Category Archives: Harry Potter Re-Read

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J K Rowling

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Year 4:  A brief recap in my words:  Harry is able to go with the Weasley’s before school starts to see International Quidditch Cup being played (think Super bowl but with brooms and a snitch).  This is a big deal and getting away from the Dursley’s early is icing on the cake!

Yet that is not all the surprises in store for this year!  Once at school, Harry as well as his classmates learn that Hogwarts will be hosting a very special event – the Triwizard Tournament; an event that had been cancelled for many years due to the champions chosen being killed form the intense competitions.  Now, feeling that the Magical world has knocked the kinks out of the tournament, they have brought it back and two schools will be coming to complete with Hogwarts.

When the goblet of fire is placed in the great hall, students 17 years old or older are welcome to put their name in the cup for a chance to be chosen as their schools competitor.  The cup then will choose the name for each school of who will compete.

Exciting stuff!!!

Yet when the time comes and the names are popped out of the cup… a 4th name comes out as well.  A second champion for Hogwarts…

you guessed it.

Harry Potter.

Not only is Harry underage, but Hogwarts already has put forth a champion, Cedric Diggory.  When the judges discuss they can not figure out how Harry’s name was placed in the cup but the cup has spoken and the rules are the rules.  Harry must compete.

With his own school turning against him thinking somehow Harry forced his name into the cup to suck up attention, Harry knows better.  He does not want to compete…. and his hear, as well as the fear of his friends is that someone placed his name in the cup… someone who wants to see Harry killed.

 

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Book 4 into the readalong took me a little lot longer than I had anticipated.  Having a very busy January my hardcover copy of this book traveled with me to Australia and to New Zealand with very little of it being read.  Basically it was a good four pound carry on in my luggage.

I also found at first that this 4th installment took a while to get going.  I am not sure why that was as there was a lot happening in the book.  Finally once I made it to the Triwizard Tournament I was fully engaged, excited to see what was going to happen next!

As I read this book, I started to get the feeling that I have not read this one since the first time when the series originally came out.  Some of the books I has read through before, the first one for sure, and the last book I read through in 3 days, turned around and read it again a second time right away to let it sink in more.  Never have I done that with any other book.

The theme that stood out to me in this book was friendship.  Hermione stayed by Harry’s side through the competition and even Ron let his jealousy get in the way.  There was also a friendship between Harry and Cedric that I thought was especially nice.  They helped each other out throughout the competition.

In the end, this is the first book in the series where there is a significant loss.  I think J K handled this so well.  The year ends with a tribute instead of the usual celebration and it is well done.  I am excited now to watch the movie which I have seen many times, but not with the book fresh in my mind.  I picked up differences from book to movie while I read and now I want to confirm them.  🙂

 

1aaSpoiler Note…. for those of you who cried over Cedric, feel better knowing that he left Hogwarts, and became a hot vampire.  All was not lost for Cedric, who now goes by Edward.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

**  Watch for giveaways to pop up soon!  I have some catching up to do with the readalong giveaways!

Morning Meanderings…Bloggers and Books…. What’s Not To Love?

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Good morning!  Happy Sunday!  It’s ME!  Home and catching up on sleep and laundry, loving on my dogs, and just LOVING it!

I want to take a couple of minutes here and thank all the awesome blog sitters that popped in while I was gone and chatted up books here.  I loved all the posts and had a great time reading them and the comments while in Australia and New Zealand.  If you missed any of these great discussions, here are the links:

 

Judith from Leswammes Blog talks about the books we should look at again

Florinda from the 3 R’s Blog talks about CHOCOLATE and War… what is it good for?

Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews digs into the books we have both enjoyed

Candace from Beth Fish Reads is all about Australia!

Laurel Rain Snow Talks about Books and Movie – Oh My!!!

Kathryn From Book Date Takes Us To The Beach

Ryan from Wordsmithonia Pulls Our The Big Guns To Find The Secret Garden

Lori from Escape With Dollycas hashes out Gone Girl

Donna from Writer Side UP! takes care of the cobwebs in my archives

Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness brings tea and discusses non fiction reads

Laura Fabiani from IRead Book Tours comes over and starts a FIRE!

