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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Paperback – July 30, 2002
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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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"J.K. Rowling proves once again that she is a riveting storyteller . . . the kind of reading experience that has you charging headlong through the book, oblivious to the outside world." – The Philadelphia Inquirer
"As the midpoint in a projected seven-book series, Goblet of Fire is exactly the big, clever, vibrant, tremendously assured installment that gives shape and direction to the whole undertaking and still somehow preserves the material's enchanting innocence . . . This time Rowling offers her clearest proof yet of what should have been wonderfully obvious: What makes the Potter books so popular is the radically simple fact that they're so good." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"An engaging novel that is compelling, accessible, and impressively even in quality . . . Rowling has the rare ability to take children's fantasy worlds and their workaday worlds with equal seriousness, and she speak to both in Goblet of Fire." – The Boston Sunday Globe
\\ "The fourth Harry Potter adventure, centering on an inter-school competition, boasts details that are as ingenious and original as ever. Surely catching readers off-guard must get more difficult with each successive volume, but somewhow Rowling plants the red herrings, the artful clues and tricky surprises that disarm the most attentive audience. A spectacular climax will leave readers breathless." – Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2000
\\ "Harry's fourth challenging experience will more than live up to his myriad fans' expectations . . . the carefully created world of magic becomes more embellished and layered, while the amazing plotting ties up loose ends, even as it sets in motion more entanglements . . . Let the anticipation begin." – Booklist, starred review
"Another grand tale of magic and mystery, of wheels within wheels oiled in equal measure by terror and comedy, featuring an engaging young hero-in-training who's not above the occasional snit, and clicking along so smoothly that it seems shorter than it is." -- Kirkus Reviews
"J.K. Rowling delivers the goods . . . This book (all 734 pages of it) is a rich, rewarding novel – funny and sad, exciting and heroic." – The Seattle Times
"J.K. Rowling has done it again. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a marvelous book." – The San Antonio Express-News
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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!
While I didn't care too much for the whole beginning portion with the Quidditch match, it was important and necessary in order to explain the catalyst of the Dark Lord's return. (Look, you were going to find out anyway. *eyeroll*) I really don't have many complaints, but I suppose it would be remiss of me not to mention my small issue with the plethora of new characters introduced. I still can't tell who is who exactly within the Ministry of Magic group.
It had this Hunger Games feel and was matched with mystery, suspense, thriller, a pinch of romance, and of course fantasy! As per her usual, JK Rowling connected each event and made everything have some sort if weight in order to develop a character or situation.
I'm extremely excited to see the film adaptation and look forward to tackling book five!