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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!
This is a great book for many reasons I will tell you 4 of them…1 the Quidditchworld cup that was excellent and the Dark Mark that was weird.2 I liked How there was a fourth champion and how Harry got a golden egg.3 I like how Harry used Gillyweed and saved someone he wasn't supposed to.4 I loved how there were stuff like spinex's it's a shame someone died.There I have given you four reasons why you should read this book.I recommend this for ages 7+.(I also love it because it's got Sirius Black in it.
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 QuidditchWorld 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 QuidditchWorld 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!
Once again, Stephen Fry does justice to the fourth, and longest so far, in the Harry Potter series. His portrayal of the characters, never silly and always apt, is matched by the gathering pace, especially in the second half. The long preamble about the QuidditchWorld cup becomes justified as the story enfolds and it is a very good read - or rather, a very good listen! And it certainly makes an excellent background to listen to while doing the boring household chores! Given the length and the weight of the book, it is a welcome alternative to reading it oneself.
Being afraid of the Sirius Black (an escaped convict from Azkaban prison) the Dursley's were treating Harry much nicely this summer. Weasley's came to pick Harry up for the QuidditchWorld Cup finals with a bang, but their fun was washed up by the return of Death eaters- supporters of the Dark Lord. Harry then finds out that a tournament is going to held at Hogwarts in which children below 17 are barred to enter. It'll be a tournament like no other anyone has ever seen, which will test champions' magical prowess, courage, intellect, knowledge and ability to cope with danger. With the knack for trouble, would the-boy-who-lived be able to stay away from trouble or would he find himself again in the midst of it all?
The fourth book in The Harry Potter Universe contains so many new spells and charms as well as awesome new characters along with a few magical creatures. The writing is as always so neat and easier to fathom. This book provides the much needed backstory of one of the most heinous villain ever. The plot is plain and simple but the twist at the end is what makes this a splendid read. I loved all the new characters and their development is superbly done. Voldemort just gave it a more darker touch than the first three books. How Voldemort instill fear in the hearts of Death Eaters is one of my most appreciated moment of the book. I loved how different schools came together to participate in the competition, it may prove to be a big turning point in the later books to counter against the dark lord's army. I would love to read about these guys again. The only thing i disliked is that sometimes the book pacing was getting slow. Also i was really looking forward to the maze trial but it was over in an instant. Apart from that, i loved the book. Do pick this series if you haven't already. 😊🙏
Why didn’t I think of this before, a fantastic audio version that simply allows you to drift off into a world beyond the bookshelves without having to burn the midnight oil and hold that heavy book.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great extension beyond what was really Harry’s apprenticeship as defined by JK Rowing in the opening series of books. Yes, there are the usual suspects, familiar locations and settings and the same threats to sanity and life, but the opportunity is taken in this book to gradually expand upon those horizons and what an expansion the author treats us to.
Oh Harry, a problematic encounter with the Weasley’s is just an appetiser. Quidditch headlines in the form of the World Cup. Harry’s relationships with the stalwart duo of Hermoine and Ron develop yet further, but certainly not as smoothly as the reader may wish (or want). It is no surprise that Harry’s magician / wizard powers and finesse with the wand come on leaps and bounds, but once again with unexpected twists and turns. Hogwarts, where would this tale be without that redoubtable old world school? The plans, plots, triumphs and disasters played out within its hallowed walls just continue to trip from JK Rowings pen and onto the paper. Just as Harry is beginning to develop into a mature young man, the author too is developing, the reader (or in this case with the audible version, the listener) can sense the very essence of it.
This is a great addition to the already strong stable of Harry Potter Books and like every one of its predecessors, the reader finds that they cannot turn the pages quick enough to keep pace with the every expanding story line.
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 QuidditchWorld 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.
This book tells the story of Harry's forth year at Hogwarts. For advanced forgein readers it's a feasible book without difficult, inapprehensible paragraphs. In my opinion it's the best of the seven Harry Potter books J. K. has written. Firstly, because of the funny story when Harry moves to the Weasleys and the happenings at the QuidditchWorld Cup in the holidays and secondly due to the fact that the readers dive in an action-packed story during the school year, which is special and different from all other books before and afterwards. Enjoy reading...
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.