On Re-Reading The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter is midway through his 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. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

Review:
I remember when this book came out and all of the media attention it got — criticisms about it’s length and a death, saying that kids would never read something this long and death would be too much for them to handle. Thankfully, those predictions didn’t come true.
Despite this, I have to say that The Goblet of Fire is probably my least favourite of the series. I still liked it, but found that it dragged for me a bit in the middle. However, the ending had me back to turning pages as fast as I could.
I love how Rolling explores different themes in multiple ways in each book. Slavery is clearly one of the dominating themes of this one. First there is Hermione trying to stop the indentured servitude of the house elves, then there is the introduction of the Imperious Curse, which basically enslaves its victim.
This book shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione growing up and becoming teenagers, showing how moody and angsty they can be. There are squabbles, but friendship reins in the end — which is also another common theme to this series.
The Goblet of Fire is also full of adventure, dragons, mermaids, and mortal peril. What else could a reader want?
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Book Review: Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra's NeedleCleopatra’s Needle by Carole Lanham

THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THIS WORLD, I’VE LEARNED, AND SOMETIMES I HAVE FALLEN PREY TO THEM AND SOMETIMES I HAVE BEEN ONE…

When Lilabet last saw Iago, they were ten years old. Whisked off to America by his father in a desperate attempt to escape the dark superstitions of Wales, Iago’s letters have been the single thing to connect them. Now, fourteen years have passed and Iago has asked Lilabet to be his bride.

Eager to begin a modern life in an exciting new land with the man she has loved for all her days, Lilabet is about to discover that black magic may find a home on any shore. Three red-haired witches have been playing a deadly game of revenge with Iago and if she wants to have a life with him, Lilabet will first have to fight the dark forces that have claimed her young husband for their own.

CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE A story of Welsh witchcraft, love, and murder.

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Author Interview: Nicole Thorn

Today I am happy to have Nicole Thorn on my blog.

nicole tWhat book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
The book I’m promoting right now is called Bring Me to Life. It’s about a girl who wanted to be a witch, so she decided to do a spell with her friends that ended up killing her. The spell gave her and her friends magic, and they used it to rip her soul out of hell and put it back in her body. But her soul belonged to hell, so an assassin gets sent to kill her again.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
My process is mostly trying not to take too many breaks to play Candy Crush and failing miserably. I write best at night, so I just try and get through the day so I can work properly. Read more

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Author Interview: R.K. Gold

Hello R.K. I am thrilled to have you on my blog today.

2237d0_647d61b6915146379aa2801f97507228.jpg_srz_p_350_414_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzWhat book are you promoting right now? I am currently promoting my book Just Under the Sky. It is a magical realism text that follows two best friends through a mystical forest.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story? I’m not sure exactly how I came up with the idea behind my current projects. I take my dog for a walk and by the time I get home something just clicks. I think it is impossible to have writer’s block if you have a dog.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing? As I said before I like to take my dog for long walks. Other than that, I just established a daily routine. I treat writing like I would any other job, so even if I am not exactly feeling it on any given day, I force myself to at least put words on the page.

What’s the best part of being a writer? Being able to earn a living doing what I love. It makes life so much easier when my occupation doubles as what makes me happy. It also makes working late into the night very easy. Read more

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