This one actually is my favorite of the series because it’s where things take a decidedly darker turn and we get to find out more about wizards outside of Britain. This also is the point where the books start to become really long, which I enjoy because I get to spend more time with the characters.
After a disturbing introduction, where we find out what Wormtail has been up to since the end of the last book, Rowling takes Harry and us to the Quidditch World Cup. Harry and his friends were having a great time until the campgrounds were attacked by a group of Deatheaters eager to show their displeasure. No one is seriously injured during the display but many are shaken by the event. Going to Hogwarts seems like a nice reprieve, as they will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament and will be getting to know students from two other wizarding schools. Harry is eager to watch the tournament but when his name is called to compete, he realizes that his enemies are not done with him yet. He has three tasks to survive and he does not have the training to stand up to the competition.
As I said, it gets dark in this book. I’m still not over a certain characters death, much to my family’s displeasure. I think that this is where Harry really recognizes that he will have to defeat Voldemort on his own, that not even Dumbledore can stop everything from getting too horrible.