Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Publisher:  Scholastic
Published  September 1st 2002
(first 2000)
Mass Market Paperback, 734 pages

The fourth installment of the Harry Potter series is all about action and challenges.  All of the main events that take place in this installment surround the Triwizard Tournament.  Of course Harry Potter wouldn’t be Harry Potter without mystery, secrets, challenges (both internal and external) and overcoming it all in some way.  Voldemort finally makes his main appearance, in a human body.

 The thin man stepped out of the cauldron, staring at Harry… and Harry stared back into the face that had haunted his nightmares for three years.  Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a snake’s with slits for nostrils… 
Lord Voldemort had risen again.

Danger and darkness really start to become real to everyone, especially the concept of death.  Death literally is thrust into Harry’s eyes when Wormtail kills Cedric.  Death is also on the edge of possible futures for those who are in the Tournament.  Each task brings with it the possibility that they might not come out alive.  This of course tests many friendships, including Harry’s and Ron’s.  Unable to be  a normal boy, Harry’s name is drawn from the Goblet, making most people think he put his name in even though he is underage.  However, while Harry’s and Ron’s relationship was a bit strained, other friendships were able to grow a bit more, which become very important to Harry and the fight against Voldemort (again both literally and figuratively). 

Neville’s skills and knowledge in Herbology help Harry move forward to the next task in the Tournament.  Neville really starts to come into his own at this point, again into someone who becomes crucial, which is also seen when Mad eye moody singles Neville out in praise.

While The Prisoner of Azkaban was dark, the action really starts to pick up the pace in The Goblet of Fire, of which never lets up until the very last page of The Deathly Hallows.  While Harry has been tested numerous times the reality of his struggles are just now starting to become very real. 

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