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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) (original 2000; edition 2000)

by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Member:emily_25
Title:Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (2000), Hardcover, 734 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:MLIS 7300

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (2000)

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Had a great time reading this book, my children has enjoyed it as much as me. Love this Book. ( )
  CarmenAguilera | Mar 24, 2015 |
I love the book. Harry once again has to go through tragedy. He comes out even stronger than before. ( )
  harleyqgrayson02 | Mar 15, 2015 |
I read this in January 2011 and have just put it down again. It is such a great series & I hope that children will continue to read these novels for years to come.

Young Harry has completed his fourth year at Hogwarts. What a year it has been. His name was forged & entered into the Triwizard Tournament. He faced grueling challenges but met his match as the final task led him directly to Lord Voldemort.

The characters are well developed now and the story will get better from here as Harry & Dumbledore build their forces against the Dark side.

In this book I really like the camaraderie that comes following each of the tournament tasks. ( )
  sharlenehsmith | Mar 9, 2015 |
This is the second time I've read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but the first since finishing Deathly Hallows and first time reading it critically. I've tailored this review in the following in mind: the intended audience for the book (much younger than myself) and it's place in the series.

"Goblet of Fire" is nearly double the length of it's immediate predecessor and the first book in which Rowlings expounded upon numerous details. Given the advancing plot and more mature content than previous volumes, Rowlings still retained her brilliant wording even while giving up brevity and slowing the book's pace so that various details could be given their due. The immediate history of the Wizarding World, particularly in the direct aftermath of Voldemort's fall is a central theme that Rowlings emphasizes especially as Voldemort returns to power. Beyond covering Harry participating in the Triwizard Tournament and Voldemort's return, Rowlings develops character relationships and character development that both add to and (unfortunately) take away from the whole narrative.

[SPOILERS BELOW]
"Goblet of Fire" returns to the overall story's primary theme of the first two books, Voldemort plotting to return but this time succeeding setting up the overall story's next phases. Since this book is the middle of the series, it is full of transitions that Harry encounters both magical and not. Time devoted to Harry's time in Muggle world continues to be lessen and his time in the Wizarding World before returning to Hogwarts, and he discovers that his new World is more than Britain as he attends the Quiddich World Cup and then interacts with international students at Hogwarts. Important characters, important magical objects, and other important facts are sprinkled into the narrative even before Harry's return to Hogwarts but the astute reader will notice their importance as events unfold. The deepening plot and maturing content in addition to the evil rising ending of the book finally sweeps away the "innocence" vibe earlier books had. "Goblet of Fire" is where darkness creeps into Harry's story and it'll only get darker.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the hinge book of the series, the overall story will never be as "light" as the earlier books and is about to get "dark" as the series continues. Rowlings expands her descriptions and adds new story lines for characters adding to the book's length while still keeping a good pace throughout. However the additions, while overall good, do not mesh well in Rowlings first attempt and as a result the book suffers a tad. But no matter the little flaws, this fourth installment of the Harry Potter series is still a good read. ( )
  mattries37315 | Mar 8, 2015 |
In the fourth book in the phenomenally popular series, Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero Harry Potter has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. ( )
  Tutter | Mar 3, 2015 |
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The fourth book in the Harry Potter phenomenon, at 734 pages, is what you call a wallow—one that some will find wide-ranging, compellingly written, and absorbing; others, long, rambling, and tortuously fraught with adverbs.
 
The fantasy writer's job is to conduct the willing reader from mundanity to magic. This is a feat of which only a superior imagination is capable, and Rowling possesses such equipment.
 
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.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Greenfield, GilesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masini, BeatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Peter Rowling,
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out of his cupboard.
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The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it 'the Riddle House', even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.
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In this book Harry conquers various tasks via the triwizard tournament, but is this tournament more than Harry can handle?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439139597, Hardcover)

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

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Harry Potter, a fourth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, longs to escape his hateful relatives, the Dursleys, and live as a normal fourteen-year-old wizard, but what Harry does not yet realize is that he is not a normal wizard, and in his case, different can be deadly.… (more)

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