Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter Series #4)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter Series #4)

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by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale

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Read by Jim Dale

Running time: 20 hrs., 30 mins. 12 cassettes

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year of magical adventures in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This year Harry turns 14 and becomes interested in girls -- one in particular. And with Dark Magic comes danger, as someone close to Harry dies. You'll have to listen to learn more! The

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Read by Jim Dale

Running time: 20 hrs., 30 mins. 12 cassettes

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year of magical adventures in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This year Harry turns 14 and becomes interested in girls -- one in particular. And with Dark Magic comes danger, as someone close to Harry dies. You'll have to listen to learn more! The audio is available on July 8th.

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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!

Who can resist a Harry Potter tale? J. K. Rowling has proven again that her international success seemed inevitable. It is beautifully written, with a strong narrative and fascinating, unforgettable characters, and there is not a child or adult in the world who won't love this story. Not one word is wasted.

Now, my only problem is I need to find Harry so I can start classes at Hogwarts, soon. I sent him a message by owl, just this morning.

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Product Details

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Harry Potter Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged, 12 Cassettes, 20 hrs. 30 min
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.21(h) x 2.72(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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1. The Riddle House

The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it "the Riddle House," even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there. It stood on a hill overlooking the village, some of its windows boarded, tiles missing from its roof, and ivy spreading unchecked over its face. Once a fine-looking manor, and easily the largest and grandest building for miles around, the Riddle House was now damp, derelict, and unoccupied.

The Little Hangletons all agreed that the old house was "creepy." Half a century ago, something strange and horrible had happened there, something that the older inhabitants of the village still liked to discuss when topics for gossip were scarce. The story had been picked over so many times, and had been embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was anymore. Every version of the tale, however, started in the same place: Fifty years before, at daybreak on a fine summer's morning, when theRiddle House had still been well kept and impressive, a maid had entered the drawing room to find all three Riddles dead.

The maid had run screaming down the hill into the village and roused as many people as she could.

"Lying there with their eyes wide open! Cold as ice! Still in their dinner things!"

The police were summoned, and the whole of Little Hangleton had seethed with shocked curiosity and ill-disguised excitement. Nobody wasted their breath pretending to feel very sad about the Riddles, for they had been most unpopular. Elderly Mr. and Mrs. Riddle had been rich, snobbish, and rude, and their grown-up son, Tom, had been, if anything, worse. All the villagers cared about was the identity oftheir murderer for plainly, three apparently healthy people did not all drop dead of natural causes on the same night.

The Hanged Man, the village pub, did a roaring trade that night; the whole village seemed to have turned out to discuss the murders. They were rewarded for leaving their firesides when the Riddles' cook arrived dramatically in their midst and announced to the suddenly silent pub that a man called Frank Bryce had just been arrested.

"Frank!" cried several people. "Never!"

Frank Bryce was the Riddles' gardener. He lived alone in a rundown cottage on the grounds of the Riddle House. Frank had come back from the war with a very stiff leg and a great dislike of crowds and loud noises, and had been working for the Riddles ever since.

There was a rush to buy the cook drinks and hear more details.

"Always thought he was odd," she told the eagerly listening villagers, after her fourth sherry. "Unfriendly, like. I'm sure if I've offered him a cuppa once, I've offered it a hundred times. Never wanted to mix, he didn't."

"Ah, now," said a woman at the bar, "he had a hard war, Frank. He likes the quiet life. That's no reason to -"

"Who else had a key to the back door, then?" barked the cook. "There's been a spare key hanging in the gardener's cottage far back as I can remember! Nobody forced the door last night! No broken windows! All Frank had to do was creep up to the big house while we was all sleeping . . . ."

The villagers exchanged dark looks.

"I always thought he had a nasty look about him, right enough," grunted a man at the bar.

"War turned him funny, if you ask me," said the landlord.

"Told you I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of Frank, didn't I, Dot?" said an excited woman in the corner.

"Horrible temper," said Dot, nodding fervently. "I remember, when he was a kid. . ."

By the following morning, hardly anyone in Little Hangleton doubted that Frank Bryce had killed the Riddles.

But over in the neighboring town of Great Hangleton, in the dark and dingy police station, Frank was stubbornly repeating, again and again, that he was innocent, and that the only person he had seen near the house on the day of the Riddles' deaths had been a teenage boy, a stranger, dark-haired and pale. Nobody else in the village had seen any such boy, and the police were quite sure that Frank had invented him.

Then, just when things were looking very serious for Frank, the report on the Riddles' bodies came back and changed everything.

The police had never read an odder report. A team of doctors had examined the bodies and had concluded that none of the Riddles had been poisoned, stabbed, shot, strangled, suffocated, or (as far as they could tell) harmed at all. In fact (the report continued, in a tone of unmistakable bewilderment), the Riddles all appeared to be in perfect health - apart from the fact that they were all dead. The doctors did note (as though determined to find something wrong with the bodies) that each of the Riddles had a look of terror upon his or her face - but as the frustrated police said, whoever heard of three people being frightened to death?

