WOW. This book is… a lot. It’s taken me the longest to read this because I had to wait a week before finishing the last two hundred pages because my work schedule became absolutely INSANE. I was able to finish this on my one day off, and the ending is just SO EMOTIONAL. Before I started this, I was under the impression that I didn’t cry much during this book, but that was stupid because I cried a whopping 9 times. I’m really emotional during this re-read, you guys.
I still don’t think Goblet is one of my favorites of the series though. I think it’s still probably near the bottom half. It was also really hard to figure out where to rank the final chapters in my chapter rankings because I had such a big gap between finishing the rest of the book. I tried my best, though, and in addition to fave chapters I’ll also be talking about my Top 7 Spells!
If it’s Harry’s favorite spell, it’s one of my favorite spells, too. Expelliarmus is THAT BITCH. Saves Harry’s life multiple times and nbd, also defeats the Dark Lord. Unstoppable.
This is the spell that I would most wish to have in real life. Summoning things to you so you don’t have to get up? Forget something at home and just having it appear to you? SO useful.
Just a great little spell that’s super basic but it’s fabulous. God knows I use my phone light often enough to warrant loving this spell.
Another one of Harry’s faves. I love all the aspects of the Patronus charm, and it’s so fun to learn all the different forms it can take. I’m convinced that my Patronus would be a cat, but Pottermore insists that it would be a Badger. Which makes no sense to me. If I was a Hufflepuff, maybe, but otherwise? Wtf, Pottermore.
One of the most fun spells, I think. Being able to turn things I’m afraid of into things I find funny would be so helpful.
I wasn’t sure if Appartition counts as an actual spell, so the next best thing would be being able to turn things into Portkeys! My number one answer to the ‘which superpower would you want’ question is teleportation, because I would LOVE to be able to instantly go wherever I want. I could travel all the time, I could AVOID traffic, it would be amazing!
I only have one car key and I literally go into a panic every time I need to lock my car because I need to make sure I have the key with me. It’d be great to not have to worry about that anymore. I mean, not having to lug around keys at all would be great, too.
Bit of a sidenote here, but I’m endevouring to make my first HP Christmas tree this year! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now and I’m finally planning it. I’ve been saving tutorials for all kinds of HP ornament DIYs on Pinterest. Any tips or suggestions would be awesome!
On to chapter titles! Like I said, it was hard to remember what happened in some of the chapters in the first half since it took me so long to read this, so forgive me when I don’t write recaps for a few of the latter ones. My Top 5 Chapters from Goblet of Fire:
1 Priori Incantatem
Harry and Voldemort dueling for the first time? YESSSS. (Also lemme just say that the previous chapter’s final line of “Now untie him, Wormtail, and give him back his wand” is CHILL INDUCING. Perfect set up for this lovely chapter where Harry demonstrates his Gryffindor courage and it’s just a ALL-TIME Harry chapter. I was totally crying when the wand-ghost-spirits all are encouraging him to hold on. SO GOOD.
2 The Second Task
We get some great Golden Trio moments in this one, plus some Dobby, plus Harry being the softest boy ever, and the great Second Task. Very nice.
3 The Parting of the Ways
I’ve come to realize that some of my favorite chapters of HP are ones that are just conversations between characters I love (cough, cough DUMBLEDORE). Moments in Dumbledore’s Office are some of my absolute favorite times, and this one has Sirius there too which makes it INFINITELY BETTER. All the stuff that happens in the hospital wing with Fudge and Snape and the Weasleys is all fantastic, too.
4 Rita Skeeter’s Scoop
5 Padfoot Returns
Finally, my fave chapter art!
Order of the Phoenix is next…VERY WORRIED for my emotional well-being. But first, I’ll be taking a break to read The Queen of Nothing (!!!!) and Little Women.