Finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
By jsolof on Jul 04, 2004
Well, I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last night -- I stayed up past midnight to read the last hundred or so pages. I know I reviewed it earlier, when I was part way through, but a lot happens at the end of the book, turns of events which are both significant and portentous. If I knew then what I know now, the entire tone of the review would have been different.
For the first three books, while there were some linear developments as Harry and his friends progressed through Hogwarts, mostly the plots took a circular path: a school year passed, and the world was more or less the same at the end as it was at the beginning, with the forces of good (epitomized by Dumbledore) keeping the forces of evil (led by Voldemort) more or less in check. Perhaps I'm not doing the third book justice -- I intend to rectify that by seeing the movie this week.
As the fourth book comes to a close, however, the world is a much different place. I won't say why -- don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it yet -- but it is already a darker place, the danger is more real, closer at hand.
I hope I'm not trivializing 9/11 with an inappropriate analogy, but just as the world felt viscerally different after 9/11 -- precisely darker and more dangerous -- so the world of the book feels profoundly different. The comments I've heard from most of the people who've read Book 5, about how different and dark it is, now make sense. Except that the change begins at the end of Book 4. The corner has been turned.
I can't wait to see the movie version of Book 3 -- I'm even tempted to read it again. If only I could read Book 3 and Book 5 and see the movie all at once. There aren't enough hours in the day, or days in the... vacation week.
I need a new CPU. Multithreaded...