HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE is the fourth novel in the Harry
Potter series, written by British author
J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling . It follows
Harry Potter , a wizard in his fourth year at
Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry and the mystery surrounding the entry of
Harry's name into the Triwizard Tournament, in which he is forced to
The book was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury and in the
United States by Scholastic ; in both countries the release date was 8
July 2000, the first time a book in the series was published in both
countries at the same time. The novel won a
Hugo Award , the only
Harry Potter novel to do so, in 2001. The book was made into a film ,
which was released worldwide on 18 November 2005, and a video game by
Electronic Arts .
* 1 Synopsis
* 1.1 Plot introduction
* 1.2 Plot summary
* 2 Development
* 3 Themes
* 4 Publication and reception
* 4.1 UK/US release
* 4.1.1 Launch publicity
* 4.2 Critical reception
* 4.3 Awards and honours
* 5 Adaptations
* 5.1 Film
* 5.2 Video game
* 5.3 Relation to
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Throughout the three previous novels in the
Harry Potter series , the
Harry Potter , has struggled with the difficulties of
growing up, and the added challenge of being a famed wizard: when
Harry was a baby,
Lord Voldemort , the most powerful Dark wizard in
history, killed Harry's parents but mysteriously vanished after
unsuccessfully trying to kill Harry, which left a lightning-shaped
scar on Harry's forehead. This results in Harry's immediate fame and
his being placed in the care of his abusive muggle , or non-magical,
aunt and uncle, Aunt
Petunia Dursley and Uncle
Vernon Dursley , who
have a son named
Dudley Dursley .
Harry learns that he is a wizard when he is 11 years old, and enrolls
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . He befriends Ron
Hermione Granger , and is confronted by
Lord Voldemort who
is trying to regain power. In Harry\'s first year he has to protect
the Philosopher's Stone from
Voldemort and one of his faithful
followers at Hogwarts. After returning to the school after summer
break, students at
Hogwarts are attacked by the legendary monster of
Chamber of Secrets " after the chamber is opened. Harry ends the
attacks by killing a
Basilisk and defeating another attempt by Lord
Voldemort to return to full strength. The following year , Harry hears
that he has been targeted by escaped mass murderer
Sirius Black .
Despite stringent security measures at Hogwarts, Harry is confronted
by Black at the end of his third year of schooling, and Harry learns
that Black was framed and is actually Harry's godfather . He also
learned that it was his father's old school friend Peter Pettigrew who
actually betrayed his parents.
The book opens with Harry seeing
Frank Bryce being killed by Lord
Voldemort in a vision, and is awoken by his scar hurting. The Weasleys
then take Harry and
Hermione Granger to the
Quidditch World Cup ,
Portkey , to watch Ireland versus Bulgaria, with Ireland
emerging victorious. There, Harry meets
Cedric Diggory , who is
attending the match with his father. After the match, Voldemort's
followers attack the site, destroying spectators' tents and wreaking
Dark Mark gets fired into the sky, which leads to a panic
since it is the first time the sign has been seen in 13 years. Winky ,
Barty Crouch Senior
Barty Crouch Senior 's house elf, is falsely accused of casting the
Mark after she is found holding Harry's wand, which is revealed to
have been used to cast the Mark, as Harry had lost it during the chaos
of the Death Eaters' attack. Hermione, angry at this injustice, forms
a society to promote the rights of house elves known as S.P.E.W.
(Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare).
Professor Dumbledore announces that Alastor "Mad-Eye"
Moody will be the
Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher for the year,
and also that
Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament, with a
prize of one thousand gold Galleons. However, only those over 17—the
age of majority in the wizarding world—will be allowed to enter. It
is the first time in 202 years that the Triwizard Tournament will be
held. Students from
Beauxbatons Academy and the Durmstrang Institute,
other wizarding academies, will travel to Hogwarts, where they will
stay for the year, in hopes of competing. At Halloween, the Goblet of
Fleur Delacour from
Beauxbatons Academy ;
Viktor Krum (who
is also the Seeker on Bulgaria's
Quidditch team) from Durmstrang
Institute ; and
Cedric Diggory from
Hogwarts to compete in the
tournament. However, it additionally gives a fourth name—Harry
Potter—leading to suspicion and indignation from everyone and
magically binding Harry to compete. Ron is jealous that Harry is once
again in the limelight and refuses to speak to Harry.
