HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - PUBLISHING PROCESS
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—the fourth book in the Harry Potter series was released at the same time in both the UK and US on July 8th, 2000. In the UK, however, it was published by Bloomsbury Publishing pic and in the US by Scholastic Inc. It broke sales records in both the countries—in UK 372,775 books were sold on the first day that is almost equal to the number of books of Prisoner of Azkaban sold in its first year. The real record broke in the US where three million books got sold in the first forty-eight hours. Rowling told in an interview that one of the chapters caused her a lot of trouble that she had to write over and over again.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - PLOT
The plot begins with Harry’s vision where he saw Frank Bryce murdered by the despicable Voldemort. In the Quidditch World Cup where Harry Potter went with his friends, the match attacked in the end by Voldemort’s Death Eaters and the whole tournament turned into chaos. For the first time in the 13 years, Dark Mark appeared in the sky for which Wink a house elf of Barty Crouch Senior was falsely accused. After the resignation of Professor Lupin in the previous part, his seat was now taken by Alastor Mad-Eye Moody. Dumbledore announced that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament and the winning team will receive a prize of one thousand Galleons. Only the students above the age of 17 could apply. Students from different wizarding academies like Beauxbatons Academy and Drumstrang Institute came to join this match.
On the Halloween Night, Goblet of Fire chose Victor Krum from Durmstrang Institute, Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons Academy, while from Hogwarts, instead of choosing one candidate, it chose two - Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter. Harry’s selection despite his underage and ineligibility to apply for the tournament shocked and enraged everyone at Hogwarts including his friend Ron. In the first task, the candidates had to trick a Hungarian Horntail in getting a golden egg. Harry won the task and as the whole Hogwarts rejoiced, Harry and Ron forgot all their grievances and became friends once again. In the Yule Ball event, Harry wanted to escort Cho Chang for dancing but she had already said yes to Cedric. So Harry decided to escort Parvatiinstead, while Ron escorted Padma Patil. Both of them got surprised when they saw Hermione escorted by Krum. In the second task, the candidates had to recover something underwater that they truly hold special. Harry can’t come up with any solution of how stay underwater so Dobby finally gave him Gillyweed which gave him gills. During the task, Harry not only rescued Ron but also Fleur’s sister Gabrielle because Fleur was unable to fulfill her task. This gave Harry enough points to have a tie with the leading Cedric.
While the preparations of the final task, Harry and Krum saw Crouch who act weirdly and asked Harry to summon Dumbledore. While Harry returned with Dumbledore, Crouch was gone and Krum was stunned. In the task where the candidates had to find the trophy through a maze, Harry helped Krum because he was disabled to harm Cedric. Cedric and Harry saw the trophy and decided to touch it at the same time and win together. As soon as they touched it, they were taken into a graveyard where Pettigrew killed Cedric and resurrected Voldemort. Voldemort then challenged Harry for the duel but due to their similarities, their wands connected and all the impressions of Voldemort’s victims including Harry’s parents appeared that caused enough distraction to make Harry escape through the portkey and reach Hogwarts. After his return, Professor Moody took him into the office and revealed he is actually Voldemort’s faithful servant who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire and made sure that Harry remained in the lead and finally touched the port key. Before he could kill him, Dumbledore returned with other faculty members and come to know that Moody is actually Barty Crouch Jr.—Crouch’s son who was camouflaged by the polyjuice potion. He was then sentenced to Azkaban and Harry gave his winning possessions to George and Fred to start their business and returned to Dursleys for the summer.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - CHARACTERIZATION
J.K Rowling is known for the wide range of characters that she introduces in her novels. Goblet of Fire is no exception either. Some of the new characters introduced in this book include Alastor (Mad Eye) Moody, Barty Crouch, Rita Skeeter, Frank Bryce, Cho Chang, Fleur Delacour, Gabrielle Delacour, Cedric Diggory and some other supporting and minor characters as well. It should be noted that the several characters introduced in the book by Rowling are not just meant for bloating the plot with a great range of character, but each one of them brings a huge twist in the plot and has a significant part.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - RECURRENT THEMES
One of the major themes that appeared at the beginning of the novel is isolation and abandonment that Harry faced when Goblet of Fire chose him. He wasn’t only abandoned by the whole faculty and the fellow students but also his dearest friend Ron. Most of the students despised him for appearing in the limelight. Through his efforts to win the task, the whole Hogwarts rejoiced and praised him while Harry and Ron became friends once again. Another prevalent theme is hatred which is deeply rooted in the plot. Voldemort utilized all his hate to harm Harry. In fact, those who were helping him win the match, Barty Crouch Jr. for instance, was actually making sure that Harry comes on the lead of the match to ultimately touch the portkey and have a duel with Voldemort. All this hate seems like insanity and madness through which Rowling has tried to enforce in the minds of young readers that hatred always has a bad ending. The good always wins while the evil has to taste the failure!
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - RECEPTION
As discussed at the beginning of the article, Goblet of Fire received highly positive feedback from its fans and followers. According to a report FedEx dispatched almost 9000 trucks and 100 planes to successfully deliver the books to those who placed an order. In 2001 it was awarded Hugo Award for the Best Novel. It also received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award for one of the best books ever. Joan Acocella remarked in The New Yorker, ‘where the prior volumes moved like lightning, here the pace is slower, the energy more dispersed. At the same time, the tone becomes grimmer.’
SOME FAMOUS QUOTES
I. You've got to appreciate what the worst is. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you're facing it.
II. As Hagrid had said, what would come would come and he would have to meet it when it did.
III. Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter.