Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Directed by: Mike Newell
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph
Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Maggie Smith, Robbie
Coltrane, Michael Gambon
Released by: Warner Bros.
Short: Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts
is his most difficult yet; he competes in
the Tri-Wizard Tournament, tries his hand
at love and once again faces that pesky Voldemort.
First Love and the Paparazzi
Years Have it Tough at Hogwarts
much-anticipated fourth installment of the Harry Potter
saga has finally arrived. The title “Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire” alludes to the prize of
the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a competition between three
wizarding schools: Hogwarts, Durmstrang and Beauxbatons.
Traditionally, there is one competitor from each school
and this time, no one under the age of seventeen is allowed
to enter the competition. To everyone’s shock, Harry
Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), age fourteen, becomes a fourth
contestant against his will. The adventure unfolds from
Cinematically, the movie is a great success, with particular
treats being the Quidditch World Cup stadium and the fight-in-flight
between Harry and a Hungarian Horntail dragon. The "Harry
Potter" movies have always been visually delightful,
but this time there are a few extra pieces of eye candy,
mainly the handsome Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson)
and the burgeoning beauty Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).
Harry Potter is likewise becoming studlier, even with
his (finally) shaggy hair.
of J.K. Rowling’s books will no doubt be delighted
to see the wizarding world come to life on the big screen.
Those who have not read Harry Potter and the Goblet
of Fire, however, might have a hard time keeping
up with everything that happens. The screenplay leaves
much to be desired, with many important plot twists being
poorly explained and much of the novel's humor seriously
depleted. Not to say that the movie isn’t funny.
In fact, there are some absolutely hilarious moments,
such as Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) dancing with Professor
McGonagall (Maggie Smith), the first time Harry opens
his mouth to speak to his crush Cho Chang (Katie Leung)
and Moaning Myrtle (Shirley Henderson) flirting with a
naked Harry in a giant bubble bath. However, the subtleties
that made the novel so side-splitting just aren’t
there. And Severus Snape fans will have to wait another
couple of years until the next movie to actually hear
Alan Rickman speak more than one complete sentence.
highlight of the movie, however, is the actors’
performances as a whole. Daniel Radcliffe finally shows
some emotion on screen, after being somewhat bland in
the first three movies, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
do a great job as teenage best friends who at times can’t
stand each other, but who we all know are made for each
other. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, the Dark Lord who tries
once again to kill our hero, is deliciously evil and surprisingly
spry, while Miranda Richardson as tabloid writer Rita
Skeeter is wonderfully hateful.
Great special effects, a fine score and of course, the
lovable characters, make it easy to sit through the two
and a half hours, as long as you’re not looking
to relive the experience of reading the novel. The movie
explores some pretty dark themes, such as torture and
death, and some scenes might be a little scary for very
young kids. Everyone else, however, should enjoy being
a part (for a couple of hours) of Rowling’s magical
worlds that leaves us all wishing we were witches and