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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
I started reading the Harry Potter Series because a friend of mine said I should. So far I have found it enjoyable. Goblet of Fire was not my favorite. I didn't like the start, but overall I did like the book and it did get better. This one does get darker, and has its moments of deep sadness. But over all its another year at Hogwars. And now that I have read the book I can watch the movie. I do look forward to reading the next one....more info
- Another great book!
This is my son's review:
Harry Potter is what draws me to this book. He's a wizard with extraordinary abilities. Ron & Hermione are another reason I like this book. They are very good friends of Harry & in this book they help him through the dangerous & deadly tasks ahead of him, like giving him a tactic against a dangerous dragon. This book is set mostly in Hogwarts the fictional wizard's school.
The Goblet of Fire is a cup that wizards 17 years old can enter their names & it picks out people to enter the Triwizard Tournament, one of the most dangerous tournaments in wizard history. One person from each school may enter and the winner gets 1000 Gallions (wizard money) & the Triwizard cup.
There is a person who secretly helps Harry in this book & he is revealed at the end, which kept me glued to the book trying to guess who he is.
This book is fourth in this series. You need to read the first 3 books to keep up with this one. I liked the book very much & I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to experience magic & adventure.
- 2nd best potter book
This is my second favorite of all the Harry Potter books, and it features some of the best writing in the series. I won't say much about it because everyone has read it by now. But I will answer the question about why making the Triwizard Cup the portkey instead of something else. If it was just any old object then there was no guarentee that HP would touch it first, even if it was his Firebolt. Furthermore, there's no telling which day Harry would touch his Firebolt so Voldemort and Wormtail would have no idea when he would be coming. Also it would have been harder for Crouch Jr to get to HP's stuff without arousing suspicion. The Triwizard Cup was the only thing possible, and still he had almost failed.
Anyway, this a great and well written novel with a lot of action and suspense, and it is also one of the darkest books I have ever read. Highly recommended....more info
- The point where the series went downhill
This book is the point where the series went downhill. Out goes the tight plotting and the magical whimsy that made the earlier books so fun, in goes a poorly edited brick of a book that is packed with useless filler and contains quite possibly the largest plot hole I have read in any novel. It's a shame that the subsequent books in the series would carry over all of the bad elements of this book and none of the good elements of the previous entries....more info
- A True Action/Adventure Story
It seems that each of the Harry Potter books has it own secondary genre. The first book was an introduction, the second a comedy, the third a dark horror and the forth book - a true action/adventure story. The Goblet of Fire was a fun read simply because there was so much to picture. Here we are engulfed in the fantasy side of the wizarding world complete with dragons, mermaids, giants and the definitive return of a persistent evil doer. Even if the story was lacking depth, the visual imagery was not. From the World Quiddich Cup to the Tri-Wizard Tournament the vastness of what could be out there and yet not known is so much fun to think about. I consumed this book much faster than the previous editions....more info
- Rowling Does It Again
I have read every book in this series multiple times. Goblet of Fire is one of my favorites. I think this book is the one where Harry starts to become an adult. Not only is he thrown into the Tri-wizard Tournament, he also starts to notice girls and experience jealousy. Awww, adolescence.
The book starts out with Harry spending the usual summer at the Dursley's, but we are quickly taken to the Quidditch World Cup. I love the comedy Rowling throws in here, with the tents and the different ways wizards avoid Muggles. However, Harry is soon back at Hogwarts and he faces his usual trials and tribulations, but he (along with the reader) faces horrors he never dreamed about. We finally learn about other schools in the wizarding world, which is great information for lovers of the series.
Following in suit of the other Harry Potter books, Goblet of Fire is full of action and spells and all the things the fans love. Unlike the other books, the book is fairly dark. However, any fan of the series will like this book. It has all the ingredients a good reader loves.
- This is my favorite book of the series
This is my favorite book of the series. It has the most action while still being a fairly upbeat book. Some of the later ones, especially book 5, take a much darker, woe is me kind of tone that took some struggling to get through.
