Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (Review)

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Author: J.K. Rowling 
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc, 2000 (July 8)
Genre: YA Fantasy, MG Fantasy

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

Hello, lovely bloggerinos! I’m working in a sweatshop right now until school starts (no, I’m not talking about my very part-time job at my bookstore) so I haven’t had time to post! I hate that! Blogging is my life force! When I’m resting from the unbelievably painful job I took while I wait to teach (gotta make that money), I read or catch up on my email. So I have not had time to write up my review for Harry Potter #4!! And I love writing my HP reviews for my HPBlogateers group! 

Which, btw, this read was done with Tiff from Tiffthebooknerd and Jodie @ forthenovellovers (we lose people all the time…some people just can’t hang with Harry Potter apparently! Want to read book five with us? Comment below! We haven’t started yet, and we take as long as you need! 

Anyway, onto the review! 

I was anticipating this one…it’s my fave HP book of all of them! And so I picked this one to be my spotlight book right away. 

Now I’m sure you’re thinking, Stephanie (or Teach), how are you going to review this without giving spoilers away from the other books? It’s simple really! I am! πŸ˜‚

Seriously, how can I review this book without giving away something from the previous books, whether it be accidental or not?!? So I am going to try my best, but I’m sure something that references a previous book will be in here…I’ll try to keep it at a minimum. But honestly, if you haven’t read it or seen the movies by now, are you really making it that much of a priority that a reference to an older book in the series is going to make a difference? I didn’t think so.

Ok. Let’s get on with it! 

We start our journey with Harry having a nightmare…but it seems like a prophecy. Voldemort is somewhere and Harry can feel him, but he wakes from the dream, his scar hurting as if in warning. By now Harry knows that nothing is simple…but he tries to have fun by attending the Quidditch World Cup with Ron’s family. We are introduced to Cedric Diggory, a popular student and played by a young Edward Cullen from Twilight (oh, Robert Pattinson, I love thee!). 

Now, the World Cup is a big party, and everything is going great until Voldemort’s Mark is made in the sky, a warning that he will return. That, coupled with Harry’s dream and scar hurting, has Harry convinced that the bad guy is coming back. Unfortunately, the boss wizards chalk it up to pranks and don’t take it seriously. They are more focused on the announcement coming at Hogwart’s when the school opens.

And what an announcement it is! There will be a Triwizard Tournament! Wizards (of age of course) can put their name in the cup, and if they are chosen, they will compete for prize money and acclaim. Harry is tempted but age restrictions are placed, so he doesn’t even attempt to put his name in the cup.

But somebody does. 

After three participants are chosen, Harry is also picked. 

He MUST compete according to the rules. And no one is happy about it. Well, Harry is a little…but Ron is NOT. EVERYONE thinks that Harry is responsible for putting his name in the cup somehow, since no one can enter for you. 

So Harry is in danger once again….is this the work of Voldemort? A lackey? Someone trying to off Harry? 

Can he survive the trials that only most advanced wizards can pass? 

Will he beat Cedric, our handsome Hogwart’s school entrant? 

Oh, Cedric. I love you. 😍❀️

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Yes, but once again this is a sequel, and sequels do not usually work in classroom settings. The book is defintely, to me, the best one out of all of them, as this is where Harry really comes into his own. We see the trials of a novice wizard against advanced ones, we meet other students from other Wizarding schools (there are other Wizarding schools than Hogwart’s??), and we see Ron and Harry deal with flirtations and first loves. It is a great book for a current Harry Potter reader, but as for the classroom, there’s no need to include this one in the curriculum unless you’re doing a heavy Harry Potter unit. 

So for class use, I give Goblet of Fire β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†. This in no way reflects the quality of the book. That rating is coming up, as my regular readers know.

Age Range

This book in the series has a Lexile score of 880L, which is similar to all the other Harry Potter books. This one in particular is huge: the book is 752 pages! When this was released, it was a big deal because that is considered extremely long for a MG book. However, since Rowling has kept her books pretty clean, I would suggest an age range of 11 and up. The first book suggests 9, but unless you have a patient reader, a younger person might struggle because of the book’s length. I encourage all young readers to try Harry Potter as it reflects his age as he gets older…Harry is 11 when the series starts but is 14 by the time Goblet of Fire starts. 

