The mix of the Christmas period and Harry Potter fatigue made the reading of the Goblet of Fire hard. Perhaps reading HP one after the other was not a good idea.
When I read it, I enjoyed it, but it took a lot to muster up the will to actually pick up the book and read it. As the books get thicker and I go deeper, I think HP fatigue may hit me more. I wonder whether to move on…
With the first chapter of GoF (Goblet of Fire, not Game of Frones) came a new feeling, a darker feeling, as we delved further into Voldemort’s world. Then, after a teasing chapter, we got the Quidditch world cup final.
New characters were introduced, or old characters who I did not care to remember. It went on and on. A bet was made. A seat was saved. Then finally the dark mark appeared! Then more of nothing.
I think a lot could have been cut from GoF. Hermione’s quest to free house elves, for example. And the 3 main characters all falling out with each other, one after the other.
A Hermoine-Ron love was hinted at with Krum coming in to make the situation juicier. The chapter with the ball had plenty of promise, and felt just like a school disco as I read it. However it failed to deliver in my opinion, as does the Hermoine-Ron love story. It feels more like Hermoine and Harry should get together.
Half way through GoF I was thinking, I need a break from Harry Potter. I may even read something else between this one and the 5th book.
But then, the last 100 pages happened…
Voldemort FINALLY! Voldemort! It was worth the wait. What a first show down. As I read it, I thought Voldemort better not come off looking weak! At one point I thought Rowling had ruined it as HP seemed as though he could match Voldemort’s powers.
And he sort of did. But it made sense why. It was a great ending to what felt like a slog and well worth the pages of nothing.
Now, if I were to read this with a fresh feeling, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more. Should I go straight onto the 5th? Should I read The Dark Tower series along side HP to break up reading both series. Or would that affect the experience of reading both series for the first time.
I still do not know. All I know is, I will watch the Goblet of Fire film tomorrow. Maybe that will help me make sense of a novel which took me over 4 months to read.