Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J K Rowling


Rowling has given up all pretence that this 636 page book is for children. Readable as always but rather dull and flabby until the last 150 pages or so, when the pace suddenly picks up and it's no longer escapism but very dark, serious and foreboding. The now interestingly adolescent characters are facing a very different level of heroism - fine for a dramtic novel but the lightness of touch has faded. Philip Pullman still does the big issues better, but it'll be interesting to see how this develops when the fifth installment finally comes out.

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