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"Soon we must all face the choice, between what is right and what is easy."
"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!"
Dumbledore

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 apply as a candidate.

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 Dye-Job:
    • Mad-Eye Moody is described as having solid gray hair in the book, but in the film Moody has graying blonde hair.
    • Voldemort's eyes are red in the books, but Ralph Fiennes' natural blue eyes are used in the films instead. This was done because the filmmakers believed that the red eyes would make Voldemort look so inhuman that audiences wouldn't take him seriously.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The film includes a new scene taking place after the Goblet ceremony where Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape discuss the recent events in Dumbledore's office. McGonagall is worried about Harry's safety and wants to do something about it while Snape thinks that since they have no idea of what's going on, they should stand by until it becomes more clear. Dumbledore agrees with Snape and starts using his Pensieve to investigate.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Barty Crouch Sr. comes off a lot better than in the book. Most notably, it isn't stated that he kept Barty Jr. under control with the Imperious Curse, one of the Unforgiveable Curses.
    • A minor example, but Ginny looks a bit nobler in the movie when she goes with Neville to the school dance. In the book, she only asked him because otherwise she couldn't go, and she seems miserable about it. And its implied they didn't have much fun. In the movie, this aspect is gone, and they clearly enjoyed themselves, continuing to dance even after the music ended.
  • Adaptational Modesty:
    • Inverted. The book states that Harry is up to his neck in the water, completely covered by foam. In the film he's only up to his waist, allowing for some Fanservice.
    • Played Straight during the graveyard scene: in the book, after Voldemort regains his body, he's nude and has to ask for his robes, but in the film, robes coalesce around him as his body reforms for censorship reasons.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • 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.
    • Also, Barty Crouch Sr. is much nicer than his book counterpart - he's actually distraught at having to put his son in jail.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The movie excised a lot of Barty Crouch Jr.'s more sympathetic traits, particularly his love for his mother and the scorn and neglect he received from his father, which partially explained why he looked up to Voldemort as a mentor figure. In the film he joins the Death Eaters just For the Evulz.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Has its own page.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: Has its own page.
  • 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. This trope continues up until the last two movies.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Barty Crouch Sr. is less a stern minister follower than his book counterpart, and appears to be a bit more nervous and stuttering.
    • Amos Diggory is not a pompous braggart and is very kind to others, especially Harry. This makes his reaction to Cedric's death even more heartbreaking. His personality was likely changed for exactly that reason.
  • Adapted Out: The Harry Potter Wiki's list of character omissions totals over 40 characters!
  • 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.
  • Angrish: When Dumbledore interrogates Harry about how his name ended up in the Goblet of Fire, he is so angry that his words slur together, ending up sounding more like gibberish than a coherent sentence.
    "HARRYDIDYEPUTYERNAMEINTHEGOBLETOFFIYAH???!!!?"
  • Answer Cut:
    Ron: Dress robes? For what?
    (cut to Yule Ball lecture)
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Padma Patil in a sense, since the traits of Lavender Brown have now been applied to her to give her more presence and personality.
    • Ginny has a bit more screen time than she does in the book, since she's around for more of the three main character's conversations. Sadly, this would be the most she would get in regards to this trope for a while.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Draco is turned into a ferret by Moody when he tries to curse Harry, and promptly humiliated in front of everybody until McGonagall intervenes. Draco immediately bails before Moody pulls another trick.
  • 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.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Harry ducks behind a gravestone as Voldemort goes into his Evil Gloating phase. Realizing there was probably no way to escape, Harry visibly steels his jaw and comes out to face him, "Fine, have it your way." It is precisely this courage that calls out the prior souls from the Voldemort's wand, allowing Harry to escape.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Voldemort at the end of his battle with Harry when the latter escapes with the portkey.
    • Harry right after Pettigrew launches a Killing Curse at Cedric and right before Cedric gets hit with it.
    • Amos Diggory gets a couple of very grief-stricken ones when he is kneeling over his dead son's body.
  • Blatant Lies: Pretty much everything to come out of Rita's mouth.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Wormtail's stump doesn't bleed at all after he cuts off his hand.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Bartemius Crouch, Jr.
  • Canon Immigrant: Bizarrely enough, Hogwart's school song, which Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid walk off singing cheerfully...right as Harry finds the body of Barty Crouch Sr.
  • Composite Character: Padma Patil gains any traits that Lavender Brown had in the book, as in the books she's in Ravenclaw and isn't seen until the Yule Ball. In the film she is in Gryffindor and is shown walking around with Parvati in Lavender's place. The two are even seen sitting together in Divination in the following film!