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire takes place in Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwartz. This is not an ordinary year though, this year the Triwizard Tournament is being held at the school. Delegations from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons visit the school to compete in the Tournament. It's an age old tournament where each school has a champion that has to complete three tasks. The champion who completes the three tasks the best, receives the most points, and becomes Triwizard Champion. This year, however, is a bit different. Someone it seems is out to get Harry and has put his name in the goblet of fire. They've ensured he becomes a champion and has to undertake the tasks set forth in the Tournament. Harry must watch his back because someone is out to get him. Voldemort's most loyal servant is at Hogwartz and has his eye on Harry. ...more info
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Harry potter and the goblet of fire
Are you looking for a suspense thriller that keeps you wanting more then you should read harry potter and the goblet of fire? By J.k. Rowling so get going to your nearest book store and pick up the book harry potter and the goblet of fire.
When harry potter returns to Hogwarts with his two best friends Ron weasly and hermonie granger they must face the fact that molfoys up to something so when he starts to have lessons with Dumbledore he tells Dumbledore but he just throws it to the side and ignores the warning so they start there lessons Dumbledore wants to teach harry about voldamorts past so that they can find were he hid his hocuses witch are objects that when he ripped his sole into two and hid them in objects that meant something to him but they are very hard to find because there voldamorts sole he hid them incredibly hard witch will take harry Ron Hermonie and Dumbledore to swampy lakes with dead people in them and cold dark forest sleeping in just a tent and going on food that they can find.
My favorite part in the book harry potter ad the goblet of fire is when harry Ron and Hermonie get dragged off to Molfoys house and when they get down to the cell the find Luna lovegood and olivander the wand maker who was kidnapped by voldamort so he could make wands for him and his death eaters Luna was kidnapped because her father was writing stuff about how to help harry potter and his friends when harry and his friends majorly need help harry looks in the mirror and sees a blue eye and thinks its Dumbledore's eye but a few seconds later dobby the house elf who comes to the rescue and save all of them but on his way out with the last of the kidnapped bellatrix throw a hand knife at the wall and it hit dobby after he saves all the people that were kidnapped dobby dies.
Some of my favorite characters are Fred and George because Fred and George will always give you a laugh and are so funny and out going
I recommend this book for kids who can handle scary stories and like wizards and magical thing but if you or your child cant handle scary stories then this book is not for them but there are other books for kids who don't like scary stories like so be it and many others so I hope you found my Amazon book review a great as many others will so please head to your nearest book store and pick up Harry potter and the goblet of fire.
- Keeps getting better
I am currently on book five of the series after a crescendo of an ending to the Goblet of Fire (Book 4). There was not a dull page in the entire book! This is going on my top ten list for sure! I am 26 years old and have a wide variety of genres in my top ten list. This is definitely worth it to purchase and cherish. What an adventure! ...more info
- HP Goblet of Fire - my second favorite in the series
Despite being 600+ pages long, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire flies by all too quickly. The story dashes from the murderous presence of Voldemort, to the miserable monotony of Privet Drive, to the charm and warmth of Burrow, to the glory of the Quidditch World Cup, and finally to Hogwarts, where Harry is beginning his fourth year of school.
