Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Release Date
November 17, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Synopsis

The fourth film in this series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire follows Harry and his friends at yet another year of Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Spicing things up is the Triwizard Tournament, in which students from various wizarding schools compete in magic themed, increasingly difficult challenges.

Directed this time out by Mike Newell, the fourth Harry Potter film finds the kids well, getting older. The filmís first teaser trailer seems quite content to focus on that, a move which I canít really fault since watching these characters quite literally grow up on screen is one of the best things about the rather uneven Harry Potter franchise.

But of course thereís more to the story than that, and this time the gang gets involved in a sort of Wizard tournament, which those who have read the book probably know way too much about. I have not read, so instead Iíll talk a little about Potterís new director Mike Newell, who takes the franchise reigns from Alfonso Cuaron. Cuaron turned in the best Potter film to date, can Newell compete? As long as they donít bring back Columbus, I think the movie has a chance. However, Newellís past work includes a lot of rather overrated movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mona Lisa Smile, and Pushing Tin. He also spent some time on Lucasís ďYoung Indiana JonesĒ, which tells you that despite his rom-com resume the man probably knows a little something about how to handle heavy special effects.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire arrives this fall with all the original cast (at least the ones that are breathing) still in tact. In the end, I think that matters a lot more than who directs it.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Credits
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbldore), Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), Jason Isaacs (Lucious Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Alan Rickman (Snape), Maggie Smith (McGonagall), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Directed by: Mike Newell
Produced by: David Heyman
Length: 157 min
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date:  November 17, 2005
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