The danger and the magic continue as He Who Must Not Be Named and his henchmen are overheard plotting and planning more death and destruction. Where will they strike? Who is next on their list?
Harry Potter has two more weeks to spend with his Muggle relatives. Happily, he is anticipating his return to Hogwarts where the Quidditch World Cup is going to be held. But, upon his return to school, Dumbledore announces that the Quidditch contest has been cancelled. In its place they are restoring the Tri-Wizard Tournament which hasn't been seen for a century due to mounting piles of bodies.
The Tri-Wizard Tournament will pit two other magician's school, the stylish Beauxbatons and the icy Durmstrang, against the students of Hogwarts. But Dumbledore decides to limit the participation. Only students who are over the age of 17 will be permitted to place their names in the Goblet of Fire to be one of the three who will be chosen to represent their alma mater. To everyone's surprise, the Goblet selects a name that has not been offered and that young wizard is Harry Potter. Let the supreme tests begin.
The glory and fascinating glimpses into the world of magic continue as Rowling sends 100,000 witches and wizards to a "nice, deserted moor" to watch the contests. Sumptuous tents and curious creatures run riot here and create the backdrop for the danger and imagination to unfold.
As promised by Rowling, this book is darker and as a result serves a bit older readership than the first three stories. Emotions run deep and our fear for the life of Harry Potter walks a razors edge.
752 pages 978-0439139595 Ages 10 and up
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com __________ It's the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part saga of a young wizard's coming of age. The thickest. The juiciest yet. Harry Potter turns fourteen. But will all his friends? Rumors have persisted that one of the characters may not see the conclusion of this novel, something the author has refused either to confirm or deny. But we who love Ron, Hermione, Hagrid...even pitiful Neville Longbottom...wait anxiously to see if they will make it through safely. No one's fate is certain when Volde -- excuse me -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is part of the picture. What is certain is that a novel of excruciating suspense awaits, leavened by J. K. Rowling's inimitable sense of humor and the burgeoning details of her magical world. Whether it's taking a front-row seat at the International Quidditch World Cup, or meeting the new Defense-Against-the-Dark-Arts teacher, or finding out if Harry really does start a romance with Cho Chang, fans of the history-making boy-wizard will find their thirst for Hogwarts adventure slaked deliciously...at least for a little while!--from the publisher