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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), All You Want To Know & Watch About A Great Movie

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), All You Want To Know & Watch About A Great Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), All You Want To Know & Watch About A Great Movie


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on the 2000 novel of the same name. Produced by David Heyman and written by Steve Kloves, it is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter film series. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. Its story follows Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts as he is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament.

Principal photography began in early 2004, and the film premiered worldwide on 18 November 2005. Five days following release, it had earned over US$102 million at the North American box office, the third-highest first-weekend tally for a Harry Potter film behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2Goblet of Fire enjoyed an immensely successful run at the box office, grossing $896 million worldwide, the highest-grossing film of 2005 and the sixth-highest-grossing film in the series.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design. Goblet of Fire was the second film in the series to be released in IMAX. The film is one of the best-reviewed instalments within the series, being praised for the higher level of maturity and sophistication of its characters, story, tone, screenplay, and the performances of the lead actors. It was followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Trailer

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Reviews

Well into “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Albus Dumbledore intones as only he can: “Dark and difficult times lie ahead.” What does he think lay behind?

In this adventure Harry will do battle with giant lizards, face the attack of the Death Eaters, and in perhaps the most difficult task of all for a 14-year-old, ask a girl to be his date at the Yule Ball.

That Harry survives these challenges goes without saying, since in the world of print his next adventures have already been published, but “Goblet of Fire” provides trials that stretch his powers to the breaking point.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) was just turning 13 in the previous movie, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), and the Potter series turns PG-13 with this installment. There is still at least a mail-owl, and what looks like a mail-raven (it may represent FedEx), but many of the twee touches of the earlier films have gone missing to make room for a brawnier, scarier plot. Is it fair to wonder if the series will continue to grow up with Harry, earning the R rating as he turns 17?

Certainly Lord Voldemort seems capable of limitless villainy. Although we glimpsed his face in “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” we see him in full on screen for the first time in “Goblet of Fire,” and he does not disappoint: Hairless, with the complexion of a slug, his nostrils snaky slits in his face, he’s played by Ralph Fiennes as a vile creature who has at last been rejoined by his Death Eaters, who were disabled by Harry’s magic earlier in the series. Hogwarts School and indeed the entire structure of Harry’s world is threatened by Voldemort’s return to something approaching his potential powers, and the film becomes a struggle between the civilized traditions of the school and the dark void of Voldemortism.

The film is more violent, less cute than the others, but the action is not the mindless destruction of a video game; it has purpose, shape and style, as in the Triwizard Tournament, which begins the film. Three finalists are chosen by the Goblet of Fire, and then the Goblet spits out an unprecedented fourth name: Harry Potter’s. This is against the rules, since you have to be 17 to compete in Triwizardry, and Harry is only 14, but Dumbledore’s hands are tied: What the Goblet wants, the Goblet gets. The question is, who entered Harry’s name, since Harry says he didn’t?

The Triwizard Tournament begins near the start of the film, but after the Quidditch World Cup, which takes place within a stadium so vast it makes the Senate Chamber in “Star Wars” look like a dinner theater. The cup finals are interrupted by ominous portents; the Death Eaters attack, serving notice that Voldemort is back and means business. But the early skirmishes are repelled, and the students return to Hogwarts, joined by exchange students from two overseas magic academies: From France come the Beauxbaton girls, who march on parade like Bemelmans’ maids all in a row, and from Durmstrang school in central Europe come clean-cut Aryan lads who look like extras from “Triumph of the Will.”

Besides Harry, Cedric Diggory is the Triwizard contestant from Hogwarts, and the other finalists are Viktor Krum, a Quidditch master from Durmstrang who looks ready to go pro, and the lithe Fleur Delacour, a Beauxbaton siren. Together they face three challenges: They must conquer fire-breathing dragons, rescue captives in a dark lagoon and enter a maze, which, seen from the air, seems limitless. The maze contains a threat for Harry that I am not sure is anticipated by the Triwizard rules; within it waits Voldemort himself, who has been lurking offstage and now emerges in malevolent fury.

Against these trials, which are enough to put you off your homework, Harry also must negotiate his fourth year at Hogwarts. As usual, there is a bizarre new teacher on the faculty. Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody (Brendan Gleeson) is the new professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts, and seems made of spare parts; he has an artificial limb, and a glass eye that incorporates a zoom lens and can swivel independently of his real eye.

There is also, finally, full-blown adolescence to contend with. I’d always thought Harry would end up in love with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), even though their inseparable friend Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) clearly has the same ambition. But for the Yule Ball, Harry works up the courage to ask Cho Chang (Katie Leung), who likes him a lot. Ron asks Hermione, but she already has a date, with the student most calculated to inspire Ron’s jealousy. These scenes seem almost in the spirit of John Hughes’ high school movies.

