Reviewed by Captain Lyaf Yarr
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
# of pages: 734
Grade Reading Level: 5.9; Ages 8+
Summary: Something old is returning to Hogwarts this year, and with it two new populations of students from foreign wizarding schools. In a contest to see who the brightest witch or wizard of the age is, Harry unexpectedly drafted. Make no mistake though, this is not an honor. This disaster will shun him in the eyes of his schoolmates. Only a few will believe that someone or something is out to get him.
Why I Started the Book:
It's the next in the series.
- The Triwizard Tournament is a set of 3 challenges designed to put 3 students from 3 different schools to the test. A 4th contestant throws everybody off, but without Harry competing it wouldn't be nearly as fun.
- (Evil) Mad-Eye Moody was a really good teacher. The idea of teachers and their students is a persistent one in the Potter series. Loved Harry being put under the Imperius curse and learning to overcome it. This will be very useful!
- I think the 3 challenges in the book are really fun. Our wizards (and witch) must face off against a dragon, a bunch of merpeople, and a perplexing maze.
- I didn't like the Blast-Ended Skrewts (part manticore and fire-crab). I mean we're talking about Hagrid here, sure last year was tough on him with Buckbeak, but the man has raised dragons, saved hippogriffs, and reared three headed dogs. Was that really the best J.K. Rowling could come up with?
- Ron was such a mean friend for a good portion of this book. Too jealous to see beyond his nose that his best friend was scared and didn't want the supposed fame.
Last Minute Thoughts: This is one of my favorite books and once I pick it up I can't put it down!
Book Rating: I give this book 5 treasure chests!