This was the canon book with the most information about the wizarding world yet. It was big. I remembered it took me two days to read it when it came out. The last three releases of the books have told me a lot about my increasing rate of reading over the years.
Gosh, I love the Wealseys. We meet Bill and Charlie Weasley in this book which is a nice way to expand possible characterizations. I called Bill/Fleur by the end of this book too. On another Weasley front, Percy is extremely annoying in this book. I can’t believe I missed him somewhat in HBP.
This book made me really want an owl like Hedwig, an intelligent, practical and affectionate pet.
He evenIt’s quite amazing that for ten whole months Mad-Eye Moody was Barty Crouch Jr. He seemed to do a good job of acting teaches Harry to fight off the Imperius curse which Voldemort uses on him at the end. I had a hard time taking this scene seriously in the movie because David Tennant plays Barty Crouch Jr. He’s good at being creepy and all, but he’s still the Doctor. The more I look back on it, the odder it is for some reason since I watch so much Doctor Who.
Spiders seem to appear quite often in this book. The sphinx’s riddle in the maze of the third task has the answer of spider and is one of the obstacles at the very end. With spy part of the riddle that Harry figures out. This reminds me of Snape and the Spinner’s End chapter of HBP.Â In addition, spiders are Ron’s biggest fear and Hagrid’s friend is the king of spiders.
I must say that Cedric’s death the first time was nowhere near as impactive as I read it this time. When I read the books the first time, things seem to happen so fast. I still wasn’t sure about the deaths of in the next two books either until I reread them. With Cedric, it was the first of a beginning, and poor Harry — that’s something to be said for most of the series — but here is a fourteen year old boy who has had to face some dire situations in his life, buth his first perspective of death since his parents is to to see another person, so young, so full of life to die beside him so quickly and cruelly.
Though at the end, I got tingles Dumbledore preparing his own rebellion and forces. I did start a fanfiction story based on Dumbledore’s secret organization against Voldemort. I had most of it laid out even. Anyway, this book definitely had lots going on, and we’re getting very close now.