Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire (2005)

Potter Year 4

Guess what – here’s Hogwarts year 4 !

Yay !  No Dursleys this time !  Instead Harry wakes on the day of the Quidditch World Cup.  Double Yay !!  They had to chop out all the Quidditch gameplay as a result of the book being so blooming big !  Apologies to the author, but I’ve not been a fan of either the “humourous” Muggles home life Harry has, nor of anything related to flying on broomsticks.

Call me a grumpy old man.

Thereafter the majority of the following film revolves around a contest between three magic schools, hosted at Hogwarts, the Tri-wizards Tournament.

Harry Potter isn’t eligible, being only 14 and not the necessary 17, so of course is entered as a surprise 4th entrant.  However, not by his own hand.  He’d rather not have been selected.  It becomes the cause of much trouble between him and his closest friends.

Anyway, the “Goblet Of Fire” is the cup into which the “Champions” are nominated to take part in the tournament, and the cup decides who is to take part.

Yet again we have a snake-in-the-grass teacher, working against Harry, trying to get him killed.  However, this time the teacher is an imposter rather than the rather peculiar new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher himself, Alastor Moody (Brendan Gleeson).

Apparently the size of the book meant they had to chop all non-essential elements and merge some others together to get it down to a reasonable length for a film.  They still have room to fit in a few more British actors though, such as Miranda Richardson as the tabloid reported Reeta Skeeter, and Frances de la Tour as Olympe Maxime, head of rival school Beauxbatons.

Obviously plenty of other activity goes on, but to be honest despite the film having a good reception, it bored me.  Enough to make me yawn on quite a few occasions.

I’ve also grown to dislike Potter/Radcliffe in the same way I grew to dislike Frodo Baggins/Elijah Wood in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.  There’s something pathetic and whining about them both that annoys me.  It ruins the experience when watching that I have no sympathy towards the “hero”.

5/10.  Not my idea of a good time.  The film itself isn’t badly made, it just feels flat.  I must be missing something that the rest of the world seem to see.


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