Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

release year: 2005
genre: fantasy
viewing setting: home DVD, 7/18/09 and theater, 11/15/05

synopsis: Young wizard Harry Potter and friends witness the Tri-Wizard Tournament as it comes to their school, but behind the scenes, the evil Voldemort is continuing his return.

impressions: All in all, a good adaptation of the book. Obviously, not everything will make the transition from page to film, but the stuff that was cut out seemed fairly minor. Continuing the trend, this one was even darker than the last, and featured a couple of deaths. There were also some new characters, plus plenty of action, and dragons!

things to watch for: Harry's fight with the fire-breathing dragon.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A child ghost that inhabits the bathtub room and tries to peek beyond the bubbles. That was just weird.

acting: As usual, I won't talk much about any of the returning actors' performances in this one; suffice it to say that the kids are still getting older. Major new characters include Brendan Gleeson as a crazy wizard and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort.

final word: Another winner; we're 4/7 of the way there now.

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