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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


The Diva's review of
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rated PG-13; running time of 2 hours and 37 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Directed by: Mike Newell
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Brendan Gleeson, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, David Tennant


The Digest
So what exactly is the “Goblet of Fire”? The Tri-Wizard Tournament puts contestants through a series of difficult challenges to measure their overall abilities. 3 schools compete each year and the Goblet chooses which student will represent each school. Normally anyone from the school can enter, but because of the deatheaters being present, they've decided to limit the entrants to 17 or older. The chosen are Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), Fleur Delacour (Clémence Poésy), and Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski). But the surprise pick is 14 year-old Harry Potter. Hogwarts now has 2 representatives in the form of Cedric and Harry. The picking of Harry causes and uproar. He is accused of cheating by the administration and further Ron feels betrayed and it causes a problem in their relationship.

The tournament isn't the only thing laying heavy on Harry's mind, he has been having very vivid and very disturbing dreams that he doesn't understand. Dreams of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). The dreams coupled with his scar constantly throbing, he fears that Voldemart is on his way back.

And if all of this wasn't enough, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are normal teenagers and as such they are starting to discover the opposite sex. Hermione has a small crush on Viktor Krum and Harry is digging on Cho. Ron meanwhile is brooding and trying to cover up his attraction to Hermione. It is going to be a busy year. But only if Harry can survive the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Per usual, there are forces working against him.

BUT once again, Harry has an ace in his pocket... love. But is love enough this time?

The Dish
It seems that every harry potter review I write starts off with “I really liked this installment.” The only one that I didn't care for was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Three out of Four is not bad at all. While I usually point to an adult who figure prominnently in each movie, the adult took more of a back seat this time than usual. This movie was all about Harry. Ron and Hermione are on the fringes too. We are introduced to Rita Skeeter (Miranda Richardson) the tabloid reporter and she was pretty funny, but again this movie belongs to Harry and the 3 champions.

The Directive
This is another great movie for Mom and Dad to watch with the kids, BUT be warned it is PG-13 this time. There is some violence; a death; and Voldemort is pretty scary. If you think your children are prepared for these topics, by all means enjoy the movie together.


Green light


Yet another engaging outingabout Master Potter amd his friends.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2005
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