Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK)
Short Synopsis (from the blurb)
It is the summer holidays and soon Harry Potter will be starting his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is counting the holidays: there are new spells to be learnt, more Quidditch to be played, and Hogwarts castle to continue exploring. But Harry needs to be careful – there are unexpected dangers lurking …
Review & Ratings
Character development: 5/5
There is nothing in reading that I love more than J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. The fourth installment in the series, Goblet of Fire, was undoubtedly a spectacular read for me. Although the least dominant in terms of the series’ plot, the first ¾ of the book was enough to make me laugh, enjoy the story, and have me ready for the plight that Harry gets ejected into towards the end. Continue reading if you don’t mind spoilers…
The least expected aspects of this book, for me, were the in-depth character developments. Hermione’s S.P.E.W. committee, which the movie does not film, becomes a dominant character development element for one of Harry’s best friends. This and many other key parts of the story were left out in the movies. Another one of such ostracized aspects of the book, such as Percy’s job at the Ministry, Sirius’s letters, Hagrid’s parents, Bertha Jorkins’s capture, Lavender Brown, the Veelas, etc. get sparse or no attention at all in the movies. All I can say is that I am very glad and happy that I read this book. Had I not picked up this book from my shelf, I would not have developed greater respect for Hermione, a deeper understanding of many characters, even have my hate for Snape and Rita Skeeter intensified, and lastly, discovered so many details (who knew Dumbledore liked pork chops?).
Rowling’s writing is magic itself. It is her brilliantly lucid third person narrative that makes readers of all ages read and re-read these books over and over again. Whether it was Dobby’s scenes or Rita Skeeter’s annoying articles in the Daily Prophet, I enjoyed reading this book very much. I recommend it to anyone who loves good writing. There was nothing that I hated. The book is just perfect—including the typography and the cover illustration.
Click here to download the typography used in the UK Bloomsbury editions of this book.