Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
Writer(s): J.K. Rowling
I finally got some time to finish this. Excellent, excellent book. Best of the series, though they are all very good. I was most impressed at how Rowling reinvents the series with each sequel, including enough familiar elements we're all comfortable with it, but with plenty of new stuff to delight us all over again. For instance, in the first three books a major part of the story was the annual Quidditch tournament. By the third book I was getting pretty tired of reading about Quidditch matches. But in this book the Quidditch tournament is canceled in favor of something else (I'll let you read to find out what) -- brilliant. And once again, Rowling surprises us with the twisting ending. Another change: this book ends with an ominous opening for plenty of sequels. I don't know what's going to happen, but I can see that she's set herself up for major changes in the wizardy world.