As there was no proof that the Riddles had been murdered at all, the police were forced to let Frank go. The Riddles were buried in the Little Hangleton churchyard, and their graves remained objects of curiosity for a while. To everyone's surprise, and amid a cloud of suspicion, Frank Bryce returned to his cottage on the grounds of the Riddle House.

"'S far as I'm concerned, he killed them, and I don't care what the police say," said Dot in the Hanged Man. "And if he had any decency, he'd leave here, knowing as how we knows he did it."

But Frank did not leave. He stayed to tend the garden for the next family who lived in the Riddle House, and then the next for neither family stayed long. Perhaps it was partly because of Frank that the new owners said there was a nasty feeling about the place, which, in the absence of inhabitants, started to fall into disrepair...

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Valdimir Zelevinsky
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireis the pivotal central book in the series; it is by far the longest (at 734 pages, it's roughly double the size of any of the first three), by far the most ambitious--and fortunately, by far the best as well. It is also clearly the darkest, especially in the dazzling climax and it consequences. Ultimately, through, the book's strongest asset is satisfying that irresistible curiosity of discovering what is behind the next corner. For almost all of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the readers are totally spellbound--entirely at the mercy of an expert storyteller.
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kristin1129 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of the Harry Potter series. The story is very absorbing, and I like the addition of many new characters in the book. Rowling gives us a glimpse further into the world of wizardry with the integration of the other magic schools. In my opinion, a very interesting read, with many twists and turns not seen in any of the Harry Potter books earlier in the series. I can read it over and over again and not get tired of it. I love it!
Balina More than 1 year ago
The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading all the H.P. books from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this fourth edition the main character Harry Potter is now 14 years old. Of course, Harry is still that same boy from book one with the lightning bolt scar, only now he is slightly older and he begins to understand the challenges that face him ahead. It seems like just another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry until the Tri-Wizard Tournament is announced and Harry is mysteriously entered into the tournament as a contestant. The Tri-Wizard Tournament is a magical competition that tests the contestant's bravery, knowledge, and magical skill. Along with the tournament readers are introduced to two other magical schools (Durmstrang and Beauxbatons) and get a rare glimpse of the wizarding world during the Quidditch World Cup. Again, Rowling combines her vivid details of the wizarding world to paint an amazing picture that allows the reader to revel in even the smallest details that make Harry Potter so special. Along with the death-defying Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry must now focus on the return of Lord Voldamort and his death eaters. Once again, Rowling also introduces a few new characters into the story, both good and evil. A new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor arrives at Hogwarts and some problems are created by house-elves throughout the story. The positive about this book is that they first third of the book spent reviewing the previous three Harry Potter books, so even if you have not read them you can start at book four and have a good idea of what is happening. Also, many points of the plot are left open leaving room for book five.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is about a young wizard tryin to complete his training at Hogwarts School, of witchcraft and wizardry. After seeing the movie and reading the book I noticed that J.K. Rowling and the director had different interpretations on some of the ways the story went. Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to leave the Dursleys home, to venture to be part of the famous Quidditch World Cup with his friends Ron and Hermione. He attends, but something strange happens at the World Cup. Will Harry overcome this? After his adventure Harry returns to Hogwarts to find out that the famous Tri-Wizard Tournament is held at Hogwarts. During the Tournament Harry a young 4th year student must overcome certain obstacles like learning new spells, dealing with people such as Malfoy, and asking his crush to the dance before anyone else does. Harry faces many problems in this latest adventure. like learning new spells and dealing with a persistent. Harry Potter would like to have a normal 14 year old life, but can not due to his lifestyle of being a wizard and all the adventures he has during his years at Hogwarts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series ever! I was with Harry all the way through. Good job Harry. Thanks J. K. Rowling for doing what no author mastered before, in fact, you did it better. Thanks for changing the way I read. Thanks for changing the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites!! As soon as i started i couldnt put it down! This book is a must read! Those of you who think the Harry Potter series have to long books dont let that stop you!! As soon as you start you wont be able to put it down!! This book shows how much darker the series is geting which makes it even better!!!! READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot give enough praise to do this series justice. So, here is how I have summed it up: Harry Potter makes my world a better place. This series will become a classic that will transcend time. And to J.K. Rowling: You are brilliant and do not just write young adult books - you write with true literary flair & you create characters that grow close to your heart. THANK YOU!
KnightRider More than 1 year ago
