Wednesday, March 30, 2016

{REVIEW} Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J. K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #4
Genre: Fantasy, Children, Young Adult
Publication: July 8th, 2000
Rating: ★★★★☆

When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort’s rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival – especially with the Dark Lord’s forces on the rise …
THE FIRST AUDIOBOOK I ACTUALLY FINISHED. A long one, at least. I was never a huge fan of audiobooks to begin with but as soon as I heard Stephen Fry's amazing voice and how brilliantly he narrates the book(s), I just fell in love. I knew I had to get them and listen non-stop. I LOVE IT. Yes, I have the book but mostly stuck to the narration because it was so good - that's a recommendation for everyone btw, go check it out if you haven't already!

I don't even remember much about the movie and therefore I was constantly surprised/confused and awestruck while listening because I forgot almost everything. There were certain things that I remembered, of course, but others I just completely forgot. IT WAS AWESOME. It's like I was experiencing this whole adventure from the scratch! However, I don't seem to be able to form proper words to express my love, therefore I'll just make a list with things I loved and things that bothered me a little.

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

Things I loved:

- The Weasley's: they're like one of my FAVORITE familes ever. I adore each and everyone so, so much and care so deeply for them! Mr and Mrs Weasley are amazing and always make me smile, as well as Fred and George. They're so funny! I already expressed my love for Ron in the previous reviews but again here: I ADORE HIM.

- Sirius Black: HE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS, OKAY? Honestly, I loved him in book 3 and am so happy that he also was a part of this book (even if just a small one). How much he cares for Harry and how he's trying to protect him and be there for him even though it's dangerous ... goooosh!

- DRAGONS: I didn't remember dragons from the movie??? Like, WHERE WERE THEY?! It was so epic to read about them ... I don't even need to say more, right? Dragons are epic. Enough said.

- CÉDRIC DIGGORY: Yes, my heart broke for him. That's one detail I remembered and it was as sad as I expected it to be. Maybe even more so. I was heartbroken. *cries* I think a Harry/Cédric friendship would've been great.

- THE ENDING: I was listening to it on the train and when a certain thing was revealed I was like: "WHAAAT?!? No, that can't be true!!!" Honestly, I was SHOCKED. You can ask Melissa, she has proof.

Things I didn't like:

- Ron & Harry fighting: excuse me but I was starting to get a little bit annoyed with their fight ... it went on for sooooo long over something so stupid and I just wanted to force them to talk with each other again. They were both acting incredibly childish, ugh.

- My own stupidity: Apparently I haven't even SEEN the movie?! Ignore all comments I made about having seen it ... I most certainly haven't! I can't believe it but the more and more I listened/read and the further I got, the less I "remembered". I think someone just spoiled me or I saw pictures/gifs somewhere on the internet but I haven't actually seen the movie. I don't know how I was able to do that but don't worry, I'll get to it right now! By the time this review is up, I already watched it, wohoo!

- Some parts were too long: I don't really know how else to describe it but some things just dragged ... they went on and on and on and I was wondering when something else would be happening again.

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided."

Obviously, these negative things didn't stop me from loving this book. I enjoyed it a lot and already can't wait to get my hands on book 5 ... although I still haven't decided if I'll read it or listen to the audiobook again. Maybe I'll do both, haha. So please, everyone who hasn't started the Harry Potter series yet: GO DO IT NOW. It's worth it!

★★★★☆

14 comments:

  1. It's always nice to hear that new readers like the books. And Stephen Fry has such an amazing voice and a real talent to tell these stories. I love listening to his audiobooks (which are basically the only ones I liste to). Glad to hear you liked it. Harry Potter is amazing! :)

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    1. I'm sure he narrates other books too, right? I'll have to do some research and maybe listen to them as well! He's really good! :D

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    2. I don't know about that. I never checked. But if you find anything good, let me know! :)

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    3. All Harry Potter books, yes! But did he also narrate some others, Melissa? I don't know ... I'll check later, haha. :D

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  2. It so.. odd for me to realize that you haven't read all Harry Potters yet. And I don't mean this in a bad way, it's just.. well, odd! Haha. God, I'm not making sense. HP has been such a HUGE part of my life that I sort of (wrongly) assume that everyone (who reads) has read them and/or seen the movies. My bet. So it is also a bit strange to see someone criticize something that is basically my childhood. But you have of course every right to! I'm trying to figure out which parts you found 'dragging'. I can't think of any, but nonetheless I'm sure you're right. I'm just awfully biased. I can't really give a 'balanced' opinion anymore. I'm way past that. (I read them all every year & I don't even remember how many times I've actually read them) I once thought about reviewing them, but I wouldn't even know where to start. ;D

    Anyway, I am still so glad that you liked it! Can't wait for you to start the Order of the Phoenix, which is my favourite one. Despite the length and most people's different opinions. (a)

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    1. Hahaha, I totally understand what you mean - I'm like that too when people read books I loved! To be honest, I don't even remember which parts I found dragging ... it probably wasn't that bad and I enjoyed it a lot anyway so yeah. :D

      The fifth is your favorite? Ohhh, so exciting! I'm currently on a ... break? I'm listening to the audiobook and am on chapter 10 or so but haven't continued yet. Hopefully soon though! ♥

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Yvonne! I know that HP4 is very long, so not only being able to stick it out with an audiobook (achievement imo - audiobooks are hard for me to read/listen to) but to also enjoy it..that's awesome!
    And I have no idea how you thought you saw the film, when you didn't haha xD The mind does do weird things sometimes! xD

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    1. YES! Probably because I saw some spoilers and because I knew the whole Cedric storyline ... well, idk, hahaha. :D

      Audiobooks aren't usually my thing either ... I haven't listened to many though because I find it hard to concentrate and do NOTHING while listening. It's just so weird. :D

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  4. Audiobooks are so hard for me (with the exception of Artemis Fowl). I always get sleepy from them. But I would totally listen to this one because of Stephen Fry! ♥

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    1. You should! It's amazing! I usually listen to them on my way somewhere or sometimes even at night when I'm trying to sleep ... I NEED some kind of "background noise" in the process of getting to sleep so yeah, haha :D

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  5. I LOVE this review!! And the section of "my own stupidity" made me laugh so hard hahaha :D

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    1. Well, you know how it is with me, hahaha. I was SO CONVINCED that I've seen this movie but ... yeah, no. Haha. And thank you!! ♥

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