Most of the Potter series regulars are back, if only for brief scenes, and it is good to see the gamekeeper Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) find love at last, with Madame Maxime (Frances de la Tour), headmistress of Beauxbaton. Hagrid, you will recall, is a hairy half-giant. Frances is even taller, but she’s a mercifully less hairy giantess. One new character is the snoopy Rita Skeeter (Miranda Richardson), gossip columnist of the Daily Prophet, a paper that has pictures that talk, like the portraits in earlier films.

With this fourth film, the Harry Potter saga demonstrates more than ever the resiliency of J.K. Rowling’s original invention. Her novels have created a world that can expand indefinitely and produce new characters without limit. That there are schools like Hogwarts in other countries comes as news and offers many possibilities; the only barrier to the series lasting forever is Harry’s inexorably advancing age. The thought of him returning to Hogwarts for old boys’ day is too depressing to contemplate.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was directed by Mike Newell, the first British director in the series (he turned down the first Potter movie). Newell’s credits range from the romantic “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to the devastating “Donnie Brasco” to the gentle “Enchanted April.”

Such varied notes serve him well in “Goblet,” which explores a wide emotional range. He balances delicately between whimsy and the ominous, on the uncertain middle ground where Harry lives, poised between fun at school, teenage romance and the dark abyss.

  • BY Roger Ebert  – Roger Ebert
  • Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Credits

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie poster

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images

157 minutes


Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore

Brendan Gleeson as Alastor Moody

Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid

Based on the novel by

  • J.K. Rowling

Directed by

  • Mike Newell

Written by

  • Steve Klov

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Plot

Harry Potter has a nightmare in which a Muggle caretaker is murdered after overhearing a plot by Lord Voldemort, Peter Pettigrew and another man whom Harry does not recognise. Harry, along with the Weasleys, Hermione, and Cedric and Amos Diggory attend the Quidditch World Cup. After the match, Death Eaters attack the tournament and the man from Harry’s nightmare casts the Dark Mark.

At Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore announces that the school will host the Triwizard Tournament along with the Durmstrang Institute from Northern Europe and the Beauxbatons Academy from France. A single student from each school is to be selected by the Goblet of Fire to participate, though students below the age of seventeen are not eligible to enter the tournament.

Fleur Delacour is selected as the Champion from Beauxbatons, Viktor Krum is selected from Durmstrang, and Cedric Diggory is selected from Hogwarts. The Goblet of Fire then selects Harry as the fourth Champion, causing much confusion. Many students believe Harry cheated and Ron shuns him, hurt that Harry did not inform him when he apparently entered himself.

For the first task, the Champions have to collect an egg by getting past a dragon. Professor Moody, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, advises Harry on how to do this, hinting that Harry can use his wand to summon his broomstick. All four Champions collect their eggs. Ron reconciles with Harry after seeing how dangerous the first task was. At Christmas, the school hosts the Yule Ball – Harry and Ron are unable to go with their desired dates, and hence go with Parvati and Padma Patil respectively; while Hermione goes with Viktor. Cedric advises Harry to use the Prefects’ bathroom to get a clue for the second task using the egg.

For the second task, the Champions have to save somebody of value to them from the Black Lake: Harry has to save Ron, Cedric has to save Cho, Viktor has to rescue Hermione, and Fleur has to save her sister. Neville Longbottom gives Harry gillyweed to help him breathe underwater. Cedric comes in first and Harry is awarded second place after he saves not only Ron but Fleur’s sister after Fleur withdraws from the task. Later, Harry finds the lifeless body of Barty Crouch Sr, a Ministry of Magic official, in the Forbidden Forest.

He later enters Dumbledore’s office where he enters a Pensieve in which he witnesses a previous trial of Igor Karkaroff, current headmaster of Durmstrang, during Voldemort’s first downfall. Karkaroff is asked to name those who served Voldemort – he gives Severus Snape who is vouched for by Dumbledore. Karkaroff then exposes Barty Crouch Jr, the son of Crouch Sr who is hosting the trial. Harry recognises Crouch Jr from his nightmare.

For the third task, the Champions must navigate a vast maze to reach the Triwizard Cup at its centre. Harry and Cedric reach the Cup only to realise it is a Portkey which transports them to a graveyard. Pettigrew kills Cedric on Voldemort’s orders. He then resurrects Voldemort, who summons his Death Eaters. Voldemort attempts to use the Killing Curse on Harry but the latter deflects it – the ghosts of Voldemort’s previous victims appear and distract Voldemort long enough for Harry to use the Cup to return to Hogwarts with Cedric’s body.

