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About the Book

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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May 27, 13 11:09am
imo not as good as the previous movies but had a very good ending to it 8/10 HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
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Mar 29, 12 3:42am

Well, due to a very good friend of mine, I'm actually in a fair bit of a Harry Potter mood at the moment. I'm the first to admit that I'm no fanboy about it, but, well, I did grow up with it, and I loved it to pieces. Anyway, it's inspired me to sit down and read the books again. Alas, but there is one problem with that: I don't have all of the books! I've got the first 3-4, but my older sister used to buy the books, and thus took them with her when she moved out. I'll have to coax her to let me borrow them at some point. Meanwhile, I'm on the hunt for a really awesome set that I can buy and display on my bookshelf. My first preference would be an awesome, leatherbound set, but after much searching I don't believe it exists, or if it does in VERY limited quantities. Alas, I shall keep searching, but one day I'll treat myself and buy the whole collection. No prizes for guessing who my favourite character is. The Potions Master himself, Professor Snape. Too awesome for words, and Alan Rickman nailed the depiction perfectly in the movies.

My day was pretty standard today, just some work and plodding through the motions. However, soon to change as I dive headlong in to the exam timetable for Term 2. It never stops.

Also saw that the new Transformers game Fall of Cybertron released a new trailer today. Looks awesome as always:

Such a crying shame that it isn't being released on the PC, but them's the breaks! I'll see if I can catch the story on Youtube once it's released.

Anyway, on a closing note I've got myself a new favourite shirt. I've technically had this shirt for a while, but I've finally slimmed down enough to a point where it doesn't look ridiculous on me:

Looks and feels awesome :>!

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Jun 26, 11 11:16am
It was very had 2 beat you-know-who (lord volement) but finally i done it on Saturday 25th of June 2001 (25/6/2011? @ (at) 2.45 pm UK Time HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire PC
Jun 26, 11 11:14am
it was very had 2 beat you-know-who (lord volement) HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire PC
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Aug 05, 10 5:11pm
Jul 23, 10 1:53pm
I got it for free, ok?! >.< HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Feb 20, 10 8:00am
Better than the film! Cedric, why!? HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Feb 20, 10 7:43am
Great film! Love the dragon fight! Poor Cedric x HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Triforce of Wisdom
Feb 16, 10 1:38pm
Another of my favorites. Long, yes, but I couldn't put it down. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Feb 06, 10 10:21am
It's amazing how specific you have to be when typing these things here. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Nov 29, 09 7:47am
Can't beat the battle against Voldemort. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Nov 17, 09 11:39am
don't like it -_- HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
The Shadow
Oct 20, 09 2:34pm
Didn't like it. In fact I hated it. Way to childish. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Dark Arcanine
Oct 18, 09 4:41pm


Getting better and better, Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter...

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Aug 08, 09 7:36pm
triwizard cup. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Jul 14, 09 12:14pm
Great effects! Wow R Pattz looks the same and different. HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
Jul 12, 09 3:55pm
Sad, sad, sad. I could shed so many tears over this movie... HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
elder rose
Jun 28, 09 4:26pm
book was wayyyyyy better HarryPotterandTheGobletOfFire
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