Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
One of the scariest things we learn in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is this: Even wizard celebrities can't escape the tabloids. During year four at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter, famous for having defeated the evil Lord Voldemort while only a baby. Now one of the challenges for him this year is the pesky Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter, whose goal is to dig for dirt at Hogwarts. The same can be said for J.K. Rowling. With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the author gives her characters complex new personalities/dimensions, even exploring the chamber of secrets known as wizard puberty, without losing the “it factor”, that makes Potter fans long to ditch the Muggle world for a cottage in Hogsmeade. After an eerie prologue, in which we learn that Voldemort is angling for a comeback, the story opens with Harry living every English wizard's dream, the Weasleys have scored tickets to the Quidditch World Cup. But the post-Cup festivities take an ugly turn when a mob of Death Eaters (Voldemort's follower’s) rages across the campground, and the Dark Mark, the sign of Voldemort, lights up the sky. This is what I mean when I talk about J.K. Rowling, she is unpredictable, the way she flows a horrible accident into such a wonderful situation so well, just amazes me. Not only can Rowling add action into her writing, but she can also place in a little advice for growing up. She places Harry Potter going to the Yule Ball, which is this giant celebration for the wizard’s tournament, and now Harry has an even tougher challenge, asking a girl to it. Cootie-phobic readers need not panic, his crush on a certain girl remains un-delt with. But the real magic is between the secret lovebirds, wiseacre Ron and huffy Hermione. J.K. really knows how to write drama, because the different scenes between them two are just out of this world. I mean who knew a writer could have the ability to write an...
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