I've read this book more than 18 years ago, so I won't be able to pinpoint all the details. We've just watched the movie version of this piece last night, and my youngest son just couldn't help but complain about how different the movie is from what's really written. I couldn't blame him, but our movie session still went through for the gazillionth time.
The Triwizard Tournament, Professor Moody, Rita Skitter, the Minister of Magic himself, and all graced this piece. Love angles and friend squabbles also added twists and turns. The ending had been heartbreaking, and yet the story continues on so there was still hope. I really looked forward to Book 5 thereafter.
In this book Harry is about to enter his fourth year at Hogwarts! The book starts with another characters POV who faces off against Voldemort - we see Wormtail has found his master and is back to serving him. Harry then wakes up and we find out what we were witnessing was his dream. The fact that we are only ever given as much information as Harry has really brings a good sense of mystery to the book. We work through the story, clues and obstacles with him, rather than knowing the ending and waiting for the main character to hurry up and realise. A good portion of the start of the book is spent on the Quidditch cup - were we learn a lot more about the magical world of wizards. What it would be like growing up with magic always around you, how wizards act in the outside world. We learn quite a bit about what people do with themselves after they leave school through out this book as well. Back at school they learn about the Triwizard Tournament and.. Someone has entered Harry! But why? Is someone trying to kill Harry? A lot of the teachers think so, including Dumbledore. Who would go through all this trouble to get Harry? I can think of one person... Highly recommended!
Harry Potter has got to be my favourite book(s)! In Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire harry gets choosen to compete in the Triwizard Tornament even though he's to young.He tackles dragons, Mazes and lots more.Even though its sad at the end I still really loved this book.I would recommend this to readers who enjoy action, magic and Adventure.
The story begins with a murder committed far away from Hogwarts. Yes, this one is way darker than the first three Harry Potter books. JK Rowling has handled this superbly well. The children who must have been lapping up the books were also growing along with Harry Potter. The negative picture of the story has been introduced in stages. Excellent!
Harry goes to stay at the Weasleys home towards the end of the summer holidays. Harry, Ron and Hermione get the opportunity of a lifetime – to go to the Quidditch World Cup match along with Mr. Weasley, Percy, Fred, George and Ginny. The ground where the match is to take place is totally bewitched with more than a million witches and wizards from around the world coming together to watch the match. One has to read the sequence to understand the magnitude of the author’s imagination as she describes the scene. Then, there is the match itself with the veelas (introducing yet another batch of magical creatures in the form of beautiful women) and Leprechauns fighting it out (literally) on behalf of the players of their countries.
There is Barty Crouch from the ministry and Ludo Bagman who is supposed to be in charge of organizing the match - interesting characters that move the story along.
The Dark Mark is set off immediately after the match and the Death Eaters (Lord Voldemort’s followers) are rather excited. This brings about the question whether the evil Voldemort is coming back.
The fourth year begins at Hogwarts and this year, they get yet another defense against the dark arts teacher in the form of Professor Moody. Moody has the oddest appearance that one could have ever seen. Beautifully described! He wears a bright blue ball for one eye that rotates fast giving him a 360 degree view, even through Moody’s own head. This eye has given the professor the name Mad-eye Moody. While he does not hesitate to train the students in the forbidden curses, he is so far the best teacher they have had in the subject. Moody takes a liking to Harry and vice versa. But is he what he appears to be?
Then there is the Triwizard Tournament to take place between Hogwarts and two foreign magic schools – Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Three champions – one from each school – are to compete in the tournament. Students who are interested in participating and are above the age of 17 are only allowed to put their names written on parchments into the Goblet of Fire. No one could cheat the age line drawn around the goblet by Dumbledore.
Fortunately or unfortunately, someone has added Harry’s name (he is underage) to the goblet. The magical goblet chooses four champions – Viktor Krum from Durmstrang; Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons; Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts and Harry Potter from Hogwarts. Ron is quite cut up with Harry as he believes that Harry has used special magic to add his name to the fire.
While the delegations from the other schools are not happy to have two champions from Hogwarts, Dumbledore is worried about Harry’s participation in the tournament. But, Harry has no choice as he is magically bound to do it as his name was thrown out of the Goblet of Fire.
Adventures galore involving dragons, mer-people and a dark maze follow. The tournament leads to the climax that is as amazing as it is incredible. One has to read it to believe it. I remember reading the last few chapters a few times before I could fully absorb that Lord Voldemort was finally back.
Priori Incantatem was simply amazing! You have to read the book to check it out for yourself. I read, breathed, woke up and slept magic for weeks together on reading this book the first time. The ninth time was no different, believe me.
Absolutely fascinating! While one part of your mind might feel that Harry is too young to face such things in life, the logical follow up of events convince you that he is the perfect hero.
Love you Harry Potter and love you JK Rowling for giving birth to Harry!