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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

  Directed by: Mike Newell
Written by: Steven Kloves, J.K. Rowling
Starring: Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Rupert Grint, Stanislav Ianevski, Katie Leung, Robert Pattinson, Clémence Poésy, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson
Links: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Book
Genre: Children's

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) is also mentioned in mino's review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

"Another frolicking good (and evil) time" - a review by pearly

First, a bit of a recap for those of us (me) who are getting confused. All of this stems from the books written by J.K. Rowling. I think we all know that. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth film, following Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). The first two were directed by Chris Columbus, the third by Alfonso Cuarón, and this one sees Mike Newell take the helm. Newell will not be back for the next one, which is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

In this installment, the Goblet of Fire selects Harry Potter to be one of four participants in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a competition with a long history. Why are there four participants in a tri-wizard cup? Because the Goblet says so, that's why! Don't question the cup, you naughty person.

In the tournament, participants are given a set of challenges which they must complete in the best way they can think of to complete them. The first challenge, for example, involves retrieving an egg from the protective clasp of a dragon. Whoever survives these challenges in the best fashion becomes the winner of the Cup. Meanwhile, the evil Voldemort is gaining physical strength, and he's bound to make an appearance before the movie is done.

The best thing about this film when viewed as one chapter of the whole story, is that the tournament provides a whole new bunch of characters for us to sink our teeth into, and a relatively different setting for the old favourites. It's still at Hogwart's, but the school has been tranformed for the tournament, and the other competing schools, from France and Bulgaria, add foreign accents, and different looks to the melting pot (the accompanying teacher from the French school is a giant, which suits Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) just fine).

As a result of this storyline, the film contains a happier mix of the fun loving good times of the young wizards, and the fighting of evil - though it must be said that there are some pretty violent portions of this film, and viewer discretion for the kiddies is definitely advised.

It's quite fun watching the three main actors in the series grow up on screen, and each of the films has been satisfying. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is no exception.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Feb 2006

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  1. hi dan i'm a big fan and really want to see you i have send 7 or 88 masseges please send me only 1 massegs

    A comment from salma on Fri 17 Feb 2006 05:02 #

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