Kim’s Entertainment Blog

July 1, 2009

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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This post is part of a series of posts counting down the Harry Potter movies in anticipation of the newest movie opening in just a couple of weeks!  I have been counting down with the Movie Moxie; to check out her posts, click here.

To begin with, I was a little disappointed with the filmmakers treatment of the Quidditch World Cup.  As the only opportunity to show any Quidditch game in this movie, it was a very quick glimpse of all the excitement.  You do get a sense of the grandeur and excitement that people feel as they are about to watch the Irish and the Bulgarians battle it out.  I would have enjoyed more of a “tour” around the magical campsite, and I would have liked it if they had included the side story of the troubles between the twins and Ludo Bagman.  But, I know all of this would have made the movie much longer and much more expensive to make, so I guess I understand why they edited the story the way they did, particularly considering that this book is at least twice as thick, if not three times, as the previous three.

Of course for all the Twilight fans out there, you will have recognized the actor playing Cedric Diggory as a younger Edward Cullen . . . I mean Robert Pattinson!  He does a good job of portraying an older, very popular student who has the hopes of an entire school population riding on him, at least at first, as the contestant who will bring home the Tri-Wizard Cup!  In Harry Potter I thought he was cute, but now, particularly in recent pictures of him, I just want to cut and style his hair!  But I digress . . .

The filmmakers once again did a great job of blending the magical world of Harry Potter and the non-magical world of us muggles.  the whole tone of the movie is much darker than previous movies, and you get a real sense of the peril that Harry faces during his tasks for the tournament.  These kids are definitely older, wiser, and more experienced than just a couple of movies ago.  Harry literally has to fight for his life a few times, and this showcases his burgeoning magical skills nicely.

Once again, we are introduced to a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.  Mad-Eye Moody, played by Brendan Gleeson, clearly has experience fighting true evil.  An ex-Auror, he introduces the students to some very serious, and deadly spells early in his class.  This affects some of the students in different ways (Neville Longbottom is clearly very upset, but Draco Malfoy is more intrigued than anything else), but all of them seem to sense how serious these spells are.  For the first time they are getting the sense that they can kill, and be killed, by the magic they learn.  Mad-Eye seems to be a, shall we say non-traditional, teacher, and you just know he’s not going to last beyond year’s end! 

This movie also marks the first time we meet Lord Voldemort in a living human form.  Brought to life by Ralph Fiennes, he is indeed a chilling and evil character!  Harry is lucky to escape their encounter with his life!  Voldemort’s return very effectively foreshadows what’s to come, and we are clearly in for some dangerous, dark times!

Overall, re-watching this movie was enjoyable, though perhaps not quite what I had wished for it to be.  By now these characters have established such strong relationships that seeing them again is like visiting old friends.  This movie is definitely recommended for all those who enjoy a dark turn in storytelling!

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