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In this book Harry is about to enter his fourth year at Hogwarts! The book starts with another characters POV who faces off against Voldemort - we see Wormtail has found his master and is back to serving him. Harry then wakes up and we find out what we were witnessing was his dream. The fact that we are only ever given as much information as Harry has really brings a good sense of mystery to the book. We work through the story, clues and obstacles with him, rather than knowing the ending and waiting for the main character to hurry up and realise. A good portion of the start of the book is spent on the Quidditch cup - were we learn a lot more about the magical world of wizards. What it would be like growing up with magic always around you, how wizards act in the outside world. We learn quite a bit about what people do with themselves after they leave school through out this book as well. Back at school they learn about the Triwizard Tournament and.. Someone has entered Harry! But why? Is someone trying to kill Harry? A lot of the teachers think so, including Dumbledore. Who would go through all this trouble to get Harry? I can think of one person... Highly recommended!
THE FOURTH BOOK of the greatest YA series of books ever written (and arguably the greatest set of fantasy books ever written - for any age) continues with the detailing of the education (and adoration) of the world’s favourite wizarding apprentices at the world’s favourite wizarding castle. But it must be said, GOBLET OF FIRE opens with a much darker tone than the preceding three volumes and never really lets up.
The early highlight of the book - and the only real throwback to the complete and utter joy found in the opening trilogy - comes as a gift to the reader in chapter four. Whilst it could also double as a philosophical debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of bullying, and what happens to bullies in the long run, seasoned fans of the series may well find themselves LOL’ing at Cousin Dudley and his cohorts when the Weasleys arrive to take Harry back to The Burrow.
Damn, it was funny.
But the joy doesn't last long. Voldermort is on the loose and our Harry is in more danger than he realises. The Quidditch World Cup is on, and the gang have tickets to see who wins the final. And even at this event, the epitome of all things magical, memories of an incredible final are ruined for everyone by the appearance of a Dark Mark in the sky, along with rumours, false accusations and hot tempers leading to all sorts of nasty comments which would have been better left unsaid.
And even once the real story commences with another year at Hogwarts (and therefore a new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher), Mad Eye Moody - the new teacher of this fine discipline - continues the worrisome tone of the book by seeing what students in his class can fight back (survive) against the three so-called ’Unforgivable Curses’.
But it doesn’t stop there. The legendary TRI-WIZARDING TOURNAMENT is being held in the grounds of Hogwarts for the first time in centuries, and as Dumbledore explains to the members of all three schools lucky enough to bear witness to this event, entry is open to all students above the age of seventeen. So then, how does our Harry get invited to participate? And why? And at what risk? And who manipulated vents that out the young prodigy into this position in the first place.
After a brief conversation with Sirius in chapter nineteen, both Harry and the reader are much wiser. None of which I intend to reveal here, of course, but one wonders how Sirius manages to know so much, so far away from the action at Le Castle Le Magnifique. We also learn a little of the first task the Champions need to overcome if they wish to advance to the second task. But more importantly, Ron is still at odds with his BFF and that is upsetting the soul of Harry, Hermoine as well as the rest of the world known as readers. But that is for the story’s central characters to work out. And work it out, they will.
The point is, four hundred pages in and this book, whilst it doesn’t feel *wrong*, simply doesn’t have the same tone, the same sense of happiness and joy, and the same sense of self discovery that the first three books possessed and gifted the world with. Not to mention the unequivocally brilliant ending that was the finale to volume three. This may be Ms Rowling’s way of teaching kids around the world that life is not always fun, its not always happy but it’s fair to say that life is not always a life and death struggle against the forces of evil, either. Sure there is still fun to be had at Hogwarts in Year Four, but with Quidditch taken out of the book’s formula one of the most brilliant aspects of studying (and living) magic has been taken away from our heroes. And from the reader, as well.