But the action doesn't stop there, because Hogwarts is hosting an interschool competition known as the Triwizard Tournament, and someone seems to think entering Harry as a contestant might be a good way to finish him off. While contending with Triwizard feats of daring and danger, Harry is burdened with worrying about the safety of his escaped criminal godfather, avoiding the poisonous pen of Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter, supporting Hermione's crusade for elf rights, and treading carefully around Ron's bruised ego...all while monitoring the disturbing signs that the most evil wizard ever known may be rising once more......more info
This is all I can say about this book. I have seen the movie and was quite happy with the story and how it ended, however, now that I am done with the book, the movie had done it no justice. Absolutely breathtaking. The action in the book with all of the tasks and the development of the main characters is amazing. The last 30 pages or more were not even addressed in the movie and I feel that this ending in the book wwould leave many confused in the future installments. If there is anyone who read the third book and was not impressed, need to pick up the fourth book and push through the 734 pages because they will not be regretful. The story with what happened at the Quiditch world cup was way more developed, the story with Rita (the reporter from the Daily Prophet) was way more developed and added so much more to the drama and the humor in the end. The fifth book is going to be amazing, I just know it. J.K Rowling is absolutely brilliant and allows any one and every one to visit Hogwarts and become apart of the action. Her writing and her descriptions open doors to my imagination I never knew I had. I am telling anyone who reads this book now, be prepared. The stories are going to become more complex and way more interesting. I can say that this is now one of my favorite books of all time....more info
- Better and Better
As I mentioned in my previous reviews of this series, the books just get better and better as you go along. With each new book, I find a new favorite. Do yourself a favor and pick them all up, if you haven't already!...more info
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best book that I have ever read in my whole entire life! It is a magical adventure story about a wizard named Harry Potter that mysteriously gets entered into the Triwizard Tournament, a tournament with three competing wizarding schools (Beaxbatons, Durmstrang, and Hogwarts) who select a champion over the age of 16 who will compete against the other champions. Harry himself is under 16 years of age and is chosen, against the age rules, to compete in the tournament. With help from his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly, Harry ties at first place on the second task, meaning that he will get a head start in the third task. He and the other Hogwarts champion, Cedric Diggory, reach the Triwizard Cup at the same time and take it together. They are then transported to the grave of Lord Voldemort's father. Lord Voldemort an extremely dark and dangerous wizard has lured Harry into his clutches. With the help of the extra training of spells and charms he learned before the third task, will he defeat the most evil wizard of all time? Or will he be killed and eaten by Voldemort's snake........ ...more info
- I Love Harry Potter
Just like the other Harry Potter books, this one is great! The globlet of fire, the tri-wizard competition and the return of Lord Voldemort, along witht he adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione, make this book hard to put down. JK Rowling hit the bulls eye again....more info
- Well plotted, one of the best in the series!
The fourth instalment in the series, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire is a tightly- woven, well-plotted novel that has all the ingredients that make a bestseller, and is well-deserving of all the praises heaped upon it.
The book marks a departure of sorts in the series as it is not only much longer than its predecessors [734 pages] but also much darker & menacing. Harry finds himself being bothered by his scar again, and at the Quidditch World Cup, sees the Dark Mark of Voldemort, giving rise to his suspicion that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is about to come back to full power. Harry's relationship with his godfather Sirius Balck is developed even further, and though in the backgorund, Sirius continues to be a mentor of sorts to Harry.
This is also a turning point in the relationship between Harry, Ron & Hermione - we find all three of them being much more aware of the opposite sex, esp Harry & Ron who develop crushes, all a natural part of being young adolescents. Young Harry is also maturing into a skilled wizard, and with the guidance of others, finds a sure footing in the world of wizarding & magic. Hermione blossoms into a pretty young lady, and Ron faces conflicts in his friendship with Harry, tired of being in Harry's shadow all the time.
There are plenty of plot twists here to keep one reading, and the thrills are plenty - there is a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody, visiting students from Beaubaxtons & Durmstrang schools of magic, the Triwizard tournament [in which champions are to complete three magical tasks], and of course the pervasive evil of Lord Voldemort reaching out to Harry.
This is definitely one of the best in the series, and Rowling truly demonstrates her mastery at weaving a cohesive narrative that keeps readers spellbound right till the very last pages. Highly recommended!...more info
- What an excellent series!
