Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 10
Summary: “The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
As I have said in every entry, I am biased towards the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is longer than the first three by a significant amount. It is around 700 pages depending on the version you have. It also has a great deal more violence than the first three. It is the first book that a somewhat important character dies. This can be troubling to some younger readers, thus the higher suggested age. I read it when I was eight, but I knew that it was a fictional book and I was not bothered by the violence. I would not recommended this novel if the reader is sensitive. The vocabulary is still higher than younger kids will understand and subject of crushes and dating are entered. Boys and girls fall in love and there is a prom type dance. Some kids may find that 14 is too young for love, but others may find it cute. Rowling keeps the original characters while still adding new characters, creatures, and drama. Overall this book is an outstanding addition to the well-loved series.