And so it is up to JK to prove me wrong. THE GOBLET OF FIRE is exciting, it is thrilling, it’s highly educational and slightly political (anyone care to join SPEW? It’s for a great cause...) but as I have just mentioned, it is not the same joyful, laugh a minute reading experience the earlier books were. Keep reading, I will. That goes without saying. And if the book’s second half disproves what I have talked about in this review, I am sure to let you know. But for now take it from me. This book is mandatory reading but just don’t expect the soul enhancement you got from books one, two and three.
The story begins with a murder committed far away from Hogwarts. Yes, this one is way darker than the first three Harry Potter books. JK Rowling has handled this superbly well. The children who must have been lapping up the books were also growing along with Harry Potter. The negative picture of the story has been introduced in stages. Excellent!
Harry goes to stay at the Weasleys home towards the end of the summer holidays. Harry, Ron and Hermione get the opportunity of a lifetime – to go to the Quidditch World Cup match along with Mr. Weasley, Percy, Fred, George and Ginny. The ground where the match is to take place is totally bewitched with more than a million witches and wizards from around the world coming together to watch the match. One has to read the sequence to understand the magnitude of the author’s imagination as she describes the scene. Then, there is the match itself with the veelas (introducing yet another batch of magical creatures in the form of beautiful women) and Leprechauns fighting it out (literally) on behalf of the players of their countries.
There is Barty Crouch from the ministry and Ludo Bagman who is supposed to be in charge of organizing the match - interesting characters that move the story along.
The Dark Mark is set off immediately after the match and the Death Eaters (Lord Voldemort’s followers) are rather excited. This brings about the question whether the evil Voldemort is coming back.
The fourth year begins at Hogwarts and this year, they get yet another defense against the dark arts teacher in the form of Professor Moody. Moody has the oddest appearance that one could have ever seen. Beautifully described! He wears a bright blue ball for one eye that rotates fast giving him a 360 degree view, even through Moody’s own head. This eye has given the professor the name Mad-eye Moody. While he does not hesitate to train the students in the forbidden curses, he is so far the best teacher they have had in the subject. Moody takes a liking to Harry and vice versa. But is he what he appears to be?
Then there is the Triwizard Tournament to take place between Hogwarts and two foreign magic schools – Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Three champions – one from each school – are to compete in the tournament. Students who are interested in participating and are above the age of 17 are only allowed to put their names written on parchments into the Goblet of Fire. No one could cheat the age line drawn around the goblet by Dumbledore.
Fortunately or unfortunately, someone has added Harry’s name (he is underage) to the goblet. The magical goblet chooses four champions – Viktor Krum from Durmstrang; Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons; Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts and Harry Potter from Hogwarts. Ron is quite cut up with Harry as he believes that Harry has used special magic to add his name to the fire.
While the delegations from the other schools are not happy to have two champions from Hogwarts, Dumbledore is worried about Harry’s participation in the tournament. But, Harry has no choice as he is magically bound to do it as his name was thrown out of the Goblet of Fire.
Adventures galore involving dragons, mer-people and a dark maze follow. The tournament leads to the climax that is as amazing as it is incredible. One has to read it to believe it. I remember reading the last few chapters a few times before I could fully absorb that Lord Voldemort was finally back.
Priori Incantatem was simply amazing! You have to read the book to check it out for yourself. I read, breathed, woke up and slept magic for weeks together on reading this book the first time. The ninth time was no different, believe me.
Absolutely fascinating! While one part of your mind might feel that Harry is too young to face such things in life, the logical follow up of events convince you that he is the perfect hero.
Love you Harry Potter and love you JK Rowling for giving birth to Harry!
