Fiction Writing Made Easy

First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire with Abigail Perry

September 06, 2022 Savannah Gilbo Episode 64
Fiction Writing Made Easy
First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire with Abigail Perry
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Show Notes

In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. Join me and fellow developmental editor, Abigail Perry, as we nerd out about the fourth book in the Harry Potter series:

[03:05] A very quick summary of the first chapter
[05:50] A macro analysis of the first chapter using 7 key questions from Paula Munier's book The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings
[20:30] A micro analysis of the two scenes within the chapter using the "5 Commandments of Storytelling" from The Story Grid
[38:50] Final thoughts and episode recap

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Links mentioned in this episode:

  1. Click here to check out the LitMatch Podcast with Abigail Perry! You can also get in touch with Abigail through her website ( or you can find her on Instagram @abigailkperry.
  2. Ep. 59 - First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
  3. Ep. 60 - First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Ep. 61 - First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
  5. Workshop: How to Write Compelling and Well-Structured Scenes

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