This is book 4 in the enchanting tale of Harry Potter. It seems that this series gets better and better with each book. I have read all 7 books now, and after finishing the 7th, decided to pick up the first 6 and reread them, as there is so much material I have forgotten since I first read them. I will not give a synopsis of the book, since Amazon and so many of their customers have already done so, but I will tell you that it is a truly excellent book. My favorite characters of this series, the House Elves, have a bigger presence in this book, which made me quite enjoy it. Once you reach the last 200 pages, you just can't put the book down because you want to know what happens! Don't let this diminish the rest of the book, because it is just as good. I will say that this is the first book in the series that has a much darker overtone to it, which is most prevalent in the last few chapters. I truly recommend this series to all ages!...more info
This is the first series I've read in over 10 years that I have known to actually get better with each installment. The last 100 pages or so of the novel are electric. Just when you think the novel is coming to a close, Rowling introduces another and yet another plot twist building up to the series of events that leads to The Order of the Phoenix.
While I consider myself a fast reader (I started Book 1 three weeks ago), I am doing my absolute best to get up to Book 7 before I hear what happens in the end. As Moody states in the book "Constant Vigilance" is needed to evade plot spoilers. I have almost had to rudely quiet people when discussing the events of the last two books, which I have yet to read.
Indeed as Stephen King says, I believe Harry Potter will join the ranks of the other great heroes - Dorothy, Huck, Frodo, and now Harry. I can only imagine what the future of J.K. Rowling holds. ...more info
- Best of the seven books
I am a Potter fan, and a Jim Dale audio book fan too.
After reading all seven books, after I calmed down from all the Deathly Hallows excitement, I feel GoF is the best in the entire series.
GoF is very engaging, it kept me guessing "who put Harry's name in the Goblet" all the way through the book. Quite a few characters seemed suspicious, but in the end, surprise, surprise. All suspects' weird/mysterious behavior had clear explanation at the end, no loopholes, no loose ends, more convincing than the Deathly Hallows. ...more info
- Another Great Harry Potter Novel
The fourth book in the Harry Potter series, this is the turning point in the saga.
Harry finds himself attending the Quidditch World Cup with the Weasleys and Hermione, happy to be away from the Dursleys. While there, the Death Eaters make a return. When Harry returns to Hogwarts, he finds that the historic Tri-Wizard tournament is going to be held at Hogwarts, and he is mysteriously entered.
J. K. Rowling continues the story with new, intriguing characters and breathtaking action. As Harry grows older, the story becomes darker. The story is one that cannot be put down....more info
- Best In The Series
Having now read all of the books in the Harry Potter series, I personally feel The Goblet Of Fire was the best and most memorable book. The tasks that the characters had to accomplish were unique and fun to read. Plus the characters are beginning to grow up and experience a lot of coming-of-age turbulance and confusion. They encounter trials tougher than they have ever experienced before. This adds to the drama and interest of the story. The characters are growing up and we with them. We relate to them. I remember far more of the details of this book than I do of the others in the series and am looking forward to reading it again....more info
- For 1,000's of Years!!!
Ok, we all know and love the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. And of the seven books in the series, I think Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is probably none other than the best. It's plot is amazing and it has the best descripion a book could possibly offer. The only critizisim I could give it is that things can be a bit predictable at points... The author uses a lot of conversation and dreams to really keep the book flowing. Now, here's a bit about the plot: Anyone who has read the Harry Potter series knows that the main characters are Harry and his best friends Ron and Hermione. It mainly follows a plot where the Triwizard Tournament happens at Hogwarts and it hasn't happened for 1'000's of years. Three schools are competeing, (where else would tri come from?) Hogwarts, Beauxaton's, and Durmstrang. They compete in various challenges and only one student does it per school. That's all I can tell you. Read it to find out what happens! I would highly recommend this book....more info
- For 1,000's of Years!
