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For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.
In the summer, Harry dreams of Lord Voldemmort discussing plans with Peter Pettigrew and Barty Crouch Jr. He then attends the Quidditch World Cup where the followers of Voldemort, known as Death Eaters, have terrorised the spectators after the match.
Back at Hogwarts, Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament which will have one wizard from each magical school to participate. The champions are selected by using the goblet of fire which chooses the most worthy champion. Victor Krum is chosen to represent Durmstrang, Fleur Delacour is chosen to represent Beauxbatons and Cedric Diggory is chosen to represent Hogwarts. Suddenly a fourth champion is chosen unexpectedly which reveals to be Harry Potter. Suspicions grow between the teachers as Harry is underaged and ineligible to compete in the dangerous tournament.
In the first Defence Against The Dark Arts class, Moody teaches the three unforgiveable curses. The imperious curse which controls the victim, the cruciatus curse which causes unbearable pain and Avada Kedavra, the killing curse. For the first task, Harry must retrieve the golden egg from the dragon. Taking Mad Eyes advise, he summons his broom to retrieve the egg which gives him a clue to the next task. On Christmas Eve, the students participate in the Yule Ball where Hermione ends up going with Victor Krum which makes Ron jealous.
Cedric Diggory reveals to Harry to open the egg underwater, which reveals the next task to be in the Black Lake where they will have to retrieve something precious to the champion. Neville Longbottom helps Harry by providing him with gillyweed which helps him hold his breathe underwater for an hour. During the task, Harry finds out the precious thing that had to be saved was his friend Ron Weasley. He also sees Hermione, Cho Chang and Fleurs sister Gabrielle in suspended animation. Finishing in fourth place, Harry is awarded second for outstanding moral fibre.
After an exchange between Mad Eye and Barty Crouch Jr, Harry finds him dead. When called to Dumbledores office, Harry finds a pensieve which allows him to look back at Dumbledores memories. He watches Crouch Sr. disowning his son Barty Crocuh Jr. and sending him to Azkaban for the torture of Nevilles parents.
In the third and final task, the champions are placed in a hedge maze were they are required to find the cup first. Under the imperious curse, Victor attacks Fleur and attempts to do the same to Cedric. Harry saves Cedric when he’s trapped in the vines. The two grab the cup which leads them to a graveyard where Pettigrew and Voldemort await Harry.
Upon their arrival, Pettigrew kills Cedric, steals blood from Harry, gets the bone of Voldmorts father and slices off his arm to rise Voldemort back again. As Voldemort summons the death eaters who then witness the duel between Harry and Voldemort. Harry’s wand forces Voldemort’s to disgorge the spirits of the people Voldemort has most recently murdered, including Harry’s parents and Cedric. Harry is briefly protected by the spirits and escapes with Cedric’s body using the cup.
Moody leads Harry back to Hogwarts where his questions lead him suspicious. When Dumbledore, Snape and McGonagall come to rescue him, he discovers that the real Moody is inprisoned in a trunk and that Barty Crouch Jr. was using polyjuice potion to disguise himself as Mad Eye. As the representatives from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons depart, Dumbledore exhorts them to stand together against Voldemort.
The fourth film is often regarded by many as the favourite of the franchise. The non stop action and the focus away from school life is what satisfies the fans and reaches it’s potential. This movie is quite frightening with the dark events witnessed in the film. Some memorable moments included the tasks of the Triwizard tournament and the Yule Ball where we get the first indication of Ron’s true feelings for Hermione. Our hearts also broke when Harry was rejected by Cho Chang. Rita Skeeter was also a hilarious addition to this film and I was sad they cut her story out of the film. We also see the characters developing and maturing more in this film.
This movie however could do with more involvement of the supporting characters. Maybe scene with Victor and Hermione before the ball, it was a pretty random choice for those watching for the first time. In my opinion, despite some scenes being cut out of the book, the balance is perfect between the movie and the novel. Overall, Goblet Of Fire takes first place in my Harry Potter list. Best movie of the franchise for me.
Professor Moody: Alastor Moody. Ex-Auror, Ministry malcontent, and your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. I am here because Dumbledore asked me. End of story, goodbye, the end! Any questions?
Neville: Oh my god! I’ve killed Harry Potter!
[Professor McGonagall demonstrates a waltz with Ron as her partner]
Professor McGonagall: One-two-three, one-two-three…
Harry: [aside] You’re never gonna let him forget this, are you?
Fred, George: [shaking their heads] Never.
Voldemort: Don’t you turn your back on me, Harry Potter! I want you to look at me when I kill you! I want to see the light leave your eyes!
Harry: [facing Voldemort] Have it your way!
Voldemort, Harry: [both shouting together] Avada Kedavara!/Expelliarmus!
Malfoy: Why so tense, Potter? My father and I have a bet, you see. See, I don’t think you’re going to last ten minutes in this tournament. He disagrees. He thinks you won’t last five!
Harry: I don’t give a damn what your father thinks, Malfoy! He’s vile and cruel, and you’re just pathetic!
Hermione: Ronald would like me to tell you that Seamus told him that Dean was told by Parvarti that Hagrid’s looking for you.
Harry: Is that right? Well… what?
Hermione: Uh… Dean was told by Parvarti… please don’t ask me to say it again. Hagrid’s looking for you.
Harry: Well you can tell Ronald…
Hermione: I’m not an owl!
Rita Skeeter: Harry Potter, aged 12, suspect entrant of the triwizard tournament. His eyes swimming with the ghost of his past. And choking back tears, UGH!
That ends our journey into the Goblet Of Fire, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Order OF The Pheonix. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.