Welcome back to the Harry Potter Blogsplosion! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth (and Kim’s favorite) adventure in the series. It once again stars Daniel Radcliffe, as the title character, and Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as his trusty sidekicks. Harry is in his fourth year at Hogwarts and finally comes face to face with a human form of Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes.
The movie starts off with Harry Potter having a nightmare consisting of Peter Pettigrew, Lord Voldemort (who is unseen), and an unknown man. Harry watches as Voldemort kills an elderly man who was standing near them watching them. It is as Voldemort yells “Avada Kedavra” that Harry suddenly wakes up. Harry awakens to find Ron and Hermione watching him to make sure he’s ok. Assuring them that he’s fine he goes back to sleep, only to wake up a few hours later for the Quidditch World Cup finals. While everyone is sleeping post-match, the Death Eaters, who are the faithful servants to Lord Voldemort, terrorize the campsites to announce to everyone that Voldemort’s return is imminent. After narrowly escaping the Death Eaters, Harry and his friends return to school to learn that Hogwarts will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament. Three different schools of wizardry send representatives from their respective schools to compete in a series of events that push their magical skills and endurance to the limit. The winner of the tournament wins the Triwizard Cup, a small fortune, and bragging rights for their school. Controversy arises when Harry Potter, 3 years younger than the 17-year-old cut off age, is the fourth candidate to be chosen to compete. With Harry as an extra champion, four candidates will now vie for the title instead of the usual three, including Viktor Krum from the Durmstang institute, Fleur Delacour from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and finally Cedric Diggory (played by a pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson). The three tasks they face are: steal a golden egg from a dragon, save a loved one trapped in the lake, and find the Triwizard Cup in the heart of a giant hedge maze filled with obstacles. While in this last challenge, Potter is transported to a place where for the first time, he comes face to face with a human form of Lord Voldemort.
After the dark take of the third Harry Potter film, this one has a bit of a lighter look. There seemed to be more of the magic that makes Hogwarts so appealing and makes it a place you’d really want to visit. Mike Newell the director, had a way of making every shot count. The shots were beautiful and really made Hogwarts this magical yet accessible place. I don’t feel that this was done in the first three films. One of my favorite shots of the film was when Harry was crossing the long bridge on Hogwarts’ grounds. Before they zoomed in on him, they held off just long enough to make you notice what an amazing shot it was. The most beautiful shots in my opinion were of the Yule Ball. The use of cinematography in the film just makes each shot magical. The music went perfectly with these scenes and really played off of the characters emotions, just like a good score should.
Ralph Fiennes is the PERFECT villain. He just embodies what Lord Voldemort should be. Not having read the books, I didn’t have any idea of what Voldemort should be like. He is the perfect combination of creepiness and pure evil, just what a villain should be. I imagined him not having a heart and kicking puppies in order to get into the mindset of the role. He was definitely the highlight of the movie. I was eagerly waiting for him to finally appear and when he did, I was so excited. My eyes were drawn to him and I listened to every word he spoke. I can’t wait to see him play this role more in later films; I’m excited to see how he develops Voldemort’s character. It was also interesting to see Harry and Ron as just regular teenage boys. They are so powerful with their wizard powers that I think the viewers often forget that they’re teenagers, and it was interesting to see them being nervous around girls and awkward with their first love.
All and all, I think this was the best of the Harry Potter films I’ve seen thus far. The story was the most unique, and I liked the addition of new characters and finally getting to see Lord Voldemort.
5 out 5 starsHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Warner Brothers PG-13, 157 Minutes