Review: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Release: November 18, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment in the Harry Potter series, and based on the J.K. Rowling book of the same name. Goblet of Fire manages to push the envelope and improves over all of it’s predecessors in every way. It’s complexity is what pushes it ahead, boasting new and interesting characters such as Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), while Harry, Ron and Hermione are all maturing, respectively. Goblet of Fire also makes less mistakes than previous installments, with more intense action, new spells and character development. You will also see the rise of Lord Voldemort, which makes things that much more exciting. It’s the first time Harry and Voldemort get a taste of each other’s magic skills, making for one of the most nail-biting “fight” scenes in the series yet.

Goblet of Fire delivers on it’s premise in every possible way. It manages to be diverse and compelling without sacrificing any of the classic Potter substance we have come to know and love. The emphasis put on the story really puts Goblet over the top, and with new characters, exciting new games and activities taking place, it’s sure to hold your attention through out the two hour plus run time, leaving you begging for more. Goblet is also the most emotional Potter yet. You’ll be cheering Harry on as he battles the evil Lord Voldemort in an epic battle scene, but a few minutes later you’ll be crying because new character Cedric Diggory meets his demise at the hands of the dark lord. It’s a roller coaster from start to finish, one you won’t want to get off of.

The characters are all growing and maturing, and it’s fun to watch as the series progresses. This time around, you start getting attached to them and actually begin to care about their well-being. This is where Harry starts to emerge as the main protagonist and starts showing qualities of a hero and leader. There’s just so much good to say about Goblet of Fire, it’s the best film in the series thus far. It brings so much to the table, making it a real winner, especially for hardcore Potter fans. “Epic” is probably the best way to describe this entry in an already fantastic series. I can’t say enough about how much the series grows with each entry. Chamber of Secrets improved upon Sorcerer’s Stone and Goblet of Fire improved upon Prisoner of Azkaban. The writers and director just keep plugging away and really deliver for the masses here.

Score: 4.5/5

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