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Film review: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Release date
18th Nov (Cert 12A)

The stars

The fourth Harry Potter adventure is the darkest yet as Harry once more becomes the target of his nemesis Lord Voldemort.

Despite the scary themes, director Mike Newell has upped the laugh count too with Rupert Grint's Ron providing much needed comedy relief.

The plot

The Dark forces are rising again in the wizarding world, with evil Death Eaters appearing at the Quidditch World Cup.

Back at Hogwarts School Harry finds he has been entered into the dangerous Tri-Wizard Tournament. Who has done it and why?

That's what Headmaster Albus Dumbledore wants to find out. The answer leads to tragedy and the a shocking resurrection.

Along the way Harry finds time for romance, asking Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang out to the Yule Ball.

Best bits

Too many to count. The spectacular first task, complete with fire breathing dragons. The Yule Ball, where Harry tries his hand at ballroom dancing.

And the graveyard scene close to the end of the film is the scariest Potter scene yet.

Fave characters

Harry, Ron and Hermione are as good as ever. But Miranda Richardson's Rita Skeeter steals every scene she appears in.

Any weak bits?

Hardcore fans who would have preferred two films instead of one will miss the Quidditch World Cup Game, and Hermione's SPEW campaign. And people who haven't read the book may find the plot a little hard to follow at times.

Hit or miss?

Hit - an action packed adventure that's both scary and touching. On a par with the superb third adventure The Prisoner of Azkaban.

NR rating:

NR rating: four out of five

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