There is some violence…but it’s not enough to shy me away from recommending it…there’s more violence in cartoons than in Harry Potter. (Well. Maybe not. But it’s not grotesque violence…just battles and such. And a couple of sacrifices by Voldemort’s minions.)

***Now, once again, before the End Result, I would like to introduce you to the Spotlight Reader: ME!! Stephanie from TeacherofYA’s Book Blog!!!***

Boo! I see you! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

I was asked a question by each member – so let’s get into my questions and answers! 

  • TIFF: Which dragon would you choose to battle from the book?

What?? I don’t want to battle a DRAGON πŸ‰ ! Ummmmmm. I guess the Common Welsh? He’s kinda cute in a dangerously scary deadly way…

I mean, the pocket-sized version is cute…

Him? Not so much.

Are you trying to kill me, Tiff??

  • JODIE: Which task would you like to participate in and why? 

Ummm, none of them? Why am I getting all the dangerous questions?!? If I HAD to pick, I guess I would pick the Maze task…it seems like the safest one? 😭😭😭 But I don’t wanna go through any tasks! ::rocks back and forth on the floor::

Sammi from Onebookishgirl has rejoined for book five, so we let her ask me a question! 

Maybe she won’t want to kill me….

  • SAMMI: Which spells out of the four performed would you use in an underwater task? 

Never mind, everyone wants to kill me apparently.

I think I would use the bubble charm spell. It’s the spell that essentially wraps your head in a bubble of air and allows you to breathe underwater. Other things mentioned in the book are timed, and I’m not exactly thrilled with running out of air at the bottom of a lake…actually, I’m not exactly thrilled with being at the bottom of a lake….
End Result:

Could you ever think I could give a Harry Potter book less than β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…? If you do, then you obviously haven’t read it! Duh! 

Now, I promised a giveaway and I’m not going to disappoint…I have a special ARC that will go to one lucky winner…but I’m just waiting for my paycheck, so I can pay for shipping. So watch for the next post, as I’m hoping that will be when I can announce it. But it’s picked out and ready, and it’s a release from this month…so get ready my wonderful blogger bunnies 🐰 because my blogoversary party hasn’t stopped! 😁 (I like to party too much to stop!)

Won’t you join me and my #HPBlogateers? Or are you just waiting for the giveaway? 😏

53 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (Review)

    1. It breaks my heart!! He was like the nice cool guy in HS that everyone loves bc he’s just too nice to everybody, and then you develop a crush on him bc he’s so nice but he doesn’t really like you, cause he’s just like that with everyone…
      Not like I have any experience or anything…πŸ˜’πŸ˜©

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    1. Yes! I can’t wait to quit it!
      I think book four is really where it became a cult classic. I saw a flashback video and wanted to put it in my post but I don’t know how…it was about how people were lining up for it and it was the longest book to date. I really think it just screams fun and wizard shenanigans! (You know, before shit hit the fan for Harry)

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    1. I’m so glad I made you laugh…I think it was pent-up blogging frustration coming out via humor! Yes’m that’s four, but honestly, we love em all, don’t we?
      I haven’t read 5, 6, or 7 ever so this will be my first time. Last time I read the series I stopped at five bc I was “doing bad things” and it was hard to focus on reading, so this readathon is really getting me back to where I left off! Maybe this next one will become my new fave, who knows?
      I doubt it though bc I love the Triwizard Tourney. 😍
      And Cedric.

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      1. I’m sorry you had to stop at #5, but you’re in such a much better place now Stephanie, although that summer job your working doesn’t sound fun.πŸ˜’ I can’t wait to hear what you think of the final 3 books. I’m so excited!😊

        Oh! I meant to say earlier that I loved Goblet of Fire the book, but the movie seriously annoyed me when they cut out all the political stuff that set things up perfectly for Order of the Phoenix. Hmph!😠

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    2. Hmm, interested to see the stuff that was cut out!
      Yes, I feel like I’m in a much better place and still need to reread other books I read while “under the influence” bc I just don’t remember them! But I lived and I learned and I am a better person now. It’s kinda what made me want to teach in the first place: I am perpetually a teenager.
      They say your maturity stops the moment you start using bc your brain stops developing. It’s supposed to start again once you’re sober, but some people will always lose that maturity factor. I feel like I’ll always be 18 with a hint of 34.

