Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

In this action-packed fourth installment, Harry has to face off against a dragon, fight some spear-wielding merpeople, and enter a deadly maze where his greatest enemy lies in wait…all while finding himself estranged by his own best friend, trusting the wrong people, and dealing with the deaths of people he cares for.

hp-gobletTitleHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, Book 04
Publish Date: July 8, 2000
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionLord Voldemort, the dark wizard responsible for the deaths of Harry’s parents, is growing stronger. At the Quidditch World Cup, Voldemort’s signature Dark Mark appears in the sky over the stadium, causing pandemonium. The lightning-bolt-shaped scar on Harry’s forehead is sporadically causing him agonizing pain, and he is also hearing disturbing voices. Harry realizes that all this is the result of a strong connection between himself and the Dark Lord, one that is putting him in grave danger.

Back at Hogwarts, the students are getting ready for the upcoming Triwizard Tournament. Witches and wizards from two other schools are coming to Hogwarts for the year to compete in a series of grueling contests. The tournament is open only to students age 17 and above, but when someone secretly enters Harry’s name, he is forced to compete. How can a 14-year-old possibly pass tests that might be fatal to an advanced wizard? And with the threat of Lord Voldemort looming, will he be able to focus on the tournament at all?

For Harry, his friends, and everyone in the Wizarding world, the stakes are about to become much higher. This fourth installment, with a heart-pounding and emotional climax, serves as a turning point in the series, for the reader and for Harry himself.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

This is the first HUGE volume in the Harry Potter series and there’s so MUCH to learn from it. JK Rowling not only expands Harry’s mind of the marvelous wizarding universe he’s had the fortune to land in, but also her readers. For the first time, we’re seeing glimpses of the ministry and how magic works outside Hogwarts. We’re meeting new wizards who will come into play for future books and also discovering how much Rowling exceeds at world building.

There’s a lot of action in this, lots of spell-wielding duels, fights against dragons, and dangers that lurk around every corner. But there’s also a lot of emotional drama that Harry has to face – Ron temporarily turns against him; he’s got to face the death of an innocent boy, Cedric; Rita Skeeter, a nosy and pesky journalist, is making him seem crazy – all ideas that set up for plots in the next book, where the Ministry refuses to admit Voldemort has returned to power. Though Harry comes out of his fight with Voldemort alive, it is a Pyrrhic victory.

I love that Rowling writes with such wonderful emotion. She’s putting a fourteen-year old through hell and readers are so sympathetic for Harry the whole way through as he navigates through a rollercoaster of people, opinions, and feelings.

Here are some of my favorites:

Character – Hagrid, because he’s just so damn likeable. But also Sirius because he gets to play a more parental role in Harry’s life.

Scene – I really love the scene where Harry is in the prefects’ bathroom and Myrtle comes in to practically stalk him. Though I do love the first task chapter, where Harry goes up against a dragon and gains some of his confidence back.

Creature – Dobby! He gets the win from me for being so cute and grateful to Harry, willing to do anything to help him out, even if it may get him killed.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my FAVORITE out of the series. I love that there was so much magic in this one with the tasks and the Quidditch match! My favorite scenes are the Quidditch World Cup and the final task in the maze. I love the drastic change between the two as book four gets increasingly dark. The characters are still amazing and it feel like you grow with them as you read.

I was severely disappointed in the movie. I was expecting all the magical wonders that were in the book and instead got a rushed confusing mess. They changed so much and left out very important characters.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Some of the parts of Goblet of Fire that I really love are:

  • The whole storyline between the Weasley twins and Ludo Bagman.
  • Meeting the elder Weasley brothers.
  • When Harry doesn’t recognize Hermione at the Yule Ball.
  • When Harry saves everyone from the merpeople.
  • When Hermione finally realizes how Rita Skeeter has been listening in on private conversations.
  • How Harry and Voldemort’s wands, with the common core, react to each other.  I love how this tidbit, that was mentioned in Book 1, finally pays off here.

There is actually a whole lot to like in Goblet, from the innocence of first romance to the betrayal of a trusted mentor, to the loss of a peer and a life. This is why Harry Potter never felt like a “kid’s” book to me; the author manages to pack in so much relatable emotion into every single book.

Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was another great read as the series keeps getting better and better. It’s been several years since I’ve read the whole series but I do remember how it all ends, and the extraordinary groundwork JK Rowling has already started to set up the ending and lay clues to how it does end is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with the Pensieve in Dumbledore’s office when we learn Crouch’s history and are introduced to some of Neville’s background. It’s also fun to have even more awkward teenage courtship, and the Yule ball section was fantastic. I can so picture Ron’s embarrassment over those hideous dress robes. Again a 5.

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About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

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