It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts is about to start and he is enjoying the summer vacation with his friends. They get the tickets to The Quidditch World Cup Final but after the match is over, people dressed like Lord Voldemort's 'Death Eaters' set a fire to all the visitors' tents, coupled with the appearance of Voldemort's symbol, the 'Dark Mark' in the sky, which causes a frenzy across the magical community. That same year, Hogwarts is hosting 'The Triwizard Tournament', a magical tournament between three well-known schools of magic : Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. The contestants have to be above the age of 17, and are chosen by a magical object called Goblet of Fire. On the night of selection, however, the Goblet spews out four names instead of the usual three, with Harry unwittingly being selected as the Fourth Champion. Since the magic cannot be reversed, Harry is forced to go with it and brave three exceedingly difficult tasks.Written by
The fluer de lis pattern on the wall of the Champions pre-tournament is double-ly notable as 2005 was a year after hurricane Katrina devastated a great deal of the southern USA including NFL's Saints which use the emblem on their helmets AND has been used labeling certain degrees of protection. See more »
(at around 1h 35 mins) At the end of the second task when Seamus tells Dean to get Harry another towel, he is putting a towel around Harry's neck. In the very next shot the towel is draped over Harry's shoulders and back. See more »
The end credits appear on parchment paper that is burning around the edges, similar to the names taken from the Goblet of Fire. See more »
DVD includes several deleted scenes:
Dumbledore asks his pupils to welcome Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students. All the Hogwarts students then start to sing the school song.
A Durmstrang student asks a girl to go with him to the Yule Ball. She says yes, and two of their friends make gestures in the background.
Harry tries to speak with Cho Chang, but as she is constantly surrounded by friends, he doesn't get the opportunity.
Flitwick introduces the Weird Sisters at the Yule Ball. The lead singer speaks with the audience and then starts the first song.
Karkaroff tells Snape about the mark of his arm. Snape ignores him and removes house points from Fawcet and Stebbins, who briefly appear in the scene. Snape doesn't care about what Karkaroff has to say.
Mr. Crouch and Harry are speaking. Mad-Eye appears and Barty quickly leaves.
The trio speak about the death of Mr. Crouch. Ron thinks that Fudge will prevent the story from leaking out to the public. Hermione believes his death, Harry's scar burning, and the Dark Mark at the Quidditch World Cup are related. She recommends Harry goes to visit Dumbledore.
The trio speak about what Karkaroff was showing Snape on his arm. Hermione asks Harry which potion ingredients Snape accused him of stealing and realizes they are the ingredients needed for the Polyjuice Potion.
Having not thought much about the other HP movies, I went in to this one expecting the worst, and was pleasantly surprised.
Don't get me wrong, I am a *massive* fan of the books, but Radcliffe & Co. haven't really done it for me so far.
As long as you don't think too much about the book, as a stand-alone movie this is fine, quality family entertainment. There are some polished performances from the teenage stars, and the plot flows along nicely.
Overall then, a good movie. Not one of the greatest ever made, but certainly the best Potter we've seen.
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