Mainly as I’ve had a virus of some sort all week, but I’m sure I can think of something to comment about.
Despite the Goblet of Fire having far more sub-plots than previous books in the series, they still feel coherent, as they are all tied into the same plot: Fred and George’s money troubles, the house-elves, Barty Crouch… all (eventually) tie into the main plot of the Triwizard Tournament, which makes the book feel more complete.
There are still some delightfully amusing moments (usually from a smart remark someone has made), for example whenever the class are “caring” for Hagrid’s blast-ended skrewts.
Rita Skeeter is another of those charming sort-of-villains that you love to hate; the archetypal obnoxious, nosy, gossipy, tabloid reporter who’ll put a salacious spin on the merest whiff of drama.
And finally, there’s a remarkable awareness of what teenagers are like. The moods, the behaviours, the habits, the misunderstandings… And presented for characterisation & comedy, not melodrama (or not so far, at least): hooray! For example, a couple of my favourite little moments: Ron and Harry’s reconciliation after the first task (especially Hermione’s reactions), and Fred demonstrating how to ask a girl to the ball (done very nicely in the film version, too).