“This was my first time reading the Goblet of Fire, and even so, I can tell that this book marks a turning point within the series. From having only read the first four books, it almost seems as if someone could begin by reading the third book and understand everything going forward.
The Goblet of Fire was a turning point in other areas as well. Each book has progressively grown in difficulty, length, and suspense; however, the Goblet of Fire makes a far greater leap than any of the first three. Not only is it twice as long as the Prisoner of Azkaban, with longer chapters, but reading level has also taken a significant jump. The first two Harry Potter books were clearly written on an upper elementary school level. The third, the Prisoner of Azkaban, I would classify as middle school level; however, depending on the child, I could see adjusting that. The Goblet of Fire, on the other hand, left me with the distinct impression of "Not until they're teens!" The storyline is much darker than any of the prior books. In order to avoid spoilers, I will leave out details, but one should be aware that this book deals much more with the "Dark Side" of magic. Curses are used; one character is killed; and although gory details are left out, injuries include the lost of a limb.
The suspense was excellent! Although the story was a bit slow moving at times, it all served to build a false sense of security. There were points where it was hard to know who to trust, and the climax left my heart pounding. Throughout, the character development continues, leaving the reader with the distinct impression that Harry and his friends have left their childhood behind.
I was encouraged that there was less of the deliberate rule breaking in the Goblet of Fire. In fact, Harry faces the consequences of some of his earlier deception when no one believes that he did not put his name into the goblet. Also, authority figures, such as Dumbledore and Sirius, are shown as being wise and deserving of obedience and respect, which I feel has been largely lacking in the previous books. That being said, cheating in the Triwizard Tournament is said to be "expected."
All in all, I am excited to learn where the story will go next. The quazzi-cliffhanger ending did its job in my case.”
“[3 [3 ”Isabelle wrote this review Sunday, October 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i was surprised at how much i enjoyed this potter story. some of the series i do not like as well but this was long but easy to follow with a great storyline.”thomas p wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The movie did this book justice in keeping the mystery and intrigue going, all the while poor Harry is ruefully sucked into a dangerous tournament. Great story and grim themes pulsate with thrilling outcomes.”CA Portnellus wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“planning to reread”Jayde wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“MY FAVORITE HARRY POTTER BOOK!!!!!”Leah :) wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book, unlike the others is about betrayal, kind of. Beware of Mad Eye Moody. This book like the others is action packed and amazing. Harry Potter is all about how he uses his talents. Read it!”vstennis23 wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great series, read it in first grade. One of my favorites.”Rohan wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AWESOME BOOK!!!!”Sam wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No