June 22, 2003

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

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

As all the world knows, June 21st was Harry Potter day throughout the English-speaking world. I've not yet managed to get a copy of the latest tome, but in preparation I re-read Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire, which I'd only read once before, when it in turn was brand new.

I liked it better this time. I'm in a lazier mood, maybe, but recently I've been tending to read books at their own pace, slowly, rather than rushing through them as fast as I can. Read slowly, I found it more entertaining, especially the scenes toward the end. It's a good yarn.

The character development is a little lacking, except for the major players. Harry spends a good bit of the book, we are told, fascinated by Cho Chang, who plays on the Ravensclaw quidditch team. We aren't told much about why he finds Cho attractive, just that he does. (Of course, looking back on my years as teenage boy, perhaps that's realistic.)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next one...when I can find a copy.

Posted by Will Duquette at June 22, 2003 03:07 PM

Deb said:

Ha! You need to order one at the bookstore--one kid is done with it, another is working on it and I'm about half done. And I'm not telling what happens either!!!! ;o)

Ian said:

500-odd pages in myself, and finding that her trend of improving with every book continues, though I think you'll still find much of the character development lacking.

Deb said:

Ian, at least this time she's a little closer to what teenagers are Really Like! Keep going, the ending is a stunner!

Will Duquette said:

Finally located a copy at Borders; then had to finish the third Runelords book (review coming soon); as of this afternoon, I'm maybe five chapters into it.

So far, it's good. I like it.