Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire-Reading Response #1

For the April book challenge in class, I chose to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This novel is about Harry Potter’s fourth year in Hogwarts. I chose to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire because from my last book challenge, I read the third novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Also, I read it because I really like how J.K.Rowling writes her Harry Potter novels in a way that will make the reader want to know what would happen next.

After every chapter, there’s always a follow up and clear recap of what is going to happen next. This gives a clear understanding of the text and draws the reader to be interested in what is actually going to happen next. In chapter 2, Harry woke up from a nightmare when he saw Voldemort in his dream and woke up having his scar hurt. Rowling gives a brief recap of Harry’s scar being hurt by saying, “the one thing that was bothering Harry was the last time his scr had hurt him, it had been because Voldemort had been close by… But Voldemort couldn’t be here, now… The idea of Voldemort lurking in Private Drive was absurd, impossible…” (19). Rowling also reminds us about Sirius Black by stating, “Sirius was his godfather two months ago” (23). Rowling is reminding us of these events again because she wants us to follow up from last time and have a clear understanding of why the event is important or why an event happens because of an important reason. I really like how Rowling is reminding us as readers to understand the context of the text first before she introduced us go goes deep into a novel. Also, Rowling uses a good amount of description of the characters that gives you a sort of realistic picture of what the character looks like.

Rowling used one of her character, Uncle Vernon (Harry’s uncle) by describing Mrs. Weasley when Uncle Vernon said, “Dumpy sort of woman?… Load of children with red hair?” (32). This description then enlightens us that Mrs. Weasley is a short woman that has a lot of children with red hair. Mrs. Weasley was also described as “ a short, plump woman with a very kind face, through her eyes were presently narrowed with suspicion” (53). Also, Rolwing described Mr. Wesley as “tall, thin and balding” (44). Rowling then introduces Hermione Granger as “very bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth, was Harry’s and Ron’s friend” (54). Descriptions and intruding characters helps a lot with writing because we will know in advance of what the character looks like. Rowling is trying to help us understand the character and know what they look like before digging in deeper into the text again. This helps a lot with reading because it will be more interesting as we read more on the upcoming chapters.

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