Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament [Goblet of Fire]
NY, Scholastic, (2000). Advance publicity items for the transformative fourth book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was nearly twice as long as the preceding book; it was the first to be released on the same date in the U.K. and the U.S.; the first to have a Saturday release date so as not to conflict with the school day; the first to have a multi-million copy U.S. print run; and it was the first book in the series to not have an uncorrected proof or advance reading copy issued. Its title was intended to be kept a secret until publication day (July 8, 2000); a feat that was made somewhat easier as Rowling herself wavered on the title until at least March or April. The working title was simply "HP IV," and included here is a promotional green baseball cap with HP IV embroidered in gold on the front and the publication date (07-08-00) on the back: note the use of one Gryffindor color (gold) and one Slytherin color (green). Rowling's first intended title for the book did leak out, and also included here is a printed easel display card encouraging readers to pre-order their copies of Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament. Reportedly there followed a period during which the title was to be Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament. The finished product, a first printing (with full number line) of the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is included; it is fine in a fine dust jacket. The HP IV baseball cap is adjustable, and fine. The Doomspell Tournament easel card is 9" x 12", apparently unused; it has one small nick in a lower corner near a small portrait of Buckbeak the Hippogriff, else fine. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won the 2001 Hugo Award, the only Harry Potter novel to do so. [#033042] $500
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