Review: The Quidditch World Cup comes to England during the summer before Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts and Mr. Weasley has managed to procure top tier seats. After a great match, the celebration gets a bit out of hand with a rowdy bunch tumbling muggles before all chaos break loose and someone releases a Dark Mark.
And then, without warning, the silence was rent by a voice unlike any they had heard in the wood; and it uttered, not a panicked shout, but what sounded like a spell.
As if the events at the Quidditch World Cup weren’t enough excitement for Harry’s fourth year in the wizarding world, Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament: a competition that brings contingents from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons, the two other European wizarding schools. Due to the dangerous nature of the tournament, students under age 17 were prevented from putting their names into the Goblet of Fire to try to become their school’s champion. Somehow, though, after Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts, Viktor Krum for Durmstrang, and Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, the goblet spews forth a fourth champion, Harry Potter.
Rita Skeeter, reporter for the Daily Prophet corners Harry while the judges debate whether he will be allowed/required to participate in the tournament. It’s from this interview that I got my second Teaser Tuesday of this book:
Frowning, he avoided her gaze and looked down at words the quill had just written: Tears fill those startlingly green eyes as our conversation turns to the parents he can barely remember.
“I have NOT got tears in my eyes!” said Harry loudly.
Between nearly getting thrashed by a Hungarian Horntail in the first challenge and having to figure out how to breathe underwater to pass the second, Harry has to learn to dance for the Yule Ball…and find a date. With all of the champions still in the game, they enter the third and final challenge: a giant maze, at the center of which lies the Triwizard Cup. It’s a race that ends with Harry watching Voldemort rise again in human form.
A swishing noise and a second voice, which screeched the words to the night: “Avada Kedavra!”
A blast of green light blazed through Harry’s eyelids, and he heard something heavy fall to the ground beside him; the pain in his scar reached such a pitch that he retched, and then it diminished; terrified of what he wad about to see, he opened his stinging eyes.
After he’s risen, Voldemort attempts to kill Harry, only to find himself thwarted as Harry escapes. Harry brings news of Voldemort’s return to Dumbledore and the Minister of Magic, who take opposite stances on the veracity of Harry’s tale. While the Minister of Magic refuses to acknowledge publicly that Voldemort has returned, Dumbledore informs the students about the Dark Lord before they leave the school for their summer break.
The fourth year of Hogwarts, while still filled with humor, adds a bit more mortal peril, even a bit of murder. We are also introduced to a number of characters that remain through the end of the books, some more significant than others. Another great story that I highly recommend.