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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The fourth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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A Great Workout For Your Imagination

  • Feb 6, 2001
Rating:
+3
Pros: Lots of magic, great sub-plots, well developed characters.

Cons: Dobby and Winky.

The Bottom Line: Drive or fly to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy right now-if you can lift one.

In my 19-year lifetime, I have come across 3 fictional worlds that were so magical and spectacular that I would give up almost anything I own to be a part of them. The first was "Star Wars". I fantasised for years about how much fun it would be to suddenly whip out a lightsaber and cut down anybody that said anything bad about me. The second was the world of Indiana Jones, which showed me that there was much more to the world than the 4 city blocks that my friends and I acted like we owned when we were younger. The third is the magical realm of Harry Potter, which is what I'm writing about.
Harry Potter is an orphaned boy whose parents died when he was very young. He was sent to live with his aunt's family, the Dursleys, where his life was less than stellar. His aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon make him do all the housework and make him sleep in a cabinet. They severly punish him for the slightest infractions, and then some, all while spoiling their mean, greedy, piggish son Dudley. But that all changes on Harry's 11th birthday, when he is rescued by a friendly giant named Hagrid and taken off to the Hogwarts school of wizardry and witchcraft.
When we first see Harry in this fourth installment, we find that his life with the Dursleys has improved greatly, on behalf of the recent revelation that he has a godfather who likes to check up on him every once in awhile. And Dudley, having finally become wider than he is tall, is on a diet. One day he gets an invitation from the Weasleys to go to the Quidditch finals. The Dursleys, not wanting to face the wrath of his godfather, let him go (as if they had a choice). At the finals, there is a commotion when someone conjures the Dark Mark. When Harry gets to Hogwarts, he is upset to hear that he won't be playing Quidditch this year, because the big Triwizard Tournament is taking place, in which 3 champions from 3 different schools are competing. The chosen champion for Hogwarts is Cedric Diggory, but someone has entered Harry's name under a fourth school.
There's so much going on this time, I don't know where to begin. This year, we finally meet Ron's 2 oldest brothers, Bill and Charlie. Percy, who graduated last year, is working at the Ministry of Magic. New characters include the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad-Eye Moody, who has a special eye that can see through walls and Harry's invisibility cloak. There's also an annoying journalist named Rita Skeeter, who makes it a point to misquote and overdramatisize whatever people tell her.
Author J.K. Rowling really makes full use of all the characters' personalities. Everyone you're supposed to hate, you hate. Everyone you're supposed to like, you like. And everyone who's supposed to be funny, is funny. There are also a lot of sub-plots that are all very well crafted. Among them is Harry developing a crush on a girl named Cho Chang. There is also a sub-plot concerning Hermione's new obsession with liberating house elves, which is wasted and ANNOYING! Remember Dobby, the elf from "Chamber Of Secrets" that Harry tricked Lucious Malfoy into freeing? Did you think he was annoying? Well, he's back, and he brought along an even more annoying companion named Winky. Their constant bickering about whether or not freedom is a good thing is enough to make you want to quickly lay them down with a couple of quick Avada Kadavaras (killing curses).
While not as good as "Prisoner Of Azkaban", "Goblet Of Fire" is still worthy of the Harry Potter series. The only bad part having to wait 2 years (possibly) for the next book. So take this book with you when you go to wait in line for the next one. And don't drop it on your foot.

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review by . June 22, 2010
I found "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" to be just as exciting and entertaining as the previous books, if not more so. Rowlings is a great storyteller, and all her familiar trademarks are here: the colorful and eccentric characters, the humor, the playful use of words, the masterful cultivation of suspense. The book is over seven hundred pages long, but at the end you'll be wishing it were longer. There isn't a slow spot in it. The story is, however, different in some ways …
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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
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In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the Death Eaters--are out for murder.

Readers, we will cast a giant invisibility cloak over any more plot and reveal only that You-Know-Who is very much after Harry and that this year there will be no Quidditch matches between Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Instead, Hogwarts will vie with two other magicians' schools, the stylish Beauxbatons and the icy Durmstrang, in a Triwizard Tournament. Those chosen to compete will undergo three supreme tests. Could Harry be one of the lucky contenders?

But Quidditch buffs need not go into mourning: we get our share of this great game at the World Cup. Attempting to go incognito as Muggles, 100,000 witches and wizards converge on a "nice deserted moor." As ever, Rowling magicks up the details that make her world so vivid, and so comic. Several spectators' ...

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ISBN-10: 0439139600
ISBN-13: 978-0439139601
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Children's Books, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, Scholastic
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