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. 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. And then the task turned out to be literally sacrificing his hand! Its crazy all the new stuff you catch in Harry Potter with each re-read!!
Alright, now for the rant. 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. 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:
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.
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. But Snape is an adult and a teacher of a class Harry is required to take. 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. I have no problem with you I just disagree haha. Please don’t hate me!