Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire By J. K. Rowling
‘One more curse… my faithful servant at Hogwarts… Harry Potter is as good as mine.’
Harry Potter’s fourteenth year is proving to be a memorable one, not only is it the four hundred and twenty-second Quidditch World Cup but Hogwarts is playing host to its own unique wizarding competition, the Triwizard Tournament. The school finds itself playing host to two visiting magical schools – the enchanting Beauxbatons Academy and the formidable Durmstrang Institute.
Only three of the bravest witches or wizards over the age of seventeen may compete; their names to be drawn out of the enticing, golden Triwizard Cup. But this is no Quidditch match, the reward is glory but the perils are lethal and somebody has other plans in store.
For when the time comes, the unthinkable happens; an extra name is recalled from the cup, Harry Potter’s name. Now Harry is fighting for more than victory, he is battling for his life, against an unseen sinister force.
With even his friends doubting him, Harry finds himself more alone than ever and in the greatest of danger.
The map of the wizarding world unfolds in this gripping fourth novel in the award-winning Harry Potter series. Waterstones invites you to compete alongside Harry as he faces fire-breathing dragons, delves to the deepest depths of the lake and (most dauntingly of all) learns to dance.
This will be a parting of the ways, for after this, nothing can ever be the same again.
Take hold of the Goblet of Fire and who knows where it will take you.
Harry Potter has been at the heart of Waterstones since the first copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came into our hands. We’re delighted to share these new editions of the series, now entirely reimagined by one of our favourite writers and illustrators, Jonny Duddle.
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings the fun, and not just in stingy little buckets. At 734 pages, ''Goblet'' brings it by the lorry load.” – Stephen King
Amazon Editorial Reviews for : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight–and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season’s premier sporting event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars–the Death Eaters–are out for murder.
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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