The first edition of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was published by Bloomsbury in English on July 8 2000, with a sensational opening circulation of 1.5 million copies. Simultaneously, the novel was published in the USA with a starting circulation of 3.8 million copies. The German edition was launched in October 2000 by Carlsen-Verlag with a starting circulation of 1,000,000 copies. Within the first two actual days of the sale, 530,000 copies were sold in Germany.
In 2000, at 14, Harry began his fourth year at Hogwarts in the book. Really it is an unusual year at Hogwarts Instead of Quidditch.
Harry Potter Series All Book
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
The fourth year of school at Hogwarts begins for Harry. But there is a major sporting event ahead of it that makes you forget the horrible summer holidays: the Quidditch World Championship.
And another competition will keep students busy throughout the school year. The Trimagic Tournament, in which Harry takes on a role he wouldn’t have imagined in his dream. Of course, behind it is the evil that is pushing back to power: Lord Voldemort.
It’s going to be tight for Harry, very tight. But Harry can also rely on his friends and their support in desperate situations.
Harry is now entering his fourth year, and so many exciting new things are to begin. The Quidditch World Cup is this summer, and Harry is invited to join the Weasley family and Hermione Granger to see it. Then, the mysterious “surprise” is to happen at Hogwarts that all the adults know about. What could be more exciting?
Harry wants to have a normal year this year at school, no more heroism. But someone may have a different plan for him. Harry finds that he is once again in a position of life, death, and danger, quite against his will. He can’t actually help but wonder what it would be like to have a life like any normal wizard his age.
Unlike all the other years’ Harry is tested in ways he is not yet prepared for. Will Harry make it? Will he live to see yet another year?
Let me start by saying that Goblet of Fire is probably my least favorite book in the Harry Potter septology. Sure, it’s right there in the middle of the series, and some great character developments happen. Heck, even Lord Voldemort comes back to life, but the book was tedious. Too verbose, incredibly over-written compared to the previous and subsequent books, and quite the jump psychologically in the series as a student dies.
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The Characters You Actually Need To Pay Attention To In This Book And Why
Cedric Diggory – His actions and death are dealt with expertly, and I was sad when it happened.
Hermione Granger – I loved this character very much in the book, and Emma Watson was wonderful as always in the movie. Still, her performance was particularly excellent this time around.
Snape – Snape is one of the complex characters in the books, and he was excellently played in the movie. I loved the scene where Snape kept cuffing Ron on the head, and his confrontation of Harry in his potions closet, after the rendezvous with Karkaroff was spot-on.
Rita Skeeter – If you’re not going to give us more of her stories or reveal the punny nature of her surname and how she gets her scoops, leave her out.
Dumbledore – I don’t dig the pensive Dumbledore character in this book and particularly in the movie. That’s why he has a pensive personality. They make it up in the end with his speech that foreshadows The Order of the Phoenix, but his performance was too timid for me. He’s Dumbledore!
Lord Voldemort – Lord Voldemort is very scary in the books, and I was expecting the same evil depth in the movie; however, Ralph Fiennes’ make-up was literally ugly. Still, I also imagined Lord Voldemort as a tad more corporeal (hair, a nose) than that. Or maybe I’m misremembering the book, but damn!
Viktor Krum – I thought he looked the part in the movie, but I didn’t have the same kind of reaction I did when I read the book. I don’t know. He just seemed not to be involved enough with the action and the story.
Fleur Delacour – I feel the same way about Fleur as I do about Krum. It made me a little sad because Fleur has a great part in Book 6. Still, she looked the part and had some charisma.
I enjoyed both the book and the movie, but in this case, the book was way better if I am forced to make a comparison. I apologize for seeming overly critical because I really did enjoy the book. I just happen to think the source material is not as strong as other Harry Potter books, so I’m naturally inclined to pick nits. Still, a perfect realization of the story, one I’d happily see again and recommend to others.
Maybe not those unfamiliar with the books because the movies tend to pace really quickly, but to fans and readers.
After loving the third book (after all, the third book remains my favorite), and knowing the increased length and importance of the fourth book, I admit that I was worried about how J.K Rawlings was going to attempt to carry off a one-up herself.
There was just such a substantial amount of material to cover that I was distraught that the next book would drop off somewhat, and I was hooked to the story. And I worried we would end up missing something, or at least feeling like we did.
But, luckily, that didn’t happen. The book achieves the ultimate goal of taking the story to new heights, and I loved it for that.
- The Riddle House
- The Scar
- The Invitation
- Back to The Burrow
- Weasley’s Magical Jokes (Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes)
- The port key (The Portkey)
- Bagman and Crouch (Bagman and Crouch)
- The Quidditch World Cup
- The Dark Mark
- Vortex in the Ministry (Mayhem at the Ministry)
- In the Hogwarts Express (Aboard the Hogwarts Express)
- The Triwizard Tournament
- Mad-Eye Moody (Mad-Eye Moody)
- The Unforgivable Curses
- Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
- The Goblet of Fire
- The Four Champions
- The Weighing of the Wands
- The Hungarian Horntail
- The First Task
- The House-Elf Liberation Front
- The Unexpected Task
- The Yule Ball
- Rita Kimmkorn’s Giant Crumples (Rita Skeeter’s Scoop)
- The Egg and the Eye
- The Second Task
- Tatze’s Return (Padfoot Returns)
- Crouch’s Madness of Mr. Crouch
- The Dream
- The Pensieve
- The Third Task
- Flesh, Blood, and Bone
- The Death Eaters
- Priori Incantatem
- The Parting of the Ways
- The Beginning