Sue from Book by Book chats about Author Justin Cronin

Jennifer from Literate Housewife discusses Team Mockingjay or Not

Elizabeth from Silvers Reviews Talks about The Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet

Stacy From The Novel Life Talks Coffee and Books

 

This is a group of great bloggers that I have had thee chance to get to know on-line, through books, and some even in person.  It was fun to reminisce how we met and what books they love.  If you have not had a chance to check out their blogs, they are linked on their posts and I hope you explore what they are writing about. 🙂

 

And now…. the books.

I slowed down on making requests before I left and I was pleased to see when I came home that I was not overloaded:

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman (audio)

The Work by Wes Moore (audio)

The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall (audio)

Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (audio)

Some Other Town by Elizabeth Collison

New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

 

A great mix of genres and books and audio!

Today, I think I will be reading Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.  I think our readalong posts go up yet this month (I need to check) and I have a ways to go. 🙂  * Just checked – I am late on posting!  LOL  The link to add your posts is now up.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (#hpreadalong)

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Book 3 (already!) for the Harry Potter re-readalong.  It is now the summer before the 3rd year of Hogwarts.  Harry is once again at home with the Dursley’s nothing has changed… in fact now that they know that Harry is not allowed to perform magic outside of school, things have become a bit worse.  When things do go terribly wrong, Harry finds himself on his own trying to get to Diagon Alley two weeks before school starts and discovers there is a Knight Bus for witches and wizards in need.

When the third year begins Harry overhears that a recent madman has escaped from Azkaban, and for some reason he has his sights set out for Hogwarts, and more importantly Harry.  Dementors are now protecting the school… but not always the students.  While the teachers are over protective of Harry for this reason, they will not give him the details as to why this man would be coming after him.

Hogwarts for Harry….. NEVER easy.

Of course Harry is hanging out with Ron and Hermione again… a particularity tense year as Hermione now has a cat who really would like to sample Ron’s rat Scabbers.  Hermione also disappears a lot – returning usually looking disheveled and worried constantly about her studies.

It is a year of once again trying for the Quidditch cup,  avoiding Malfoy’s sneering and jeering, a new (yet familiar) magical creatures teacher, and of course yet another new Dark Arts Teacher.

Harry works hard to keep himself safe all the while worried about sighting of this man named Sirius Black.  Why would someone he had never heard of want to kill him?

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The Knight bus at Universal Studios Orlando

 

Inside of the Knight Bus

Inside of the Knight Bus – Universal Orlando

 

 

The Prisoner Of Azkaban is the first of the books where you start to feel that Harry is growing up a bit.  He is no longer a scared little newbie to the wizarding world and is growing into his own.  It is funny to think that I do not recall every really enjoying this book that much but found this time around that I really got into it.

Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione is solid… although Hermione causes quite a bit of drama in this book, they are still friends…angry friends, but not like in the first book where she cries in the bathroom and is attacked by a troll…. no nothing like that. 🙂  Harry also holds his own on the Quidditch field, an important part of the team he loves being the Seeker (you will see that even comes with trials this time around).

I think what I love the most about the book is the introduction of the Mauder’s Map and the 4 students who had created it.  This group of rebels that once ruled the school have passed their knowledge on and it is in Harry’s hands.  I love that so much and I love the connections that he has tot he map that he does not even know about.

Great introduction of key characters take place here as well… we are introduced to Sirius, Lupin, and even Peter….  (well played JK, well played).  This casual introduction will play out as the books continue.

I found this particular read to be so engaging I could not wait to get back to it.  Not sure if it is the season, the mood, or what… but I fully wanted to engage this magical works and not come out.  Feeling a little bit like Harry in the end, not ready to go back to everyday life… but knowing there is the promise of more to come.

This book was read for the Harry Potter re-readalong.  It is a delight to be reading and rereading these books with a group from all over the world! 

 

Morning Meanderings…A Fun Win and There’s Always Toast

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Good morning.  I am here this morning in my home.  It is gently snowing outside, my head is still filled with funk but I am trying to push through it… I can not change the things out of my control… I can only pray for peace and the ability to move forward.

And then I thought, well at least there is toast. 🙂  Toast would be good… warm with coffee, maybe a little peanut butter on it and a little honey….

and then I remembered that we had chicken wild rice soup a couple of nights ago and we had company… and the bread was eaten.  All of it.

Ok…

no toast.

