Fantasy/Adventure

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Distributed by: Warner Brothers Studio

Reviewed by Ismael Manzano

   

      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the newest movie adaptation of the popular J.K. Rowling series.  In this movie, as in the novel, Harry enters his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; he’s a little older, a little wiser, and about to face a challenge like none he’s ever faced before. 

     The movie begins with Harry, plagued by nightmares of Lord Voldemort that leave his famous scar burning with pain, visiting a World Quidditch Tournament, which is interrupted by the appearance of the Death Eaters.  Acolytes to Voldemort, the Death Eaters terrorize the patrons and leave The Death Mark in the sky, something that most people have not seen since Voldemort’s disappearance thirteen years ago. 

     But that is not the only herald of change.  When Harry returns to Hogwarts, he learns of the Triwizard Tournament, a special competition held every three years, pitting the best of three schools against one another to test and prove their magical skills.  The competition is fierce and not to be taken lightly.  Despite the strict age requirement for consideration into the tournament, Harry’s name found its way into the Goblet of Fire and the Goblet chose him and his fellow Gryffindor, Cedric Diggory, to represent Hogwarts.  Harry’s school life becomes a circus of rumors and harassment, as everyone is dying to know how he managed to put his name in the Goblet.  His insistence of innocence leads to a rift in his friendship with Ron, who has become increasingly jealous of Harry’s fame.

     To add to the stress of the Triwizard Tournament, Harry finds himself infatuated with Cho Chang, a girl whom he is trying to work up the nerve to ask to the upcoming Ball. 

     Fighting dragons, mermaids and a living labyrinth, Harry narrowly makes it from one test to another to claim the Triwizard cup.  Only victory isn’t what it appears, and winning means putting himself in more danger than he could have possibly foreseen.  Dark forces are at work, and Harry’s enemies have found their way inside the walls of Hogwarts.  Can Harry unravel the conspiracy behind the Goblet of Fire before it’s too late?

     With its PG-13 rating and its mature subject matter, the fourth installment sees many changes to the Harry Potter world and nothing will be the same from this point forth.  The repercussions of the events of this movie will reverberate through the future adaptations. 

     Like the book that spawned it, The Goblet of Fire was a wildly entertaining ride, filled with action, humor and edginess that sees the young students of Hogwarts taking their first steps toward adulthood.  Though chunks of the book had to be cut from the movie due to time restraints, the core of the story was carried across almost flawlessly, nonetheless.

     It’s visually stunning and excellently choreographed and fans of the novels as well as those who have never read the novels are sure to love this movie.  So if you’re looking for a great movie to take you away from reality for two and a half hours, you won’t find a better one out there now than The Goblet of Fire.  It’s a must see and I, for one, can’t wait until this installment comes out on DVD so I can own it for myself.   

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