Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: A Book of Firsts

The book where everything changed.

Posted by Leah Singerman

Another day, another Harry Potter tribute. Now we're up to the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is an interesting one for the series because it's the book with all of the turning points. Now the wizarding world is for sure established, fans are starting to go nuts about Harry Potter, and it's about time for our beloved trio to start going through puberty. So in honor of the fourth book, here are four firsts we get from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

1. The first time Ron realizes Hermione is a girl. 

The Yule Ball is the perfect catalyst for showing the budding feelings of the trio- Harry freaks out about asking Cho and then loses her to Cedric, and Ron totally insults Hermione with his whole "Oi! You're a girl!" thing. Of course, Hermione is already hanging out with Viktor, and do we detect some jealousy, Ron? How fun is it to go back and relive all of this now that you know they're married?

2. The first time we see what the wizarding world looks like for the rest of Europe.

J.K. Rowling really expanded her reach here between the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. We love the way she introduced Viktor Krum and the Veela at the Quidditch World Cup and we thought it was just all in good fun, and then they turned out to be super important to the rest of the novel. This book was a great eye-opener to the fact that the wizarding world really takes place around the world, or at least around the rest of Europe. It was an awesome way to add characters and keep things fresh and new for this huge turning point. And of course, some of our favorite new characters become even more important as the series goes on.

3. The first time a young person is killed.

In the first three books we heard about people dying, but we didn't really see much of it. The fourth book is a major turning point in this sense because from here on out, we lose at least one huge character per book. And it hurts. A lot. But that's for a different article. Anyway, Cedric Diggory's sudden, meaningless death is a huge shock and a huge shift. It shows us that Voldemort isn't one of those villains who's going to stop and explain why everything had to happen the way that it did, all while actually giving you enough time to escape. No, he's going to Avada Kedavra you on the spot, and that's all the attention you're going to get. 

4. Our first major look into wand lore. 

Included here is also another first- the first time Voldemort gets his own body during the time of the series. The first thing he does is duel with HP, and we see the weird connection between their wands unlike anything any of the characters have seen before. This gives us the awesome part where Harry gets to talk to his parents (what was Voldemort doing while this was going on anyway, awkwardly whistling in the corner? "Oh hey James and Lilly... sorry about that..."). But we also learn about the twin cores and the magic behind wands in general, which comes back in a book way in Book 7. 

So, there you have it, four ways that this book is a major turning point. And just for fun, here are a few other Goblet of Fire firsts:

  • first time we see Dan Radcliffe without a shirt on
  • first (and only) time Fred and George get to grow old together *tear*
  • first time a Harry Potter book exceeded 400 pages

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