Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
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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

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • GREAT BOOKS -- great find
    I ordered this book used/very good condition for my daughter. When the book came it smelled of smoke. I e-mailed GREAT BOOKS and they promptly sent another book is wonderful condition. GREAT BOOKS - Great customer service - great find.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Love this book
    I loved all the Harry Potter book and this is no exception. Couldn't wait to read it, then wished I had more when I was done. JK Rowling really brought a lot of imagination and fun to a lot of adults and children. I'll miss the books! I like the movies too, but there is nothing like letting your imagination run wild reading the descriptive scenarios in the books....more info
  • Harry Potter Is The Best!!!!!!!
    personally i believe that harry potter is the best series ever!!!!!! i think that anyone that is not sure in reading this you should read the first one. trust me you will want to read it!...more info
  • 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
  • Glorious
    I've reviewed each of these books but keep being prompted to review them again. I can't praise the writing talent of J.K.Rowling enough. And again I will say, there should be more books and more movies that promote acceptance, tollerance, standing up for one's beliefs, values and what is right vs what is easy. There are too many books and too many movies that plant the idea of violence for violence sake to make us all ill. And, please excuse me if I offend anyone here; Why is it that anyone thinks they need to write a book about finding God in a work of fiction? And for those who have complained since day one about what a threat the Harry Potter books and movies are to so called Christians, if a work of fiction, a work of cinematic art can threaten your faith then you have no true faith to speak of therefore, please keep your squeemishness to yourself. God and Christ put forth the ideas of acceptance, tollerance, standing up for your beliefs standing up for your fellow human beings and for all living things. The Harry Potter books promote these same healthy valuable life lessons so if that is a threat to you, well, bless you for you know not. ...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
  • samy from laketapps says harry potter and the goblet of fire is on fire
    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.

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  • 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
  • Great Quality
    Surprisingly I found the book to be in excellent order. I purchased the book for my nephew and was quite overjoyed to see that it was in outstanding condition. I would highly recommend this seller....more info
  • Can It Get Any Better?
    I know I say this every time, but I swear each Harry Potter book is better than the previous one. Just when you think it can't get any better, Rowling leaves you astonished and frolicking in the excitement her fantastic brand of children's literature....more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • An amazing novel
    Without a doubt this is my favorite novel of the series so far. The action in this novel was intense and I finished the novel in a couple of days. JK Rowling always does a great job of mixing foreshadowing and mystery. With each novel, I have begun to realize that nothing is as it seems. I thought I finally figured out the plot, only to be completely surprised in the end.

    The novel comes after the Prisoner of Azakaban, where we learned that Sirius did not murder Harry's parents, and that wormtail was the actual villain. Wormtail escaped at the end, though, with an oracle that he would nurse Voldemort back to health. That is where the forth book picks up, Voldemort and Wormtail have returned to the house of Voldemort's father to regain health. Additionally, armed with information from a ministry employee, they seek to destroy Harry Potter again.