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    1. Ahh, man! I would have loved you in my reading group! It’s all crazy DMs about everything and a side of readathon! We should do a reread yearly and invite new peeps! So if you’re not reading it by then, I’m def getting you to join! 😏

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      1. ❀ We really should plan to read something together soon! I know school starts for you, so you will have to let me know when you will be free and what you haven't read yet. I'll send you my email address through an IG message πŸ™‚

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    1. I need to marathon the movies too!! I miss watching them! Originally we had the idea to watch the movie after the books and compare them as well, but we decided it would be too hard not to binge them. So we are planning on bingeing them when this is over and then starting a diff series that we all haven’t read!

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  2. Great review for this book Stephanie, and oh I am so glad you enjoyed Goblet of Fire as well. This one was my favourite of the series when I first read it (still is now after all the re-reads I’ve done of the series) so I loved reading your thoughts on it. I loved the Twiwizard Tournament, and how this was the book that really signaled a change in pace for the whole series. πŸ™‚
    Also great answers for the questions too. If I had to choose I would have gone with the maze task as well, definitely seemed the easiest of the three and that’s saying something isn’t it? πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. It is!! Because you can get lucky and encounter nothing…better than fighting dragons or drowning at the bottom of a lake with sea monsters!! I don’t want to die!! 😳😳😳😳😳
      I love rereading this series. It’s so fun but I wish you would join us!

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  3. Hahaha! I love this review! This is actually my fav of the HP books, so I’m glad to see those 5 Rainbow Brights. I actually read this book before I read any other HP book, and it’s probably my favorite book of all time. Absolutely love it. I’d take the Green Common Welsh dragon too given those options. πŸ™‚

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    1. You read this one before all the others? Really? Why?
      It’s a great book and it was the first one I read where I got really hooked into the series…too bad it took me to book five, where I didn’t end up caring for it as much, right? I’m now loving it all! I am glad I can appreciate the entire series now. ☺️☺️☺️😴

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      1. I did! LOL. I was really young though, so I didn’t care about reading rules. πŸ™‚ I definitely think this is the first one that feels more YA than MG, so that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much. I love all of them really though. πŸ™‚

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      2. You’re right: it’s the first one that was intense and had love ❀️ and some scary violence. It was almost 800 pages. I think this one bridged the gap bc Harry was 14. So it turned MG into YA and vice versa…it blurred lines!

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  5. I thought GoF was when a lot of people start shelving HP as YA? It’s a weird series because you can have third graders starting it and then suddenly their parents are side-eyeing books four and up. I think it’s great success was due in part to the fact that so many people grew up along with the series. I’m not sure how some younger readers approach the series now.

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    1. It is exactly what you’re saying: I watched a news clip from 2000 when the book released but the parents were thrilled to see their kids reading! It was $25 or something and they were all shelling it out: the readers were mainly kids still! But I agree…I think this is when it really became a YA staple. And growing up with the series made it so popular – Harry was aging and so were the readers. I STILL have people come into the bookstore with their kids, buying HP for them, but only used at this point bc the HC ones are still expensive as hell!

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  6. Savanah | Off-Color Literature

    This review is SO FUN! I used to re-read the HP books like once a year, and now I don’t have time for the whole series 😦 This remains my favorite book! I love it so very much. Your review made me want to read it again.

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoy this reread, especially since now I’m finally getting into uncharted territory…I never read past book five! So everything before this next one has been a reread, and now it’s all new! I’m very excited!
      It’s fun to read alongside my other books but sometimes it’s so good that it’s hard to pry myself away from the Potter goodness! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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    1. It’s hard to use sequels in classrooms because many students haven’t read the first book and there are allusions to the beginning events in the storyworld.
      For example, Chamber of Secrets could be used alone bc we are “reintroduced” to Harry and his troubles. But as the books go on, it gets more and more complicated bc there is more backstory. And many students don’t know it.
      I always recommend sequels ONLY if the class reads the first book together – then no one is lost and the experience can be immersive. But otherwise it’s best to leave out the sequels and focus on first books or standalones.
      You wouldn’t want to read Catching Fire if you hadn’t read The Hunger Games: it’s no fun and confusing.

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