Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Synopsis from Scholastic:

Lord 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.

About: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a middle grade/young adult adventure fantasy written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré. It was published on 9/28/2002 by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 752 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, magic, adventure, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 10 and up and grades 5 and up. There are 7 books to this series in this order: 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, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The future of Harry is in this book called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. According to the publisher’s website, “Arthur A. Levine Books was founded in 1996 and is an imprint of Scholastic Inc. We published our first book, When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer, in the fall of 1997. Since then, our imprint has produced more than three hundred works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and more than a few discerning adults).” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on 6/15/2018 and finished it on 7/31/2018 at 1:30AM (takes me longer to complete because I’m reading it with my son while he reads book 3). I enjoyed reading this book immensely! It’s hilarious reading the parts about Harry and Ron going about asking a girl to be their partner for the dance. I love this book for the Triwizard Tournament. It’s interesting to read foreign students’ accents. I like Professor Moody’s role in this book mainly because Malfoy and Snape are afraid of him. His crazy eye is cool, both to read and to watch in the movie. I enjoy reading Moaning Myrtle’s parts too and her role in the movie was well done. I like Hermoine and her passion to learn more knowledge, protect the elves, and stand by her friends no matter what. I watched the movie again before I finished reading this book and I like the book is better. I love the ending!

This book is told in the third person point of view, following Harry Potter as he spends summer vacation at his aunt Petunia’s home. This summer, his cousin Dudley starts his diet, breakfast on grapefruit instead of bacon and cakes. Harry receives invitation to visit Ron’s home to attend the Quiddich’s World Cup. This book started out with Voldemort planning his comeback with the help of a backstabbing friend reader learned from book 3. In this fourth book of the series, readers will excite over Harry’s new adventures with him among the champions to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. The Defense Against the Dark Arts’ class is yet again having a new teacher this year. The school brings in a professional Dark Wizard Hunter called Auror named Mad-Eye. This book is thicker and longer than the previous 3 books and so much more mysteries and suspense.

Another well written and excellent read, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire started out much darker than the previous books. I love reading about the riddle house and I wonder if it has a connection to the riddle we read about in the chamber of secrets. I love this book for the author’s ability to make my pulse race on some parts and my smile to laugh out loud on other parts. I like learning about how ambitions at work can ruin a family in the case of Barty Crouch. I like Professor Dumbledore. He’s a total package: calm, giving people second chances, and even though he knows students are breaking the rules, he still gives them the opportunity to explore and to make mistakes. It’s cute to see the characters are growing up and being shy at the hint of liking someone. I’m loving my re-read of this book and I highly recommend everyone to re-read the series!

Pro: actions & adventures, friendships, mystery, suspense, humor, magical world, couldn’t put down, fast paced, page turner, easy to read, illustrations

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

J. K. Rowling also known as Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children. (Photo obtained from the author’s facebook page and info obtained from Scholastic website).

Mary GrandPré uses her artistic talents to transform the images of Harry Potter from words to pictures. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Tom Casmer, and dog, Chopper. The dog is part Saint Bernard, shepherd, and Lab. (Photo and info obtained from Scholastic website).

More Information about Arthur A. Levine Books

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***Disclaimer: Reading books I bought for a change..


19 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

  1. dbmoviesblog says:

    Lovely review. I am glad to meet another fan. I first read it in 2003 and since then I reread it about once a year or so, sometimes more often. It’s a great book even though I do think that the film did not do justice to it at all and was very rushed.

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thanks! I agree, the film is not as good as the book. I’m re-reading it so far from my original read date and it feels like I’m reading it for the first time because I forgot a lot of it. What other books do you re-read?

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      • dbmoviesblog says:

        Other Harry Potter books I also re-read once in a while. I somehow always forget the details of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and I like the role of Snape there so it is often my re-read book. Some literary classics I also re-read including Dickens and some “modern” classics such as Donna Tartt books.


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