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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter Signature Edition) Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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'Hooray for Harry Potter... [Harry's] adventures are as funny as Roald Dahl's stories and as vivid as Narnia books - and adults seem to enjoy them as much as their children' Daily Mail 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has finally been unleashed. And is it good? You bet it is. Harry's - and our - fourth year at Hogwarts is funny, full of delicious parodies of our own world, and wildly action-packed' The Times 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is inventive, open-minded, and carries the hallmark of Rowling's imagination and scholarship ... pure magic' Mirror 'There isn't a dull page ... the plot fits together like a wondrous jigsaw' Sunday ExpressSee all Product description
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I started this book and I'm utterly ashamed to say that I completed the book in no time and I'm now on book six and the proud owner of the entire collection. I've also got a trip planned to the studios and have now watched the films. I'm sat here writing this review in my Harry potter PJ's. My son is also sporting a Hogwarts babygrow. Nice one. I'm as sad as my sister-in-law.
CONS: The box size is the main reason for the 3 stars - and I've seen other reviewers complain about this too. It is simply too small to fit all 7 books and their dust jackets. When I first opened the new set, I had such a hard time getting the books out of the box because it was such a tight fit. I was afraid the box would break (as it happened to another reviewer). Now that the books have been read and naturally stretched out a bit, I have not been able to put them properly back in the box. I had to remove all the dust jackets and still it's an incredibly tight squeeze. I'm sure that after a few more times of taking them in and out, the box will break. As it is, the hardcovers are already wearing due to trying to pull them out and push them back in.
- Speaking of the hardcovers, there is something wrong with their binding (maybe the glue or material): every time I open one of the books, the spine and general cover area makes cracking sounds as if they are breaking away from something. It's a unnerving (for a book lover).
- Lastly, there were some odd printing issues in a few of the 7 books. For example, in one book, there were some lines without a single space between words (see the second-last line of the attached image). This is obviously a publishing error...
PROS: The dust jackets, colors, box design, etc. are all exquisitely beautiful. It's a pity that I have to worry about the durability.
I read that some are disappointed the illustrations aren't like the films. The books came first! And the films left so much out AND changed things. The illustrations in this book are, I am thrilled to say, Jim Kay's imagining of the BOOK according to JK Rowlings excellent detailed descriptions.
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