Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
(Scholastic, 2002, 734 pages)
Book 4 of the Harry Potter series has Harry experiencing strange sensations. He has dark and vivid dreams and his scar occasionally hurts him. Unsure what to do he sends an owl to let his godfather, Sirius, know what’s going on. Fortunately, the Quidditch World Cup comes along to distract him. It’s an amazing experience, but while in attendance death-eaters terrorize a family of muggles nearby and the Dark Mark is shot into the sky. It is unclear who was responsible for sending the signal, but it certainly has people wary.
After the chaos of the World Cup fades away, Harry, Ron and Hermione head to Hogwarts to start their 4th year. They are surprised to learn that this year marks the return of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Students from two other schools, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, will be coming to Hogwarts to participate. There are meant to be three champions, one from each school. You must be 17 to enter your name into the Goblet of Fire, but surprisingly, when the champions are announced it is revealed that there is a 4th champion. That champion is Harry Potter… No one is sure what to make of this since Harry could not have put his name in there, but many are concerned for his safety. One of those who seems especially concerned is the new Professor of the Dark Arts, “Mad Eye” Moody, a man who put many death-eaters away when working as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic after Voldemort’s downfall.
There is no question that someone has it in for Harry. Things take a dark turn in book 4 and the lives of everyone at Hogwarts will be forever changed by the re-emergence of the Tri-Wizard Tournament and the reason behind the erratic pain of Harry’s scar.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It’s kind of amazing how dark things get in these books so quickly. I’ve already started listening to book 5 and now I’m in the mood to start re-watching the movies!