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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by: Jim Dale

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This is going to be more of a rant than a review.Β  At this point everyone knows I love Harry Potter and that J.K. Rowling is my Queen.

She is freaking amazing!!! Her foreshadowing skills are on point! The main thing I caught this time around was right at the beginning Voldemort tells Wormtail he will be giving him a super important task that most of his followers would give their hand to complete.Β  And then the task turned out to be literally sacrificing his hand!Β  Its crazy all the new stuff you catch in Harry Potter with each re-read!!

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Alright, now for the rant.Β  I had forgotten how much…

I HATE SEVERUS SNAPE

I mean he really is an awful person! I don’t understand how people love him (no offence if you are one of those people) He has this almost cult following of people that think he completely redeemed himself in the latter books.Β  But does that really make up for all the terrible things he did the Harry, Ron, and Hermione?

For example take this excerpt from Chapter 18:

POTTER STINKS!
The Slytherins howled with laughter. Each of them pressed their badges too, until the message POTTER STINKS was shining brightly all around Harry. He felt the heat rise in his face and neck.

“Oh very funny,” Hermione said sarcastically to Pansy Parkinson and her gang of Slytherin girls, who were laughing harder than anyone, “really witty. “

Ron was standing against the wall with Dean and Seamus. He wasn’t laughing, but he wasn’t sticking up for Harry either.

“Want one, Granger?” said Malfoy, holding out a badge to Hermione. “I’ve got loads. But don’t touch my hand, now. I’ve just washed it, you see; don’t want a Mudblood sliming it up. “

Some of the anger Harry had been feeling for days and days seemed to burst through a dam in his chest. He had reached for his wand before he’d thought what he was doing. People all around them scrambled out of the way, backing down the corridor.

“Harry!” Hermione said warningly.

“Go on, then, Potter,” Malfoy said quietly, drawing out his own wand. “Moody’s not here to look after you now – do it, if you’ve got the guts -“

For a split second, they looked into each other’s eyes, then, at exactly the same time, both acted.

“Funnunculus!” Harry yelled.

“Densaugeo!” screamed Malfoy.

Jets of light shot from both wands, hit each other in midair, and ricocheted off at angles – Harry’s hit Goyle in the face, and Malfoy’s hit Hermione. Goyle bellowed and put his hands to his nose, where great ugly boils were springing up – Hermione, whimpering in panic, was clutching her mouth.

“Hermione!”

Ron had hurried forward to see what was wrong with her; Harry turned and saw Ron dragging Hermione’s hand away from her face. It wasn’t a pretty sight. Hermione’s front teeth – already larger than average – were now growing at an alarming rate; she was looking more and more like a beaver as her teeth elongated, past her bottom lip, toward her chin – panic-stricken, she felt them and let out a terrified cry.

“And what is all this noise about?” said a soft, deadly voice.

Snape had arrived. The Slytherins clamored to give their explanations; Snape pointed a long yellow finger at Malfoy and said, “Explain. “

“Potter attacked me, sir -“

“We attacked each other at the same time!” Harry shouted.

“- and he hit Goyle – look -“

Snape examined Goyle, whose face now resembled something that would have been at home in a book on poisonous fungi.

“Hospital wing, Goyle,” Snape said calmly.

“Malfoy got Hermione!” Ron said. “Look!”

He forced Hermione to show Snape her teeth – she was doing her best to hide them with her hands, though this was difficult as they had now grown down past her collar. Pansy Parkinson and the other Slytherin girls were doubled up with silent giggles, pointing at Hermione from behind Snape’s back.

Snape looked coldly at Hermione, then said, “I see no difference. “

Hermione let out a whimper; her eyes filled with tears, she turned on her heel and ran, ran all the way up the corridor and out of sight.

It was lucky, perhaps, that both Harry and Ron started shouting at Snape at the same time; lucky their voices echoed so much in the stone corridor, for in the confused din, it was impossible for him to hear exactly what they were calling him. He got the gist, however.

“Let’s see,” he said, in his silkiest voice. “Fifty points from Gryffindor and a detention each for Potter and Weasley. Now get inside, or it’ll be a week’s worth of detentions. “

This section really bugged me! Its one thing for Malfoy to be mean to Harry because they are equals in age and station.Β  But Snape is an adult and a teacher of a class Harry is required to take.Β  Snape repeatedly psychologically abuses Harry and this is unacceptable!

Some of the stuff he does is really fucked up! Just because he is on the good side does not mean he is a good person!

End rant! Sorry if you love Snape.Β  I have no problem with you I just disagree haha.Β  Please don’t hate me!

27 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  1. I agree with you about Snape even though I love him! I mean with the exception of the Wealey’s and Minerva the adults were somewhere between not great role models and full on abusers for me. I mean you do have Harry’s parents (dead), Neville’s (incapacitated) and Hermione’s (not important characters.) Snape was painfully human in the end but definitely wouldn’t stick a halo on him.
    I think with a lot of them you could make the case for PTSD and such from the first go round with Voldemort.

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    1. What about Lupin? Aaaaand … hmmm I haven’t really thought about it before but there aren’t a lot of adult role models. Tho that is pretty common in fantasy and any YA books really. He was a very in depth troubled intricate complicated person. I will give you that. But I just can’t like him!

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  2. So with you!!! He always ( πŸ˜‰ ) creeped me out!! He was obsessed (!!) with Lily and hated her child. Yes, he was working as a double agent or whatever. Doesn’t excuse the fact that he emotionally tortured children. If it were a Criminal Minds episode, Snape would be the sick unsub.

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  3. Haha, um, I love Snape, but I understand where you’re coming from. My niece and I have had this debate many times. He makes fun debate material. I don’t hate you for hating him!

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  4. I so agree, people love Snape because of the chapter dedicated to his story in the Deathly Hallows, but that doesn’t excuse him for the years of abuse he delivered to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville! This is a great read btw (:

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  5. I love Snape but agree about how fucked up some of the stuff he did was. He never grew up in a lot of ways, always holding on to the past instead of moving forward with his life. I think he’s an interesting character and I guess I always liked him because Dumbledore did. I really should reread these at some point, you do pick up a lot more details on rereads lol.

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    1. As long as you know how messed up it was πŸ˜‰ I won’t deny that he is super complex and I can see why people think that he is interesting! And I have been picking up on soooo many things even tho this is like my millionth re-read haha. Its been years since I read them and I had forgotten a lot!

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  6. I actually haven’t read this book before! But I am glad you’re enjoying rereading this series so much. I really like the idea of the world and all but I find the plot so predictable all the time and don’t really like any of the characters yet >.> But it seems like you especially love this one so maybe I should try continuing the series? I stopped after book three…

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    1. Book 3 was my favorite! But I love this kind of book! I would normally suggest it to everyone but I’m sure you know what you like and if you already gave it a shot then you would know best! If you don’t like the characters then it would be hard to like it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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