Film Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Updated on January 24, 2018
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Written by: Jason Wheeler, Film Frenzy Senior Writer & Editor.

Background

In 2005, Mike Newell released Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, based on 2000 novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling, as the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Tennant, and Frances de la Tour, the film grossed $896.9 million at the box office.

Synopsis

Now with a loyal follower by his side, Voldemort begins making plans to become stronger and regain his body. Meanwhile, Harry Potter must contend with three other wizards, two from different schools, as the fourth champion of the Triwizard Tournament.

Review

A great addition to the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes the darkness put in place by its predecessor and permitting it to thrive. This is readily apparent in the opening scene where a house’s caretaker comes face to face with Voldemort, hears his plans and is killed for his intrusion. A simple scene, it allows the audience to understand the consequences of Peter Pettigrew escaping. He returned to his master and is working with him to ensure he receives a new body. It only goes further from there, presenting a plot full of intrigue, mystery and even more danger than before. The darkness culminates in climax where an important named character viewers most likely will have become attached to is killed unceremoniously, the first of many to come.

The story itself is good, beginning with a rousing trip to the Quidditch World Cup going south afterwards when one of Voldemort’s followers conjures his mark in the sky. From there, Harry believes he’s going to have a somewhat normal year at Hogwarts watching the Triwizard Tournament until the titular Goblet of Fire is bamboozled to believe there are four schools and Harry is the only entry from his. He deals with dragons, merfolk, a magical hedge maze with a life of its own and comes face to face with a Voldemort finally able to touch him without repercussion. It’s a good progression of danger with decent moments of levity able to release the viewer from the edge of their seat.

Additionally, there are a number of fascinating new characters, such as Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He carries the reputation of being one of the greatest wizards of modern times, carrying an expertise in many different fields. However, he’s not a nice person and is more of an anti-hero impressing into the students the idea of always being on their guard to the point of paranoia and his method of punishment involves turning a student into a ferret. There’s also Barty Crouch Jr., also helping Voldemort to his new body and the one to set the entire plot in motion. The man is a sociopathic maniac who sides with his master simply for the sake of being evil and enjoys manipulating people, believing it’s easy to do so to decent people. At the same time, his devotion to Voldemort is apparent, carrying a hatred for followers who escaped Azkaban and didn’t look for or attempt to revive him.

4 stars for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Awards/Recognitions

bold indicates reception of award/recognition

Academy Awards

  • Best Achievement in Art Direction

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)
  • Best Director
  • Best Writing
  • Best Music
  • Best Costume
  • Best Make-Up
  • Best Special Effects

AFI Awards, USA

  • Special Award (The HARRY POTTER SERIES marks the final triumphant chapter of a landmark series)

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Production Design
  • Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
  • Best Make Up/Hair

British Society of Cinematographers Awards

  • Best Cinematography Award

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Favorite Film Franchise
  • Best Young Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)
  • Best Young Actress (Emma Watson)
  • Best Family Film (Live Action)

Empire Awards, UK

  • Special Award (The “Harry Potter” films for outstanding contribution to British cinema)
  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Best British Film

Gold Derby Awards

  • Visual Effects

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction Film
  • Film Score of the Year

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Special Effects

Kids’ Choice Awards, Australia – Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Female Movie Star (Emma Watson)

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA – Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Family Film

London Critics Circle Film Awards

  • British Supporting Actor of the Year (Brendan Gleeson)

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA – Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Foreign

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best On-Screen Team (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, & Rupert Grint)
  • Best Villain (Ralph Fiennes)
  • Best Hero (Daniel Radcliffe)

NRJ Ciné Awards

  • Top of the Box Office

Online Film & Television Association – Film Awards

  • Best Youth Performance (Emma Watson)
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Titles Sequence

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (Potterheads)

Premio Berenice Awards

  • La Chioma di Berenice – Best Special Effects

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

  • Best Film

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth DVD (Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection)
  • Best DVD Extras (For “Harry Potter Years 1-4”)
  • Outstanding Original Song (For the song “Magic Works.”)
  • Outstanding Costume Design

Teen Choice Awards

  • Movies – Choice Drama

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture (for “Dragon”)
  • Outstanding Created Environment in Live Action Motion Picture (For the Black Lake Environment)
  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture (For Hogwarts School)
  • Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture (for Voldemort’s nose)

World Soundtrack Awards

  • Best Original Song Written for Film (For the song “Magic Works.”)

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