- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
- Series: Harry Potter (Book 4)
- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (September 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439139600
- ISBN-13: 978-0439139601
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20,236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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I suggest going through all of the books to make sure nothing like this has happened to you
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
This was a re-read for me. This is my favorite book series of all time. In this book, #4 in the series, Harry is entered into the Tri-Wizard competition which can be very dangerous to its participants. Who is trying to get him hurt or killed? This series is full of action, humor and mystery, with wonderfully written characters.
I did the math, and this boxed set was a cheaper deal than purchasing all the books individually. However, there is nothing new here. As far as I can tell, these are the same books as the original Scholastic print runs, with the same covers. I was lucky enough to have been given and original Scholastic Book 1 by a friend, and in comparing that with the Book 1 in this set, I can say quite definitely that the paper used here is thinner and lesser quality than the original book. Other than that, the books are identical in size and cover art.
The slipcase is a nice way to keep the set organized and displayed, but there is really no quality here. It's just a cardboard slipcase decorated with the book covers and other paintings from the cover artist. In fact, when all seven books are in the slipcase, it's actually quite difficulty to pluck out a single book, without first tipping the slipcase over and causing all the spines to protrude. Just be careful not to tip them all onto the floor!
In conclusion, I think if you already own all seven paperbacks, then there is nothing new here for you. Your original Scholastic books are (probably) on better quality paper anyway. But if you don't have all the books, and if you do the math and find this is a better deal versus individual purchases, then I think this is a great way to buy the complete series, regardless of the thinner paper used in the printing.
I've loved the movies for a long time so it was time for me to read the books.
Now before I get scoffed at for being a movie fan before a book fan let me explain why I prefer it this way:
I get to enjoy the whole movies without feeling like anything is missing. Then I got to read the books and learn SO MUCH more!
Ok, I do wish Peeves had been included in the movies. Haha