No one but Hermoine, Dumbledore and Hagrid believes that Harry hasn’t put his name into the goblet. This makes for some hilarious but awkward moments between Harry and Ron. We also glimpse and read a lot about Cedric, one of the other contestants. I love Cedric and he was very much a Hufflepuf but also showed a lot of bravery to do Hogwarts and Gryffindor proud!
Of course I suspected Moody from the beginning, and not only because I can dream the films by now, but just the way he behaved.
It is lovely to read the interaction between the different schools and we also come in contact with Rita Skeeter – the highly annoying writer for The Daily Prophet.

I was full of different emotions reading this book and I actually liked Snape better in the books then in all the films – of course you can give more background in the books and you can do more with a book then in the film. But nevertheless I still love both!
As there can be more info in the book, I loved reading how the Twins, Fred and George, received the funding for their joke shop.

I will be onto Book five after writing this review – even though I will be cutting my time short into reading books I have to read for a review, but guess you can say I am in a Harry Potter book hangover and the only way to cure that right now is to keep reading!

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

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My thoughts:

Now I can her you say a review? Of Harry Potter? Have you never read these before? Well this is a Re-read, but 1st time in English as other books were read in Dutch many moons ago! And with many moons ago I mean, many moons ago. Way before I moved to the UK! It must have been 2005 at least.

It is really lovely to read these books and knowing the films inside and out, how much of the books have been kept in the films and what has been slight different changes, subtle changes, that have been made. Of course these must’ve been made for the film and the flow.

The book was wonderful and amazing and I love reading more about the interaction between Harry, Ron and Hermoine. But also between these three and the rest of the school.

This is definitely something I would keep reading and hopefully one day when I am blessed with kids, I will read this to them when they’re old enough.

A very bookish Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my followers and readers of my blog! You have no idea how happy it makes me that people are actually reading my ramblings ^_^

How was your Christmas? Did you got spoilt with some presents? Let me know!

We had quite a few busy days with Christmas and I decided I needed to give myself a week’s break from my blogging – which helped a lot! I have got some ideas in my head of what I want to do with my blog over the next year, but I have to see how to combine this with work and courses I do as well.

I had to work till 24th December, and on Christmas Eve we drove up to North Wales to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there (It is roughly about a 5hr drive). On Christmas Day in the evening we decided to drive back, it was a good decision overall so we could have our own Christmas Day on Boxing Day, but there was also lots of snow on the roads on Boxing Day. So it was all in all a very good decision! And now I am sitting and typing this with a huge sore throat and not feeling 100% but I really wanted to post something.
I think I have been spoiled book wise with Christmas this year. I have received from my husband The Hobbit and from my manager at work I received Hogwarts Library set with Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them!


Look at these book goodies! I am sooo pleased with these!!

What are you currently reading this holiday? I am currently on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! ^_^

Have you received any books for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!