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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' tents, for instance, are entirely unquotidian. One is a minipalace, complete with live peacocks; another has three floors and multiple turrets. And the sports paraphernalia on offer includes rosettes "squealing the names of the players" as well as "tiny models of Firebolts that really flew, and collectible figures of famous players, which strolled across the palm of your hand, preening themselves." Needless to say, the two teams are decidedly different, down to their mascots. Bulgaria is supported by the beautiful veela, who instantly enchant everyone--including Ireland's supporters--over to their side. Until, that is, thousands of tiny cheerleaders engage in some pyrotechnics of their own: "The leprechauns had risen into the air again, and this time, they formed a giant hand, which was making a very rude sign indeed at the veela across the field."

Long before her fourth installment appeared, Rowling warned that it would be darker, and it's true that every exhilaration is equaled by a moment that has us fearing for Harry's life, the book's emotions running as deep as its dangers. Along the way, though, she conjures up such new characters as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, a Dark Wizard catcher who may or may not be getting paranoid in his old age, and Rita Skeeter, who beetles around Hogwarts in search of stories. (This Daily Prophet scoop artist has a Quick-Quotes Quill that turns even the most innocent assertion into tabloid innuendo.) And at her bedazzling close, Rowling leaves several plot strands open, awaiting book 5. This fan is ready to wager that the author herself is part veela--her pen her wand, her commitment to her world complete. (Ages 9 and older) --Kerry Fried --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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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 …
review by . June 22, 2010
I felt many emotions as I read this book, from excitement, to sadness. It was very upsetting when Cedric Diggery died, but the whole competition was very exciting.   I would recommend anyone who can read to read this book because it is a great story, and it is just one in many books about Harry Potter. Anyone who loves adventure and wizards and sorcery would love this book.   Set in the School called Hogwarts, Harry encounters the evil Wizard Lord Voldemort once again, this …
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!
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