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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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Harry Potter grows up

  • Jan 19, 2010
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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 than entertain - though there is plenty of humor, story, romance, mystery, and adventure here to fill the 700-plus pages. As Harry has grown, the story around him has focused on how to "make a choice between what is right and what is easy," as Dumbledore tells the students in the somber closing pages of Goblet of Fire. It is a lifelong struggle that can be understood by every reader, even (and especially) the older ones.

Also in this year, while the framework of the story still follows the Hogwart's school calendar, Rowling varies from the playbook by introducing the Triwizards Competition, a year-long event involving two other wizard schools that replaces the annual Quidditch tournament. This enables Rowling to expand the cast of students and introduce new friends and antagonists.

She also expands the story outside of Hogwarts by showing Harry and the Weasley's interacting with Muggles and meeting wizards from around the world at the Quidditch World Cup (think soccer's World Cup), which enables us to better understand the context of Harry and Hogwarts and how they intersect with the Muggle world. I suspect there will be more of this in the remaining three books.

So, raise your glasses, to--the Goblet of Fire, the best of the series so far.

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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 …
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!
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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