Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Name: Harry Potter 4-Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Year: 2005
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 157
Description: Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts is about to start and he is enjoying the summer vacation with his friends. They get the tickets to The Quidditch World Cup Final but after the match is over, people dressed like Lord Voldemort’s ‘Death Eaters’ set a fire to all the visitors’ tents, coupled with the appearance of Voldemort’s symbol, the ‘Dark Mark’ in the sky, which causes a frenzy across the magical community. That same year, Hogwarts is hosting ‘The Triwizard Tournament’, a magical tournament between three well-known schools of magic : Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. The contestants have to be above the age of 17, and are chosen by a magical object called the Goblet of Fire. On the night of selection, however, the Goblet spews out four names instead of the usual three, with Harry unwittingly being selected as the Fourth Champion. Since the magic cannot be reversed, Harry is forced to go with it and brave three exceedingly difficult tasks.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

It was difficult to really enjoy it as I know it inside out, but anyway…

Story-wise, it stands perfectly well on its own, better than HP3 actually. Newell also did his own thing with the characters, which mostly resulted in welcome changes. I loved Moaning Myrtle (she likes Harry so she can’t possibly be morose all the time). As for Gambon, yes, he’s not the Dumbledore from the books, but I’ve found the reactions of some hardcore fans totally ridiculous. He did not commit treason because he didn’t read the books, and I think he’s not obliged to either. If neither scriptwriter nor director bother to look into their characters, don’t give him all the blame. Daniel Radcliffe didn’t always convince me when he was crying and the way Moody was always helping him, giving him hard stares and long looks was really over the top, but I must say that this film contains one special thing that all the following ones don’t: raw emotion. Even now, the graveyard and its aftermath made me shiver.

It’s hard to say something objective about the score that made me listen to film music and therefore changed my life. I still remember being enchanted by it as a 12-year-old and buying the CD in the theatre right after seeing the film. Doyle did his own thing and I don’t think he emulated John Williams at all and he shouldn’t have done so either. He dropped lots of themes, but then again, Williams did too. For me, it’s still magical, symphonic bliss.


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