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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Book 4) Hardcover – August 1, 2000
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Readers, we will cast a giant invisibility cloak over any more plot and reveal only that You-Know-Who is very much after Harry and that this year there will be no Quidditch matches between Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Instead, Hogwarts will vie with two other magicians' schools, the stylish Beauxbatons and the icy Durmstrang, in a Triwizard Tournament. Those chosen to compete will undergo three supreme tests. Could Harry be one of the lucky contenders?
But Quidditch buffs need not go into mourning: we get our share of this great game at the World Cup. Attempting to go incognito as Muggles, 100,000 witches and wizards converge on a "nice deserted moor." As ever, Rowling magicks up the details that make her world so vivid, and so comic. Several spectators' tents, for instance, are entirely unquotidian. One is a minipalace, complete with live peacocks; another has three floors and multiple turrets. And the sports paraphernalia on offer includes rosettes "squealing the names of the players" as well as "tiny models of Firebolts that really flew, and collectible figures of famous players, which strolled across the palm of your hand, preening themselves." Needless to say, the two teams are decidedly different, down to their mascots. Bulgaria is supported by the beautiful veela, who instantly enchant everyone--including Ireland's supporters--over to their side. Until, that is, thousands of tiny cheerleaders engage in some pyrotechnics of their own: "The leprechauns had risen into the air again, and this time, they formed a giant hand, which was making a very rude sign indeed at the veela across the field."
Long before her fourth installment appeared, Rowling warned that it would be darker, and it's true that every exhilaration is equaled by a moment that has us fearing for Harry's life, the book's emotions running as deep as its dangers. Along the way, though, she conjures up such new characters as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, a Dark Wizard catcher who may or may not be getting paranoid in his old age, and Rita Skeeter, who beetles around Hogwarts in search of stories. (This Daily Prophet scoop artist has a Quick-Quotes Quill that turns even the most innocent assertion into tabloid innuendo.) And at her bedazzling close, Rowling leaves several plot strands open, awaiting book 5. This fan is ready to wager that the author herself is part veela--her pen her wand, her commitment to her world complete. (Ages 9 and older) --Kerry Fried
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Goblet of Fire contains an entire subplot about House-elf rights not even referenced in the films. It's an interesting social commentary and adds another layer of moral complexity to the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, the characters' responses to the House-elves plight puzzles me, to say the least.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron learn that Dobby now works at Hogwarts as a free Elf. However, they also learn that hundreds of House-elves work in Hogwarts, basically as slaves. This immediately strains credibility. Harry, Hermione, and Ron have all snuck around Hogwarts at night. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry even learns about the secret passageways. I simply cannot believe that they'd never spotted any House-elves during their three years at the school. Up to this point. Hermione seemed to know every minute detail about the school and its history. Perhaps they were simply never curious and, like many kids, never wondered about the domestic help who cleaned up after them.
Hermione takes a strong interest in the plight of the House-elves and decides to form the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) to advocate for Elf rights. Despite her best efforts, neither Harry nor Ron join her crusade. In fact, they seem blasé about the House-elf situation and believe that the Elves are happy to work at Hogwarts. Harry even seems a tad insensitive; for Christmas, he gives Dobby - who risked his life for Harry in Chamber of Secrets - an old sock. Meanwhile, Ron teases Hermione for being obsessed with S.P.E.W.
I'm all for letting Harry and Ron's characters wade into morally ambiguous territory, but this setup doesn't quite ring true. If anything, given his backgrounds, Harry should have been more sympathetic to the plight of House-elves than Hermione. When we first met him in Sorcerer's Stone, the Dursleys basically treated Harry like a House-elf, forcing him to do chores and otherwise stay out of sight. In Chamber of Secrets, he actually developed a friendship with Dobby, and thus should have had a personal stake in the House-elf question.
As any social activist knows, personal appeals are often the most effective. I kept waiting for Hermione to say something like: "Harry, did you like the way your uncle and aunt treated you? Living under that staircase? Didn't they order you to act happy in front of guests? Imagine your life if Hagrid hadn't come to rescue you. How different is your situation from the House-elves, really? Except they don't have a Hagrid." Even if such an appeal didn't convince Harry to wholeheartedly join S.P.E.W., I think the character really need to confront the fact that he was turning his back on individuals in a situation similar to what he experienced under the Dursleys.
Believability aside, the House-elf subplot adds an interesting twist by suggesting that the world readers saw simply as "magical" in Sorcerer's Stone actually runs on slave labor. Again, as Harry grows up, the world is no longer black and white. As Sirius Black says, "If you want to know what a man's really like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors..." At the same time, Rowling strikes a delicate balance. Despite Hermione's pleading, the plight of the House-elves isn't so desperate that readers become disgusted with Harry or Ron. The House-elves have always been somewhat comical figures and do seem to genuinely prefer servitude. We might admire Dobby's Braveheart-like passion for freedom, and we be frustrated by the limits of Harry's compassion, but I doubt many readers come away from Goblet of Fire thinking that Harry condones slavery.
If anything, Goblet of Fire seems to use the House-elf subplot as social commentary on society's blind neglect of societal injustice. We know that problems exist in the world but rarely do we do anything about them. Most of us - and Rowling's largely Western, middle-class readership - never dig too deeply into the lives janitors, waiters, bus drivers, etc. A news article about Asian companies using slaves to catch seafood might jolt some readers, but will probably prevent few from taking action - if they even remember the following day. Goblet of Fire doesn't seem to imply that, in accepting House-elf servitude, Harry - or readers who engage in similar blind neglect - is becoming like Voldemort. It does make clear though that Harry will have to learn pity before he can become a truly admirable adult.
For all my discussion about the House-elves, they're a small part of Goblet of Fire. The later Harry Potter books continue the House-elf subplot. There's some payoff for Harry and Ron's character development, but oddly the larger issue of House-elf rights remains unresolved by the final book. Perhaps this is meant to convey the difficult of social change? In any case, the House-elf question provides an interesting subplot throughout he series, but I wish the characters had had more meaningful and personal conversations about the subject.
- From a 12 year old fan
I loved that this book was very long, it gave to me the sensation that nothing will end and that the horrible moment of his return will never come... but it did and now I know that business is going down!
I believe that "Hermio ni ni's" importance was taken away on the movies. I knew that she was the reason why Potter was able to survive so long, but then I started reading the books... and she indeed was the reason why Harry did not die so long ago (besides other things). Now, I must confess that Harry seemed to be a useless kid, but then on the books my perspective changed completely. He might not be as good and such a prodigy as "Hermi ni ni", but he is not a coward, and he proves that he can give a fight.
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At the same time he-who-must-not –be-named is slowly growing stronger now that his reliable servant, Wormtail, has returned to him the tone of the books gets progressively darker.
So it’s a great book again, a worthy successor to the magnificent Prisoner of Azkaban, that I very much enjoyed.
We bought the more durable hard bound copy, so the that book can be passed on from one child to the other as they start to develop an interest. However given the Potter-enthusiasm our oldest displays I wonder she will ever part with it.
The book is a present for my child that loves Harry Potter and has seen all the films, but now when she is older (10 years old) she wants to read all the books too. I was between buying a full set with the box that is more expensive or buying separate books from this company - cheaper option especially that this book came in an offer.
I have ordered book 1 and 2 to check if it is worth it.
I am very happy to say that it is and now I have all 7 books for £30.
The set looks great and I am very happy with my buy
The books are:
- good size that can be held by a child or adult for a long time
- weight - this version has a paper cover and light weight pages so the book is on the lighter side and good for kids
- paper quality and the colour are good. The books that I bought had all their pages, the bonding is holding them in and does not feel like they will fall out any time soon
- size and spaces between the words is very comfortable for my eyes and I can read it without glasses
- illustration that is on the cover is very nice and definitely in the Harry Potter style
- very good delivery time and I can have all 7 books for £30 with all the promotions I have got on them:)
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:) There is crazy and amazing parts in the story too!!!!
This novel is long, at about 617 pages, making it more than double the length of the previous installments.
There are the usual cast of characters and events at Hogwarts School as Harry takes on the TriWizard Challenge and faces a rejuvenated Lord Voldemort. This introduces Mad-Eye Moody, who is a great a character. At times though the school activities and teenage angst sections do give a bit of a disjointed feel to the novel. I started reading it to my 9 year old son, and although he enjoyed the first three in the series, he found this too slow and lost interest halfway through. I read on and enjoyed it though. Will probably tackle Volume 5 at some time shortly.
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Can't say much that anyone reading this hasn't already read before, it's not my favourite book in the anthology, but it's a bloody good read.
This book is in the Harry Potter series so people would be a fan of this book .
This book shows how the Triwizard tournament is held at Hogwarts and Harry , though underage gets selected for the tournament.
There are many interesting parts in this book but the most interesting part I found was , when Barty Crouch Jr. told the truth about how he entered Hogwarts and explained that how he escaped Azkaban,under the trance of Veritaserum (the truth potion).
The most horrifying part was when Cedric died and when Voldemort got his body back.
The funniest part was when Lavender and Parvati started laughing at the mention of the Yule Ball by Professor Mcgonagall.
My overal opinion:
It's quite positive. This is also my favourite book in the Harry Potter series till now.It is just totally fantastic.I give this book five out of five stars.Harshit Gupta