Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Background

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Background

Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire is the fourth novel of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. Harry Potter is a book series about a young wizard who is set to defeat a dark wizard named Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort is a powerful dark wizard who killed many people including Harry Potter's parents. However, when attempting to also end baby Harry Potter's life, he failed to do so and instead lost much of his powers which lead to his downfall. Harry Potter's survival from Voldemort made him a famous person in the magical world.

Years later, Voldemort regains his health and attempt to get revenge on Harry Potter. In each of the previous novels of the series, Harry Potter successfully avoids Voldemort's attempt at revenge with the help of his friends and the headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, the only wizard that is a match against Voldemort. In this fourth novel, Voldemort once again rises and attempts to harm Harry Potter, the reason for his downfalls. This time, through the Triwizard Tournament, a competition full of dangerous missions that can get rid of any suspicions if someone were to die. Voldemort plots against Harry Potter with some of his loyal followers to make sure that Harry Potter is entered into the tournament.

When writing the book, J.K. Rowling developed the book as Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament, referring to the Triwizard Tournament. In the end, she chose Goblet of Fire. For Rowling, this book at the time was one of the most difficult to write because she noticed plot holes halfway through writing the book. The ninth chapter, “The Dark Mark,” was rewritten over more than thirteen times.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in the USA on July 8, 2000, simultaneously in the UK, being the first Harry Potter book to do so. The book was published on a Saturday, so children didn’t have to worry about school interfering with them getting their copy. During the first week over 3 million copies of the book were sold in the US. The fast-paced production of the book caused editing errors to appear in the first edition of the book regarding the death of James and Lily Potter. This error was fixed in later editions.

The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiered on November 18, 2005. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who played the roles of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. New to the cast were Ralph Fiennes, who played the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, and Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory.

The events of the novel were revisited in the West End original play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which debuted in London on June 7, 2016, and was published in script form on July 31, 2016.

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