This is my favorite of the Harry Potter series. It is the fork-in-the-road time for Harry, where he becomes a man, and for the rest of the cast, the point at which everyone is shown what the price of ignoring the signs that Voldemort is back. Also, Dumbledore, his followers and Hogwarts split with the Ministry of Magic when Cornelius Fudge decides not to trust the word of a young boy that could be in shock and in any case must be wrong about seeing Voldemort. The Tri-Wizards competition is a lot of fun. We get a nice look at the way the "magic" schools differ from one another. I did, however, miss my yearly Quidditch matches. I would make such an awesome beater! Ever since 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' I have been in awe of Fry as an actor and an overall entertainer. I could not even imagine Harry Potter's story being told by anyone else. These audiobooks in the US are read by Jim Dale, and no offense intended since I haven't heard him, there's no way he could be as good. They are also practically impossible to by new and the few used ones are for sale for $180.00...approximately GBP110. This reading is unabridged, and almost impossible to "put down". I used to be skeptical about audiobooks, but when I am driving a great audiobook makes the miles melt by.
So, thanks to books_any, the seller, and to everyone else "happy listening." Cheers!!
When you have seen the movie previously and then read the book afterwards, it is obvious that the mind tries to compare between the book and movie. In most of the cases the book wins and here the same thing has happened for me. I've already seen the movie a good many times. The movie misses many interesting part that are there in the book and it's pretty obvious. Harry Potter is in his 4th year at Hogwarts. But before he goes to his school, Ron Weasly's family invite him at their house for The Quidditch World Cup. After enjoying the final match, at the night there was a chaos at the ground. They all got out from their tents and fled for safety. Suddenly at that time of night the sky brightens up with the dark mark or the mark of Voldemort. The Ministry began to look into the matter. The sign came up after 13 years and that indicated the Dark Lords arrival which was almost impossible.Back in Hogwarts their term started and Dumbledore declared that The Triwizard Tournament was to be held in Hogwarts this time. Two other wizard schools from Europe will meet them, one champion from each schools will be selected by The Goblet Of Fire and the three champions will compete, finally the winner will be prized with thousand galleons. This tournament had a rule where students who are and above 17 years can only take part. But when it was time to declare the champions, Harry Potter's name came out as the 4th champion. But Harry did not put his name. Now, it was time for Harry to prove himself to the magical world again and fight against the dark lord. I read this book in 7days. I purposely took time and enjoyed every bit of it. The author wrote the story in an amazingly captivating way. The twist at the end was really good. The friendship of the trio Harry, Ron and Harmionie was to the point. The character of Rita Skeeter was most disgusting one. I felt like killing her myself. Albus Dumbledore once again proved himself as the coolest professor. Sirius came back. His care for Harry was beyond imagination. How he suffered and spent his days so that he can protect the boy. But my favourite was Ron. Since the beginning he was so funny. His level of sarcasm is what I admire. Dobby, my another favourite character was there too, helping Harry. There are few dialogues in this book that I loved - "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors,not his equals." - Sirius "Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity." - Dumbledore I'm looking forward to read the 5th book soon as I've already got my copy.
Und wieder beweist Joanne K. Rowling die Kunst viel Phantasie mit Drama zu verbinden. Nicht nur ist der Roman durchgehend spannend, nein, viele Dinge, die wir hier erfahren, sind wirklich interessant, besonders über die anderen beiden magischen Schulen. Die neuen Charaktere sind erneut gut eingeführt und man kann sofort die verschiedenen Persönlichkeiten erkennen. Krum gefällt mir von den neuen am besten, denn Moody lernen wir ja eigentlich erst im nächsten Band kennen. Die Geschichte ist dieses Mal komplizierter als zuvor, verworrener und erstmals ohne Happy End. Auch im dritten Band wandelte Rowling in dieser Hinsicht bereits auf einer schmalen Linie, da der eigentliche Mörder entkam und der falsche verhaftet worden war, allerdings konnte dieser, also Sirius, dank Harry und Hermoine noch entkommen. Dieses Mal sieht es ganz anders aus: Harry kommt knapp mit dem Leben davon, Cedric (den man trotz Harrys Abneigung gegen ihn weil er mit Cho zusammen ist, doch angefangen hatte einigermaßen sympathisch zu finden) stirbt, Voldemort kehrt zurück und Fudge (der nun endlich mehr Profil bekommt) ist so verängstigt, dass er dies einfach nicht wahr haben will, weshalb niemand außer Dumbledore und Snape etwas unternehmen. Dieser Roman stellt mit seinem Climax eine Zäsur dar. Vorbei sind die Kindergeschichten, wobei ich die Handlung hier schon lange nicht mehr als Kindergeschichte bezeichnen will, die Einführung in die magische Welt ist abgeschlossen, auch wenn wir noch einige nette Details in den nächsten paar Bänden erfahren werden, jetzt beginnt die eigentliche Handlung, der zweite Krieg gegen Voldemort. Spätestens ab dem nächsten Buch kann man sagen: Harry Potter ist von einem Kinderbuch zu einer Reihe für Erwachsene geworden. Perfekt, so wächst man mit seiner Leserschaft, ein Hoch auf Joanne K. Rowling für diese Leistung.
