Goblet of Fire chapters 5-8 discussion
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Weasley Wizard Wheezes
Weasley Wizard Wheezes
(can you get me a cup of tea Weatherby?)
(Why are they all standing around that mangy old boot)
(and..."It's true, pretty boys with fabulous cheek bones do fall out of trees!)
I never caught before that the Diggory family apparently lives a good distance from the Weasleys -- they had a much longer walk. And the Lovegoods were mentioned as being already there at the Cup site. Funny, I can't picture Xeno as a Quidditch fan.
I love the description of all of the different tents at the World Cup.
More thoughts later -- must . . . sleep . . .
Minor quibbling question: If you can't produce food using magic, they why does Mrs. Weasley have sauce coming out of her wand?
On the other hand, I kinda like the length, as it's that much more HP to enjoy!
As for the quibbling question, there's an article on food in the wizarding world that I read -- possibly on the Lexicon? possibly on the Leaky? -- that suggested that maybe the sauce isn't "real" food (tastes good, but with no nutritional value), which would explain how all of these wizards manage to eat Mrs. Weasley's home cooking and the enormous meals at Hogwarts without all ending up the same size as Dudley. I'm not sure I buy it; I think this is just another tiny glitch -- JKR wasn't thinking about the mechanics of magical food and Harry and co.'s need for it while on the run when she was writing this book.
As for the food thing, explain Crabbe, then. (or is it Goyle?)
The food thing is just one of those limitations that wasn't fully explained. It's hard to imagine such a detailed and complete magical universe without one or two snags along the way! I'm sure I couldn't do half as well -- I'd probably have written myself into a corner by the third book and never have been able to finish the series! ;-)
And, if anyone is interested in that food article I mentioned, it's here.
I'm a sports fan and there's no way a player who is supposed to be as good as Krum would catch the snitch when it would secure his team's loss. It's just bad strategy. The whole idea of playing seeker would be about catching the snitch at the proper time. It just doesn't make any sense.
JKR could have had the snitch bounce into his hand inadertantly or something, but to explain it away as "he figured they couldn't win so he just put the team out of its misery" is just plain dumb. You don't get to the finals of a WORLD CUP and then tank. You just don't.
It's like in basketball, at the end of the game thare strategic ways to use your available time outs. It is crucial to pay attention to how many you have left. Players & coaches almost NEVER get that wrong, to the point where the one time it happened in a big game, it is remembered forever as a major goof. Chris Webber will never live down trying to call a timeout when there weren't any left in an NCAA championship game.
What I'm saying is, JKR handled the idea badly. There might be circumstances where a great player would make this mistake, or it would happen through guile or chance, but the way she described it just didn't fly. Explaining it away was idiotic.
Why make up a game with this feature as a part of it, then make the "greatest seeker ever" make a bonehead freshman move and then try to sell the idea was intentional, in order to throw the game. Did you ever see Michael Jordan or Roger Federer or Tiger Woods just give up? No! That's what makes them the greatest.
I think I'm over this topic. Lately, sports just makes me mad all the time, what with all the steroids and people dying in DUI accidents and shootings and I don't know what all.
The tennis has been good so far, tho.
Did anyone watch Rafael Nadal against Gilles Simon match last night? Nadal fought off 6 set points against him, then ended up winning four straight games and taking the first set 7-5. Simon played well, but the person with the biggest cojones ended up on top. That's what greatness is--never giving up, mental toughness.
OK, really, I'm done now.
I do agree that it was way too early in the game to "give up" -- weren't some Quidditch World Cup games supposed to have gone on for days? But for the purpose of the story, it all works: leprechauns, Fred & George's bet, Krum's reputation . . . so I'm done nit-picking, too.
(on a negative not and it may be one reason I like this book less than some of the others why do villians always do things in unnecessarily overcomplicated ways. . . but that's the end of the book I'll wait)