Hagrid reveals to Harry that the first task involves dragons, and
since Fleur and Krum's headmasters are also aware of this, and will
surely tell them in advance, Harry informs Cedric as well. At the
task, Harry has to pass a
Hungarian Horntail to retrieve a golden egg
that contains a hint to the next task, which he does by summoning his
Firebolt broomstick with the Accio spell, and finishes the task tied
for first with Krum. Ron and Harry subsequently reconcile, Ron now
understanding the full danger of the tournament. When Harry opens the
egg, though, it merely shrieks loudly. Hermione then takes Harry and
Ron to the school kitchens, where house elves work. There, they meet a
distraught Winky, who is struggling to get over the loss of her
sacking. They also meet Harry's old friend Dobby, who has been
Hogwarts to work in the kitchens; he is the only known
house elf to appreciate his freedom, despite his hardworking nature.
Meanwhile, gossipy reporter
Rita Skeeter is writing scandalous
articles of half-truths and outright fabrications in The Daily Prophet
about those at Hogwarts, including Hermione, Harry, Hagrid, and Madame
Maxime of Beauxbatons.
With the Yule Ball approaching, Harry must find a partner, but when
he finally approaches his crush
Cho Chang , Cedric has beaten him to
her, so Harry and Ron ask Parvati and
Padma Patil . Ron is shocked and
jealous to see that Hermione is attending with Krum. Cedric gives
Harry a tip on the egg, telling him to take it to the prefects'
bathroom, but Harry refuses to listen, jealous over Cho.
Finally acting on the tip, Harry takes the egg to the prefects'
Moaning Myrtle tells him to listen to the egg
underwater; there the words become understandable. Harry learns that
the task is to recover something he will "sorely miss", and starts
looking for spells to help him breathe where the objects will be
taken: The Black Lake. By the morning of the task, Harry still hasn't
found a solution, but Dobby gives him some
Gillyweed to give Harry
gills . Harry completes the task by rescuing Ron from under the lake.
Harry then takes a risk by also rescuing Fleur's younger sister,
Gabrielle, after Fleur was unable to. After the judges confer, he
earns enough points to tie him with Cedric for the lead.
One month before the final task, Harry and Krum are talking when they
encounter Crouch, who appears to have gone insane, but manages to tell
Harry to get
Dumbledore . Leaving Krum with Crouch, Harry fetches
Dumbledore but returns to find Krum stunned and Crouch gone. Harry
returns to preparing for the final task, a hedge maze. Inside the
maze, Harry is forced to incapacitate Krum, who has been bewitched, to
save Cedric. Working together, the two reach the cup. They agree to
touch it at the same time, and doing so, discover that it is a Portkey
that transports them to a graveyard. There, Peter Pettigrew kills
Cedric and uses Harry's blood (along with his own hand and Tom Riddle
Sr.'s bone) to resurrect Lord Voldemort.
Voldemort summons his Death Eaters, berating them for thinking he was
dead, before he reveals that he has a single "faithful servant"
concealed at Hogwarts, who has been working to ensure that Harry would
make it to the graveyard, and then challenges Harry to a duel.
However, when he and Harry fire curses at each other, their wands
connect due to their identical cores. Voldemort's wand releases the
most recent spells it performed, resulting in imprints of his last
victims appearing in the graveyard, including Harry's parents, who
provide a distraction so that Harry can escape back to
the Portkey, taking Cedric's body with him.
When he returns, Moody takes him to his office, and reveals himself
to be Voldemort's 'faithful servant'; he was the one who put Harry's
name into the Goblet of Fire, and has been guiding him through the
tournament from behind the scenes to ensure that he would grab the
Portkey first. Before Moody can kill Harry, Dumbledore, McGonagall and
Snape intervene. They learn that Moody is in fact Barty Crouch Jr.,
Mr. Crouch's son, disguised by Polyjuice Potion. Crouch had sentenced
Crouch Jr. to life imprisonment in Azkaban over alleged ties to the
Death Eaters but smuggled him out as a last favour to his dying wife.
