Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
The Olympics one.

Every four years, as you know, the Olympics come back. While the country changes, the games remain the same, except when they are played in Hogwarts. True enough, this is the fourth film in the franchise, which has a clear Olympic vibe to go along with it. I don’t know if that was intentional or simply coincidental, but there you have it. Anyways, this takes place in the make-believe world of Hogwarts, so you better believe the games have changed a bit. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire shows how sports can really be exhilarating.

Hogwarts has been chosen this year to host the Tri Wizard Tournament, a system of three games that test one’s ability to handle dangerous situations. The winner is awarded eternal glory, but the players can only be 18 years old and up. Somehow, Harry Potter’s name is thrown into the Goblet of Fire, and he is chosen as one of Hogwart’s champions. I’m not sure who’ll win at this point, but my money is on Potter. With two other magical school champions, Harry Potter must face-off against dangerous dragons, sea urchins, and other mysterious dangers before he can win the match. Can he do it? Or will the increasing risk of Lord Voldemort’s rebirth ruin everything?

At this point, out of all four films, this one had the least developed story. That’s not to say it wasn’t done well, because it was done incredibly well. I was really pulled in by the effectiveness of the sportsmanship of the film, and I really wanted to see how the games would be won by all of the players – it was just like watching the Olympics…only…that’s not what I expect from a Harry Potter film. The story itself doesn’t exactly add to the overall Harry Potter arch, other than the very tail end of the film. This movie is almost three hours long, for such a small amount of time that furthers the story…it really makes the film a little unimportant in the scheme of things.

There was a bit more character development involved, though. The kids are getting older, which means we had to introduce the idea of romance further. So there was a dance, and all the kids were shy in picking dates, and there was more squabbling between Ron and Hermione’s future love…it was all there, and that’s great introduction for later in the series. We were also introduced in this film to Professor Moody, which comes into play later in the series as well. So there were little things here and there that also furthered the story, but just by barely. 90% of the film was just the games, which in the long run…were just fun, not necessarily important.

So what distinguishes this film from the others? Well there are a few things people will think of first when thinking of this film, this might contain spoilers:

  • Tri-Wizard Tournament
  • The actual Goblet of Fire
  • Intro to Deatheaters
  • David Tennant
  • Robert Pattison
  • Professor Moody’s Introduction
  • Memory Vat
  • Voldemort’s Rebirth

Regardless of the fact that this film didn’t have the best story, it had a heck of a lot of things people will be able to remember anyways, so it is memorable. I would simply say this film was more of a break that allowed for more character development than anything else, which isn’t a bad thing.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is another well-done film in the franchise that did a great job with furthering character development and giving an exciting presentation.

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