My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've read this several times and I seem to come back to the HP books because they fill a niche in my life. I have almost all the books in audio version with Jim Dale as the reader, so I put them on when I am doing a big sorting project, or a knit sweater that has a deadline or even when I am having trouble sleeping. Jim Dale's voice is soothing and I almost always find something new.
This is the fourth book in the series and in a way it is the end of Harry's childhood. At the ball, he and Ron act with an early teen's mentality...they don't dance, can't carry on a conversation, and don't know what to think of their friend, Hermoine, who has just blossomed into a young woman.
Even in the trials of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry is a boy who competes against young men and women who are no longer children. Harry has to compete in a tournament where the contestants are all at least 17, but he holds his own bravely. In the end, with one blow, he is no longer a child. Everything changes with this book.
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