    An old tournament is reborn, and Harry is chosen to compete although it should have been impossible. He competes and his luck remains with him until the end. Questions will be answered in this novel. Will the Death Eaters rise again? Will a student die? Will Hogwarts stay open? Will the Ministry oppose Voldemort? The Goblet of Fire is a great read....more info
  • A little darker...
    This is when the Harry Potter series starts to get a bit "darker". The ending will make you buy the next book. You will want to know what happends. ...more info
  • Evil book
    The whole harry potter series of books and film is all about witchcraft. This goes against Jesus and the Bible. If you want to read a book, read the Bible. For a film watch "The Gospel Road"(1973)This great film stars Robert Elfstrom as Jesus and Johnny Cash providing narration and song. Best of all there is no flying brooms or witchcraft of any kind. ...more info
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    The book is about Harry Potter going to Howgarts for his fourth year. In Harrys fourth year, Howgarts holds a twiwizard tournament. And two wizard schools came to Howgarts for the tournament. To enter in the tournament you have to be of age which is like 17 years old. If you win the tournament there is a cash prize. There are only four people who can be selected to be in the tournament. Harry is underage but somehow Harry is selected to be in the tournament. Someone who is overage must have put his name in the Goblet of Fire. The Goblet of Fire selects four people to be in the tournament. And the Goblet of Fire has a line around the Goblet and if you cross over that line it will know if you are underage or not. In the tournament Harry has to complete three tasks. The first task Harry has to deal with a dragon. The second task is underwater and the third task Harry has to find his way through a maze to try to find the cup. Harry and Cedric grab the cup at the same time and the cup was a porkey. So they both ended up in a grave yard where Lord Voldemort was waiting for Harry. Voldemorts follower killed cedric. And then Harry fought Voldemort and at the last minute Harry went back to the porkey and went back to Howgarts. Harry won the tournament but Cedric was dead and Voldemort was back.
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  • My least favorite of the Potter novels. The plothole killed it for me.
    Without a doubt my least favorite of the series. I got into Potter back when only the first three books were out, and quite some time before this book came out, and I was all psyched for it. Then I read it, all 700+ pages of it. While I found it engrossing, it certainly wasn't as good as AZKABAN.

    Actually, Amazon ruined the book for me. I was online reading reviews here after I finished the book (this was back in 2000), and one of the reviews pointed out the plothole that why didn't Mad Eye Moody just make a portkey out of anything, rather than make Harry go through all the trouble with the Triwizard Tournament, and I really didn't have any answer to that. So after I finished the book, I didn't read it again for seven years, because this plothole took out the whole point of the book.

    When I reread all six books in preparation for DEATHLY HALLOWS this summer (which I finished them all with a week to spare before Hallow's release date), I picked this up again. It had been a long time since I read it, and the plothole always turned me off so much whenever I did reread the Potter books I never could bring myself to read this one.

    Going through it a second time, in context with the rest of the series, this is definitely when Potter got into darker territory. But Potter was always dark anyway, and while this is always thought of as the turning point in the series as far as darkness goes, AZKABAN is pretty dark too.

    Potter has been enrolled in the Triwizard Tournament, a dangerous tournament that you must be 17 to enter. Potter is entered without his consent, and much too young. Ultimately the three events they must go thru are dangerous and at the end of the third we see Voldemort's plot unmasked.

    As far as the plot hole, I've read several different theories on why Voldemort's agent wouldn't have used the portkey before then. One possible explanation, which I wish Rowling would have used, was you can't use portkey within the grounds of Hogwarts, but under this especial circumstance the use of portkeys was allowed at the end of the tournament. Another issue is Barty Crouch Jr. He must truly want to serve Voldemort to do what he did. Still, it would be a lot of work to drink polyjuice potion every hour for a school year straight.

    We get the first real death in the series (at least, a character we have come to know and not offscreen or backstory deaths). Poignant, but the death appears more to be included so she can move the series into darker territory than any natural artistic progression.

    There are some great scenes in this one, especially the Quidditch World Cup, and introduction of other international schools (a thing we have not yet seen - so far we only know of magic in Britain). Rowling also clearly lays more foundation to Ron and Hermione as a couple, a plotline that would not find full resolution until Book 7. Still, those who always thought Harry and Hermione should end up together, read this book more closely. It's pretty obvious from Book 4 on Ron and Hermione would end up together. There's a lot of sexual tension in the air between those two. Harry, on the other hand, is quite up in the air at this point, though we know in Book 7 who he ends up with.

    While it is my least favorite of the Potter books, it's still an entertaining read. This is clearly the book where Rowling moves beyond children as a primary audience and bringing more complexity and maturity to the series, which is the reason why as the books progress they are more adult oriented than the early volumes.

    Still, I find myself in the minority. I know a lot of people who love GOBLET. There are certainly some great scenes and memorable passages throughout the book. I just wish Rowling would have fixed the plothole better (and it wouldn't be that hard to fix).

