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Harry Potter Readalong, 'Goblet of Fire' sounds better than 'Tankard of Water'

Welcome to the Goblet of Fire.

David Tennant, you are appropriate for this

This is the one everyone gets way jazzed for. This is the one where it goes from really good to amazing. This is the one my brother unthinkingly ordered off Amazon for my birthday and then we went out of town and I couldn't get it until Sunday evening and my younger cousin had a copy that I chased her around the house trying to get.

(it all turned out ok, though, because he inscribed it "To one of my favorite Muggles," and how do you not forgive someone after that?)

I need to talk about Dickensian parallels and shit in a second, but first, good Lord, QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP.

Does Harry Potter need to be set at Hogwarts? NO. J.K. is a badass at writing her world, and really the World Cup is one of my favorite parts of the series. Please just write any story set in any part of your world, Jo Rowling. Because I will read it.

The detail is ri-dic. Omnioculars? Damn. Veela? Check. Discussions of large event planning and organization? YES. And I mean, sure, the Cup seemed to end pretty quickly, but I DO NOT CARE BECAUSE THEIR TENT IS MAGICAL AND I WANT TO STAY IN IT.

People're probably gonna be all over Malfoy the bouncing ferret, but because I have A Thing about the Malfoy family, I'm gonna be excited about Draco saying "Don't you dare insult my mother, Potter."

You know why? Because THE MALFOYS ARE AWESOME TOGETHER. To each other. Not so much to anyone else really. But they LOVE each other. Which is why I have issues with the end of the seventh movie, but leeeeet's not get ahead of ourselves.

A lot of people have compared Rowling to Dickens. A few sentences popped up in a book I'm reading that seemed like damn good parallels:

The characters and scenes of this writer have become, to an extent undreamed of in all previous cases, part of our actual life. Their individualities whether mental or external, are as familiar to us as those of our most intimate associates, or our most frequent resorts.

 Oh hi, Dumbledore and Hagrid and Snape and Hermione and Luna and Diagon Alley and Hedwig and the Leaky Cauldron and Arthur Weasley and Neville and Gringotts and EVERYTHING SHE HAS WRITTEN.

[S]ome of the younger Victorians grew up in such close familiarity with the Dickens people that these became their intimate life companions, meeting them at every turn of the road.

Next week's gonna be even better. Because TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT AND HUFFLEPUFF IS THE BEST.


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