Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
by J.K. Rowling
Things are getting heavier at Hogwarts in this, the fourth installment, of J.K. Rowlings’s Harry Potter series. Harry and his cohorts are now fourteen-year old fourth years at the school of witchcraft and wizardry, and their adventures are becoming more mature, and laced with not a little teen angst.
The story rolls out with the Weasleys appearing in the Dursleys’ fireplace to retrieve Harry in order to attend the Quidditch World Cup – and you know how the Dursleys feel about magic and magical people. The guests are not well-received by the Dursleys, to say the least. But Harry is, as ever, glad to make his departure from his aunt and uncle’s house after another tortuous summer break spent with them.
At the World Cup game, a melee ensues after the Dark Mark appears in the sky, warning of Lord Voldemort’s imminent return. Is it a hoax? Nobody seems to know for sure.
Back at Hogwarts, an announcement is made that a Triwizard Tournament will be held for the first time in many years – and will be hosted by Hogwarts. The Triwizard Tournament is a contest of three tasks, spread over the course of many months, in which the contestants – traditionally three students, one from each of the European wizarding schools – must exhibit bravery and skill to win the Triwizard cup. Because of the dangerous nature of the tasks and the level of wizarding know-how necessary to compete, students under the age of seventeen are prohibited from entering their name into the Goblet of Fire – the magical goblet that chooses the contestants. Somebody puts Harry’s name in the goblet, however – somebody who wants Harry dead. The goblet chooses the three contestants from the different schools . . . and then also chooses Harry to compete (of course – you didn’t think this whole book would just be about Harry observing the contest, did you?).
Well, I won’t spoil the rest for you, in case you haven’t read it. Suffice to say that high adventure abounds, and the adventures are growing darker. In this book, Harry definitely turns a certain corner of maturity – thanks both to his age and the events he is subjected to.
I’m not ashamed to say that I turned the final page of this book with a few tears.
I’ve got quite a few other books to read over the next few weeks, but hopefully it won’t be too long before I get to the fifth Harry Potter book.