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A startling but welcome addition to the series.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Gebundene Ausgabe)
First of all ... if you've never read any of the other Harry Potter books, go back and start reading from the beginning. This book depends upon the reader being at least moderately familiar with Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
"Goblet of Fire" is a larger book than the first three...for a good reason. This book substantially develops ongoing plot threads from prior books and creates new twists and turns to delight, puzzle, and amaze the reader.
Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts expecting a "typical" fourth-year school experience. Even before he reaches school, he finds that his fourth year at Hogwarts is to be anything but typical. Harry is mistakenly thrust into an inter-school competition between Hogwarts and its French and German counterparts (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang). What starts out as a seemingly innocent contest soon takes on a more sinister tone, leading to a shattering climax that soon proves to be the beginning of yet another saga in Harry Potter's life.
This volume really starts to "flesh out" the Harry Potter Universe's history. We learn more about Sirius Black, Headmaster Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Lord Voldemort. Romance touches Harry's life, although this is only one aspect of an incredibly complex novel. Several new characters are introduced, and I look forward to seeing how they develop in future installments.
Without giving away any of the plot secrets, it's safe to say that this, the fourth (and middle) book of the seven-book series, sets up the reader for an incredible series of events to be revealed in remaining volumes. The most difficult thing about this book (other than my hands getting tired - it's HEAVY) was trying to put it down.
One minor note of caution to parents and teachers: this is the most serious book in the series so far. The story's tone is much darker and scarier than I had expected. This isn't a reason to avoid the book ... just be aware that parts may not be suitable for late-night reading to very young children. I would have no problem reading any part of this book to young children during daylight hours, however.
This book will require multiple readings and re-readings to fully appreciate the depth of the characters and universe that J. K. Rowling has created. I predict that kids (and adults) will re-read this book more than the first three volumes put together.
I am amazed and thrilled at the latest Harry Potter adventure, and am only upset that it's going to take another year (or more?) before the next volume is released!
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