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Book Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J K Rowling)

Rowling, J K - Harry Potter 4 and the Goblet of Fire


Title: Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Fiction / YA/ Fantasy    Pages: 636
First published: 2000
Edition: Paperback, published in 2001 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks

“There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways … their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

Suddenly a lot larger than the previous three Harry Potter books, this one takes us on a wild ride through the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament.

I definitely enjoyed this one. Eventhough it continues the darker tone set in Prisoner of Azkaban, it remains very readable and fun. Considering the size of this book, it never dragged and always made me want to continue reading.

Though I struggled with the author’s writing style in some of her other books, it really works for the Harry Potter books. There are a couple of niggles I have with this book, which unfortunately I cannot really discuss without spoilers, but these are issues that I have also had with previous Harry Potters. Suffice to say it did not really take away from my enjoyment of the story as a whole.

There was plenty of action, but there also was just a sprinkling of romantic feelings as our heroes are growing up. Some of it was a bit silly, but it never detracted from the story and sometimes even added to it. I liked it.

I love the ending and it definitely makes you want to pick up the next book. I won’t do so right away, but I am looking forward to reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in the near future.

6 out of 7 stars

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