Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J K Rowling


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.




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?


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:



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)


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?

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


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.


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.

Deciphering: Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J K Rowling


There is a reason this series comes up time and again when book lovers are asked “what books would you consider reading again?”  The Harry Potter books are timeless, and each time I experience them I walk away with something more.  ~Sheila

This probably is a book that need no introduction but because I enjoy writing synopses and because I think it is fun… here we go.

It is year two and as it is summer time Harry is back home with the Dursley’s.  Not a lot has changed since his acceptance into Hogwarts, Harry is still treated like dirt – the only difference is the Dursley’s do not know he is not allowed to use magic outside of school so they are a bit cautious.

When Harry does finally get back to school (and what a fun roller coaster of an event that it!)  He discovers that this year too will bring along its own trials.  With a new dark arts teacher that is so full of himself you want to puke, a first year who idolizes Harry to the point that he is practically Harry’s shadow, Malfoy still up to his old tricks, and now something about a hidden chamber that has been closed for fifty years….

life is anything but dull.

Ron and Harry in the Weasley Car

I have read the entire Harry Potter series once before as they came out.  A few years after that I listened to the entire series on audio one after another.  This is my first time however picking up each book and reading them in order within weeks of each other.

I am re-reading this time for the Harry Potter Re-Read I am hosting.  I am thrilled to say that 50+ other book lovers and bloggers have signed on to do this with me.  It has been fun watching the posts go up, the twitter feed (#hpreadalong), and enjoying the books with veterans of the series as well as newbies.

Chamber Of Secrets brought out many themes I had not thought about before in previous reads.  For one, the child neglect that Harry goes through as the Dursleys’ lock him in his room as a punishment, not letting him out and pushing his food through a slot.  I don’t think I had thought about that so closely before but this time it really sat with me that the Dursley’s really need Child Protection Services called on them STAT.

I also picked up on J K’s strong theme of friendship and what that means when you filled beloved, as well as when you feel hated.  True friends are hard to come by and the friendship that Ron and Hermione show Harry is a tribute to friendships in general.  With a good friend, you are not alone to fight your battles… and battles, Harry has.

As I read this second book in the series I thought about the books as a whole and realized that while Hogwarts is cool, the years – all of them really… are hard on Harry.  This is the second year in a row where Harry has to handle a hard situation.  From reading the series I know as most of you do, there are more hard years to come…

yet Harry, as I, can not wait to see what the next year holds… and maybe this next year…

he wont miss the train.  🙂

Chamber Of Secret fans, I created a quiz you are welcome to take.  Those signed up for the readalong will win House Points for participating in the quiz, and possibly a gift card.  Either way, test your knowledge of the Chamber! 

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


*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:

golden snitch

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…

book marks

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….

ss new cover

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.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (HP Readalong w/giveaways!)

This is the cover of the book I read from. This is the 20 year anniversary edition of The Sorcerer’s Stone. I picked this one up in New York at the Harry Potter Exhibit



This is the first book from our Harry Potter Re-Readalong (not too late to join in!)

I wish I could remember exactly when I read this book for the first time.  I believe it was sometime around when the first movie came out in 2001.  I remember wanting to know what my sons were reading.  Little did I know that I was about to read the book that would set off something in me that would lead to:

1.  Owning all the books in paperback and hardcover

2.  Owning all the books in audio (fantastic by the way – both narrators Jim Dale and Stephen Fry – wow!)

3.  Owning several Harry Potter Board Games including HP Scene It

4.  Going to the Harry Potter Exhibit with Reagan (Miss Remmer’s Reviews) while in New York

5.  A different year dragging Cindy from Cindy’s Love Of Books to Potted Potter in New York.  (For the record she had not read the books which made her even more of a trooper to attend with me and she loved it!)

6.  Going to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios three times in the past three years with my son who is into it just as much as I am.

