5.0 von 5 Sternen
"Goblet" on Fire, 12. Juli 2000
Readers will not, I assure you, be disappointed by the next installment of the Harry Potter series. Nor should they be at all intimidated by it's rather voluminous length. "Goblet of Fire", in keeping with Ms. Rowling's previous books, is fast-paced and wildly entertaining - not something that will be put down with ease by either your 13 year old or their grandmother. However, of the 4 books, "Goblet of Fire" is by far the most mature with the most complex plot. To begin with, a greater amount of time and focus is placed on Harry's summer vacation. The World Cup Quidditch match, for example, plays a prominent role throughout the story. Also, Rowling breaks some of her previous conventions - she does not explain as much back history and the opening chapter is by far the most intriguing in the series. Life at Hogwarts continues to be full of exceptionally humorous episodes (one, involving a white ferret and Mr. Malfoy, will invariably make you laugh out loud) but, underlining all the delightful humor, is a very unremitting tension that does not dissipate as it has in the past. Younger readers may have a harder time understanding everything and could need a few things explained. It also helps, for the more deductive Harry Potter fan, to brush up by re-reading the first three so you are fully prepared for the wonderful adventure that awaits you. I personally feel the only fault of the book lies with myself; I have read the "Goblet of Fire" too quickly, and now am terribly disappointed that there is no book five waiting on my nightstand ready to be devoured.