Writing Assignment: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (ch. 1-14)

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Note: If you are my Professor and you have found this paper please be assured that I did not copy it from someone else. This paper was written for Prof. Tim McLaughlin at BHCC for his Children’s Lit 2 class for the Spring of 2005.
Writing Assignment: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (ch. 1-14)
During an age where movies and video games are children’s primary source of entertainment J.K Rowing seems to have struck some special cord with her Harry Potter series and each year more and more children start to read because of these books. In her fourth book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rowing takes her readers further into the world of wizards and magic that she has created and allows the reader more insight into the character of Harry who seems to have such a mysterious past.
The first half of this book begins with a chapter in which Harry has no involvement in until the very end which feeds into the second chapter which in turn does not give too much insight into the character of Harry at first but slowly the reader starts to get a small review of the events that have occurred in his life up until this point. Starting the book this way gives the chance for readers who are new to the series to catch up while at the same time giving older readers new information. All the while keeping the story interesting by introducing elements from the magic world and showing the differences between that world and the world of the humans, or muggles.
Even though this story takes place in another world it part of the reason it is so good is that the characters still have the same type of concerns and believes that we do in the real world. This gives the book a humanistic aspect to it instead of it being all about magic. In one scene Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, find out that their meals at the school are being made by a group of house elves, who are basically like mini servants in the wizard world who are bound to do whatever their masters ask of them by magic. This really disturbs Hermione who believes that all creatures should be treated equally and fairly. When she found out she, “[…] looked down at her hardly touched plate of food, then put her knife and fork down upon it and pushed it away from her” (183). While Harry and Ron seem not to be disturbed by this Hermione’s believes cause her to start a sort of protest against the fact that these house elves are being used at her school. Her reaction is something that a non-magical person with her same believes would have and adds to the book even though it seems to only be a sort of sub story point because it shows that even though these characters seem to have advantages over the rest of us they still face some of the same challenges as we do. Having story points like this through out the book show how well crafted is even in it first half and adds to the already enjoyable experience.

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