"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is easily my favorite book of the entire series. The first book has the nostalgia factor, the third book has the new magical creatures and Hogsmeade, and then 5-7 have rich plots. At first glance, Goblet of Fire seems like the odd-one-out, where everyone forgot to get a haircut, but it is actually SO. MUCH. MORE! I'll get more into it at the end of the month, but this book is more than just a random book - it is where everything changes ✨
The plot is much more complex, and personally, I feel like this book is where the grit of the story as a whole truly begins. The first three books were just the opening band, or the first act. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the last big number before intermission, and JKR did NOT disappoint.
There is no way I can properly review this book in under 1800 characters, so instead I'm going to point out a few favorites of the book that were sadly left out (or downplayed) in the movie. In this book, we learn more about house elves (Winkey); living & experiencing the wizarding world outside of school (World Cup); Hermione's incredible intelligence is celebrated time & time again, between her teaching Harry spells for hours and the attention it steals from a prominent athlete; romance makes it appearance for more than 1 character (oh Hagrid); and the entire 3rd task is beyond incredible. The movie makes the 3rd task look action packed, when in reality it is full of tests for both the mind and spirit, in addition to wizarding skills.
If everything I've written above still is not enough to get you to read the book, then know that this book is so incredibly quotable. Mauzzy has even taken to Moody's life motto and frequently barks out "Constant Vigilance!"