Harry Potter and the Goblin of Fire by J.K. Rowling

As it turns out, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry is not the only magical school. In fact, in J.K. Rowling’s world, even America has one in Salem, Massachusetts, which I found to be utterly fabulous as someone who knows her American history.

The Goblet of Fire in the title refers to a goblet from which three names are selected, and those three individuals will participate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a series of contests that will determine one champion. The three chosen contestants perform the tasks while representing their schools: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Beauxbaton Academy of Magic, and Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning. Because of the level of danger involved in all of the tasks, a magical rule is set up so that only overage wizards are supposed to be eligible, but something goes amiss and young Harry Potter’s name comes out of the goblet: a mysterious fourth contestant. By the rules of the tournament, Potter is required to participate, and early on he figures out somebody must have put his name in the goblet with the hope that he would die in the middle of one of the tasks. But in between trying to stay alive and find out who wants him dead, Harry Potter finds out his scari er task is yet to come: asking crush Cho Chang to be his date at the tournament ball.

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