Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: JK Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
paperback, 734 pages
ISBN: 0-439-13960-0

Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the Quidditch World 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 a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal—even by wizarding standards. 

This is by far the longest book in the series thus far. It's also the most exciting book, in my opinion. Harry embarks on his fourth year at Hogwarts. Even before the school year begins trouble starts to brew. While at the Quidditch World Cup chaos ensues when the dark mark appears in the sky. Harry being in the wrong place at the wrong time gets involved. Thus Harry's school year is off to a rocky start. To make matters worse Harry's name is pulled out of the Goblet of Fire. He is forced to participate in the hazardous tri-wizard tournament. 
As I mentioned before I thought this was the most exciting book in the series so far. The Tri-Wizard tournament takes place during the entire school year. This is a perilous competition. Harry shouldn't even be competing in it. Someone managed to slip his name in despite the magical restrictions put on it. However Harry must compete because of the unbreakable magical contract. Besides that Harry now has to deal with his crush on Cho Chang. 
I love the fact that not only does J.K. Rowling give us excitement and adventure, she also dives into the personal life and growing pains of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Ron is a bit jealous of Harry. Ron is often in the shadows and this year he feels particularly shadowed by Harry. Hermione is growing up and for the first time people start to realize she's not just Hermione but also a pretty girl. She catches the eye of Viktor Krum who is also one of Harry's competitors in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. This adds more of a light hearted element to the story. 
There is so much going on in this novel, it's hard to mention it all without giving away spoilers. I am really enjoying this series. Goblet of Fire is a bit darker than the first three books. It also deals with themes such as jealousy, forgiveness, love, and revenge. Rowling also gives us more history of what happened when Harry was a baby. We learn more about the Death Eaters and Voldermort. Once again the Weasleys are my favorite. I love Mrs. Weasley and how protective she is over Harry. She is a fantastic character. I think J.K. Rowling should write a series just about the Weasleys. Now onto the new book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this! I am listening to The Order of the Phoenix now, and it's quite good so far. :) I hope you enjoy it as well! Great review!

  2. I can't express enough love for this series. I've read it all the way through numerous times (each time a new book and/or movie came out, I re-read the series to that point).

    Goblet of Fire was, for me, where the series takes a momentous turn toward the "serious" and "adult" style. Many people say it's Prisoner of Azkaban, for them, and I agree that's where the series picks up - but Book 4 is the turning point for me.

    Glad you're enjoying it - the books get better and better (and darker, more complicated, etc.)

  3. I started reading the series yesterday! and I can't wait to read all the way to the end Before the last movie comes out. Thanks for the review. I can't wait to read this! <3

  4. @Christy, Me too. I've been reading and listening to it. LOL These books are getting better and better.

    @RoofBeamReader, I've noticed that especially with Order of the Phoenix. It's taken on a darker tone than the rest of the series.

    @Naj, I hope you enjoy the books. I'm trying to get them all read before the movie also.

  5. so glad your enjoying these books! I knew you would even though I couldn't believe you hadn't read them yet!!

  6. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this book. There's so much more fun, excitement and mystery ahead of you. Happy reading!

  7. @Raimy-rawr LOL I know. I'm kicking myself for not reading the series before now.

    @Samantha, The books are getting more exciting. I can't wait either :D


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