Ok, we all know and love the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. And of the seven book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is probably none other than the best. It's plot is awesome and it has the best description a book could offer. The only criticism I could possibly give it is that things can be a bit predictable at points... The author does a lot of conversation and dreams to really keep the book flowing. Now here's a bit about the plot: Anyone who's read the Harry Potter Series knows that the main characters are Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione. It mainly follows a plot where the Triwizard Tournament takes place at Hogwarts and it hasn't happened for 1,000's of years. Three schools are competing, (where else would tri come from?) Hogwarts, Beauxaton's, and Durmstrang. They compete in various challenges useing magic, and there's only one person who is supposed to compete per school. That's really all I can tell you. Read it to find out what happens! I would highly recommend this book....more info
- Page-turning and very engaging
I'm finally working my way through the Harry Potter series. Obviously, others have covered the plot synopsis, so I'll just add my two cents that I really enjoyed reading the book. I enjoy reading lots of books, but all the Harry Potter books are those that you can really lose yourself in.
Something I find interesting is how the books are evolving as Harry is getting older -- they are written for an audience of about Harry's age, so they get more complex as you go through the series. And darker, too. Harry's challenges are starting to move beyond schoolwork and into some very serious stuff.
Ms Rowling's penchant for comma splices still annoys me a little, but maybe that just makes us read faster. The foreshadowing seemed a bit less obvious with this book, with some genuinely surprising plot twists (which surprised me even though I'd already seen the movie...). As soon as I finished this book, I had to return it to the library and grab up the next two! Makes me very glad that I waited until they were all written, or I think I'd have gone mad!...more info
- a longer and darker book
I was at a conference in San Francisco in July 2000 and went to a Borders the day this book came out. I bought a copy. Everyone in my family except the youngest was reading these books. In 2002 my youngest son is trying to read them also. We saw the movie on book 1 and liked it.
This book differs from the first three in that it is much longer. In the beginning it does not hold your interest like the previous three. I think with the first three she continued to get better. But with this book she tried to be different and top the others. I think the length was a mistake and that is why I now have changed my mind and given it only 4 stars.
Toward the end there are real surprises and the interest picks up. If you get to the tournament you will be intrigued and surprised. For Potter fans she ties up loose ends from previous books and the suspense, surprise and new mysteries that are her trademark come out. But you have to go through a lot to get there. If you like the Potter series it is worth wading through. You can find my early review with more discussion of the story line if you have the patience to search through the 4000+ other reviews. Mine is in the middle even though it was posted only two weeks after the release of the book!
We all expected book 5 in 2001. It didn't happen. Don't expect it in 2002 either.
As it is now 2008 and the series of books is over it seems to me that this was the turning point book where Rowling catered more to the adults than the kids, starting a trend of more complicated plots longer books and darker endings. Only the older dedicated children were able to go through the last 4 books. As a slow reader I definitely lost some interest.
- Best audiobook experience there is.
EDIT: Some people mark audio reviews as "unhelpful", which I found strange, until I realized what Amazon does.
-- They pool audio and text reviews and place all of those reviews on each of the products' pages, regardless of form the material is taking. You wouldn't expect a book review on the DVD's page. In this case, every word is the same, but a book review tells you only about the story, not the quality of the audio product.
-- But any regular audiobook listener has experienced a great book poorly read, or hammed up, or a voice that grated on your nerves, or found a book you loved to listen to, but couldn't find the time to sit and read (Lord of the Rings for me).
-- A review of the author's work tells you NOTHING about the audio, and yet, if you try and find what you're getting into, you have to sift through MANY book reviews before finding out the quality of the voice work, as most people have reviewed the author and the book, rather than the audiobook.
-- So, here's a small review of the audiobook, if you're interested in purchasing that. If you're looking for a review of the author, I am not being unhelpful, but Amazon is. I will request that they change their policy and display the reviews separately.
... Jim Dale is one of the best voice actors I've ever listened to and he brought the books to life an a way that reading could never do. I like reading, but it's really incredible to have someone put a different voice to every character, displaying the emotions and tone of the interactions.
... They are a really phenomenal experience, and I've listened to them over again and again....more info