JK Rowling once again brings Hogwarts to life in her fourth installment of the Harry Potter series. In his continuing battle with he-who-must-not-be-named, Harry Potter is unknowingly entered as the youngest person to ever compete in the tri wizard tournament. It is either victory or death for Harry and the cards are stacked against him.
The Goblet of Fire is decidedly darker and more mature than the previous three and the first in which the reader witnesses death first hand.
Beginnig his fourth year at Hogwarts, fourteen-year-old Harry Potter and his friends eagerly await Dumbledore's huge announcement of the Triwizard Tournament involving two other European schools of magic. The Goblet of Fire will choose those 17 and above to participate in the tournament and there will only be one student of each school participating..
The bigger the surprise when the goblet gives a fourth name as participant and it is no other than the underage Harry Potter.
Seeing and feeling the signs of Lord Voldemort once again Harry has to face three difficult tasks, a crumbling friendship with Ron and last but not least the dangerous Lord Voldemort.
The forth installment in this series really hits the mark going out of being pure children's literature. Dealing with problems every young adult faces sooner or later. What I liked about this very thick book is that it never got boring once with much darker elements and more action it's contents grew with our three heros.
As always Harry relies heavily on the help of his friends and teachers to survive.
This is the beginning of the darker Harry Potter stories. It introduced some interesting new characters. Reading it was good, but listening to it really made it come alive. I bawled my eyes out towards the end!
Another fantastic Harry Potter book. Harry is entered into the Triwizard Tournament between Hogwarts and two other schools of magic. Not everyone is happy about Harry being in the tournament though because technically he's too young and not experienced enough. If you enjoyed the other 3 Harry Potter books you'll enjoy this one even more.
As a fan of this series, I feel that the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series crosses the threshold into it becoming more a series for adults than children. With the third book, the reader is given a glimpse of the dark direction the series can take, but the door is definitely thrown wide open with Goblet as Harry faces some of the most difficult times he's ever had to face. On the upside, He also gets to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity when he attends the Quidditch World Cup with his friends. Even though the event becomes frightening and menacing events occur, Harry seems to enjoy the experience. Luckily for the fans of the series, the unexpected doesn't stop there. When Harry arrives at Hogwarts, he learns that his school will be hosting a tournament between Hogwarts and two other wizarding schools. Somebody has plans for Harry and they aren't good plans and Harry has to keep his wits when he is chosen as one of the participants in the tournament.
One thing I did not like about this story is the way Ron behaved after Harry was chosen as one of the champions. I get that he was jealous but it really bothered me that he is supposed to be Harry's best friend and you are supposed to be loyal to your friends, but yet Ron did not believe that Harry did not submit his own name into the cup. Even when he finally comes to his senses and realizes his mistake, I felt like Harry forgave him too quickly. I understand why he did but I felt like Harry let him off the hook too easily. I am sure that Ron gets annoyed playing second fiddle to Harry, but the series is about Harry after all. If it were about Ron, then this book would have been Ronald Weasley and the Goblet of Fire.
I very much enjoyed the introduction of the social custom of learning how to dance and attending the Yule Ball. Harry's distress at not being able to take Cho Chang to the Ball and worrying about who he should take was entertaining. Hermione's coming out was also enjoyable to see. Even with Ron's snotty attitude, it was still wonderful.
I liked Cedric and thought he and Harry demonstrated great teamwork in the tournament even though they were competing against one another. Though the final stage of the tournament was well written and highly suspenseful, it was still difficult to read what happens as Harry's worst nightmare comes to life. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Draco undergo some major changes as well with the help of Mad-Eye Moody.
I am now more than half-way through the series and am so excited to be reading it again. There are so many things in the books that I missed in the first reading or had forgotten about that it really does feel like I'm reading it for the first time. Even knowing what awaits me in book #5, I am looking forward to experiencing it all over again.
cra - reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Bk 4) on
Oh dear, just when Harry thought he might get a peaceful year too. LOL
In this fourth installment we meet characters from two other wizarding schools, and watch as they all compete in the Triwizard tournament for a chance at eternal glory. With Harry around though, things are never that simple.
