Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was an okay film, but the stress of condensing 700+ pages of story into 2+ hours of movie showed strongly, so the storyline felt a bit rushed, with the sensation that many pieces were missing. [spoilers, highlight to read] We hardly saw Sirius Black outside of a few letters and a 3D fireplace cameo. Cho Chang was relegated to the background, a passing ball proposal added as an afterthought to the owl tower. Draco Malfoy got little screentime beyond his weasel scene with Professor “Moody.” I wondered why the screenplay, with so much cut from the book, actually added to the climactic buildup to Cedric Diggory’s death, having him speak a bit more and pose a bit before being felled by the Avadra Kevadra. One could have shaved precious seconds from that, as well as from various action scenes and Moaning Myrtle’s antics, to better pad more important aspects of the plot, and perhaps move Cedric’s character development to other parts of the story.

Still, the important aspects of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s tense coming-of-age were explored, and the film just barely managed to maintain its narrative cohesiveness. Nonetheless, I wasn’t as impressed with the HP4 movie; any one of the last three films exceeded this one for overall enjoyability.

I would write more, but I found that Raffy has said everything I was thinking already.


  1. garver says:

    Very much my own thoughts as well. I also don’t like the fact that Harry had to struggle so much in the first two tasks. In the book he deals with the dragon more easily and swiftly than anyone. The ease of the tasks for him are part of the clues.

    They also took out almost all the ambiguities in the clues pointing to Barty Crouch, Jr. In the book Crouch Sr., Ludo Bagman (gone completely from the film), Snape, etc., are all prime suspects in trying to get Harry killed via the Triwizard tournament and Barty Crouch Jr. is thought to be dead and so not a suspect at all. In the film we see the culprit in the opening scene.

    All in all, a disappointing film.

  2. rowie says:

    I agree that it wasn’t superb in a LOTR sense, but I really did enjoy myself watching the film, and I liked it a lot better than the first two, and maybe even more than the third. I found the script a lot wittier than any of the others, for starters, and I appreciated the overall “action-movie” feel of the film. :)