|Plot Summary of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire |
|"Certainly, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is the most intriguing, most
complicated, and most satisfying of the Potter series, and author J.K. Rowling
deserves the media hype recognition she's received. Besides the immense financial
bonus, Rowling's books are achieving notable literary success as well. In Book
Four, Harry is entering his fourth year at Hogwarts; he's 14 years old; and he's
showing a much more mature side of himself (after all, he's a year older!). In this
700+ pager, Rowling presents themes of young love (Harry and Ron are now
noticing the opposite sex!), social significance (Hermione is championing house
elves' right to be free), and death (a central character is murdered). Rowling
addresses these--and other issues--in a more mature manner as well. Of course, the
usual “good v. evil” story continues. Voltemort is back! And he's sending shock
waves around the world. Enter even more intrigue (and desperate at that) as Harry
and his friends and mentors at Hogwarts continue their “constant vigilance.” But
vigilance against evil does not come with a small price and Rowling patiently--and
expertly--explores this struggle. Harry's adventures are, indeed, heart stopping.
Back again in this Book Four are Harry's nemeses: the Dursleys, the Malfoys,
Professor Snape; and back again are his best friends and supportive mentors: Ron,
Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid. This book is the climax of the four
published, but Rowling is on a roll and the anticipation for Book Five is mounting!"
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|"At 734 pages, the fourth in the Harry Potter series is considerably more hefty than its predecessors, but doesn't feel that way. The central events are the World Quidditch Cup, where witches and wizards from all over the world gather in Britain to watch Bulgaria play Ireland in the final; and a Triwizard Tournament, wherein kids from two continental wizarding schools come to Hogwarts and champions from each compete in three difficult and dangerous magical events. One can see signs of maturation in the main characters: Hermione especially develops more depth and substance. There are a few more obvious plot holes in this one (what do all the other visiting kids who aren't competing DO all year? do they get a whole year off from school?) but they're not fatal to one's enjoyment. If one thing puts this volume ahead of the others, it's the plain old non-magical themes of adolescence: anxiety and jockeying for a partner in the Hogwarts holiday prom, and misunderstandings between the principals."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"The empire strikes back, or the Dark Lord Voldemort, whichever you like. Well, Rowling departs from the good, but well-worn formula of the first three books. Harry escapes the dull as ditchwater Dursley family, goes to live with the wonderful Weasleys, and fumbles around the girls. The DLV is getting back in shape, so his acolytes and minions get a bit more assertive, if not downright aggressive. Unfortunately this means that the book meanders like the Mississippi in full flood, and it would benefit from editing down to about fifty percent of its current size. As someone else has observed before me, "too much magic spoils the magic". Still some good scenes tho'. Tolkien can rest easy."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|"Harry Potter quickly escapes the Dursleys, to go to the Quiddich World Cup with his friend Ron. Arriving at Hogwarts, he finds that there will be a competition involving two other wizarding schools. At the end, he faces off again with Voldemort who, suprize!, rises to power."
Sophie Weiner, Resident Scholar
|"Harry Potter returns for his fourth year at Hogwarts. Someone mysteriously places his name in the Goblet of Fire for the Triwizard Tournament (an inter-school competition). Harry and his friends try to find out about many questions that are going unanswered. One of them is "Who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire?"."
Rebecca, Resident Scholar
|"A boy wizard leaves his oppressive relative's house, where he stays during the summer, with his friend to see a magical sporting event. An evil warning sign appears there, marking the start of the rise of the 'dark' side and foreshadowing the end of the book. When the boy returns to wizard school, he finds that he has been mysteriously entered in a magical contast among his peers, consisting of three events. He does not know who entered him (against the rules) in this contest but must participate anyway. The story continues with the main character and his allies trying to uncover whatever plot has been put in place. All the while, the dark side builds strength. At the end, the boy is suddenly thrown into a showdown and barely escapes with his life. "
Caroline, Resident Scholar
|"In his fourth year at Hogwarts Harry is chosen to compete for the triwizard cup which is a great honor. He would be the champion of his school if he were to win. The problem is someone put Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire under false pretenses. Harry wasn't eligible to participate. Once again Harry proves his skill at being a wizard and faces Valdemort again. "
Sherrie L. Jones, Resident Scholar
|"In this book, a young wizard named Harry Potter attends his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that someone is out to get him. When the headmaster announces a strange event shall take place, the Triwizard Tournament, Harry could care less, except for the fact that a sinister someone working for Voldemort, the evil dark wizard, placed his name in the Goblet of Fire.
Now he's entered in the Triwizard Tournament, along with the three original Champions, one from his own school and two from visiting foreign groups. He must somehow find a way to get through the challenges for the tournament, which include snatching an egg from a mother Dragon, saving his best friend from Merpeople, and going through a horrible maze filled with danger at every turn. Only when he reaches the end of the Tournament and wins does he realize the danger that he's been in all along, however, as the true villain reveals himself and attempts to kill Harry."
Patti Ford, Resident Scholar
|"The story revolves around young Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Magic under the tutelage of Professor Dumbledore. There is more action and suspense in this one.
Harry visits his friend, Ron, at the Burrow along with Hermione. From there Mr. Weasley takes his children and Hermione and Harry to the very exciting World Quidditch Cup.
Then at school, the students find out that the Triwizards Tournament is to be held there and the winner will win 1000 galleons. Harry, being underage, cannnot enter but at the the time of picking the champions his name is picked and he must enter the tournament.
The tournament consists of three very difficult tests of skill, magic and intelligence.
And not to forget Voldemort, he returns with a vengeance here and he and Harry do duel for a bit. As usual, with Wormtail fearfully at his side. Harry, as usual defends himself well and his instincts help him battle any adversity. "
Joan, Resident Scholar
|"It's the fourth book about Harry Potter. It's his fourth year in the magic school Hogwarts. Harry wants to get away from the Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang. He likes her. At school there are many guests from two other magic schools. There is organizing the triwizard tournament. And Harry is the fourth champion. He completes first and second task successfully, but in the end of the third task Harry with Cedric find the cup and take it they disappear, because it was the portkey. They are dropt near the Riddle house witch was in Harry's dream. Then come the Wormtail with Voldemort and Wormtail kills Cedric and catches Harry, then starts the Voldemort return ritual. After return Voldemort wants to kill Harry but he come back to the portkey and returns to the Hogwarts. After that the tournament ends sadly. The summer begins so Harry comes back to the Dursleys house.
The main characters are Harry, Hermione, Ron, Cedric, Krum, Fleur and Dumbledore.
Harry is very friendly, selfless, brave, honor boy. Hermione and Ron are the best friends of Harry. They are very brave people too. Cedric is friendly and good boy but I think he is too self-assertive. Krum is powerful and strong wizard. Fleur is kind and friendly girl.
Justas, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire |
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 35%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 15%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Mental/magical powers focus
- good magical powers being hunted by non/weaker magical(s) (fantasy)
- coping with mental/magical powers
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can talk to animals
- can cast many different spells
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- magical being
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can change shapes
- can talk to animals
- mind control
- can cast all sorts of spells
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog