Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling is the turning point in the series where we leave the middlegrade playground for the more gritty and raw arena of young adult. Rowling (pardon the pun) takes off the kid gloves and introduces us to the terror that was and is Lord Voldemort. The issues that were not all that long ago talked about in the past tense are now boiling dangerously close to the surface.
There’s a game being played at Hogwarts and Dumbledore and his staff have worked to ensure that only students who will be able to survive are allowed to enter. Harry is entered without his consent and pays dearly for it.
I am in awe of Rowling’s writing. She can make me feel things and then turn the story to make me question what it is I was feeling. She creates painfully real characters. They are flawed but we love them despite their flaws. Rowling is also pretty damn good at taking a plot line and flipping it on it’s head.
If you haven’t read a Harry Potter book yet here’s why you should: strong and loveable characters, amazing plots, and a story that leaves you glowing when you flip the last page.