What's the best Harry Potter volume and why is it Goblet of Fire?

What's the best Harry Potter volume and why is it Goblet of Fire?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Half blood prince > Deathly Hallows > Goblet of fire > Order of the Phoenix > Prisoner of Azkaban > Philosopher's stone > Chamber of secrets

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Order of the Phoenix has a lot of cool stuff and I don't even mind how bloated it is because of all the cool stuff it has in it. However it loses points for me because it's got Harry being a moody annoying teenager. Even as a teenager myself I thought he was a little b***h.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah but that was Voldemort fricking with his mind the entire year wasn't it?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          As I recall, Voldemort is only screwing with his mind towards the end. Voldy doesn't even know he CAN screw with Harry's mind until the end of the book because he's not aware their minds are linked; Harry figures it out before Voldy himself. The one big time I can think of when Voldemort directly abuses their mind link to his benefit is when he makes Harry think Sirius is in trouble and tricks him into going to the Ministry.

          Also who is best girl and why is it Luna?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            throughout OOTP harry is pretty clearly suffering from some shellshock PTSD type shit after watching Edward Cullen get murdered, being violated by the same evil homie who killed his own parents, learning that a professor he believed to be a friend was actually a crazy sociopath who was working to help kill him, & being called a crazy attention seeking liar & getting rejected by the minister of magic himself.
            >Also who is best girl and why is it Luna?
            I think bc JKR originally intended for her to be the one true waifu, but then had a change of heart & gutted that plotline, to the story's detriment imo

            Order of the Phoenix has a lot of cool stuff and I don't even mind how bloated it is because of all the cool stuff it has in it. However it loses points for me because it's got Harry being a moody annoying teenager. Even as a teenager myself I thought he was a little b***h.

            >Order of the Phoenix has a lot of cool stuff and I don't even mind how bloated it is because of all the cool stuff it has in it
            The best action scene in the entire series occurs in OOTP (harry & friends getting fricked up by deatheaters in the ministry of magic)

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >I think bc JKR originally intended for her to be the one true waifu

            Speaking of OOTP, you can tell that there was at least a thought of pairing Luna and Harry up at the end of that book, and then it just goes nowhere. It kills me. I love the idea of Harry finding love with a weirdo like Luna, and not necessarily being entangled in the Weasleys. Supposedly Rowling's intent with pairing him up with Ginny was for all three main characters to be related (because Ron marries Hermione). But I've never been a fan of that.

            There's a Harry/Luna fanfic I once read where Ginny ends up with Neville, and I didn't mind that.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            the question I have is why did so many of the characters pair up when, you know, finding a partner could have happened after what basically amounted to high school? i feel like meeting your partner at Hogwarts is a major unsaid theme in the books.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I mean if there's only one school in the entire country your partner probably went there anyway.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            true... speaking of that, what do the wizards from America and other countries do in order to learn magic? I remember a long, long time ago JKR was asked if there were any magical schools other than the 3 in Europe mentioned in the books and she said a flat no. I know she's renegged on this since, but I just like the snide idea that if you're American or Chinese or whatever you're just screwed lol

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Their minds were always connected. Harry had a vision of him in Goblet of fire and when Voldemort used Harry's blood the link became even stronger. He would feel his rage at times, I think it happened when he saw Dumbledore on some occasions. It's also a shitty year in general for him with Umbridge and everyone calling him a hack.