Crouch Jr. was the one who set off the
Dark Mark at the Quidditch
World Cup, doing it to scare the Death Eaters he felt had abandoned
Voldemort had gotten in contact with Crouch Jr.
and had him impersonate Moody as part of his plan. Crouch Jr. also
admits to killing Crouch Sr., to prevent him telling
Voldemort. The real Moody is found inside Crouch Jr.'s enchanted trunk
and rescued. Harry is then declared the winner of the Triwizard
Tournament and given his winnings.
Many people, including Fudge , do not believe Harry and Dumbledore
about Voldemort's return, and as Fudge has the Dementor's Kiss
performed, Crouch Jr. is unable to give testimony. Hermione discovers
Rita Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus, who can take the form of a
beetle, and blackmails her to force her to stop writing her libellous
stories. Not wanting his tournament winnings, Harry gives them to Fred
and George to start their joke shop and returns home with the
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry
Potter series. The first,
Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone ,
was published by Bloomsbury on 26 June 1997; the second, Harry Potter
Chamber of Secrets , was published on 2 July 1998; and the
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , followed on 8 July
1999. Goblet of Fire is considerably longer than the first three;
almost twice the size (the paperback edition was 636 pages). Rowling
stated that she "knew from the beginning it would be the biggest of
the first four". She said there needed to be a "proper run-up" for the
conclusion and rushing the "complex plot" could confuse readers. She
also stated that "everything is on a bigger scale" which was symbolic,
as Harry's horizons widened both literally and metaphorically as he
grew up. She also wanted to explore more of the magical world.
Until the official title's announcement on 27 June 2000, the book was
called by its working title, '
Harry Potter IV.' Previously, in April,
the publisher had listed it as
Harry Potter and the Doomspell
J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling expressed her indecision about the
title in an
Entertainment Weekly interview. "I changed my mind twice
on what was. The working title had got out —
Harry Potter and the
Doomspell Tournament. Then I changed Doomspell to Triwizard
Tournament. Then I was teetering between Goblet of Fire and Triwizard
Tournament. In the end, I preferred Goblet of Fire because it's got
that kind of cup of destiny feel about it, which is the theme of the
Rowling mentioned that she originally had a Weasley relative named
Malfalda, who, according to Rowling, "was the daughter of the 'second
cousin who's a stockbroker' mentioned in Philosopher\'s Stone . This
stockbroker had been very rude to Mr. and Mrs. Weasley in the past,
but now he and his (Muggle) wife had inconveniently produced a witch,
they came back to the
Weasleys asking for their help in introducing
her to wizarding society before she starts at Hogwarts". Malfalda was
supposed to be a
Slytherin and who was to fill in the Rita Skeeter
subplot, but eventually was removed as "there were obvious limitations
to what an eleven year old closeted at school could discover". Rowling
Rita Skeeter to be "much more flexible". Rowling also
admitted that the fourth book was the most difficult to write at the
time, because she noticed a giant plot hole halfway through writing.
In particular, Rowling had trouble with the ninth chapter, "The Dark
Mark", which she rewrote 13 times.
Jeff Jensen, who interviewed Rowling for
Entertainment Weekly in
2000, pointed out that bigotry is a big theme in the Harry Potter
novels and Goblet of Fire in particular. He mentioned how Voldemort
and his followers are prejudiced against Muggles and how in Goblet of
Fire Hermione forms a group to liberate Hogwarts' house-elves who have
"been indentured servants so long they lack desire for anything else".
When asked why she explored this theme, Rowling replied,
Because bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. All forms of
intolerance, the whole idea of that which is different from me is
necessarily evil. I really like to explore the idea that difference is
equal and good. But there's another idea that I like to explore, too.
Oppressed groups are not, generally speaking, people who stand firmly
together – no, sadly, they kind of subdivide among themselves and
fight like hell. That's human nature, so that's what you see here.
This world of wizards and witches, they're already ostracized, and
then within themselves, they've formed a loathsome pecking order.
She also commented that she did not feel this was too "heavy" for
children, as it was one of those things that a "huge number of
children at that age start to think about".
