Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This will be my sixth post this week for a book review.  Granted they’ve been mostly YA books which tend to be shorter, but 6 books in a week is still an awful lot of reading.  The past 3 reviews of course have been for the first 3 Harry Potter books, and today’s review is for the fourth book.

Book Stats

734 pages


4th book in the series (sequel to Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, & Prisoner of Azkaban)


Obviously we have our 3 main characters that we’ve had in every book.  I’ve said in the previous posts that I think they’re all wonderfully written and the interplay between their 3 personalities is probably one of the strongest parts of the series.  Also, since the characters are all still growing up, the changes that they go through seem very natural.  This book once again takes a different path for their overall stories by by having Harry and Ron fighting for part of this book.  Another wonderful aspect of this series is the collection of side characters.  I’ve discussed Snape and Malfoy in previous reviews, and they are still much the same.  This book is the first one where Harry really interacts with people other than his classmates and teachers.  Obviously this is due to the inclusion of two other wizard schools due to the Triwizard Tournament.  While the book is told entirely through Harry’s viewpoint, the other characters all have their own distinct personalities even though you see only snippets of their personalities.  The characters in this series are all wonderful.


I think in all of my previous posts on the series I’ve commented on how non-obtrusive the setting is to the story.  The same holds very true for this book as well.  Another thing about the setting I’d like to mention is how well the continuity of the series works from book to book.  Every magical spell or artifact that is used in the series is explained well before it is used in the main story.  In some cases it’s explained not just earlier in the book but in earlier books in the series as well.  Some things that have been minor points at first that have come back later are Prof McGonagall being an animagus, as well as the whomping willow.  This leads to each book having a strong ending and never have the problem of the answers coming from nowhere at the end of the book, I’ve been quite impressed by this.


And now we get to what this book was actually about don’t we, although you’ve all already read the book before.  Anyway, here we go.  The main story of this book concerns Harry being accidentally entered into the Triwizard Tournament.  The tournament consists of three separate trials that the young wizards involved in the tournament have to undergo.  These challenges are meant to push all of the wizards to the limit of their skills, but are especially tough for Harry, as he is 3 years younger than contestants were required to be.  Of course Harry is still allowed into the tournament, if he wasn’t we wouldn’t have much of a story.


I’m very pleased with the pace of the books thus far, which is why I’ve been able to read the first 1800+ pages of the books in about 5 days.  I’ve already rambled on in the setting part of this post about how much I’ve enjoyed that part of the series.  So the last thing I’m going to say about this book is how I enjoyed that this volume takes a dark turn and really sets up the inevitable conflict between Harry and Voldemort.

Overall Grade

I really enjoyed this one, and was very pleased with how the ending worked out and tied in elements from the previous books.