It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
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, Harry is forced to go with it and brave three exceedingly difficult tasks.Written by
In the book the first task involved Harry simply flying in circles to confuse the Horntail and gets the golden egg. In the film the task is extended in which the dragon breaks free and chases Harry towards Hogwarts and Harry almost gets killed by the dragon. However Harry causes the dragon to crash into a bridge and the Horntail falls presumably to its death. Plus unlike the book there are no dragon eggs implying the dragons are simply trying to prevent the champions from getting past them to collect their golden egg. See more »
(at around 42 mins) In the note Sirius sends Harry, he asks him to meet him in the Gryffindor common room at 1 o'clock on Saturday night, there is no such thing. He should have said either 1 o'clock Saturday morning or 1 o'clock Sunday morning. See more »
Next to Brendan Gleeson's name, the burn in the parchment resembles an eye, a reference to his character. See more »
DVD includes several deleted scenes:
Dumbledore asks his pupils to welcome Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students. All the Hogwarts students then start to sing the school song.
A Durmstrang student asks a girl to go with him to the Yule Ball. She says yes, and two of their friends make gestures in the background.
Harry tries to speak with Cho Chang, but as she is constantly surrounded by friends, he doesn't get the opportunity.
Flitwick introduces the Weird Sisters at the Yule Ball. The lead singer speaks with the audience and then starts the first song.
Karkaroff tells Snape about the mark of his arm. Snape ignores him and removes house points from Fawcet and Stebbins, who briefly appear in the scene. Snape doesn't care about what Karkaroff has to say.
Mr. Crouch and Harry are speaking. Mad-Eye appears and Barty quickly leaves.
The trio speak about the death of Mr. Crouch. Ron thinks that Fudge will prevent the story from leaking out to the public. Hermione believes his death, Harry's scar burning, and the Dark Mark at the Quidditch World Cup are related. She recommends Harry goes to visit Dumbledore.
The trio speak about what Karkaroff was showing Snape on his arm. Hermione asks Harry which potion ingredients Snape accused him of stealing and realizes they are the ingredients needed for the Polyjuice Potion.
I found "Goblet of Fire" to be good, but rather cryptic for those who've never read the book. I noticed that, to make up for time, it had multiple things happening in each scene, which made it feel like I was reading the book in fast forward. I cracked up at the scene when Ron puts on his "dress robe" and Ralph Fiennes did an awesome job -- they couldn't have found anyone better. While staying mostly true to the plot lines of the book, this movie (and perhaps the book as well) exchanged some of its magical awe for more grown-up "teen angst" conflicts between the characters. I missed the cool quirky beautiful style that Alfonso Cuaron brought to the series (think the talking head in the Knight Bus and Harry's surprise flight on Buckbeak), but Mike Newell got the job done nicely.
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