Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Review)

October 25, 2010

Book cover for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling.Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 2000

Pages: 736

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: From the bookshelf in my classroom

From the cover:

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learned, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these; however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march …

(This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, after The Philosopher’s StoneThe Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban.)

I think that this is my favourite book of the series so far.

For starters, it’s the longest so far. I originally thought the length would be a bit daunting, but it turned out to be really fun because it allowed for a more complex storyline. This was also the first volume in the series so far that really went into detail about some of the other characters – particularly ones that we hadn’t met before, like the ones from the other wizarding schools – and into more of the wizarding world outside of Hogwarts.

I also really liked the return of Sirius Black as a fairly important character, and the filling in of the backstory involving Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Was that wrong of me, to like learning about the “bad guys”? I don’t know, it was just really interesting to learn more about the background of the major conflicts between Harry Potter and others who aligned themselves with Voldemort.

Also, this was definitely the most “adult” of the books so far. Someone died! Someone who we had actually come to care about, and not just a minor character! That was really cool, not in the “awesome plot twist” kind of way, but because it’s really great to watch the characters grow up … as well as the readers of the series. Since I never read Harry Potter when it originally came out, I didn’t get to experience “growing up with” the characters – but now I get to see it second-hand!

How about you? Did you like The Goblet of Fire?

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3 Comments

  • Booksnob October 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I just started reading the 4th book aloud to my kids. I will probably finish it in June, as it will take a super long time to read 700 pages out loud.

  • BuriedInPrint October 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    It’s been awhile since I read it, but I liked it rather well. Like you, I appreciated the growing complexity of it, the way that the books “keep pace” with younger readers who discover the first book and grow along with the series. I understand why some felt the longer ones could have stood a tighter edit but, ::shrug:: I was enjoying the story well enough to not mind it lasting a little longer!

  • Teacher/Learner October 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I didn’t finish this one years ago but I definitely need to read the entire series some day. I also didn’t grow up reading the series but I feel obligated to anyway 😀

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