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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By pcurd

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Took me a bit longer to finish this because the story isn’t as compelling and I found myself doing other things rather than read it. I think that sums up the writing fairly well, it’s a better story than some of the earlier ones but the ominous sense of dread that should be building in this story.. just isn’t. I assume the editors/publishers wanted a more kid friendly tone but it spoils the book quite significantly.

It’s sad to say that I think the film version of this book is better (a first for the Harry Potter series in my opinion) because it manages to capture the atmosphere better.

It has some twists (unusual in a story aimed at children) that I wasn’t expecting – even on my second read through I had forgotten it was coming up. The final scenes (with the big payoff) are very short, edited to within an inch of the minimum words needed – I’m not sure if that was a good choice or not.

I don’t think this is a good book to jump into the series with, but it’s essential to understand the next book – where the series takes off IMO – so it becomes a must read just for that reason.

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