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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Black quarter cloth stamped in bronze with red boards blindstamped with a pattern - 2000

by J.K. Rowling

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ROWLING, J[oanne] K[athleen]. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Illustrations by Mary Grandpré. [NY]: Scholastic [2000]. 8vo, xiv 737pp. Black quarter-cloth stamped in bronze with red boards blindstamped with a pattern. Purple endpapers; b&w illustrated chapter headings. A fine copy with minute scratching to upper and lower edge of sheets in original color pictorial dust jacket (minute creasing to top edge of front flap). First US edition, issued on the same day as the UK edition, and first appearance of the Mary Grandpré artwork. The fourth book in J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series, which sees Harry struggling to survive his fourth year at Hogwarts and the Triwizard Cup, all while forces work in the background to resurrect Lord Voldemort.
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  • Title Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Author J.K. Rowling
  • Illustrator Mary GrandPre
  • Binding Black quarter-cloth stamped in bronze with red boards blindstamped with a pattern
  • Edition First US edition
  • Publisher Scholastic, NY
  • Date 2000
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 1049403

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About this book

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter Series, written by J.K. Rowling. The widely acclaimed novel was granted the Hugo Award, the only Harry Potter book to receive the highly coveted fantasy and science fiction prize. First published by Bloomsbury in 2000, the fantasy novel follows Harry Potter, a wizard in his fourth year of magical education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main event of the year is the Triwizard Tournament, a recently revived competition between three wizarding schools. Each school enters one student selected by the enchanted Goblet of Fire. However, students younger than 17 are not allowed to even enter their names for selection, due to unfortunate accidents in the past. Despite this restriction, Harry Potter finds himself thrust into the Triwizard Tournament. Who entered Harry Potter into the competition? How will he manage the tasks he must complete? And will he survive?


First Edition Identification

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in two first editions on July 8, 2000, a UK edition and an American edition. Combined, the two had a first printing of over 5 million books.

The first UK edition was published by Bloomsbury. The hardcover book has a dust jacket illustrated by Giles Greenfield. The boards are also illustrated and match the dust jacket art. The original price of £14.99 was printed on the bottom lefthand corner of the inside of the front flap of the dust jacket. This UK edition has 636 pages and was printed by two different printers, Omnia and Clays. Printed on the copyright page is the ISBN, 0 7475 4624 X. Also printed on the copyright page is “First Edition,” below the printer and typeset information. However, there is no number line on the copyright page. 

The first American edition was published by Scholastic Press, with imprint Arthur A. Levine Books. Similar to the first UK edition, this edition is also a hardcover with a dust jacket. However, the illustrator for the American edition is Mary GrandPré, not Giles Greenfield. In addition, the boards underneath are not illustrated with the dust jacket art, but are rust red, and have a black cloth spine. This edition has a badge stating “YEAR 4” on the upper spine of the dust jacket and book itself. The original price of this edition was $25.95, and the copy contained 734 pages. The copyright page contains the full number line “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1     0/0 01 02 03 04.” The copyright page also holds other useful identifying information. For example, it says “First American edition, July 2000” on the bottom of the copyright page, and shows the ISBN “0-439-13959-7.” Finally, there are varying plant numbers beside “Printed in the U.S.A.” on the copyright page, which stand for the different U.S. printers of the first American edition. There are at least three known printers of the first American edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.