7.  Of course seeing and owning all the movies.  😉

8.  Early acceptance into Pottermore

My ticket to the HP Exhibit which I keep in my book as a book mark
My ticket to the HP Exhibit which I keep in my book as a book mark

I love this first book.  There is so much going on here not only within the book but the fact that the book exists at all.  If you have ever read or listened to anything about JK Rowlings start with this book it is fascinating stuff.  She was turned down again and again publishing houses stating that no one would want to read about children that had magic skills and misbehaved in school.  Bloomsbury was the publisher that said yes (hazah to them!!!) and this book – opened up doors to change the publishing world forever…

HP and The Sorcerer’s Stone is fun to re-read as there is so much I pick up on now that I have read all the books.  I feel like I pick up something new each time I read it and I have to smile at the sheer brilliance of how the books tie in so well together.  JK did not know at the point of book one that there would be seven books – but they sure read like she knew exactly where she was going.

The short synopsis (just because I like writing about it)… Harry Potter is raised by his aunt and uncle after being left in their care upon the death of his parents.  Harry is treated very poorly as an unwanted intruder in their lives and sleeps in a small space under the staircase.  As he approaches his eleventh birthday he finds out that things are not exactly as he had been told all of these years.  His parents actually come from a magical background and Harry is about to be introduced to his first year of school at Hogwarts.

Harry can not believe his luck as of which he had none before.  He has a little help from Hagrid in picking up the supplies he will need and then he is on the train to Hogwarts where he meets Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger, two students who little does Harry know – will become lifelong friends, something he has not had before.

Of course all is not smooth sailing for our young Harry.  We also learn about he-who-shall-not-be-named (Good old Volde!) and his role in Harry’s parents deaths as well as Harry’s scar.  For years no one has heard from him but things are about to change and of course Harry would be the main focus of HWSNBN return.

This is the original drawing of Snape as JK first pictures him.  This picture is in my book.
This is the original drawing of Snape as JK first pictures him. This picture is in my book.


I am going to believe that most of you reading this post have read this book or at the very least, have heard of the Harry Potter phenomenon.  I seriously have to smile when I think of how this series has held on – now being one of the biggest attractions at Universal Studios Orlando, so big in fact they just added on in 2014 a whole new amazing section that actually goes into the next park!  I wrote about that here.

I adore this amazing book filled with magic and messages of good… just listen to Dumbledore’s quotes throughout the book and the series – these are amazing life lessons:


“Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help.”
Harry thought. Then he said slowly, “It shows us what we want… whatever we want…”
“Yes and no,” said Dumbledore quietly.
“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.


“To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure’.”


Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is just the beginning.  If you have never read the series, I invite you to join our group now.  If you have read it many years ago, you are also welcome to join in the fun.  The giveaways are available to those signed up for the readalong, so come on in.  In fact out first giveaway is posted by Donna at Writer’s Side Up for a set of cool bookmarks.

book marks


I am looking forward to the next book!

Justin at 9 3/4
Justin at 9 3/4

*Readalongers be sure to link up your Sorcerer’s Stone post here.  House points for participants comments on HP posts that are linked as well as the post itself.


Morning Meanderings… MN GIve To The Max Day and HP Hook Up Link

Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios
Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios

Good morning!  I am still in Florida working away with long hours and exhausted sleep.  We are working hard to get done and get home and I am all about that – even if it freezing and lots of snow in Minnesota.  I miss my hubby, my puppies, my bed 🙂

Today is GIVEMN day where you can link up a non profit charity and of course I am promoting our library.  I am not sure if this is a thing for all states or not – I suspect it probably is.  Anyhoo – here is our Library link and our goal:  Brainerd Public Library Give MN


04 Harry Potter

For the HP Readalongers… the link for your first review is up and if you have not found it yet – add your thoughts here.  I need to catch up on House Points so please watch for that soon.  Remember you earn points by writing posts and also by commenting on posts.

It is not to late to sign up to join this readalong that started in November and will go to March 2015.  Check out all things about this here.


I am off to work for the day.  We are still splitting hives.  Hope to finish this part in the next few days here so we can get all the bees delivered, queened, and fed.