PUBLICATION AND RECEPTION
Goblet of Fire was the first book in the
Harry Potter series to be
released in the United States on the same date as the United Kingdom,
on 8 July 2000, strategically on a Saturday so children did not have
to worry about school conflicting with buying the book. It had a
combined first-printing of over five million copies. It was given a
record-breaking print run of 3.9 million. Three million copies of the
book were sold over the first weekend in the US alone. FedEx
dispatched more than 9,000 trucks and 100 planes to fulfill book
deliveries. The pressure in editing caused a mistake which shows
Harry's father emerging first from Voldemort's wand; however, as
confirmed in Prisoner of Azkaban, James died first, so then Harry's
mother ought to have come out first. This was corrected in later
To publicise the book, a special train named
Hogwarts Express was
organised by Bloomsbury, and run from King\'s Cross to Perth ,
carrying J.K. Rowling, a consignment of books for her to sign and
sell, also representatives of Bloomsbury and the press. The book was
launched on 8 July 2000, on platform 1 at King's Cross – which had
been given "Platform 9 3⁄4" signs for the occasion – following
which the train departed. En route it called at Didcot Railway Centre
, Kidderminster , the
Severn Valley Railway , Crewe (overnight stop),
Manchester , Bradford , York , the
National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum (overnight
stop), Newcastle , Edinburgh , arriving at Perth on 11 July. The
locomotive was West Country class steam locomotive no. 34027 Taw
Valley, which was specially repainted red for the tour; it later
returned to its normal green livery (the repaints were requested and
paid for by Bloomsbury). The coaches of the train included a sleeping
car. A Diesel locomotive was coupled at the other end, for use when
reversals were necessary, such as the first stage of the journey as
far as Ferme Park, just south of Hornsey . The tour generated
considerably more press interest than the launch of the film Thomas
and the Magic Railroad which was premièred in London the same
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has received mostly positive
The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times Book Review , author Stephen King
stated the Goblet of Fire was "every bit as good as Potters 1 through
3" and praised the humour and subplots, although he commented that
"there's also a moderately tiresome amount of adolescent
squabbling...it's a teenage thing".
Kirkus Reviews called it "another
grand tale of magic and mystery...and clicking along so smoothly that
it seems shorter than it is". However, they commented that it did tend
to lag, especially at the end where two "bad guys" stopped the action
to give extended explanations, and that the issues to be resolved in
sequels would leave "many readers, particularly American ones,
The Horn Book Magazine , Martha V. Parravano gave
a mixed review, saying "some will find wide-ranging, compellingly
written, and absorbing; others, long, rambling, and tortuously fraught
with adverbs". A
Publishers Weekly review praised the book's "red
herrings , the artful clues and tricky surprises that disarm the most
attentive audience" and saying it "might be her most thrilling yet."
The New Yorker
The New Yorker ,
Joan Acocella noted that "where the prior
volumes moved like lightning, here the pace is slower, the energy more
dispersed. At the same time, the tone becomes more grim."
Kristin Lemmerman of
CNN said that it is not great literature: 'Her
prose has more in common with your typical beach-blanket fare and the
beginning contained too much recap to introduce characters to new
readers, although Rowling quickly gets back on track, introducing
readers to a host of well-drawn new characters.' Writing for
Salon.com , Charles Taylor was generally positive about the change of
mood and development of characters. Entertainment Weekly's reviewer
Kristen Baldwin gave Goblet of Fire the grade of A-, praising the
development of the characters as well as the many themes presented.
However, she did worry that a shocking climax may be a nightmare
factory for young readers.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won several awards, including the
Hugo Award for Best Novel . It won the 2002 Indian Paintbrush
Book Award , the third after Philosopher's Stone and Prisoner of
Azkaban. The novel also won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
for one of the best books, who claimed it was "more intense than the
first three books". In addition,
Entertainment Weekly listed Goblet
of Fire in second place on their list of The New Classics: Books –
The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was adapted into a film, released
worldwide on 18 November 2005, which was directed by Mike Newell and
Steve Kloves . The film grossed $102.7 million for the
opening weekend, and eventually grossed $896 million worldwide. The
film was also nominated for Best Art Direction at the 78th Academy
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
It was also made into a video game for PC ,
PlayStation 2 , Nintendo
Nintendo GameCube , Xbox ,
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance , and PlayStation
Electronic Arts . It was released just before the film.
RELATION TO HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
Much of the plot of
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child involves a
revisiting scenes from Goblet of Fire, with younger protagonists born
long after these events travelling back in time in a misguided effort
to change history and save
Cedric Diggory - which only leads to them
damaging events in the present and worsening the situation.
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