My Favorite Movies #10 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Directed by Mike Newell

Quick synopsis… In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter competes alongside young wizards from faraway schools in the treacherous Tri-Wizard Tournament. Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort waits in the wings for his chance to destroy the boy and everything he stands for.

  • Welcome to year four.
  • Also known as the year when literally all the boys needed a haircut.
  • What’s the deal with that? When they wrapped Prisoner of Azkaban, did all the male main characters make a pact that no scissors would touch their heads?
  • There will be spoilers.
  • Apparently this is my favorite of the Harry Potter films, but it’s not my favorite of the books.
  • I’m actually not sure I could tell you which book is my favorite, since it tends to change every time I read through the series.
  • And I always forget just how much they leave out of the movie whenever I re-read this book.
  • It’s a lot.
  • Back when this one was being filmed, I remember hearing that there was talk of splitting it into two movies, as they wound up doing with the final book.
  • I think I’d have been okay with that if it would have meant getting more of those important details that Rowling included in the novel.
  • In the book, the kids don’t even leave for Hogwarts until Chapter 11.
  • So much time is spent exploring the events that lead up to the Quidditch World Cup and all the things that happen in the aftermath.
  • But not in the movie.
  • The students are informed about the Triwizard Tournament when they arrive at school, but the distinguished competition from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang don’t arrived until well into the term.
  • In the movie, they show up during the banquet on the first night at school.
  • Dumbledore introduces Barty Crouch, the Ministry of Magic rep who basically is to the Triwizard Tournament what Seneca Crane is to the Hunger Games.
  • Maybe I’m remembering that wrong and it’s a horrible analogy.
  • Maybe I shouldn’t think of Barty Crouch as being the one who designed the three challenges, just the guy who makes the rules.
  • Anyone else get the sense he has no idea what to do with his hands while laying out the rules for the students?
  • And then there’s Dumbledore…
  • What’s the deal with him angrily questioning Harry about whether or not he put his own name into the Goblet of Fire?
  • I could be remembering it wrong… but isn’t this whole encounter much different in the book?
  • Anyway, Harry’s name is spat out of the Goblet of Fire, which should be impossible.
  • The Goblet was only supposed to choose three tournament champions, one from each of the schools represented.
  • The Hogwarts champion, Cedric Diggory, had already been chosen.
  • As it turns out, in the end, the wizard who had been posing as this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad-Eye Moody, was really Barty Crouch, Jr.
  • That’s right, the son of the rule maker.
  • Barty Crouch, Jr. happens to be a Death Eater (one of Voldemort’s inner circle) who has escaped from Azkaban and spent the entire school year pretending to be Moody.
  • All in order to manipulate the tournament so that Harry would be the one to get his hands on the Triwizard Cup, which he has turned into a portkey.
  • This portkey transports Harry and, unfortunately, Cedric to a graveyard where a ritual is about to occur to allow Voldemort to fully return.
  • Cedric is immediately killed as an afterthought.
  • Harry’s blood is required for the spell and Voldemort returns.
  • He and Harry duel briefly and Voldemort is surprised to find he cannot easily defeat the child.
  • Harry manages to get back to the portkey and return to Hogwarts with Cedric’s body.
  • I’ve wondered this after watching the movie and reading the book…
  • What was Voldemort’s plan after regaining his strength?
  • I mean, one can assume he intended to kill Harry right there in the graveyard.
  • But what was the plan after that?
  • Was Voldemort planning to use the portkey himself in order to suddenly appear at Hogwarts and announce his return to the world?
  • Because, as it turns out, no one but Dumbledore believes Harry that You-Know-Who is back.
  • Anyway, enough speculation about what might have been.
  • This is one of the more exciting movies in the series, with all the challenges presented in the tournament.
  • I mean… Harry faces down a dragon.
  • He swims with merpeople.
  • He solves a freakin’ labyrinth.
  • The only annoying part is when Harry and Ron are on the outs.
  • It’s kinda dumb.
  • If Ron’s gonna be pissed at Harry, he should save it for the next movie when Harry is moody and hateful the entire time.

Well, if you’ve stuck with me this long, maybe you’re as excited as I am to finally have cracked the top 10. Next week, my number 9 movie is an action-adventure classic that kicked off one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Any guesses? Describing it as a trilogy may be confusing because there is a fourth movie… but it really shouldn’t count.


5 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies #10 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  1. I graduated elementary school in 2005 and can confirm that 75% of the boys in my grade went with the long hair trend. One kid looked like her had a car seat on his head. It was weird. I didn’t have long hair.

    Also, reading your thoughts gave me a thought…if Voldemort couldn’t kill Harry with magic, why didn’t he ever try to kill him in a non-magic way? I won’t suggest the ways in which he could’ve killed him, but I’m sure you can imagine. Silly Voldemort.

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  2. NOW you say you’re going to mention spoliers??? (JK). “Goblet of Fire” is my second favorite book and I agree with you that tons was cut out of the movie. I had just finished reading the book when I watched the movie and I noticed how much was gone, but it would have made it such a long movie if they included everything.

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