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Fantasy - Sourcery, Harry Potter

Harry Potter 4 and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Duration2h 37m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyA book of the same name by J.K.Rowling
DirectorMike Newell
Writers/ScriptSteve Kloves
StarringEric Sykes, Timothy Spall, David Tennant, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Robert Pattinson, Jason Isaacs, Robert Hardy, Roger Lloyd Pack, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, David Bradley, Warwick Davis, Frances de la Tour,Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Brendan Gleeson, Miranda Richardson, Gary Oldman, Shirley Henderson, Ralph Fiennes  
RatingsIMDb: 7.7/10 by 593,955 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 88% by 255 reviewers. Review2view 7/10.

Elevator Pitch: Hogworts plays host to the Triwizardry Tournament hosting a group of girl wizards from France and some boys from Eastern Europe. Now we are growing up, Hermione is fancied by one of the boys from Bulgaria, Ron eyes up one of the French girls and Harry seems to be keen on Cho Chang. In the competition The Goblet of Fire spits out three names and then a fourth name, that of Harry Potter. In the first trial Harry has to fight a dragon, then in the contestants are tasked with recovering people they care about from under water. In the third the contestants must find the Goblet in a maze. Harry and the other Hogworts boy, Cedric reach it together, but are transported to a graveyard, where Cedric is killed ad Harry is  involved in the re-animation of Lord Voldemort, and more…

Content: No sex, nudity, drinking or smoking, although Harry seen in the bath once. Because of the density of the plot there are virtually no minor magic scenes. At the world quidich games dark shades rampage through the camp, setting fire to it. The three phases of the competition take place, the most intense possibly being the under water scene in Black Lake where the contestants have to rescue submerged friends. There is a ball, where dancing and pairing up happens, Hermione seen in a ball gown. A major scene where Lord Voldemort is given physical shape by Peter Pettigrew, using a cauldron of bubbling ingredients, including one of his own hands. 

A View: this outing was yet another day for the great and the good of the British film industry, J.K.R having said that she wanted all British actors, except for those named in the book as being from elsewhere. I admit to consulting the Wikipedia entry for some aspects of the plot, but still don’t quite get it all. However I have no doubt, essential viewing for the fans, and for the rest of us, not a bad couple of hours.

 I leave it to my programme to decide what else you

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