We reach the halfway point of the Harry Potter series with ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. Year four for Harry, Hermione and Ron sees the first outright appearance of the Death Eaters, the introduction of two other wizard in schools, and finally, a brief look at what the whole series is about.
‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is based around a school year round Triwizard Tournament, which is designed to feature a selected champion from three different schools in a series of tasks to determine a champion. Added into the mix is Harry Potter himself as a fourth competitor, because how else could you have this actually happen?
As the film progresses, we get to see more and more of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher (yes, the fourth in four years), one Alistar “Mad Eye” Moody, who appears to have taken a very particular interest in Harry throughout the film. Asked personally by Albus Dumbledore to take over the position, Moody acts as Harry’s family figure as the tournament progresses.
There were times during ‘Goblet of Fire’ that the film seemed to almost stand still though as we were waiting for the next task in the Triwizard Tournament to take place, and when those tasks actually take place, the film is actually quite good, but the inbetween parts reminded me very much of the first two films in being dragged out too much. Essentially, the good parts were good, the lesser parts nowhere near as much.
The climax of the film is what ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is all about and what the entire film builds towards. After becoming co-winner of the tournament, Harry is transported via a portkey to the Riddle family graveyard, where one Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew is waiting with a recently reformed Lord Voldemort.
Pettigrew completes his full and utter betrayal of the Potter family by using Harry to complete a spell in which Voldemort is finally able to return to full life, at which point and time we finally get our first glimpse into the battle that will happen between Harry and Voldemort. While not a full, drawn out battle, it is nonetheless a great step forward for each character.
At the end, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is an, at times, uneven film,but one that does exactly what it sets out to do in giving is a return in full of Lord Voldemort and a huge step forward for Harry as a character.
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