Fantasy; Coming-of-age; young detective fiction


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.


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



Setting (time) 


Setting (place) 

United Kingdom, primarily at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


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.


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.


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.