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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Paperback – July 30, 2002
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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 School & Library Binding edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "The fourth Harry Potter adventure, centering on an inter-school competition, boasts details that are as ingenious and original as ever. A spectacular climax will leave readers breathless." Ages 8-12. (July)
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The Goblet of Fire really turned up the action and intensity of the series. The first three were all fun and enjoyable as they created a magical world. However, book four seemed to be the first that introduced the overall conflict in a more direct way and was "book one" of the conflict with He Who Must Not Be Named that would end in The Deathly Hallows. Even if you've seen the movies, the books are deserving of a read. The cliche that the books are always better than the movies holds very true here. We hope that JK Rowling continues to write for many years and that she can create other worlds that are equally as imaginative and engaging as this one. Thanks for a great ride!
The Goblet of Fire introduces the Quidditch World Cup and Death Eaters are the WORST party crashers, the TriWizard Tournament, we get to learn about a Penseive which is an awesome concept. If you watched the movie you can picture The Doctor as a baddie, and Hufflepuff's Cedric Diggory as that Twilight guy whose vampire name I genuinely can't remember and I'm actually laughing out loud about it.
Oh and for Potterheads: The password is still Lemon Drop. (Sherbet Lemon for the Brits).
This isn't my favorite book in the series but it really moves the story along pretty effectively. There is an auror at Hogwarts, teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. There is an international wizard competition taking place at the school, too. Wizards from two respectable schools have come to Hogwarts to challenge the Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament. The winner gets fame, fortune, and everything that goes with it. The losers get to go home... alive and intact if they are very lucky. There is an age limit set, no student under 17 can enter. The cup chooses one champion from each school. But the enchanted cup chooses Harry as an unprecedented (and underage) second champion for Hogwarts, along with Cedric Diggory. Well, rules are rules and these rules are magical so Harry must compete despite many complaints and his own insistence that he wants nothing to do with the tournament. Harry has to train for the tournament, then complete a series of very difficult tasks, if he wants to win... but I won't spoil the fun for you. Let's just say that the villains finally get on the scoreboard before this book is over, and there is a moment here that really defines Harry's life from here on, in more ways than one.