Welcome back to Harry Potter Friday, now featuring Activist Hermione. Thank you, Reading Rambo, for bringing us all together to spoil the crap out of these books. This week, we're talking about chapters 1-13 of Goblet of Fire.
How's THAT for an opening!
This was the first Harry Potter book that I had to wait for - the first three were already out when I started. So when GoF hit the scene, I was pumped to the proverbial max about its sheer girth and its Dursley-free chapter one. I'm still pumped, this time around, and for the first time in this readalong, I read all of this week's chapters on Saturday. And, probably because of that, I had my first Voldemort nightmare in years. IT WAS AWESOME.
To the bullet points:
- The dream in the first chapter is a little tricky. Is Harry experiencing it through Frank's eyes? Or are we getting an omniscient narrator telling us what's happening, while Harry sees it through Nagini's eyes?
- After his dream, Harry spells out his need for a parent who can understand the world he's living in. It made me think that Hermione must go through this too: her parents are wonderful, but there's so much that they can't understand.
-Kruuuuuuum! I love everything about the chapters around the Quidditch world cup.
-This book was almost too scary for me when it came out. Even in this first section we see some creepy stuff. Voldemort killing Frank and talking about killing that witch. Death Eaters tormenting Muggles.
|It's getting real.|
- Durmstrang doesn't admit Muggle-borns! I'd forgotten that detail. Sketchy.
- That the Sorting Hat belonged to Gryffindor explains his slightly negative choice of words when singing about Slytherin ("power-hungry," for eg).
- I love that Hermione is so outraged by the whole House Elf situation. Looking forward to seeing that develop.
That's all I got, kumquats. Friday forth.