Harry informs Dumbledore that Cedric was murdered by Voldemort. Harry is dragged by Moody to his office – he is shocked to learn that Moody was the one who entered him into the Tournament and was guiding him to ensure the return of Voldemort. Before Moody attempts to kill Harry, Dumbledore, Snape and Minerva McGonagall subdue Moody. Using Veritaserum, they learn that they have actually caught Barty Crouch Jr who was impersonating Moody using Polyjuice Potion, while the real Moody is imprisoned in a magical trunk. Crouch Jr is sent back to Azkaban.

At the end of term feast, Dumbledore announces that Cedric was murdered by Voldemort, although the Ministry denies these claims. Harry informs Dumbledore of his encounter with Voldemort and Dumbledore describes it as Priori Incantatem. In the end, the three schools bid farewell to one another with Harry, Ron and Hermione agreeing that everything is going to change.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Box office

After an opening day of $40 million at the North American box office and staying at number 1 for three weeks, Goblet of Fire made a successful 20-week run in cinemas, closing on 6 April 2006. The film set numerous records, including the highest non-May opening weekend in the US, and earned £14.9m in its opening weekend in the UK, a record which has since been beaten by the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace, which took in £15.4m.

The Goblet of Fire drew $102.7 million for its opening weekend at the North American box office, setting a new opening high for the franchise and also achieved the highest weekend debut in November, with the latter being surpassed by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.[110] The film also achieved the biggest opening weekend for a Warner Bros. film, holding this record for three years until the release of The Dark Knight in July 2008.

It sold about as many tickets as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone did in its opening weekend. The film’s franchise record was later overtaken in 2010 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, which opened to $125 million; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 followed with $169.1 million in its opening weekend. The Goblet of Fires debut marked the fourth $100 million weekend in history and as of July 2011, it stands as the 17th largest opening weekend ever. In Mainland China, the film generated 93 million yuan.

The Goblet of Fire earned almost US$897 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing international and worldwide release of 2005.

In IMAX theatres only, the film grossed a total of US$20,033,758 worldwide for a cumulative per-screen average of $188,998 thus setting a new record and a new milestone for a digitally remastered 2-D IMAX release.

In January 2006, The Goblet of Fire surpassed the box office takings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) to become the eighth-highest-grossing film worldwide, and the second-highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter series, behind The Philosopher’s Stone. As of July 2011, it has been the sixth-highest-grossing Harry Potter film behind The Philosopher’s StoneThe Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood PrinceThe Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

The film ranks third in the North American box office behind Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for 2005, with US$290 million, although both films rank lower than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in worldwide terms.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 255 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.”[113] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.[114] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale.

The New York Daily News praised the film for both its humour and its dark tone.[116] The young actors were praised for demonstrating a “greater range of subtle emotions”,[117] particularly Daniel Radcliffe whom Variety described as delivering a “dimensional and nuanced performance”.[118] New cast members were also praised: Brendan Gleeson’s portrayal of Mad-Eye Moody was described as “colourful”;[118] Miranda Richardson’s scenes as Rita Skeeter were described as “wonderful”;[116] and Ralph Fiennes’s portrayal of Lord Voldemort was described as “sublime villainy”.[119]

The maturity of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, among others, impressed most critics. While the major characters were portrayed as children in the previous films, “they have subtly transitioned into teenagers (in Goblet of Fire)” according to one USA Today reviewer. Desson Thomson of The Washington Post called the film “Probably the most engaging film of the Potter series thus far”.[120] Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal stated “The studio, like plucky Harry, passes with flying colors. The new one, directed by Mike Newell from another astute script by Mr. Kloves, is even richer and fuller, as well as dramatically darker. It’s downright scary how good this movie is”.[121]

Negative criticism included the film’s pace which The Arizona Republic described as being “far too episodic”,[122] while CNN.com described the film as “clunky and disjointed”.[123] Another criticism was that the many supporting characters did not get enough screen time.[118][123] The film was listed at #36 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies praising Rowling for ingeniously blending “two literary traditions, fantasy and coming-through-school fiction”.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Accolades

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction at the 78th Academy Awards.[125] At the 2006 Teen Choice Awards, the film won the award for Choice Movie Drama.[126] The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, making it the first Harry Potter film to win at the BAFTAs.[127]

At the 2006 Kids’ Choice Awards, the film won the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie, becoming the only Harry Potter film to do so.


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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Movie Info

The fourth movie in the Harry Potter franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). There is an upcoming tournament between the three major schools of magic, with one participant selected from each school by the Goblet of Fire. When Harry’s name is drawn, even though he is not eligible and is a fourth player, he must compete in the dangerous contest.


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