    These are my order of Potter books by preference:
    Deathly Hallows
    Prisoner of Azkaban
    Order of the Phoenix
    Philosopher's Stone/Chamber of Secrets (I rank them both the same)
    Half-Blood Prince
    Goblet of Fire.
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  • Excellent
    "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is much thicker than the previous HP books. Once again J.K. Rowling takes her magical series of tales in a darker direction. However, do not be mistaken. There is plenty of light touches and twists and turns to keep the intrest of teenagers. Early on, we are treated to a professional quidditch match, followed by a touch of evil. Harry gets back to school again, then the competition for the Triwizard cup begins. The competition is quite exciting. And, the ending of the story is breathtaking. Meanwhile, we meet Mad Eye Moody and Rita Skeeter and continue to bumb into characters such as Snape. Also, Harry begins to notice that girls are interesting.

    For me, the series picked itself up to a higher level, again.

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  • Goblet of Fire gets a silver medal
    "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" shows JK Rowling still lively and engaging with Harry's newest challenge--the Triwizard Tournament. Technically, he is too young...yet his name comes forth from the Goblet of Fire. At the beginning of the book, there are a series of mysterious deaths,from fear itself,in the "most haunted house in England." These events seem disconnected,but Rowling skillfully weaves them together.

    Harry's challenges in the Triwizard Tournament are puzzling and fun. Rowling keeps her "head in the game." She keeps the reader in suspense as to what will happen next. It's less cheerful as he previous installments,and there is more gruesomeness,especially in the closing confrontation with Voldemort. There's the gossip columnist Rita Skeeter,a villainess with a personality,and who adds a contemporary touch to an otherwise timeless Quest narrative.

    "Goblet of Fire" is longer and more convoluted than the previous books,but Rowling still keeps the story fresh.But how would she fare as the series neared its end?...more info
  • Enjoyable but over hyped
    I enjoyed this book and it was a very quick read. The characters are fun but I don't understand the hype around this book....more info
  • In my opinion the best Harry Potter novel
    In my opinion the best Harry Potter novel. Maybe not the best movie but as far as book go the best. The imagination from JK Rowling was far better, Harry starts to grwo up. Prof Snipe is scary in this book.
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  • and i though it coulnd't get any better
    When I though It coulnd't get any better and then I get the Goblet of Fire and its interesting story, suspense and darker trama. If you've seen the movie you should really read this book since you are missing some of the best parts... I give this book 5 stars because it deserves it, it is a great book with a deep story, a story that it certainly does not end here and leaves you wondering whast going to happen next...more info
  • 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
  • Book Review Culminating Activity
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be enrolled in a school where all you learn about is witchcraft and wizardry? The Harry Potter fantasy series is an entertaining set of books about a boy's experiences at his wizard school, Hogwarts. The novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is an amazing book, the fourth in a series of seven. Harry Potter, the main character of this story, is quite an interesting fellow. When he was merely a baby, the notorious Lord Voldemort murdered his parents. Voldemort also attempted to kill Harry but failed and was stripped of all powers.
    With every word I read I wanted more because of the adventures and horrors that are concealed within its pages. When it ended I needed more Harry Potter; it just wasn't long enough. Although this is the fourth book, it is much different than the others. Harry attempts to overcome great difficulties and terrible situations such as the Tri-Wizard Tournament. At the end an event occurs that will change everyone's lives in the wizard and muggle (non-wizard) worlds. I recommend this series highly for anyone who is of ten years of age or older. This definitely, so far, is the best book in the series! I wish I had listened to my mom when she wanted me to read these books years ago....more info
  • you should read this book because....
    This book is great. It has very descriptive words and it is action packed with a lot of drama. This is my favorite Harry Potter book so far. In general, Harry Potter books are the best for me. Harry finds a romance, but sadly it may not go so well. The book is fantastic. At the end, something interesting happens, and I won't tell you what, so read the book. ...more info
  • The Fourth Book of Potter
    I have this distinct feeling that Book Three was the last "light-hearted" Harry Potter book. Because I was nearly in tears several times at the end of this one. I also have this sense that I should have started reading Potter in earnest more than a decade ago. Oh well. Better late than never.

