Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Release date: November 18, 2005
Director: Mike Newell
Novel by: J.K. Rowling
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, David Tennant, Brendan Gleeson, Timoty Spall, Michael Gambon, Robert Pattinson, Clémence Poésy, Stanislav Ianevski, Katie Leung, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Warwick Davis, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Mark Williams, Frances de la Tour, Gary Oldman, Shirley Henderson, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps
Continuing with our Harry Potter reviews before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I live-tweeted Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire #HP4GoF last night. Now we’ve only got Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which Rodrigo will be in charge of (#HP5OotP).
In Goblet of Fire, Harry is taking courses during his fourth year at Hogwarts — if you don’t know what’s Hogwarts, what are you doing reading this? Watch Philosopher’s Stone first — in which there will be a very special event known as the Triwizard Tournament — as in “three” wizards. However, the magic cup known as the Goblet of Fire that chooses the competitors picks one extra wizard… Harry, of course.
So he must not only compete to pass the test, but also for dear life, as things are set in motion for the return of You-Know-Who.
However, between all this drama, there’re the first hints of teenage angsts, love… and even a dance known as the Yuleball, complete with a Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) as lead singer from Wizardry rock band Wyrd Sisters — a name they didn’t use in the film.
Mike Newell, known for films like Donnie Brasco and Four Weddings and a Funeral, picks up after Cuaron in terms of cinematic quality and use of lingering shots enhanced by the enchanting — but not as magical — score by Patrick Doyle, and infuses the series with… hormones? Goblet of Fire is possibly the Harry Potter film that’s more focused on the romantic aspects of the franchise, and it creates a really bizarre atmosphere.
Even if my heart did jump when Hermione comes down the stairs — cue music, cue Parvati Patil “she’s beautiful” in all those warm and fuzzy colors as Harry turns around and his jaw drops.
There are a lot of great things in Goblet of Fire as a film, but most of them are related to the tournament itself. The tasks the Triwizard champions must face are exciting and quite dynamic. While the climax of the film, when Voldemort finally shows up and a noseless, hairless Fiennes takes the stage is quite unsettling.
Other performances to note are Gleesom’s not-Mad-Eye, and Miranda Richardson as the saccharine acid journalist Rita Skeeter.