Well, now that we're all settled in and sorted, I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year but home to some very special guests as well. You see, Hogwarts has been chosen to host a legendary event: The Triwizard Tournament!Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
is the fourth film in the Harry Potter
series, released in 2005.
Following the events of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
, Voldemort now has a loyal follower by his side and is making plans to become stronger and regain his body. Meanwhile, Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament between three Wizarding schools in Europe, and Harry discovers that he has been selected to compete, even though he is below the age restriction and did not, as a matter of fact, actually apply as a candidate. The things some authors will do.
The movie won a BAFTA for Best Production Design and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction. The Darker and Edgier
tone (even more so than its predecessor
), the maturity of the characters, and more complexity in writing and performances were many reasons why critics loved this movie. It grossed over $102 million after a mere five days, going on to rack up just under $900 million, becoming the most commercially successful film of 2005. At the time it was one of the top ten highest-grossing movies ever
Followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Tropes exclusive to this film:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Pettigrew taking off his whole hand with a pithy little blade about four inches long.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: People who have not read the books would think that Barty Crouch Jr. would fit under Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, given his absence from later films. In the book, his soul was sucked out by a Dementor.
- Adaptation Inspiration: The boarding school aspect of Hogwarts is more pronounced than in the other movies of the series, with a couple of new scenes that could be straight out of the genre.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Professor McGonagall in the film when talking about the Yule Ball.
McGonagall: "I will not have you, in one night, besmirching [Gryffindor's] name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!"
Fred: (whispering to George) Try saying that five times fast.
George: (whispering) Babbling, bumbling band of baboons.
Fred: (whispering) Babbling, bumbling band of baboons.
- Ambiguously Gay: Dumbledore, as depicted by Michael Gambon, has a highly theatrical, slightly effeminate flair. After Deathly Hallows came out, Rowling said in interviews that she had always intended Dumbledore to be gay. She also said that she had told each actor secrets about the character that might be helpful in characterization.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Death Eaters are symbolized as Klansmen—check out the KKK-inspired headgear, torches and "burning signal".
- Answer Cut:
Ron: Dress robes? For what?
(cut to Yule Ball lecture)
- Beautiful All Along: Hermione appearing gorgeously dressed and with neat, beautifully arranged hair in this movie has essentially none of the effect to the audience that it had in the books, since the filmmakers had already shown her prettily made-up in the previous film with no given explanation. Her own admission that cleaning up like that takes hours and doesn�t want to bother with it on a daily basis is also promptly ignored, so she looks consistently gorgeous throughout all the films.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Bartemius Crouch, Jr.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: The alumns from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang introduce themselves with adequately-themed dance performances: the first ones enter in a corny, slow stroll complete with butterflies, while the second ones burst out in an intimidant staff-slamming march featuring firebreathing and capoeira.
- Fan Disservice: During Voldemort's resurrection scene, we get to see him naked.
- Fanservice: This scene.
- Foreshadowing: Moody telling Karkaroff that he used to think "as dark wizards do." Guess who turns out to be a dark wizard masquerading as Moody?
- Former Teen Rebel: Dumbledore admits to setting some curtains on fire in his fourth year. "Accidentally, of course."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: That scene.
- Hot Scoop: Rita Skeeter as played by Miranda Richardson. She also seems to be a bit of a Mrs. Robinson.
- I Can't Dance: Harry and Ron. Subverted with Neville, who actually rehearsed dance steps and ends up having a much better time at the ball than they do.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: In Goblet, Barty Jr., disguised as Moody, blows his cover by mentioning the graveyard Harry was sent to before Harry does.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: There's a diegetic example with a real brass band playing a celebratory tune for the winner of the Triwizard Cup... which falters out when they notice Harry screaming and crying over Cedric's body.
- Male Gaze: Briefly, with a long tracking shot of the Beauxbaton girls' butts when they enter the Great Hall of Hogwarts (eliciting a "Bloody hell!" from Ron).
- Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: Among the dead that subdue Voldemort are Lily and James Potter. Not even death can keep them from protecting their son.
- Messy Hair: A lot of the characters, from Harry to Ron and the Weasley twins, for some reason, have much longer hair in this movie than in any of the others.
- No Animals Were Harmed: The film carries the disclaimer "No Dragons Were Harmed in the Making of this Movie."
- Spotting the Thread: In the fourth film, Barty Crouch Sr. recognizes Barty Jr. disguised as Moody when he licks his lips in the same manner that he is shown doing during the Pensieve Flashback.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Colin Creevey being replaced by Nigel could count as this.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Amos Diggory. In the book, he's rather rude, brash and boastful about Cedric's accomplishments. In the film, he's quieter and far more polite.
- Underwater Ruins: The arches at the bottom of the Black Lake in the second task.
- Wham Line: "Were there others? In the graveyard, were there others?"
- What You Are in the Dark: Instead of the monster-filled maze from the book, the third trial of the Triwizard Tournament in the film becomes this as both Harry and Cedric are tempted to perform actions neither would normally consider all for the sake of winning.
- Why Don't You Marry It?: In the fourth movie, when Ron is raving about Krum, Ginny's reply is "I think you're in love, Ron."
- Win Back the Crowd: In-universe. Harry gets decidedly unpopular when his name gets picked for the Tri-Wizard Tournament — but wins them over with the dragon battle.