This is the 4th book (out of 7) in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Some people think that they've come up with a good reason for not reading Harry Potter books. I do not find their reason compelling. You're missing out on sentences like "Dudley had reached roughly the size and weight of a young killer whale." Your loss.
There may be spoilers below. You've been warned. Continue reading at your own literary peril.
This book has everything.
We're introduced to portkeys which are used to great effect at least twice.
We also meet Viktor Krum, a champion Quidditch seeker.
We encounter Veela (apparently the Kardashians are half Veela).
We discover that Leprechaun gold is a form of wizarding world Bitcoin.
House elves are to Harry Potter what droids are to Star Wars (Rebels).
We discover why Rita Skeeter bugs the heck out of us and why she's always "buzzing around".
Professor Snape is still not the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher (nor is Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (who somehow has encountered the Borg in Harry Potter's world)). A friend told me he knew a man with a wooden leg named Moody, so I asked him, "What was the name of his other leg?"
We get to see the first Triwizard Tournament in 700 years.
We find out who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
Hagrid has a patchwork quilt on his gigantic bed.
Don't mess with mother dragons. If you get a golden egg, look and listen to it closely.
Sneakoscopes aren't everything they're cracked up to be.
Sometimes Dobby's eyes leak with happiness.
Giants have a bad rap in Harry Potter's world. This include taking half measures with people like Hagrid and Madame Olympe Maxime.
Goblins have a gambling syndicate. They'll break your legs if you don't pay your debts.
Bartemius and Barty are two different people (even though they're related (father and son)).
Dumbledore speaks Mermish.
Harry is put on a high moral fiber diet.
The third task in the Tournament was amazing.
Voldamort was a really ugly baby. Even his mother couldn't look at him. His appearance was a riddle.
Wormtail was not very handy.
Can you apparate if you're a gorilla, orangutan, or chimpanzee?
Voldamort has problems letting go of petty offenses. "I do not forgive. I do not forget. Thirteen long years ... I want thirteen years' repayment."
Voldamort is back in a physical body. The next three books will respond to this. "I remember only forcing myself, sleeplessly, endlessly, second by second, to exist." A lesser villain would've just given in.
Bertha Jorkins was a veritable "mine of information". A mine is a terrible thing to waste.
Voldamort's choices always come back to haunt him. Including the fact that both his and Harry's wands have a phoenix feather core from Fawkes.
Sirius is a pretty good godfather (unlike the goblins). Seriously.
"What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does." Hagrid (quoting Dumbledore). "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." Gandalf (quoting himself).
Harry becomes a VC and funds a joke shop.
There were 3 Quidditch seekers as main characters in this novel.
This was a complex story line executed pretty well.
While rereading the books ten years ago, I did some research on the popularity of the Harry Potter series around the world. I then found many translations of the books, different books covers, and many book descriptions for each volume. While looking at the french edition of the fourth Harry Potter book, I read a notice at the back that said that Goblet of Fire was the central pillar of the Harry Potter books. This statment intrigued me at first, considering that the series wasn't even completed at the time. But when I thought about it a couple of months ago, I felt that the editor was absolutely right.
