This is is where I came in.  I hadn’t even heard of Harry Potter until the third book came out.  I saw a friend reading it.  She had picked it up in hopes that her son would like to read them.. He didn’t but she was hooked.

I didn’t read any Harry Potter until the first chapter of Goblet of Fire was printed in Newsweek.  I loved it and then went back to the beginning to read the series.

The first chapter of Goblet of Fire contains HUGE spoilers if you haven’t read the first three books.  I wasn’t surprised by Wormtail for example.

Stuff I liked:

  • Tents that are bigger on the inside – This was before I was a Doctor Who fan so it was a new concept for me.
  • The wizarding schools from other countries – I wonder if it is the U.S. wizarding school that the government is hiding at Roswell.
  • I’ve always wondered HOW Cedric figured out to put the stuff underwater.  Did he always do homework in the tub and just dropped it?
  • From the movie – Are all the bathtubs at Hogwarts made for lots of people?  Is that odd to anyone else?

Guess what? I’m going to Harry Potter world at Universal this week.  Pictures at the next read-a-long update.

When did you start reading the Harry Potter series?

9 Replies to “Goblet of Fire – #hpreadalong”

  1. Heather, with Cedric and the egg…it was “Moody” who told him to do it (pg 676). And it was the prefects’ bathroom—special—sort of like a bath house 🙂

  2. I love the big tent idea – and like you, I was not yet a Dr Who fan when I first read GoF so this was new to me as well.
    Have fun at WWOHP! Can’t wait to see your pictures at the next readalong update. I will be going in June and am so excited.

    I first read Sorcerers Stone in 99, didn’t like it (I was 14 and really into horror at the time). Read it again in my senior year in 03 and fell in LOVE. Now I am an addict!

  3. I like the prefects bathroom but moaning myrtle creeps me out just a bit lol. It feels and looks like a hot tub so I guess it’s not that uncommon for more than one person to be in it . I’m glad you enjoyed reading Harry Potter.

  4. I love all the Harry Potter books and this one is probably my second favorite. I was also a latecomer to the series because I figured anything that was so popular couldn’t be that good. 🙂

  5. When did I start reading this series? 2000. I had just had my first-born, and my husband and I were looking to start a ritual of reading to him before bedtime. Harry Potter was just beginning to become a common household name, so we picked it up on a whim. He was less than one month old, but we were hooked. We would take turns each night reading aloud while the other fed him and rocked him to sleep. We read the first three books like that and then preordered every single book after that. Since then, it has become a family favorite, and it is each child’s rite of passage to read the series for the first time by themselves.

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