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I loved this book, I am currently getting into the Harry Potter series. My best friend recommended this to me and I’m so happy I’m reading it. J.k Rowling’s books are so inspiring and descriptive. I forget time and space is still a thing when I’m reading. I also thoroughly enjoy the movies but it’s sad how they’re shorter then the books, as you can’t fit 600 pages into two hours. I’m currently 100 pages away from finishing and the books amazing so far! ( no spoilers! ) - A person who reads
This is a great book for many reasons I will tell you 4 of them…1 the Quidditch world 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 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!
As i said absolutely amazing read got me hooked from start to end. Give a round of an appluase for jk rowling I've read the 1st 2nd 3rd and now finished the 4th can't wait for the 5th.Recommended.Im only 8(don't worry im on my mums kindile)i finshed this book in 2/3 weeks recommend for 7 and above because if your younger there will be words and sentences in the books that you would not understand.Jk rowling is the best author i have ever heard of outstanding.Got me hooked for sure if your going to read jk rowlings books your sure infore a treat get comfy and take a ride to the magical world of hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardrey.Hope you enjoy this book and the rest of them cause i sure did.If you don't like the storys maybe its bot your kind of style of reading but if im honest my style of reading is Every style of reading.Bye now i hope you found my review helpful i did not mention anything that happens in the story cause that would be a spoiler alert if your buying this book for a child under the age of 7 it will probably be story that will have to wait another year or two for. :) There is crazy and amazing parts in the story too!!!!
First of all. A point. I'm aware of the recent controversy surrounding JK Rowling's opinions. This review is NOT about the moral debate over how she feels about the validity of LGBT identities. This is about the book, and the book only.
My daughter has ALL the Harry Potter Illustrated books. She loves them, and I can see why. The print quality is excellent, the cover art beautiful and the package as a whole is a high quality item that gives the reader a different experience to the paperbacks. The artist has done a fantastic job of bringing Rowling's characters and settings to life. It all looks good and fits well with the story. One thing I should warn you about is that this is a large, heavy book and will probably be reserved for reading at home. It's NOT the sort of thing you could take on the train and read. It's also worth noting that bringing out the next edition of the illustrated books takes a LONG time. This one took much longer than the last one and 'Order of the Phoenix' is an even longer book. If you're hoping to collect the whole Harry Potter series in illustrated form you are probably in for a long wait. I'd estimate you'll have to wait until at least 2028, probably 2030 before you can complete the set. There's also the risk that at some point the financial value of printing these won't be there. So you could try and collect them, but find at the end you only have half an illustrated set. The book on it's own merit though, will be loved by kids and adult Potter fans alike. It'd make a great Christmas or birthday present, and might encourage a fan who read the paperback to read the story again.
Well, this is now the fourth audio book of the series I've purchased. My four children have all read the Harry Potter books but a couple of years ago I discovered the audio books of the stories, read by the legend that is Stephen Fry. Quite simply, brilliant. I've used the audio books on long car journeys to ensure peace and quiet for hours on end! My wife, who hasn't read the books, is also hooked. Just one problem; the day is coming when I'll have to write on an insurance claim form that the reason I drove into the back of Car A in front was I was distracted by Ron Weasley's masterful putdown of Malfoy or laughing at the Weasley's twins latest antics. I've had a few near misses. The latest book (Goblet of Fire) got us from Birmingham to Gatwick, then came with us to Florida where all car journeys were accompanied by Fry's mellifluous tones, then back home again. All in a harmonious car - even when jet lagged. We're on disk 12 of 17 now. It may cost nearly 50 quid but you get 24 hours of entertainment. My youngest son (aged 10) is listening to the earlier books in his room now which also gives us some quality tranquility. I foresee audio book 5 will be required later this year... We've long listened to stories in the car and there are many very good stories out there but Stephen Fry reading JK Rowling is the best of the bunch.
Harry Potter and the goblet of fire review Author-J.K Rowling This book is in the Harry Potter series so people would be a fan of this book . This book shows how the Triwizard tournament is held at Hogwarts and Harry , though underage gets selected for the tournament. There are many interesting parts in this book but the most interesting part I found was , when Barty Crouch Jr. told the truth about how he entered Hogwarts and explained that how he escaped Azkaban,under the trance of Veritaserum (the truth potion). The most horrifying part was when Cedric died and when Voldemort got his body back. The funniest part was when Lavender and Parvati started laughing at the mention of the Yule Ball by Professor Mcgonagall. My overal opinion: It's quite positive. This is also my favourite book in the Harry Potter series till now.It is just totally fantastic.I give this book five out of five stars.Harshit Gupta
I am a HP fan and Rowling's fourth book is a blast. Also a great price for a 700 page book. Been reading these books since mum gave it to me. At first scared just because one of the movies were a bit scary but now read and watch at the same time!!!! Highly recommend for everyone who likes fantasy and adveture books. Also keep reading these books to improve your vocab! Great book and a well known classic!