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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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  • Aug 29, 2006
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's beloved "Potter" series. It's also the fourth Potter book that I've read. It's the best of the lot that I've read so far, and that's saying a lot in my book since I really loved "Prisoner of Azkaban." "Goblet" starts off with something quite adult--a murder. Then, Harry is brought onto the scene with the familiarly miserable Dursleys. He's whisked away from them by the Weasleys in a humorous series of events. Eventually, Potter, Hermione, and most of the Weasley gang end up at the Quidditch World Cup. At this point, we are introduced to a number of characters such as Winky, Ludo Bagman and Viktor Krum. It is also at this point that Rowling takes the reader into a new arena of writing. Her play-by-play description of the Quidditch match is simply breathtaking. You can easily picture yourself at the event and watch it unfold before your eyes. After the game, a terrible event occurs which sets up they underlying "evil" feel of the rest of the book.

Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts and learn that the Triwizard tournament will be taking place there. Two other schools, Durmstrang and Beauxbatons, send their top students to the school in order for a chance to compete in the tournament. Competitors are chosen by the Goblet of Fire, one from each school. The aforementioned Krum is chosen to represent Durmstrang. The alluring and somewhat pompous Fleur Delacour will serve as the Beauxbatons competitor. Finally, Cedric Diggory, a character only briefly mentioned in earlier books, is chosen as the Hogwarts champion. A fourth competitor, amazingly, is also chosen by the Goblet. Harry Potter is chosen to compete even though he is underage and nowhere near the expertise levels of the other champions.

The champions are given three tasks to complete over the school year. Along the way, we see how Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the other students at Hogwarts are beginning to grow in maturity. There's a huge Yule Ball that poses a seemingly greater threat to Harry than any of the Triwizard tasks. He has a falling out with Ron, must deal with being popular/unpopular, and good ol' Malfoy and his thugs, Crabbe and Goyle, are still around to kick Harry when he's down. Oh, and Harry's starting to fall for Ravenclaw beauty, Cho Chang.

We are also introduced to a new Dark Arts teacher, Mad-Eye Moody, a nosy reporter named Rita Skeeter, and Karkaroff and Madame Maxime, the heads of the visiting schools. Ron and Hermione begin to develop more independently of Harry. Hermione begins a fledgeling campaign to liberate house elves. Ron has to come to terms with the fact that he'll probably remain in Harry's shadow for a long time and his interest in girls starts to bother him more than his silly twin brothers, Fred and George. Mentioning those two, they, along with most of the other Weasleys, are given a larger amount of page space. Hagrid gets a little more page time as well, and we learn some great truths about certain other characters who've been present throughout all of the books.

The book concludes with what I consider to be the most terrifying ending for younger readers. Harry has definitely grown up, and his fan base will also after reading this book. Readers are forced to deal with vicious murders, surprising revelations about certain characters, and an ending that leaves the reader hanging on for Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts.

This is a highly enjoyable read that I recommend to children who've already read the other books and are around the same age as the main characters (Harry is fourteen in this book). Younger kids may find parts of this tale to be too scary to read, and the violent and almost non-chalant death of one particular character may be too much for younger kids to handle. Parents should definitely read this one before letting their younger kids have a go.

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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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