Scotti N. reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Bk 4) on
"Goblet of Fire" is a thrill ride of a book! The adventures are much more exciting than in the previous books. The main characters continue to be well-thought-out and are maturing as all teenagers do, with ups and downs.
I always enjoy any of Rowling's Potter books and to be able to hear her words by means of audio tapes in additional pleasure. My grandchildren who are not all old enough to be able to read her works yet have especially enjoyed listening to the tapes.
Kristin V. reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Bk 4) on
This amazing book is the perfect sequel to Harry's year 3, The Prisoner of Azkaban. This year at Hogwart's is a little different. The school is hosting the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Much like a triathalon gone mad, the contestants must make their way through different tasks with no outside help. The catch, contestants must be 17 years old to participate because the tasks can be very perilous. In comes the Goblet of Fire to sort out who is who. Names are dropped into the Goblet, and it chooses who may participate.
This great story also brings in a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, an old friend of Dumbledore's and an Auror, Mad Eyed Moody!
An awesome read, open its pages to find out how Harry, Hermonine, and Ron are up to no good again!
This has long been my favourite book in the series, coming out just slightly ahead of Chamber of Secrets. It's long but doesn't drag the way the fifth one does, and there's some important development of the backstory and canon that only makes the omissions in the movie more blatant.
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.
Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream.) He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal--even by wizarding standards. . . And in his case, different can be deadly.
New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2000
A Booklist Editors' Choice 2000
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Book 4 of the Harry Potter books and a great read. Harry just wants to have a normal year at school. He just wants to blend in and be a normal young wizard. But Harry Potter is no normal wizard and this will be no normal year for anyone in Harry's world especially Harry.
I had a hard time reading this one. I was sorely disappointed in how much of the book was of a quidditch match. I often put this book down and couldn't pick it up and begin to read it. Although I did finally manage to finish it. It's too long and boring with the quidditch match. I love quidditch but it's better to watch than to read.
Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizardand his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with the Hermione,Ron,and Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chand,his crush(and maybe more than dream).He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year,an event involving two other rival schools of magic.and a competition that hasn't happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal fourteen year old wizard. but unfortunately for Harry Potter he's not normal-even by wizarding standards. And in his case,different can be deadly.
If you have not read the Harry Potter book series, please have somebody mind control you, and make you vandalize your house, and throw stones through your window saying read harry potter or more will come. then stop the mind control and wonder who vandalized your house, read the note on the stones, and read the Harry Potter book series.
As Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts starts, everyone is talking about the Tri-Wizard Tournament that will take place at their school. Two other schools of witchcraft and wizardry will compete against Hogwarts' champion. Only students seventeen years of age or older are allowed to compete. Their names are placed in the Goblet of Fire which picks one contestant from each school. No one is more shocked than Harry when the Goblet gives the name of a fourth contestant: Harry Potter. As Harry prepares to overcome his fears and face the three trials that will be put to him and the other contestants, he worries that whoever entered his name may not want him to live through the tournament.
Another excellent addition to the Harry Potter series. This story is a bit darker than the previous books in the series. New characters are added to the series, but the older characters also have their time in the spotlight. As usual, the audiobook's narrator was outstanding. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
** spoiler alert ** loved loved loved it. my favorite in the series after prisoner of azkaban. i loved how it started. can't stand the house elves though and hate reading about dobbs and winky. the way they talk- too...slaveish, racist(?) for me. but i loved the story and am really digging where the series is going. and so glad moody didn;t turn out to be bad and that sirius black is back! hope he starts playing a larger role- i love that character. and im really excited to find out where shes going with the whole snape character.
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. It is a typical fun little romp with the kids from Hogwarts. And now that I have read the book I can watch the movie. I do look forward to reading the next one
The Harry Potter series was definitely one of the best I've ever read... I had so much fun standing and waiting in line each time a new book came out, I'm really disappointed that the series is over, but it had a fantastic ending.