Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio)

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Potter is back in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and this time, the magic gets out of hand!

First, imagine if you will, the sleepy but mysterious village of Little Hangleton, and what happened at the Riddle House. No, the Riddle House is not a place for riddles, but a home where the family died of fright. The man accused of murdering them was eventually released, but when he returns to the Riddle House, he overhears a curious conversation between someone named Wormtail and a terrible, dark presence by the name of Lord Voldemort — oh, so sorry He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Volde… (oops, almost said it again) He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is one of the most powerful Dark wizards — and he wants Harry Potter.

When Harry wakes from a particularly vivid dream, the scar on his forehead throbs, and he knows something is up. Harry’s been living in a dreadful house on Privet Drive with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and greedy cousin, Dudley. They won’t even let him do any wizardry — you know Muggles, how they can’t really handle that kind of stuff.

Harry’s uncle and aunt like to let the neighbors think that Harry goes to St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys rather than to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He has to hide his magic — and even broomsticks aren’t a suitable topic of conversation in the Dursley household. But everything is about to change for Harry, beginning with this particular summer vacation.

It starts with a letter from Mrs. Weasley, Harry’s friend Ron’s mother. She invites him to come spend the rest of the summer with the Weasleys and to go see the Quidditch World Cup. Quidditch is Harry’s favorite sport in the world, and it isn’t often that the Quidditch World Cup is in Britain. Faster than you can say “Hogwarts,” Harry travels by fire to the Burrow, and the dark and threatening adventure begins.

On the way, Harry discovers that his interest in girls is becoming more nerve-wracking — how is a young wizard to ask a girl to the Yule Ball? And what of the Goblet of Fire itself? And the Triwizard Tournament? And then, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named might be seeking Harry out even now!

Personal Review:

I listened to the audio version of this book, performed by Jim Dale. I rather enjoyed listening to this book. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is by far my favorite book in the series. I love the games in it and the mystery of “who done it”.

However, there were several things I did not enjoy about the audio version. The first is that a lot of time the voice the Jim Dale did for Hermione was extremely whinny and I wanted to throttle him/her. It grated on my nerves. On the other side of that is that I really appreciated that pretty much every character had a different voice and I could pretty much know who was talking.

It has probably been 8 years since I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was good to remember why it was that I fell in love with this series and this book. The characters are so personable and the mystery and the drama so great. I love the details. I love how J.K. Rowling has the ability to draw us all into the world that she created.

I always wished that I was magical after reading a Harry Potter book. I love Hogwarts and I love the characters. I have to admit that if I were sorted, I would probably end up in Slytherin. I definitely usually prefer the “dark characters” to the “good characters”. Admittedly this review is a bit jaded because I am listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix right now and it is this book where I came to despise the character of Harry Potter. Anyway, that is for another review another day.

So, what are your thoughts on the Harry Potter series? Who is your favorite character(s) (mine are Snape, Draco, and Dumbledore). Have you listened to the audio version? What is your thoughts on it? I look forward to hearing from you!

Rating:5

because seriously, it is Harry Potter and this book saved me when I was 13, almost literally.

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