Even though a lot of the book was centered around Quidditch, I liked this book a lot. As always, the HP books catch my attention at the very beginning. This book was awesome =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must read!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a fantasy novel written by J. K. Rowling. This an outstanding and extraordinary book due to its major plot twists and vividly described characters. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes place in London, England, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during modern times. Harry Potter, the protagonist, was suspiciously elected to take part in the Triwizard Tournament: an event so dangerous that it did not take place for almost 100 years. Despite his young age and lack of experience, Harry must do three treacherous tasks with three other wizards while staying alive. Harry, at first, attends the Quidditch World Cup with his friends Ron and Hermione. However, the Dark Mark appears in the sky, signifying that Voldemort, the Dark Lord, is out there, and most likely wanting to kill Harry. At Hogwarts, Harry's name was purposely put into the Goblet of Fire with dark intent, making it mandatory that he takes part in the Triwizard Tournament. Ron does not approve of this, because he thinks that Harry did this to become famous. But after the first task, he and Ron make up, after Ron realizes that Harry wouldn't want to risk his life to get attention. J. K. Rowling writes Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a third person limited point of view, so the reader only knows Harry's thoughts. She uses many important ways of describing characters, besides descriptive paragraphs: for example; the usage of the other characters' opinions to describe someone. I, for one, highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. However, in order to get the full thrill out of this book, one should read the first three books of the Harry Potter series. After you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down.
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I have read all the books and by far this is the best. J.K Rowling brings magic to the world with still keeping the insight on friends and how they always come back togeth in the end.
smurf_1221 More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a tale of a young teen that has a pretty rough life. His parents gone and is living with other relatives who pay him little mind at all. Oh, and of course he can preform magic. He goes to school at a place called "Hogwarts" and is constantly faced with vigorous challenges. He is being hunted down by other people of his sort, referred to as outlaws. Eventually he is going to have to find his way around undetected, as not to be seen or heard. And then is faced with a corrupted man and nearly kills Harry, but Harry manages to escape by his wits and skills far from the grasps of any other wizard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter is one of my favorite books fallowed by Twilight and The Hunger Games. It tells the sad yet amazing story ofThe Boy Who Lived and all of this friends and allies. Harry, with friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger cheering him on, accidently enyers the Triwizard Tournament. A tournament being held at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry enters alongside famous quidditch seeker and Durmstrang student Viktor Krum, part veela and Beauxbatons student Fleur Delacour, and Hufflepuff Cedric Diggory. Read the rest of the book to find out who wins the Triwizard Cup.
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OBS More than 1 year ago
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire begins much darker than the previous novels. Lord Voldemort opens the third installment, hiding out in the house that had belonged to his parents, along with Worm tail (Peter Pettigrew), continuing to recover. Frank Bryce had been the caretaker for the Riddle family until they had been found dead and was relieved from his duties. But Frank decided to return to the small cottage on the Riddle House grounds to continue to act as caretaker. That is how Frank and Lord Voldemort come face to face. Frank does not meet a very kind end. Harry is awakened with his scar hurting and having seen the murder of Frank in his dream. Soon after, Harry embarks on his very first trip to the Quidditch World Cup with Ron, the entire Weasley clan, and Hermonie. After the match, everyone is celebrating when the Death Eaters, servants of Lord Voldemort, attack. They storm through the camp of wizards and witches, everyone around panicking. Harry, Ron, and Hermonie flee into the forest along with Fred, George, and Ginny. From their hiding spot, they see the Dark Mark lit up the sky, the sign of Lord Voldemort. Once they arrive back in school, Professor Dumledore announces Hogwarts will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament. It's a century old competition between different magical schools but had been stopped because it was too dangerous. The tournament will hold three difficult tasks and only one student will be choosen from each competing school by the Goblet of Fire. Only students seventeen and older are allowed to enter. But later on, when the Goblet of Fire releases the names of the champions chosen for each school, a fourth name unexpectedly pops out: Harry Potter. Dumbledore, along with everyone else, is completely thrown for a loop. Harry never wanted to enter. He had no dreams to gain anymore glory than he already had. He just wanted to watch the tournament like everyone else. But Harry gets thrown into a tournament that has less to do with winning a trophy and more to do with trying to get out alive because Lord Voldemort is ready to meet face to face.
markmarkmark More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book of the harry potter series; it is also his fourth year at the magic school called Hogwarts. This book makes me connect to the characters and also made it feel like they were my own friends. The author also makes the book come to life by the way she uses her words. The plot is a great story, the author really thought about what she wanted to write about. I would recommend this book to anyone, even if they do not like to read. This book is a book that will make feel comfort from the characters. By the time you're done with this book you will know the characters so well they will seem like your close friends. She makes you and the characters bond. The author is really good at saying what she wants to say and making it come to life. In various parts of the book she goes off into great detail about the forest and how the magic works. She makes her words the magic. She writes the story in an upbeat fast pace mood and the helped keep my attention thought the whole book. With a different author I think this book would not have as much action or suspense. The plot of the story is about young Harry Potter who goes to school at Hogwarts School of Magic and his leader is Professor Dumbledore. He has many friends at school and they love the World Quidditch Cup. Harry struggles to get into the tournament and finally gets in. I will leave the rest of the book for you. This book is a top of the line read. It has aspects of all book but it is still simple and to the point. The character bonding is really good; they seem like your pals. The author also has a large vocabulary that helps the plot come to life. If you do not like magic this book is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just started it but I know it will be a great read. All J.K. Rowlings books are very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book it s awesme
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just want to say, Joanne,you are the best writer ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great i love it i am currently reading the harry potter sires im almost on the 5 one . I <3 harry potter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing at all to say bad about this book!!!!!! I love Harry Potter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the series! It is a must-read!