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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

November 16, 2010

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Steve Kloves
Based on the book by: J.K. Rowling
Producer: David Heyman
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe/Emma Watson/Rupert Grint/Robert Pattinson/Michael Gambon/Alan Rickman/Ralph Fiennes/Timothy Spall/David Tennant
Year: 2005
Country: UK/US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 157 minutes

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment in the Harry Potter movie and book series and Mike Newell sits in the director’s chair this time around. A tri-wizard tournament, a game where three students from wizarding schools around the globe must each face three deadly events, is taking place in Hogwarts. All seems good and well after three champions are chosen until Harry is mentioned as a fourth champion, who is underage to participate in the tournament, and must represent Hogwarts alongside Cedric Diggory while trying to find out who entered him in the tournament. Yet again, like the other Harry Potter movies, John Williams makes a fantastic contribution to the movie with his brilliant music along with the help of Patrick Doyle. The music really fits the mood of each scene and does a brilliant job of making each scene more emotional than it already is. One of the greatest things about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the performances as we see Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up and mature as the movies go on. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson improve their performances as each movie goes on and Twilight fans may be happy to see Robert Pattinson play Cedric Diggory, another Hogwarts champion. The performances from the cast were solid throughout, there’s not one bad thing I could say about any of the actors or actresses as they all depicted their characters perfectly. The characters in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are brilliant and the movie really captures the personality of the characters in the book very well. As well as this being the start of when the Harry Potter franchise turns very dark and the characters start to grow up from children to teenagers, children will still like this for the magic and the humour, which once again lights up a little from the darkness of the movie.

The cinematography and camerawork involved in making Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is absolutely phenomenal as it’s beautifully shot involving fantastic special effects and breath-taking locations. The creatures involved in the movie are great to look at and look very realistic, which adds to the wonder and imagination of this magical world. Chris Columbus had directed the first two Harry Potter years and Alfonso Cuaron directed the third (which is considered to be a favourite among Potter fans) but I think that Mike Newell did a magnificent job in directing this movie and from making a book adaptation stand out so well as a movie and an adaptation of the book. Although there is three things I am disappointed about and that is that Winky (a house-elf from the book) is not in the movie at all and Hermione doesn’t do her campaign, S.P.E.W, which was a movement to gain basic rights for house-elves and I thought it was an important part of her character. I also thought that Albus Dumbledore didn’t behave correctly like he did in the books, he was wise, calm and rational but in the movie, he was more angry. Except for those minor details, I believe that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was a great movie and is definitely a very welcome addition to the movie series.

Even though there’s a few things missing from the book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great adaptation and really captures the feeling and the mood of the book. It’s unfortunate that there’s sub-plots missing because, as a price, the character development and parts of the story were missing too. For me, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are my favourite books and I think that the cast and crew have done a terrific job in making Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As the books go darker and more mature, so do the movies, however this could mean that some of the scenes in the movie might be too scary for a younger audience. If you want an adaptation that is one-hundred percent faithful to the book, then you will be disappointed as even though this is quite faithful, there’s a few things missing. However, if you’re a Potter fan and you like the movies for what they are, then this is for you.

9/10

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