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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Stephen Fry, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audio book Part 2 follows on from Part 1 where Harry begins his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The complete story is also available on audio in 14 cassettes. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the long-awaited, heavily hyped... show more
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audio book Part 2 follows on from Part 1 where Harry begins his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The complete story is also available on audio in 14 cassettes. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the long-awaited, heavily hyped fourth instalment of a phenomenally successful series that has captured the imagination of millions of readers, young and old, across the globe. For J K Rowling the pressure is certainly on to continue to come up with thrilling, pacey storylines that allow her hero to mature into a young man without detracting from the magical secret that has made Harry into a superstar. In this book, the teenage Harry has a certain gawky charm that fits well with his advancing adolescence. As the story moves on, Harry too moves on to a new level of maturity that leaves the reader wondering how he will learn from his experiences, and liking him all the more as a character. Once returned to Hogwarts after his summer holiday with the dreadful Dursleys and an extraordinary outing to the Quidditch World Cup, the 14-year-old Harry and his fellow pupils are enraptured by the promise of the Triwizard Tournament: an ancient, ritualistic tournament that brings Hogwarts together with two other schools of wizardry--Durmstrang and Beauxbatons--in heated competition. But when Harry's name is pulled from the Goblet of Fire, and he is chosen to champion Hogwarts in the tournament, the trouble really begins. Still reeling from the effects of a terrifying nightmare that has left him shaken, and with the lightning-shaped scar on his head throbbing with pain (a sure sign that the evil Voldemort, Harry's sworn enemy, is close), Harry becomes at once the most popular boy in school. Yet, despite his fame, he is totally unprepared for the furore that follows. This is a hefty volume: 636 pages, of which probably at least 200 could have been cut without detracting from the story. The weight and complexity of the book is perhaps a hint that Rowling now has her eye sharply focused on her adult audience, and the average child-reader (particularly one who is coming to Harry Potter for the first time) may well find its girth daunting. Rowling's ironic and pointed observations on tabloid journalism and the nature of media hype is just one of the references littered through the book that will tickle the grown-ups but may well fly over the heads of her young fans.However, after a slow start, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire really starts to sparkle halfway through with Rowling's familiar magic (and yes, there is a death--sudden and tragic--and yes, Harry does start to notice girls). The crux of this story, however, is Harry's gradual coming-of-age and his handling of the increasingly determined threats to his own life. This book is pivotal, not just for the author for whom the heat is well and truly on, but for Harry and his readers who, by the last chapter, are left in little doubt that there is much more to come. (Ages 10 to adult) --Susan Harrison
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ISBN: 9781855496590
Publisher: BBC
Edition language: English
Series: Harry Potter (#4)
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Kell's Reading Realm
Kell's Reading Realm rated it
5.0 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Diving back into the world of Harry Potter has been really fun. I forgot just how much I missed this series. Jim Dale is extraordinary as he reads the book. I am catching so many things that I either skimmed over when I read it the first time because I was inhaling the book, or just plain forgot. It...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it
4.0 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do. The Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite book of the series, so it's obvious I didn't like this one as much as I did the third. In my o...
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
5.0 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ugh the feels! I went back and forth between listening to Stephen Fry and reading the actual book this time. I love that Harry is using the threat of Sirius to get just a little bit of peace from the Dursley's. I am so happy that he and Sirius are corresponding and that he still has hope of cleari...
Knotty Thoughts
Knotty Thoughts rated it
5.0
Jim Dale is really a phenomenal narrator. In addition to having a gazillion voices to remember how to portray, he makes each of them memorable and constantly evolving along with the character's story arc. The Harry we see (and listen to) here - aged 14, with the beginnings of adolescent fears and in...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
This is a novel where J.K. Rowling's games metaphor, always present in the Quidditch chapters of her stories, is taken to another level. About the first half of this novel centres around the Quidditch World Cup, which for plot purposes brings us into the larger world with a vengeance, providing the ...
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