            Also best girl is Hermione.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't get what people like about Halfblood Prince. Even though it's one of the longer books, literally nothing happens in it except for Dumbledore suddenly dying at the end.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        ikr. altho I feel like I keep forgetting that the part with the cave and the zombies was really thrilling at the time when i read it. it all just feels so meh now. the best part was the parts with the memory mirror when Harry and Dumbledore were reviewing Voldemort's background/early life

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >literally nothing happens
        Oh come on, the cave chapter is the best chapter. Half blood prince also unravels the mystery around Voldemort and we get to know Dumbledore a bit.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It serves as the transition between the uber comfy, generally light boarding school mystery stories of the first three novels & the darkass angsty politically & emotionally fraught latter three novels; its like a flawless literary encapsulation of the cultural shift from the pax americana pre-utopian serenity of the late 90s to the post-9/11 brave new world warmongering insanity of the early 00s.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I am reading this atm in French
    I'm up to the bit where they find Winky
    I still love the scene where the former death eaters start marching through the camp brunken
    My opinion of Prisoner of Azkaban has actually improved a lot with my French re-read
    I still feel like there's something very different and inferior about Lupin in the book compared but on the whole, the book is excellent and the structure makes a lot more sense than in the film
    The film has a really great atmosphere, it's like the morning of a funeral and I love it
    I just don't get the same feeling with the book

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      *drunken

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    With Goblet of Fire the series matured from an innocent and therefore infantile tale of a troubled boy to a more profound story and is the true gem of the series. Of course, The Prisoner of Azkaban first mentioned killings and hinted at the rough world outside of Hogwarts, but this was a mere crack in the shell. GoF ripped up this shell with both hands and showed the world that the series is not afraid to confront its young audience with the ugly thing that was hiding inside: the violent nature of the world. Death, high stakes, a suddenly expanding world, sex and finally, the public appearance of the villain. Now not only the children in the story (and the children reading thr story) knew; the adults knew too. But GoF was not only a proxy for children transitioning form kid to adolescent, it was the true climax of the series; it was acceleration without force. The story pulled. The genius of GoF is the reason that the series as a whole doesn't hold up for (sane) adults, because JK was not able to reproduce this high stake climax for the finale of the series. The depressing journey of the last book falls flat in comparison to the lively, almost joyful battle agains death, but how could it not? GoF is the patrician choice. A flawless S-tier.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wanna say prisoner of azkaban but that might be because the books and movies have merged in my memory and the movie was really comfy

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i like the part where they use the polyjuice potion to become trannies

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Dumbledore: "Horace, did you tell Voldemort about the horcrux?"
    >Slughorn: "Yeah, sorry I didn't know he was evil."
    >Dumbledore: "K thx bye."
    This is what I would have preferred to read in The Half Blood Prince.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    GoF is the best one of the 7 because Harry is finally an active agent. He isn't some puppet bent to the will of his superiors. He receives help throughout the book and in a sense was "guided" into winning but ultimately it was Harry who had to develop into a mature wizard to be able to deal with the challenges he was thrust into. It was the main book in which we are convinced that Harry is a worthy protagonist and challenge to Voldemort, whereas in most of the other books, if you replaced Harry with Hermione, Ron, the Weasley twins or whoever, the story would remain believable.

    In this book however, you get the impression that Harry IS the one. Can you imagine Hermione being able to complete the first two tasks, or Ron having enough cunning to get through task three? It's obvious that both would crumble, and so would any of the other main characters. It's in this book however that Harry proves himself.

    Unfortunately Harry returns to being a passive actor in the rest of the series where he is manipulated and used either by Dumbledore (Rowling acting as authorial intruder in the dictatorial/hierarchical/vertical sense) or guided by Hermione (Rowling acting as authorial intruder in the comrade/egalitarian/horizontal sense).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What do you make of the scene where Hagrid rapes Harry anally and orally?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah harry and Hermione get horizontal if you know what I mean

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i hated goblet of fire. except the very beginning. is that the one where he has free reign in his room so he can send & receive letters and has a cake hidden under the floorboards?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    GoF and OotP are both too bloated. The first three are all nice little stories, then GoF comes out and it's like twice the length of PoA. There's good content in 4 and 5 but they could have been trimmed down significantly. 6 and 7 are both way better, as Mommy learned how to pace her doorstoppers better.
    >6 > 7 > 1 > 3 > 2 > 5 > 4

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