Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Plot

Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.5/10 (168,714 voted)

Critic's Score: 81/100

Director:
Mike Newell

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Storyline
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 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…

Writers: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling

Cast:

Eric Sykes

Frank Bryce


Timothy Spall

Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew)


David Tennant

Bartemius 'Barty' Crouch Junior


Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter


Emma Watson

Hermione Granger


Rupert Grint

Ron Weasley


Mark Williams

Arthur Weasley


James Phelps

Fred Weasley


Oliver Phelps

George Weasley


Bonnie Wright

Ginny Weasley


Jeff Rawle

Amos Diggory


Robert Pattinson

Cedric Diggory


Jason Isaacs

Lucius Malfoy


Tom Felton

Draco Malfoy


Stanislav Ianevski

Viktor Krum

Taglines:
Dark And Difficult Times Lie Ahead.



Details

Official Website:
Warner Bros. [France] |
Warner Bros. [uk] |

Release Date: 18 November 2005

Filming Locations: Ashridge Park, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK



Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $102,335,066
(USA)
(20 November 2005)
(3858 Screens)

Gross: $896,911,078
(Worldwide)
(10 November 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

It took two days to film Ralph Fiennes's cameo.

Goofs:

Continuity:
In the Cho/Harry owlery scene, a barn owl lands on a perch behind Harry when he and Cho talk, then in the next shot, the barn owl disappears.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Frank Bryce:
Bloody kids!



User Review

Good though rushed

Rating: 6/10


Based on one of the best books of the Harry Potter series, the film
adaptation of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet' had a lot to live up to and
I think it succeeded. As Potter fans will know, in GoF, Harry is now
fourteen and in his Fourth Year at Hogwarts. When an ancient tournament
between Hogwarts and two other European wizarding schools is held that
year, a Seventh Year contestant is chosen from each school to compete
but things go dramatically awry when Harry, three years too young to
even be entered in the dangerous and challenging tournament, is somehow
also chosen after his name is mysteriously nominated. GoF is a sharp
turning point in the books as the tone darkens considerably and the
characters themselves change from being rather wide-eyed innocent
children to adolescents thrust the turbulent, uncertain adult world
where being 'good' or even an innocent will not guarantee your
survival. This shift is also reflected in the film, which was rated 12A
(PG13 for Americans), the first of the HP films to be rated so high.

I have to say I did enjoy this film, although Prisoner of Azkaban
remains my favourite of the four. Unlike the first two films, this did
not attempt to condescend as much to small children in the audience.
The tasks of the Triwizard tournament captured most of the thrills of
the book, particularly the second water-based task where the merpeople
were suitably creepy (now we know why none of the kids go swimming in
the summer term!), but the first task over-ran for a minute or two more
than needed. Light romance was touched upon yet wasn't over-emphasised
and the Yule Ball will please those who enjoyed the scenes in the book
but audience members over the age of sixteen might find teens ogling
each other a tad dull (Hermione is very out-of-character and the scene
does drag).

The acting of the adult cast is, of course, exemplary as always. Alan
Rickman's Snape may only have had four or so scenes but he definitely
made his presences known while Maggie Smith really captured the essence
of McGonagall. Many people do miss Richard Harris' Dumbledore but I
found that Michael Gambon has done an excellent job of moulding the
role to make it his own. In GoF, Dumbledore feels very human in the way
he carries the weight of the wizarding world on his shoulders and
though he struggles at times, his concern for his pupils is paramount.
I finally felt the close rapport between Dumbledore and Harry in this
film that was missing in the previous three HP flicks. However, the
prize has to go to Brendan Gleeson for his scene-stealing depiction of
Mad-Eye Moody. Gleeson clearly enjoyed illustrating Moody's dangerous,
feral edge.

The younger cast have also grown into their roles, improving from their
previous outing. Rupert Grint, usually used to playing a comical and
stupid Ron, had the chance to cut his acting teeth and show Ron's
darker, bitter side and he did well. The Phelp twins have also improved
dramatically. No longer do they come across as wooden cut-outs just
reading from a cue-card and instead they are able to show the
mischievous spontaneity of the Weasley twins. And I look forward to
seeing more of Matthew Lewis, who was great at showing Neville's
sensitive side without making him too klutzy. Out of the younger cast,
though, Dan Radcliffe is the one who has progressed the most. In PoA,
he was awful in the 'he was their friend' scene so he seems like
another boy in the harrowing graveyard scene and the aftermath,
depicting Harry's anger, feelings of vulnerability and grief. He still
stumbled on occasion in other scenes but I, at last, have faith he
might be able to do the Harry of 'Order of the Phoenix' justice when
the time comes.

The film did lose points on a few issues. Although most of the young
cast have expanded their acting skills as they have gone on, Emma
Watson is waning. She has a tendency of over-enunciating her lines and
being too melodramatic, which worked in 'The Philosopher's Stone' when
Hermione was condescending and childishly bossy, but is just annoying
by this point. She spent most of the film sounding as if she was on the
verge of tears or in a hormonal snit, even in scenes which were not
remotely sad or upsetting. There was also a choppy feel to the film, as
if Steve Kloves struggled to properly condense the book into a two-hour
film. Those who haven't read the books will have missed quite a bit and
those who have read the books will feel the film is very rushed. Molly
Weasley and the Dursleys were also missed, especially since I think
Julie Walters would have been exceptional in the Molly/Harry
interactions that take place aftermath of the graveyard scenes of the
novel as the film didn't round off in a manner that reflected a boy had
died and Harry would be traumatised by what he saw.

I think most Potter fans will enjoy this although they will remark that
it could have been better. Non-fans will also get something from this
film as I imagine it is hard not to be captivated by the many action
and dramatic events but they may find themselves muddled by the story.
I would recommend that parents of young children either keep away or,
at the very least, check out the film firstly before deciding if their
child is old enough to cope with it. When I went to see it, there was a
small lad of four or five being dragged along and in the middle of a
particularly fearsome incident, the silence of the moment was cut by a
wee voice crying, 'Mummy, I'm scared' so, parents, be warned.