HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series Harry Potter Series (Book 4) As usual‚ Harry can hardly wait for the school year to begin so he can escape his mean and exceedingly nasty relations and return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Relief from the Dursleys comes two weeks early when Harry is invited to attend the Quidditch World Cup as a guest of the Weasley family. New adventures await Harry at the World Cup and back at Hogwarts‚ where once again he faces mortal danger from Voldemort. When Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger arrive at Hogwarts‚ they soon discover that surprises are in store: Quidditch matches have been canceled in lieu of a very special international tournament‚ they have a new Master of Defense Against the Dark Arts‚ Hagrid has obtained some new and rather disgusting specimens for the Care of Magical Creatures class‚ and Harry develops a crush on fellow Hogwarts student Cho Chang. No Canadian Rights for the Harry Potter Series HARRY POTTER and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter publishing rights © J. K. Rowling. (s05)

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In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the Death Eaters--are out for murder.

Readers, we will cast a giant invisibility cloak over any more plot and reveal only that You-Know-Who is very much after Harry and that this year there will be no Quidditch matches between Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Instead, Hogwarts will vie with two other magicians' schools, the stylish Beauxbatons and the icy Durmstrang, in a Triwizard Tournament. Those chosen to compete will undergo three supreme tests. Could Harry be one of the lucky contenders?

But Quidditch buffs need not go into mourning: we get our share of this great game at the World Cup. Attempting to go incognito as Muggles, 100,000 witches and wizards converge on a "nice deserted moor." As ever, Rowling magicks up the details that make her world so vivid, and so comic. Several spectators' tents, for instance, are entirely unquotidian. One is a minipalace, complete with live peacocks; another has three floors and multiple turrets. And the sports paraphernalia on offer includes rosettes "squealing the names of the players" as well as "tiny models of Firebolts that really flew, and collectible figures of famous players, which strolled across the palm of your hand, preening themselves." Needless to say, the two teams are decidedly different, down to their mascots. Bulgaria is supported by the beautiful veela, who instantly enchant everyone--including Ireland's supporters--over to their side. Until, that is, thousands of tiny cheerleaders engage in some pyrotechnics of their own: "The leprechauns had risen into the air again, and this time, they formed a giant hand, which was making a very rude sign indeed at the veela across the field."

Long before her fourth installment appeared, Rowling warned that it would be darker, and it's true that every exhilaration is equaled by a moment that has us fearing for Harry's life, the book's emotions running as deep as its dangers. Along the way, though, she conjures up such new characters as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, a Dark Wizard catcher who may or may not be getting paranoid in his old age, and Rita Skeeter, who beetles around Hogwarts in search of stories. (This Daily Prophet scoop artist has a Quick-Quotes Quill that turns even the most innocent assertion into tabloid innuendo.) And at her bedazzling close, Rowling leaves several plot strands open, awaiting book 5. This fan is ready to wager that the author herself is part veela--her pen her wand, her commitment to her world complete. (Ages 9 and older) --Kerry Fried

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Verlag: Bloomsbury, London (1998)
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Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury, London, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. Hardcover. Good condition. 750,000 printed with misprint on pages 503, 594. Only 10% were printed by Omnia in Glasgow. Dust jacket is protected with a clear plastic wrapper. Slight wear on jacket spine ends. Hardcover spine ends are rather bumped. Page block and pages are tanned. Text is clear throughout. AF. Used. Artikel-Nr. 446866

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Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. Signed, first edition hardcover - very good. Flat signed on half-title page by author in front of seller at North Foreland Lodge School, Hants, in late 2000, when Rowling made a special visit to the school as consolation after withdrawing permission for the pupils to enact the world's first stage production of Philosopher's Stone. Jacket lightly edgeworn at points; spine ends bumped. Page block is a little tanned, with one or two small marks and imperfections. Pages are clean and binding is sound. More photographs available upon request. Signed by Author. Used. Artikel-Nr. 459361

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