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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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The Fire Divine...

  • Sep 12, 2000
Pros: Too Many To Print!

Cons: None

How does she do it? With each book, we become more and more enthralled! Each can stand proudly on it's own merits, but together they are sure to endure as a beloved children's classic.

I have heard all the debates, and still have to chuckle. Look at children's literature and magic abounds!To name just a FEW: Alice in Wonderland & through the Looking Glass, Peter Pan, The Once and Future King, Mary Poppins,The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, and Willie Wonka which is only ONE of the magical works of Roald Dahl (where was this fervor when he wrote Witches?). Even Anne dreams of magic in her beloved Green Gables. BEING a child is a magical experience! Stop worrying, generations of people have been reading this kind of thing, and seem to have come through just fine!

J.K. Rowling not only inspires us through her vivid and fascinating world, her realistic and beloved characters, and her sheer exuberance and whimsy, but also through the important messages she gives. I fell in love with her writings in the first book when Dumbledore awarded Nevil for one of the hardest things a kid can do; "It is hard enough to stand up against our enemies for what we know is right, it is even harder to stand up to our friends...".

The Goblet of Fire reminds me of two symbolic metaphors. The Chalice containing the Fire Divine- the mortal body which holds the immortal soul, and the passing of the Torch- passing on all the best in ourselves to future generations.

You can certainly see how Harry learns and grows throughout the series. Not just in events of the present, but from all that he learns of things that happened in the past. They say that those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it's mistakes, and there is definite some foreshadowing for that! Just in the way people continue to refer to Voldemort by name for instance, which Dumbledore advises against!

The author's style and quality continue to be strong, vivid, and appealing. We can only guess where she will take us in future writings, and wait hungrily for each new appearance!

These works inspire children to read, to use their imagination, to do what is right even when you REALLY don't want to, and to strive to better yourself in all things. I highly recommend them all, and applaud J.K. Rowling soundly.Well Done!


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review by . January 19, 2010
In my review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) I called it a gentle coming-of-age story with a twist of magic. Well, little Harry Potter is growing up. Year 4 of the HP chronicles is when author J. K. Rowling realized that her audience was growing older (adults as well as kids were reading the series intently) and more mature (her young readers were growing up with Harry and company), so she wrote a strong, mature adventure to entertain them all.     And more …
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 …
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
This entire series was just tons of relaxing fun for me!
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Book leaves more questions than answers for the reader and the holes in the plot are big enough to drive a Basilix through.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
The middle novel of the septology is also the most pivotal. Largest of the first four books, the tale expands the Dark Lord's conspiracy, forcing Harry to try convincing the Ministry of Magic and others that he isn't "crying wolf" -- the Dark Lord is back, and the battle of wizards and witches is at hand.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
one of my favorites, the retur of voldemort is one of the most exciting scenes ive ever read. and the quidditch world cup in the begining actually inspired me to get the dark mark tattooed on me in the future.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
fun book
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Things start getting serious in this one.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Series continually gets better!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Pretty good one. From the moment the Goblet of Fire reveals the fourth candidate, it feels like a mystery novel and that mystery is explored the best compared to other books. I like the final fight, the rising of Voldemort- its where you realize this is not your happy go series anymore. He is back. And he just murdered someone.
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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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