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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Published in 2000, the release of this book was surrounded by more hype than any other children's book in recent times - outdone only by its successors, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. At 636 pages (hardback British edition) it was fairly large for a children's book. The book attracted a lot of attention owing to a pre-publication warning from J.K. Rowling that one of the characters would be murdered in the book. This started a stream of rumour and speculation as to who the murdered character would be. The publishing of Goblet of Fire caused unprecedented heights of Pottermania to be reached internationally.
This novel won a Hugo Award in 2001.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
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OverviewHarry spends the end of his summer with the Weasleys before going to the Quidditch World Cup. A group of Death Eaters attack a number of Muggle bystanders and Voldemort’s sign, the Dark Mark causes terror amongst wizards when it is seen again.
Back at school, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is retired Auror, "Mad-Eye" Moody. The school's Triwizard Tournament is to be restarted, and to be held at Hogwarts. The names of all intending participants will be put into a goblet - known as the Goblet of Fire - which will shoot out one name from each of the three competing schools (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang). Mysteriously, the Goblet also spits out Harry's name and he is forced to participate. Harry suspects that he has been deliberately put in grave danger, but Ron refuses to believe Harry did not enter himself.
Hagrid reveals the secret first task to Harry and Madame Maxime, Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy. The champions must battle a dragon in order to retrieve a golden egg. Igor Karkaroff, Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute also sees the dragons, leaving only official Hogwarts champion Cedric Diggory who does not know what awaits him. Harry feels this is unfair and informs Diggory, but still goes on to win the first task. The task is terrifying for Harry's friends Ron and Hermione, and Harry's friendship with Ron is saved once Ron realises just how dangerous the Tournament will be.
A temporary relief from the tension in the novel is provided in the form of the Yule Ball, the Christmas dance hosted by Hogwarts for its students (fourth year and above) and guests. Harry is terrified when he is told he must find a partner to open the dance with (the Triwizard champion open the dance). Harry musters the courage - eventually - to ask the attractive Ravenclaw fourth year Cho Chang to the Ball, only to be told she already agreed to go with Cedric Diggory. Whatever friendliness Harry felt towards Cedric vanishes, and he instead asks his classmate Parvati Patil to go with him. Ron loses his head and asks Fleur Delacour to the Yule Ball, and is traumatised by the dirty look she gives him, much to his sister Ginny's amusement. Eventually Ron goes with Parvati's twin Padma, and both boys are shocked - along with the rest of the school - to see Hermione of Viktor Krum's arm. The first signs of Ron's feelings for Hermione are evident at the ball. Fleur's partner at the ball is Ravenclaw Quidditch Captain Roger Davies.
In the last part of the Tournament, Harry and Cedric arrive at the trophy first and decide, because of the help they provided to each other, to grab the trophy at the same time. The trophy turns out to be a Portkey, a magical object which transports them to a graveyard - where they find Peter Pettigrew and Lord Voldemort. Pettigrew kills Cedric, then uses Harry's blood as part of a macabre ritual to restore Voldemort’s body. Voldemort summons the Death Eaters and attempts to kill Harry, but Harry escapes and carrying Cedric’s body uses the trophy to return to Hogwarts.
Back at the castle Professor Moody is revealed as an imposter, Barty Crouch Jr., who has imprisoned the real Moody in a trunk. Crouch had been the one who placed Harry’s name in the goblet. He is captured but a dementor takes his soul before he can be made to repeat his story to Cornelius Fudge, minister of magic, who refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned.
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