Reading Response #2: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The fourth book in J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, continues the story of a young wizard as he constantly learns and grows within the “wizarding world”. In this specific novel, the characters are faced with new challenges, some which are simple tasks while others are against deadly evils. Not only does this book include unique storylines but it also follows some of the overarching themes that Rowling has covered since the first book.

One aspect of this novel most people tend to appreciate is the plot development. Instead of going straight to the height of the conflict, Rowling builds up her story. She includes small stories that may seem insignificant at the time but turn out to further the plot. She uses details and descriptions to give the reader a better picture of what is happening. By including these tiny adventures, Rowling is able to connect with the reader and drag them into the world in which her characters live.

With all of the minor storylines occurring, Rowling has had to construct multiple characters to carry out these plots. Due to its fame, the Harry Potter series has attracted millions of readers, each with their own favorite character. Rowling’s characters fall into their unique categories and each one is different from the next. These characters differ from most other stereotypical book characters as they are misfits in their own specific ways. Most readers can find one character they relate to, whether it be Hermione the intelligent heroine or Hagrid the big, out-of-place, yet loving half-giant.

Rowling uses these various characters and storylines to draw the reader in. After inviting the reader in, the author uses a fast-paced and intriguing plot to keep them there. The reader becomes invested in the novel and continues to read in order to find out what the true evil is and how it can be defeated.


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