  • Compressed Adaptation: One of the most prominent of the series - the first forty minutes of the fourth movie cover over 200 pages, cutting most of the Quidditch World Cup parts.
  • 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 intimidating staff-slamming march featuring firebreathing and capoeira.
  • Delayed Reaction: When Harry first comes back through the Portkey with Cedric's body in tow, everyone starts cheering because of it. Then Fleur starts screaming and Dumbledore realizes something is very wrong.
  • Demoted to Extra: If they weren't already Adapted Out, chances are a character suffered this in the film. Likewise, while Rita Skeeter does appear, her subplot is deleted. See Karma Houdini.
  • Dies Wide Open: Cedric.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A group of racially-prejudiced beings tormenting their targets while wearing baggy robes with pointed hats and masks? Clearly the film went all out making the Death Eaters look like the Wizard KKK.
  • Dutch Angle: Used repeatedly as the contestants are making their way through the maze during the third task, to emphasize the tension.
  • Epic Rocking: Patrick Doyle's 6-minute "Golden Egg" and the 9 and a half minute "Voldemort" from the OST.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much as Hagrid loves dangerous magical creatures like dragons, even he admits the Hungarian Horntail for the first task is a nasty piece of work.
  • Fan Disservice: Voldemort's body forms, rather repulsively, onscreen and initially nude.
  • Fanservice: Harry's bath scene.
  • Female Gaze:
    • Moaning Myrtle clearly takes a look at Harry's crotch, while in the bath.
    • One scene has a squad of giggling Hogwarts girls trailing behind Krum as he works out by the lake.
  • 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?
    • Myrtle mentions seeing Polyjuice potion, and Snape later accuses Harry of stealing the ingredients of Polyjuice potion from his office. None of our heroes make use of Polyjuice potion in this movie—but the bad guy does.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Dumbledore admits to setting some curtains on fire in his fourth year. "Accidentally, of course." It is unknown whether this is canon or not.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Wormtail chops off his hand, you can actually see his hand coming off. Even though you know it's obviously done with special effects, it's hard not to look away during that scene.
  • Funny Background Event: One of the death eaters observing the climactic duel gives an enthusiastic little clap when Harry "bows" to Voldemort.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The bathtub scene is considerably more risque than it was in the book. Notably how Myrtle delivers the line about Cedric bathing, "almost all the bubbles had gone". She's also clearly trying to flirt with Harry.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The yellow egg makes a very lovely SCREEEEEEE noise when opened. When opened underwater, however...
  • Hypocrite: Ron berates Hermione for going to the Yule Ball with Krum, calling it "dancing with the enemy," since Krum is from Durmstrang, a rival school. This coming from the man who tried asking out Fleur Delacor, whom is from Beauxbatons, another rival school.
  • 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. Daniel Radcliffe stated in an interview that he had to dance poorly just to fit his character—he's a master at it.
    • Considering Neville's a Cowardly Lion for most of the series, his lack of social anxiety is surprising.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Barty Crouch Jr. blows his cover by mentioning the graveyard Harry was sent to before Harry does.
  • Karma Houdini: Zig-zagged with Rita Skeeter. She publishes several false accounts of Harry and his friends throughout the tournament to feed the needs of her tabloid followers. Unlike in the book, she is not seen again after the first challenge has been completed, but still gets her latest rag published nonetheless. Not helping is the fact that in the book, it is explicitly stated that she was barred from the competition by Dumbledore, and that Hermione blackmailed her into stopping her stories, neither of which happens in the film. However, the film also cuts out many of her more malicious moments, and her gossipy, overblown articles are shown in a less destructive light. As well, the film removes the subplot of her being an illegal animagus who uses her animal form to spy on people. Overall, while still obnoxious and unpleasant, she isn't half as much of a bully as she is in the book.
  • Kubrick Stare: Moody is given to these, like when he's facing down Karkaroff after Harry's name comes out of the goblet, or when he's watching from the sides as Harry tells Cedric about the dragons.
  • 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.
  • Living Structure Monster: The third task now has the Hedge Maze be the monster instead of a labyrinth full of beasts like in the book.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Unlike the book, Wormtail is utterly calm after slicing off his own hand.
  • 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).
    Ron: I like to look at them from behind.
  • Mama Bear / Papa Wolf: Among the dead that subdue Voldemort are Harry's parents. Not even death can keep Lily and James from protecting Harry.