 

Well, I do have a winner. 🙂  A couple of weeks ago I posted a quiz for those participating in the Harry Potter Readalong.  It was a quiz on the Chamber Of Secrets and it was fun to create it.  The questions came from things I learned as I read the book.  Things I either never picked up on or had forgotten.  Here are the questions and the answers:

(*Yes possible spoilers if you have never read the book)

1.  How did Harry and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express?  They were unable to get through the barrier to 9 3/4 (later to be discovered that Dobby had put a spell on it)

 

2.  What did Ron have to do for detention for driving the car to Hogwarts?  He had to polish all the trophies in the trophy room with Filch.

 

3.  What did Harry have to do for detention for being in the car driven to Hogwarts?  He had to answer Professor Lockheart’s fan mail.

 

4.  What was the letter called that Ron received from his mother about taking the car?  A Howler

 

5.  What is the password to the Slytherin common room?  Pure Blood

 

6.  What healed Harry’s arm in the Chamber?  Fawkes tears

 

7.  How many points did Ron and Harry each earn for solving the Chamber Of Secrets?  200 points each

 

8.  How was Dobby set free?  Harry tricked Lucius into giving Dobby a sock

 

9.  What did Ginny see her brother Percy doing that he did not want anyone to know about?  He was kissing (snogging!) Penelope Clearwater

 

10.  Where did Harry go at the end of the school year?  Back to the Dursley’s

 

Thanks to everyone who took the quiz!  It had a great turnout and for the most part everyone had the answers right.  The hardest question appeared to be the points that Ron and Harry won, that one had a lot of different answers.

Our winner, using RANDOM.ORG is…

Hannah from Wordlily!

YAY Hannah!!!  I am emailing the gift card this morning!

Watch for more quizzes and fun Harry Potter things coming up as we continue the readalong.  Winners do need to be participants in the readalong – you can sign up here.

 

Today – I need to go shopping apparently 🙂  I require…. toast.

Harry Potter Readalong House Point Update, Info, and Winners!

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*Its not too late to sign up!

So… basically after I kicked off the Harry Potter Readalong that started November 1st, I disappeared for three weeks between a fun trip with my son and a work trip.  For the most part I kept up with all the happenings, including our first book read and discussed, but about the time I was due home on November 20th I was exhausted and lost steam.

Today, home feeling under the weather, I decided it may be a good time to add up the House Points… after all year one is over and I need a House Winner before we start talking about book 2 on December 6th.  (Yes we have House Points – optional to participate in that part but fun for those who wish to do so!)

House points are given for writing posts on the books we are reading (3 points per linked post) and for commenting on any HP linked post *2 points per relevant comment and yes you can comment more than once on a post).  They also come into play for giveaways and occasional games or participation posts that can earn you points.

Looking at all the posts so far today was fun – there are many great posts out there as I added from the start-up posts to the first discussion posts as well as all who commented on them.  They were fun to read.  You do not win as a House but as an individual representing a house.  And before I share with you who our Year One House Point winner is, I feel as though I represent Dumbledore in this readalong and at the end of book 1, he offered up some additional House Points as will I…

I would like to award Donna from Writers Side Up an additional 4 points for her offering up the Book Mark giveaway for our first book.

I would also like to award Jennifer from Literate Housewife an additional 4 points for her snitch giveaway for book one, the book that introduces the snitch.

And finally, 5 points awarded to Tanya from Dogeared Copy for organizing and executing the Twitter movie group for The Sorcerer’s Stone.  (Note – The next movie Live Tweet/Tweet Chat will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.! I hope you can make it!)

All that said, our winner for the House Points for book one and the winner of the Golden Snitch is:

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Donna from Writers Side Up

*note you can see all House Points here.  All points are now cleared and we start again for book 2… points will come from posts and comments on linked posts centered around The Chamber Of Secrets.

On to other prizes!  The bookmarks will go to…

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Jackie from Forget Me Nots

And finally the copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone with the new book cover using random.org for all #hpreadalong commenters on the start up posts and the book discussion posts….

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Brooke from Brooke Blogs

 

There are more giveaways planned for book two which will start to be discussed on December 6th.  It is not to late to join in on the readalong!  All participants are eligible for the prizes and the occasional fun quizzes we will be setting up.  *You must be signed up for the readalong to be eligible for the giveaways.

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