Book: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

JK Rowlings
Young Adult
Scholastic / 2000
Hard Back / 734 Pages
Series Harry Potter #4

Harry Potter is back in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and this time, the magic gets out of hand!

First, imagine if you will, the sleepy but mysterious village of Little Hangleton, and what happened at the Riddle House. No, the Riddle House is not a place for riddles, but a home where the family died of fright. The man accused of murdering them was eventually released, but when he returns to the Riddle House, he overhears a curious conversation between someone named Wormtail and a terrible, dark presence by the name of Lord Voldemort -- oh, so sorry He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Volde... (oops, almost said it again) He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is one of the most powerful Dark wizards -- and he wants Harry Potter.

When Harry wakes from a particularly vivid dream, the scar on his forehead throbs, and he knows something is up. Harry's been living in a dreadful house on Privet Drive with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and greedy cousin, Dudley. They won't even let him do any wizardry -- you know Muggles, how they can't really handle that kind of stuff.

Harry's uncle and aunt like to let the neighbors think that Harry goes to St. Brutus's Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys rather than to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He has to hide his magic -- and even broomsticks aren't a suitable topic of conversation in the Dursley household. But everything is about to change for Harry, beginning with this particular summer vacation.

It starts with a letter from Mrs. Weasley, Harry's friend Ron's mother. She invites him to come spend the rest of the summer with the Weasleys and to go see the Quidditch World Cup. Quidditch is Harry's favorite sport in the world, and it isn't often that the Quidditch World Cup is in Britain. Faster than you can say "Hogwarts," Harry travels by fire to the Burrow, and the dark and threatening adventure begins.

On the way, Harry discovers that his interest in girls is becoming more nerve-wracking -- how is a young wizard to ask a girl to the Yule Ball? And what of the Goblet of Fire itself? And the Triwizard Tournament? And then, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named might be seeking Harry out even now!

Who can resist a Harry Potter tale? J. K. Rowling has proven again that her international success seemed inevitable. It is beautifully written, with a strong narrative and fascinating, unforgettable characters, and there is not a child or adult in the world who won't love this story. Not one word is wasted.

Now, my only problem is I need to find Harry so I can start classes at Hogwarts, soon. I sent him a message by owl, just this morning.

I picked this book up because Series

What I liked the Most? The bouncing ferret, wonder twin joking powers, DOBBY’S BACK!!!

What I liked the Least? Hermione’s need to control everything including the house elves who are very happy where they are & Harry’s brat attacks get worse

Review:I’m conflicted on this book – always have been. There are parts I adore & parts that I abhor & parts that I skimmed over.

And here is the first sign that the famous Harry Potter is turning into a blast ended skrewt ~ “And I haven't got anything for you," Harry snapped at Hedwig, who was clicking her beak expectantly, "you'll have to go up to the Owlery if you want food." Hedwig gave him an extremely offended look and took off for the open window, cuffing him around the head with her outstretched wing as she went. ~ really Harry she just returned from a dangerous & long mission for you and this is how you treat her? I found Harry’s bratty type behaviour off putting & honestly wished that one of the trials would seriously set him on his ass – but when he is put down JK rescues him with a quick smile from Cedric. And OMG I so got the image of Cedric sparkling & stalking Cho – watching her while she slept wanting to nosh on her blood. LOL.

Recommended to: Fans of the series

Best Quote: "He's competing against Harry! Against Hogwarts! You - you're -fraternizing with the enemy, that's what you're doing!"

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