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full title ·  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

author · J.K. Rowling

type of work · Children's novel

genre · Fantasy; Coming-of-age; young detective fiction

language · English

time and place written · 2000, Edinburgh

date of first publication · 2000

publisher · Scholastic Inc.

narrator · Third person, following Harry

point of view · Although the narrative is written in third person, we see from Harry's point of view, and we witness his private thoughts.

tone · The tone is matter-of-fact, and the author's fondness for the heroes is clear.

tense · Past

setting (time) · Present-day

setting (place) · United Kingdom, primarily at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

protagonist · Harry Potter is the hero and protagonist. The story follows his adventures and growing-up process.

major conflict · Harry attempts to remain alive through the Triwizard Tournament, and to discover who submitted his name to the Goblet of Fire.

rising action · Tension rises with each of the Triwizard tasks that Harry is expected to do.

climax · On the evening of the final task, Harry and Cedric wind through the maze, reach the trophy, and ultimately are transported to a graveyard where Voldemort awaits them.

falling action · Once Harry has escaped Voldemort he is transported back to Hogwarts, and various characters explain the mysteries present in the rising action of the story.

themes · Crusade against enslavement; Community connectedness; Entering adolescence

motifs · Fallen facades

symbols · Sexual tension; Varying levels of education;

foreshadowing · The chapter in which Sirius Black appears in his animagus form is the same one in which Harry suggests that Rita Skeeter could have them bugged, which leads to Hermione's realization that Rita is an animagus. The fact that a beetle is casually buzzing around during each of the important events that Rita documents provides further foreshadowing for her identity.

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Harry's OWL Results

by unmissingpiece, October 05, 2013

There is a factual error here. Harry receives an "Outstanding" on his Defence Against the Dark Arts OWL, rather than an "Exceeds Expectations."


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Rita Skeeter

by baman23, September 28, 2014

I think Rita Skeeter should have been mentioned in Themes, Motifs and Symbols.
How you personally want to break it down is left up to you, but here is my opinion on it:
Rita Skeeter's articles address the problem with modern news media. Things are taken and twisted into something else, and put in a newspaper that most people read and believe. Even though her words hold no truth (we see that with her use of the Quick Quotes Quill), people buy into everything she says, no matter how outrageous her claims are. She repor... Read more


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by marypotter101, January 09, 2017

You forgot the fact that Winky got sacked by Mr. Crouch

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