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Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireJuly 8, 2000 was the date of release for the fourth in the series of the unbelievably successful Harry Potter books. This one is called Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and has been launched with unprecedented media frenzy and store campaigns in the U.S. and U.K. What is it about Harry Potter that has made today's techno-whiz kids put aside Nintendo and revel in groundskeepers and muggles and goblins and tea sausages? What is it that has made adults pick up the book too - and refuse to put it down, till they're through? Call it Peter Pan, call it magic - call it whatever. Better still; don't let's quibble over names and rush, instead, to get our copy.

For the uninitiated, the main character, Harry Potter, is an unassuming child who discovers his magical powers and trains at the Hogwarts School for witches and wizards. Each book of the series is filled with a fantasy adventure that takes the reader through a world of magic, monsters, heroes and villains. We have a dairy that writes back, ancestral portraits that primp and curl their hair every night and a professor who died, didn't notice it and continued to teach as a ghost. J.K. Rowling's wry sense of humour gives the storylines light moments (In 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' Harry is warned that reading some books are dangerous: 'Some old witch in Bath had a book that you could never stop reading! You just had to wander around with your nose in it, trying to do everything one handed.) and this keeps them from becoming too frightening.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireSo who is this J.K. Rowling, whose first book 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' topped the bestseller list of the New York Times for fifteen weeks in a row? Jeanne Kathleen Rowling lives in Edinburgh and has been writing 'all her life'. Her first book was written at the age of six and was about a rabbit called 'rabbit'. She thought of the Harry Potter plot on a seemingly endless train journey from Manchester to London. By the time she reached London, she had already conceived most of the characters and thought up most of the names. Divorced, a single parent and without a job, she was managing on public assistance, when she started the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (published in Great Britain as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). She did most of her writing in cafés, while her infant daughter slept.

The books haven't been without controversy, though. Many parents and schools are lobbying to have the books banned because of the occult elements in them. Rowling is also being sued by a writer by the name of Nancy Stouffer, claiming that many of the names of the characters have been taken from a book she herself published in the late 1980s.

So what are you waiting for? We advise you to go right ahead and purchase your own Harry Potter soon. You have four to choose from - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. If you can't make up your mind which one to buy, buy them all!
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