    I've got to hand it to JKR -- the woman can create complex, twisted plots like no one else. And even with such knowledge, I still can't help but be drawn into her characters that seem to be who -- or who not -- they purport to be, and... just wow. Nothing and no one is safe.

    As in the first three books, I can't help but be amazed by the entire Potter universe, and her world-building can't be lauded enough times. Such a fertile imagination is rare.

    I foresee this as a pivotal book in the saga, and a commendable work....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
  • Going Strong
    The fourth Harry Potter is significantly darker than the first three. harrys is growing up, and is about to face some difficult challenges. Unlike the first three books, the fourth Harry starts not with Harry's departure to Hogwarts, but with a Quidditch tournament, during which some dark misteries are unveiled, misteries which are signs of the things to come.

    The Quidditch tournament, another year at Hogwarts and a Triwizard tournament are the highlights. Harry comes face to face with his arch-enemy Voldemort, which is bound to split the wizarding world.

    Though beautifully and expertly written, the fourth Harry Potter is just a tad too long, with descriptions that are more detailed and lengthy (sometimes unnecessarily so) than usual. Still, the fourth Harry is just as gripping as the first three, and keeps the reader wanting for more. And fortunately there is more. Order of Phoenix, here I come!...more info
  • The best of the series
    Having read now the entire series, i have to say this is my favorite, its the turning point, when the plot begins, and the main story takes off, and its the funnier one.

    Also the ending surprised me more than the other 6 books, dont know why...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
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    What can one say? Rowlings continues with her wonderful story, keeping her characters constantly endearing. The adventures continue and no matter what your age you will be caught up in the excitement and magic as Harry learns more about his background, his strengths and his weaknesses.

    If you have not read Harry Potter at all, then you must start with the first book and read all seven of them, you will be transported out of this world and into one that will bind you as magically as it has bound me...more info
  • Amazing!
    So far my favorite book! I love this book for multiple reasons. The first is all of the interesting things you learns about Harry, Voldemort, and the rest. The second, is all the interesting things you learn about magical creatures and such. The third, is seeing all the kids grow up(*sniff*), and last is reading adventure after adventure and solving mystery after mystery. It's amazing what JKR has done with a simple plot line. She's added characters, she's got side plot lines and even more!
    Get this book. You wont be disappointed. ...more info
  • Wow....
    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

    This book is my favorite out of the first four. The reason I like the fourth book the best is because it has the most details. For example J.K. Rowling described the dragons that Harry fights against very well. She does it well because she uses examples skin color and various things like that. Another reason I like this book the best is because it has a lot of action. One example of action was when Harry had to fight a giant spider. Another moment of action was when Harry had to fight the dragons. Also there was an example of action when Harry had to fight the merpoeple.The last moment of action was when Harry fought he-who-must-not-be-named. The last reason I liked this book was because of the vocabulary. It was interesting how the cruciatus curse came from the Latin stem cruc. Another vocabulary word I learned was Yule which meant Christmas. Also my favorite vocabulary word was hippogriff. A hippogriff is a half horse half eagle. The reason I chose the word is because it sounded cool. These reasons are why I think it is the best book out of the first four Harry potter books.

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  • Goblet Gives Gryffindor Gang Great Gobs of Guesswork, Goosebumps
    Ms. Rowling apparently had a lot to say in this next installment of the series. Coming in at nearly twice the length of the previous story, the bulkiness does not detract from the good, solid storytelling. The author seamlessly brings new readers up to date in the life of Harry Potter by interjecting, throughout the book, facts from the previous three books. However, you will not truly appreciate the development of this wonderful wizardly world without reading them in sequence. Other reviewers have felt the need to list their favorites in this series, but the exercise is unnecessary. The first four books were very fun and easy reads. This stuff isn't meant to be Shakespeare, folks. Many, many adults and kids have gushed to me about how much they enjoyed all seven novels. Nothing in Ms. Rowling's books have soured me from soon reading the fifth installment. Sit back, relax and enjoy....more info