Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
It’s the Cedric book! Seriously, that’s what I was thinking when I picked this one up. It was such a big, impact thing when I watched the movie, to see things wrenched from highschool mysteries to serious outcomes, that my brain sort’ve focused on Cedric as the nucleous of the entire novel.
Aaaaand it’s also this book where I got through the world cup quidditch part and thought, “good grief, if this was the same length as the first novel, the book would be over by now”.
But to sum up the book? Quidditch, tri-wizard cup, Fluer, Krum, Cedric, death-eaters, Voldemort!arg! It’s also the book where people are no longer safe. We’ve been hearing about how terrible Voldemort is, but it’s this book that brings it home personally to the reader. Gives you a gut punch, laughs in your face and then runs off while being able to simultaneously moon you.
Somewhere out there: a fan made a gif that I think mutated into a fanvid that starred the old wizard Archie who liked “a healthy breeze around his privates, thanks”. I could not read that part without hearing the fanvid voice and snorting tea out my nose.