  • 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. Notably averted for Hermione.
  • Mood Whiplash: The scene where Moody demonstrates the Imperious Curse on the spider starts out comedic before it takes a turn for the serious when Moody almost tries to make the poor little thing drown herself. Ouch.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Voldemort's grandparents weren't named in the book, but their headstone shows them in the film. The sixth book doesn't confirm it either. A place name is the Hogwarts lake - and it's referred to as the Black Lake in this film. Both sets of names came from JK Rowling, making this double as Word of God.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Death Eaters are symbolized as Klansmen—check out the KKK-inspired headgear, torches and "burning signal".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: When a trailer for the film shows how Dumbledore loudly announces the champions of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, then announces "HARRY POTTER!" in a bizarrely louder and angrier voice. This is because when he discovers the name on the parchment, he is disturbed and shocked about Harry's name being in the Goblet of Fire. It turns out he yells "HARRAY PUDDUH!" out of anger and ordering Harry to reclaim "his" parchment, but in the context of the trailer, it just looks weird.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: The film carries the disclaimer "No Dragons Were Harmed in the Making of this Movie."
  • One-Gender School: In the books, Beauxbatons and possibly Durmstrang are co-ed. Here, they're all-female and all-male, respectively.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The merpeople in the lake are rather different from how they were described in the book. Here they look far more reptilian, and they speak less.
  • Remember the New Guy?: How Cho is introduced. Also, Karkaroff is shown dancing at the ball with a teacher who was never shown before in the films.
  • Running Gag: Filch accidentally setting off the canon signalling the start of an event before his cue.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Done more in line with the traditional version of the trope than the book. There Harry wonders who that pretty girl with Krum is, only to later discover it's Hermione. Here he sees her descending the staircase before she meets Krum - likely because nobody could fail to recognise Emma Watson.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In a Deleted Scene, Moody (actually Crouch Jr.) tells Harry after the Second Task that "if you want to play the hero, I can find you plenty of playmates among the first years."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: When Harry returns with Cedric, happy music plays and cheers sound through the room. Then they realize Harry is sobbing and Cedric isn't moving.
  • Spotting the Thread: 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.
  • Super Group: The Weird Sisters (who are not referred as such due to a lawsuit) are played by members of Pulp, Radiohead, All Seeing I and Add N to (X). Three songs by them are in the soundtrack album.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Colin and Dennis Creevey being replaced by Nigel could count as this.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • Neville gets assigned to help Harry on the underwater challenge. He uses his herbology skills to track down a plant, which allows him to breathe underwater. Just when he thinks he's failed, Harry successfully transforms and leaps out of the water.
    • An example compared to the books. In the book, Ginny asks Neville to the Christmas Dance, but she admits she only did it because it would be the only way for her to be allowed to go and she seems miserable about it, and later on it's implied they didn't have a very good time. In the movie, we see that they are basically the ONLY main characters who enjoyed their night, dancing even after nearly everyone else had left.
  • Twisted Eucharist: Like in the book, the ritual Lord Voldemort uses for his "resurrection" requires literal flesh, blood and a bone from his deceased father.
  • Underwater Ruins: The arches at the bottom of the Black Lake in the second task.
  • Understatement: "Potentially problematic? When was the last time you held your breath underwater for an hour, Hermione?"
  • Wham Line: "Were there others? In the graveyard, were there others?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Specifically applies to the movie version. When walking off by himself in the Forbidden Forest, Harry finds Barty Crouch Sr.'s theoretically dead body, and the camera cuts to Harry going to see Dumbledore. What happened to Crouch is never brought up again and never explained in the movie (though it is in the book).
    • A deleted scene shows the trio talking about it over the fireplace and Hermione telling Harry he needs to go to Dumbledore.
    • The real Mad-Eye Moody. After being discovered in the trunk, Dumbledore says he'll get him out in a minute, but in the final cut of the film, he never appears after this. It's most likely that there was originally a scene showing him after recuperating that wasn't in the final cut.
  • 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, sort of. Harry gets decidedly unpopular when his name gets picked for the Tri-Wizard Tournament as many people think he's being a Glory Hound — but everyone still cheers for him come the dragon battle.
  • You Are Not Alone: Though it isn't outright said in the book, Dumbledore says this to Harry a couple days after he returns from the graveyard, and to many fans it was one of the more redeeming moments of GoF's portrayal of Dumbledore.

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