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Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling

I’d read (on Amazon.co.uk, I think) that Goblet of Fire is the best Harry Potter book, and, without having read the subsequent volumes, I’d agree (although by the time I’m posting this, I’ve also finished The Order of the Phoenix). The book is twice as long as any of the previous ones and it conveys the sense that the main story arc is really getting going.

One good thing about the opening is that Harry’s time with the Dursleys is quickly curtailed. I found this section rather tedious in the first three books and was glad it was brief in this one. The other advantage it had over the earlier volumes was that it felt much less episodic. Sirius’s involvement in this story links it strongly to the events of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and makes the series feel more like one continuous story rather than standalone adventures with the same characters.

The very beginning of this novel works very well and feels more, well, grown-up than previous books. Although the whole series is focalised through Harry’s point of view, we see the events in an old house where Voldemort is plotting his return to power. This section consists of two parts – a genuine third person narrative that tells the reader about the history of the house, and another third person section that turns out to be Harry’s clairvoyant dream.

As always when I read these books, I was waiting for the school stuff to be dealt with and then for the plot to reveal itself fully. In The Goblet of Fire, however, these two parts of the story are more fully integrated than the previous volumes (not that they were ever all that disparate). I still have a bit of a problem with J K Rowling’s reliance on the whodunnit-style denouement where everything that Harry wasn’t aware of is explained to him by Dumbledore. But that’s a minor point and overall this was definitely the most satisfying book of the series.

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