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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
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Rating:*****
Tags:MLIS 7300

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

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  FilipaCorreia | Jun 30, 2016 |
Currently re-reading the entire Harry Potter series with my HS senior daughter (her idea) and HS freshman son. This shared experience is a lot of fun. The first time around, we read them individually at different times.

When I'm done, I'll come back and state which one in the series is my favorite. Otherwise there's not really much to add to the several thousand reviews of each book in this series. We all know the Harry Potter series is an epic story :-) . ( )
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  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

The book lengths keep growing with each new sequel, and it seems those extra pages are bringing a deeper shroud of darkness with them. This book excites, it tugs hard on the heartstrings, and it made me spiral even further into the wonderful series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire starts as the others did, where Harry has to leave the dastardly Dursley's and come to Hogwarts. Once there the book picks up again, but the small, darker themes seen before have become magnified. While Quidditch was the game in the previous books, this time they have a special and bizarre wizarding tournament that has some seriously scary stuff. You have to wonder what goes on in the mind of school administrators in the wizarding world.

The tests and trials are divided up into months and scenes since they can relax in between (thank God.) The trials themselves are interesting, especially the last as it shows the twist of betrayal and the resurrection of a certain big-bad of the series. Besides in between the trials, Harry has to contend with his friend Ron's growing jealousy and frictions that added an in interesting and realistic touch. It's small and evens out quickly, but it highlights Ron again as one of the best series characters. Mrs. Weasley is even more likeable- she was always rockin' before, but she's even more so now as she's taken over the mothering role for our favorite orphaned wizard.

There's a lot of good characters introduced in this one, especially One-Eyed Mad Moody; the professor is a riot and has a twist of a surprise at the end. Sirius is present a lot too, loving the godfather role and protectiveness he feels toward Harry. I feel so bad for him, however, for first he's committed to Azkaban for crimes not committed and now he has to struggle with wanting that connection with Harry so badly because of the loss of his friends. Such sad stuff. Dumbledore has always been a great character, and he's even larger than life than before with plenty of heroic scenes.

Hermione has always been likable because she stands out as different - but she is even more so likable now with the S.P.E.W. angle and her passion for fighting for the rights of those who she feels is treated unfairly. We also get to see a further side into the Ministry of Magic, their powerful fingers in all sorts of pies, flawed moral ineptitude, and the potential of all that leading to holes and working against the wizards instead of for them.

The story has taken it into darker waters, showing it's definitely not a series just for children anymore. There's a tragic death that affects Harry and others (readers included). You can almost see the graveyard and all scenes through Rowling's talented writing style. She can bring forth a surprising range of depth from her characters from the simplest scenes and events.

We even get bizarre mermaids in one particularly riveting scene, a flying dance of dragons, and finally a maze that ends up to a horrific finish.

Some people have said this was their favorite - it's not my top favorite of the first four (I preferred Prisoner of Azkaban a little more), but we get more in-depth glimpses into favorite characters, new characters introduced that are amazing, and an excellent adventure into the wild and complex wizarding world that is Harry Potter.

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Not as compelling as its predecessor but enjoyable just the same. The character development is excellent, especially Ron, and it is really interesting to see it play out so well in the final installment. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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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.
 
Tras otro abominable verano con los Dursley, Harry se dispone a iniciar el cuarto curso en Hogwarts, la famosa escuela de magia y hechicería. A sus catorce años, a Harry le gustaría ser un joven mago como los demás y dedicarse a aprender nuevos sortilegios, encontrarse con sus amigos Ron y Hermione y asistir con ellos a los Mundiales de quidditch. Sin embargo, al llegar al colegio le espera una gran sorpresa que lo obligará a enfrentarse a los desafíos más temibles de toda su vida. Si logra superarlos, habrá demostrado que ya no es un niño y que está preparado para vivir las nuevas y emocionantes experiencias que el futuro le depara.
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Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Greenfield, GilesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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