Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Review

The fourth year at Hogwarts see’s the tri-wizard tournament take place, meaning two other wizarding schools come for a year. Some twists and turns see the usual tri-tournament having a fourth competitor in an underaged wizard taking part and yes you guessed it, Harry Potter is that wizard.

Again things are changing at Hogwarts and as usual it does not go smoothly for Harry and his friends returning to school. But before they get to Hogwarts they attend the Quidditch World Cup, which does not go to plan after the final as the deatheaters return with the dark mark shown in the sky.

When back at school the students of Hogwarts were informed that two other schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang would be joining them for the year, and the tri-wizard tournament. Which would only allow students aged 17 and over to enter their name into the Goblet of Fire, to see who would be competing for each school. Fleur for Beauxbatons, Viktor Krum a well-known Quidditch player for Durmstrang and Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts . . . and Harry Potter as a fourth contestant. It is difficult to decide what is the most shocking thing, the fourth contestant or the fact that Harry is underage. He did not put his name or attempt to put his name in the Goblet, so who did?

That is something we are kept guessing about throughout the film. That is not the only thing we are kept guessing about throughout the film, we have plenty going on to keep us on the edge of our seats. We are robbed of quidditch in this film again, something that they couldn’t really get right in the films. But the action of the tasks in the wizard tournament is just brilliant. We have the dragons, underwater scenes with the merpeople and the maze! All of these are visually stunning and really do take these films to another level.

Ron and Harry spend quite a bit of time not speaking to each other, which is quite difficult for us to watch as we know how good friends they are. We just want them to work everything out and so pleased when they do. Eventually Ron comes round and realises that Harry did not actually put his name in the Goblet. And our favorite best friends are indeed best friends again.

We are introduced to a new character “Mad-Eye” Moody, who you guessed it is the new defence against the dark arts teacher for the year. He has a very unique teaching method which is seen as rather shocking when it comes to the three unforgivable curses. Hermione is her usual self in trying to help out Harry, and getting her own back on reporter Rita Skeeter who was making her life very difficult by the stories published in the Daily Prophet.

What seems like another adventure of a year at Hogwarts is turned to a whole new level, when Harry and Cedric both grab the cup together in the maze to find out someone had put a spell on it to make it a port-key, sending them to a grave yard. With the name Tom Riddle on the tombstone. Harry witnesses Cedric being killed and Voldemort returning in body form and from that moment on nothing will ever be the same again . . .

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