508. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Background info

508-harry-potter-goblet-of-fireTitle: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Director: Mike Newell
Year: 2005
Run time: 2hrs 37m

“When Harry Potter’s name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a gruelling battle for glory among three wizarding schools – the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.”

Live blog

0:49 – Have had to get over my snake thing with this set of films, jeez.
5:00 – “Merlin’s beard!”
8:26 – With broomsticks, you probably get a better view the higher you go.
13:27 – Honestly one of the best things about these films is the ever-growing awesomeness of the cast.
15:34 – The good thing about owls is not having to use post codes.
26:50 – The crucio one is the worst.
32:19 – I wonder how it chooses out of those names thrown in. Like the sorting hat, I guess.
39:03 – Ooh Ronald, they grow up so fast.
41:47 – Quick quotes quill, aka the Daily Mail.
46:48 – “I’m not an owl.”
53:00 – Mad-eye Moody certainly has the mad part going well.
1:01:14 – Their castle looks suspiciously like it’s made out of mdf.
1:07:11 – “Well-mannered frivolity.” The best kind.
1:14:38 – “You know I like it when they walk.” This teenage angst stuff is great.
1:22:59 – It’s like Dawson’s Creek but with wizards.
1:40:59 – So hard to take Trigger seriously. So hard.
1:46:59 – Need a penseive too. Time turner and Penseive please.
1:54:00 – God, and I thought the Longleat maze was bad.
2:05:35 – Poor Cedric.
2:08:51 – It’s like wizard arm wrestling.
2:16:50 – Tennant regenerating again.

Conclusions

After watching this one, we decided it was the best so far and with the benefit of hindsight can conclude it is the best of all of them. With the kids now old enough to start being teenagers and trying to fathom the workings of the opposite sex, it really was like Dawson’s Creek on broomsticks.

Ron, in particular, had some funny lines but both he and Harry trying to get dates to the dance was brilliant. Considering the way the film ends, it’s going to get a lot more serious from here on out, so it’s nice to have a bit of fun with the characters while we still can.

I liked the depiction of the Triwizard Tournament, but it was clearer than ever in this one the amount of stuff that had to be cut out to make the film even a slightly manageable length. Mr C started to have more and more questions, having not read the books, so whilst still fantastically enjoyable, I think the cracks were starting to show.

Rating: 5/5.

One comment

  1. Mr C

    curious if anyone ever tried to watch these films without a) reading the book or b) sitting with someone patient who has.

    as a standalone piece of cinema it’s completely hopeless. but with more information, completely brilliant.

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