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Themes

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Good vs. Evil

When Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, there was a lot of debate about whether or not it was appropriate for children. The entire Harry Potter series is about a battle of Good vs. E...

Power

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with the introduction of the three Unforgivable Curses – the Cruciatus Curse, the Imperius Curse, and Avada Kedavra – we learn some interesting n...

Friendship

Harry Potter and Voldemort are similar in many ways: they're both orphans, both Parselmouths (wizards who can speak to snakes), and both were raised in the Muggle world. What separates Harry from V...

Fear

Fear generally makes people stupid in the Harry Potter novels. A great example of this is Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. In Goblet of Fire, he's so committed to his denial of Voldemort's r...

Principles

The most obvious show of principles in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is Hermione's foundation of the Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare. Hermione has Very Strong Views about what sh...

Hate

In an interview after the release of Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling stated, [B]igotry is probably the thing I detest most. All forms of intolerance, the whole idea of "that which is different from me...

Youth

We can't forget, in the middle of all of these global themes of good vs. evil, that Goblet of Fire focuses on a bunch of fourteen year olds. In addition to the coming war with Voldemort, these char...

Isolation

Harry's darkest times in Goblet of Fire all come when he's alone. When Ron isn't speaking to Harry and the whole school has turned against him before the first Triwizard task, it seems as though no...
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