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Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire - Review

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Additional Scenes; Conversations With The Cast; Triwizard Tournament Dragon Challenge; Triwizard Tournament Lake Challenge; Triwizard Tournament Maze Challenge; To The Graveyard And Back Challenge; Making Of Featurettes; Harry Vs The Horntail The First Task; In Too Deep The Second Task; The Maze The Third Task; Meet The Champions; He Who Must Not Be Named; Preparing For The Yule Ball; DVDROM Features EA Game Demo; DVDROM Features Magical Trading Cards; DVDROM Features Hogwarts Timeline; DVDROM Features Web Interactivity.

HARRY Potter finally comes of age in the fourth film in the series, a dark and consistently exciting adventure notable for being the first to carry a 12A certificate as well as the murder of one key character.

The Goblet of Fire also finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) taking his first tentative steps towards romance, as well as the usual bickering between his friends, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint).

Yet it works best when delving into the dark side of the story, functioning first and foremost as a thriller as Harry is forced to enter the dangerous Triwizard Tournament despite being too young to take part.

His participation at least enables him to take his mind off the terrible nightmares he has been having, featuring the return of the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

But it provides cause for concern to Hogwarts School Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), who suspects Harry has been deliberately put into harm’s way and appoints eccentric new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody (Brendan Gleeson) to investigate further.

Fans of the book may be alarmed to discover that a great deal has been left out but given that The Goblet of Fire still clocks in at two and a half hours, it’s little wonder that something had to go.

Mike Newell, accepting the wizard’s hat passed on by Chris Columbus and Alfonso Cuarón, has cast his own magical spell over proceedings to deliver a taut, suspenseful thriller that furthers the story in satisfying and often spectacular fashion.

The Triwizard games themselves are expertly staged and genuinely exciting, especially when Harry takes on a fire-breathing dragon, while a climactic face-off between the young wizard and his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, is both creepy and exhilarating in equal measure.

The movie does tend to drag a little during the lulls in the action, with the romantic asides merely serving to expose the acting shortcomings of the younger members of the cast.

But the likes of Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman continue to shine in limited doses, while newcomers Gleeson and Fiennes both stand out whenever they are on the screen.

There’s even a cameo from Pulp singer, Jarvis Cocker, to look out for during the Yule ball.

Taken as a whole, The Goblet of Fire looks guaranteed to delight the Potter enthusiasts even if it might scare some of its younger followers.

It builds on the good work achieved by Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban to deliver a first-class movie in its own right, as well as a mouth-watering appetiser for The Order of the Phoenix.

The responsibility now lies with Sex Traffic director, David Yates, to ensure that the magic continues when filming begins on the fifth installment next year.