Publisher’s Summary: The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!
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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series; there are seven books total. This book features the main characters from the first three novels, and it also introduces many new and prominent characters. Many people consider this book the turning point of the Harry Potter series, as it depicts a life-altering event for the wizard world. The following details summarize some of the main plot points, describe the new characters, and more. Read on to find out what ‘Goblet of Fire’ has in store for you.
The first chapter of this book is set fifty years prior to present day. It describes how the Riddle family (Voldemort’s family) was murdered under mysterious circumstances. It also depicts the death of an elderly man who is the groundskeeper that lives in a cottage near the old, abandoned Riddle House. He is murdered when he enters the house and hears Lord Voldemort and his servant, Wormtail, plotting the death of the infamous Harry Potter. After this scene is described, it immediately transitions to Potter waking up. He is in a great deal of pain because of the scar on his forehead given to him by Lord Voldemort.
One prominent event in this book is the Quidditch World Cup tournament. This is an infamous tournament in the wizard world, and Harry attends it with the Weasley family, Hermione Granger, and numerous other Wizards. After the tournament ends and the wizards are camping, havoc is unleashed by Death Eaters that were not punished during Voldemort’s downfall. The Death Eaters torture Muggles (non-wizards) and send the Dark Mark (Voldemort’s calling card) into the air. This causes a great deal of panic and terror, as the wizard wold is shown that Voldemort may be making a return.
This book also features the Triwizard Tournament, which is an infamous tournament held among the three wizard schools. The tournament is only designed for older students, but Harry’s name is mysteriously entered for submission into the Goblet of Fire. He is chosen to take place in the tournament, despite the fact that he did not enter and has no desire to compete. The binding rules of the tournament do not allow him to drop out. This causes a major rift between Harry and Ron Weasley because Ron is very envious of Harry’s chance at winning the tournament.
Throughout the rest of the book, Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament with some successes and some failures. Following one of the tasks, a major character of the novel is murdered. During the last task in the tournament, a student is murdered by Voldemort in front of Harry Potter. It is revealed that the tournament was set up to lead to the murder of Harry by Voldemort. However, Harry escapes and takes the student’s dead body with him. A handful of other surprises occur, but overall the end of the book focuses on the fact that Voldemort is alive and rising to power again.