Rereading Harry Potter – Week 16
Hello again my fellow Potterheads! First of all, I apologize for the tardiness of the post. It was my birthday this weekend and we got the news that we are officially moving this summer, so it’s been a bit hectic. It’s week 16 of Rereading Harry Potter and we’re starting on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this week. My favourite posts in this series are always the ones where we start a new book. Especially now that the books are getting longer and longer (GoF is over 600 pages in a teeny tiny font) and there is just going to be so much stuff to discover that was not included in the movies or that I’ve just forgotten about.
Speaking of thing that weren’t in the movies, chapter one of the Goblet of Fire is called “The Riddle House”. Now, we all remember the first scene of the movie where Wormtail and Voldemort are holding up in an old house and are being eavesdropped on by old Frank, the caretaker of the house. Now the house they’re holding up in is the Riddle House, inhabited by Mr and Mrs Riddle and their son, Tom. About 50 years ago, all three of them were killed. I think I’m missing a bit of information here, because last I checked, Tom was an orphan and was living in a muggle orphanage, so who is this other Tom?
So Voldemort and Wormtail (I only just noticed that Voldemort calls Pettigrew Wormtail, which just seems wrong, since Lupin, Sirius and James gave him that nickname) are hiding out here and there until the time has come to do some kind of ritual with Harry’s blood. Meanwhile, Voldemort is drinking Nagini’s milk to gain strength (yuck). Wormtail tries to get Voldemort to do the ritual without Harry, I guess because Harry saved Wormtail’s life last year (which answers the question I asked in my last post). They also kidnapped some woman called Bertha Jorkins (no idea who that is or what they needed her for, I have no memory of this woman whatsoever), tortured her for information and then killed her.Harry is getting all this information from a dream and doesn’t actually remember most of it, so he’s pretty useless again.
Harry is with his uncle and aunt for the first part of the summer, as usual. The Dursleys are on a diet (the school nurse finally interfered with Dudley’s weight, for he is the size and weight of a young killer whale now, according to Rowling), so Harry is being starved to death as well. Thankfully, he has been corresponding with Ron, Hermione and Sirius, so he has plenty of birthday cake to snack on (magical birthday cake, it seems, to last that long). Molly Weasley finally sends the Dursleys a letter to ask them if Harry can come to the World Cup with them and puts about a million stamps on the envelope. At the same time, he receives a letter from Ron to tell him they’ll pick him up on Sunday.
Sunday comes and the Dursleys are getting cranky that the Weasleys are late picking up Harry. Of course to go from bad to worse, the Weasleys decide to travel by Floo Powder and come barging out of the Dursleys’ fireplace. I’m guessing that won’t help the Dursleys’ hate against wizards and anything magic. Then Fred and George decide to leave some magic candy that expands your tongue lying around for Dudley to eat.
They arrive at the Burrow and Harry meets Bill and Charlie for the first time. Every time a character is introduced for the first time, I’m so confused and surprised that it is only the first time, since they feel so familiar to me. Anyone else? After the introduction, they go and visit Pig, which is Ron’s owl that he got from Sirius and is actually called Pigwidgeon. I’m not sure why, but I remember Pigwidgeon being Ginny’s pet, for some reason. I think it’s because of the Lego Harry Potter games, I think she has a pet in those games.
The time arrives to leave for the World Cup. Everyone is going by Portkey, except for Bill, Charlie and Percy, since they’re able and allowed to Apparate (I wasn’t aware that there was an exam to be taken before you’re allowed to Apparate). They meet Amos and Cedric Diggory at the Portkey. Amos tells them that the Lovegoods are already at the site. I love the foreshadowing! Luna appears for the first time in the 5th book, right? I don’t think she’s in this book yet. I do wonder whether Rowling already knew she was going to make a character called Luna Lovegood by this point, or that she’s just introducing names and families here and there so that she can pick one if she needs to create a new character.
My favourite part of fantasy books is always the world-building and Harry Potter is absolutely no exception. I love how J.K. Rowling gives us an entire new part of the Wizarding world every book that is described so vividly and thoroughly. In this book it is the Quidditch World Cup, which contains so many new kinds of magic and magical objects and all of the struggles that come with trying to keep the muggles from realising there are 100.000 wizards camping in tents that are bigger on the inside than the outside, in the middle of the UK. The entire World Cup story is just so exciting to read about. I also love how many seemingly unimportant side characters Rowling incorporates in her books, it really gives you the idea that this is a huge world that was really planned out down to the last detail. Her attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.
Just an afterthought, it only just dawned on me that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry, he of course used “Avada Kadavra” on him, so when that curse bounced, Voldemort should have died. The only reason he did not die, was because of the Horcruxes he had made! But then if Harry is the final Horcrux, did he become one because of the death of Voldemort, or one of his parents?
That was it for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! The further we dive into the world of Harry Potter, the more excited I get, so with 4 more books to go, I might actually burst from excitement at some point. Anyway, thank you for reading! If you want to be kept up to date, click the subscribe button below. You guys reading the stuff I write is really what makes keeping this blog fun and I am so thankful. See you guys next week for a new Rereading Harry Potter post (or earlier with a different post).