I really enjoyed these chapters of The Goblet of Fire. In the previous books, after the students arrived at Hogwarts, things really slowed down for a while. But between Hermione’s calls for justice and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, things at Hogwarts have been pretty exciting.
Here are some thoughts from chapters 9-14 in The Goblet of Fire.
The Dark Mark
It was exciting to see the Dark Mark and the Death Eaters for the first time. I found it interesting how all of the wizards freaked out when they saw the Dark Mark explode over the forest. I assume that they all have some training in magic and sorcery but maybe they’re just not that confident in their skills. Voldemort is like Batman in that he has a sign that portends his coming. Sometimes I wish our enemy had the same kind of signal. It’d be nice of Satan to shoot his sign up in the sky to let us know he was on his way. Instead of walking headlong into temptation, we could see his sign hanging over us and book it like a seeker who just saw the snitch.
The Unforgivable Curses
There are times when Harry Potter’s connections to Christianity are blatantly clear; the unforgivable curses fall into that category. The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Moody, decided that the best defense against the dark arts is knowing its most powerful curses. Three of those curses are known as the unforgivable curses because if a wizard uses them against another human, that wizard earns a life sentence in Azkaban. Humans in the real world are under a very similar curse because of sin. As Romans says, the curse of sin entered humanity through one man. But, much better than the unforgivable curses, the curse of sin can be washed away through the actions of one man, Jesus Christ (I’ve found Harry Potter much more edifying than damning to my soul).
In spite of its terrible name, Hermione’s organization has a great, biblical heart. The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare was formed to seek justice for the oppressed house elves who inhabit the wizarding world. While house elves are sentient beings, they are seen as little more than a free labor. They don’t get paid, they don’t have benefits and they can’t leave. In Hermione’s eyes this makes the house elves slaves, but to everyone else it’s just what the house elves want to do. I’m all for Hermione’s efforts to seek justice for the house elves and God would be too. The Old Testament is filled with God telling his people do justice and care for the oppressed. For the Israelites that meant widows and orphans, for Hermione that means bug-eyed house elves.
I enjoyed these chapters of The Goblet of Fire and, as usual, am looking forward to getting deeper into the story. I was a little bummed to find out that there won’t be anymore quidditch in the book but the Triwizard Tournament should be a lot of fun. And I have a feeling that Harry might end up in the tournament even though he’s underage. That’s pure speculation, though. No spoilers.
What thoughts do you have from chapters 9-14 of The Goblet of Fire?