For this book makes us understand many things about the world J K Rowling has revealed to us: One, that Voldemort's actions not only involve him, but instead thousands, even millions, of followers waiting for his return or hoping that someone will carry on his political torch. Two, that wizards' prejudices are deep-rooted into their culture; and that they involve not only muggles, but other magical creatures which could be important allies for both sides of the battle (Voldemort or Harry/Dumbledore's side). Three, we also get to see how a wizard's fame starts to tire him as the press and even the public only see that in him and not what he really is: a young man trying to live a life while bearing incredible responsibilities. Four, this book makes us understand how actions are more efficient than words/promises thrown in the open air.
Of course most of these aspects have been more or less present in all the books. But I felt that it is in this book that the wizard world's idyllic images start to wear off as a horrible darkness approaches in the horizon, and that it is this book that many characters' actions will have dramatic consequences in this book's ending, but in the last volumes of this incredible series.
I read all the Harry Potter books and have seen nearly all the movies. Harry Potter proved to be my favorite series EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, of them all, The Goblet Of Fire was my favorite and is my favorite book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harry is now 14 and is in his 4th year. When he gets back to Hogwarts after the long dreadful summer with the Dursleys, exciting news arrives at Hogwarts. Hogwarts is hosting an annual wizarding tournament, known as The Triwizard Tournament. In this tournament, three wizards from three different schools are chosen to compete against each other in three unsuspected tasks. The tasks are used to test wizards with their wizarding knowledge. One wizard will remain victorious and will receive the Triwizard cup. These three schools are Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beuxbatons. This tournament will take place at Hogwarts.
To determine who will compete, wizards in the 7th year only, may put their names in The Goblet Of Fire, which will decide who shall compete. Fleur Delacour of Beuxbatons competes when her name is pulled out of the goblet. Victor Krum, of Durmstrang, competes as well. For Hogwarts, Cedric Diggory is chosen. Then, the unthinkable happens. Harry's name comes out of the goblet, even though he did not put his name in the goblet."People die in this tournament," says his godfather, Sirius Black. Harry is under the impression that one of Voldemort's followers put his name there. But Harry still has no proof. All the same, Harry has to compete, though Dumbledore decides to keep an eye on him.
The first task is to collect a golden egg by getting past a dragon. The egg contains a clue for the next task. With the help of Hermione and Hagrid, Harry succeeds.
The next two tasks get more exciting. I do not want to spoil it for you, but believe me, it's a great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the end, Lord Voldemort rises, and war begins!!!!!!!!!!!
Powerful, well-told, fascinating. I could go on and on about the many positives of this book, but it would just get repetitive. So I'll just toss out three questions that I have about things that the nit-picker in me sees as possible plot-holes:
1) Does anybody who's been following this series (and who hasn't?) really believe that Hermione wouldn't be able to find a spell as apparently obvious as the bubble-head charm (one which apparently Cedric Diggory was able to find on his own) given weeks to research it? I can just BARELY believe that she didn't know of it off the top of her head. I CANNOT accept that she couldn't find it given plenty of time for research.
2) Given that Sirius is sufficiently worried about somebody intercepting the owls used to send mail to him that he wants different owls used each time, AND that he cautions Harry, Ron & Hermione not to use his real name but to refer to him as "Snuffles" when talking about him among themselves at school, WHY DOES HE SIGN HIS REAL NAME TO THE LETTERS HE SENDS HARRY?
3) While we're on the subject of owls: if, as is apparently the case, owls are magically able to find whoever their message is addressed to, no matter how well hidden or disguised the person is (even using different owls every time, some of them school owls with no apparent special talents or knowledge of Sirius, Harry's messages always reached Sirius eventually) why, when Sirius escaped from Azkaban and was being hunted near and far as a dangerous escaped criminal, didn't the ministry simply write him a letter and then track the owl? Why doesn't Dumbledore simply write a letter to Voldemort and track the owl? Or, if Voldemort is considered too dangerous, Wormtail?
Minor quibbles, all, but I must confess to being curious if there's an explanation for any of them.