09 March, 2012

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” begins with Harry’s having yet another bad dream wherein Voldemort is talking to some of his followers and then kills an investigating groundskeeper; the Quiddich World Cup helps Harry take his his mind of his nightmares, until Voldemort’s followers—known as Death Eaters—attack and burn the spectators’ camp-site after the Cup.
Soon after Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year, Professor Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will be holding the Tri-Wizard Tournament wherein three schools compete—each with a single champion.  The other combatants are from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and the Durmstrang Institute.  After the three champions are chosen by the Goblet of Fire, it chooses an unprecedented fourth name—Harry Potter—thus putting his life in danger once again.

Though there are doubts about allowing him to participate Harry is eventually granted permission and he only slowly starts to gain support of his friends and his house.
Since the film is so short, though the book is quite long, we miss a lot of important scenes:  e.g., after the Yule Ball there is a scene wherein Ron and Hermione are arguing as Harry returns from some place; a deleted scene (available on the DVD) helps to explain some things later on, and takes only a minute, so there is no good reason for it to be removed when it is fairly short.  I would have preferred if Voldemort were resurrected by using a snake in the cauldron and giving Voldemort a serpent’s head, as in the book; I understand why the producers didn’t, and that they did give him a sort of snake-like nose withal, but I wish that they had gone the whole hog.
As a mere movie it’s a good with plenty of replay value; but, as a Harry Potter movie, in my opinion, it doesn’t match the other films in the series and especially departs too much from the book. 

4 out of 10

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