Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a fantasy film produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films. The film is a sequel to Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban and is based on a novel of the same name written by J. K. Rowling. Released on 6th November 2005, the film is directed by Mike Newell and features a cast consisting of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, and Maggie Smith.
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The Film Review
The film starts as we get to see Harry wake up from a dream where he sees Frank Bryce die after overhearing Lord Voldemort conspiring with Peter Pettigrew.
Meanwhile, at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore announces the recruitment of a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher named Alastor Moody. It is also revealed that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament which consists of three dangerous challenges that contestants from different schools will face. Harry becomes selected as one of the participants along with Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts, Viktor Krum from the Durmstrang, and Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic.
The participants managed to do well until the final task where they have to go through a dangerous maze to claim the trophy. The competition ends up being a draw between Harry and Cedric who both claim the cup at the same time. The cup turns out to be a portkey which teleports both of them to a graveyard where Pettigrew and Voldemort are waiting.
Cedric is instantly killed by Pettigrew and a wizard battle takes place between Harry and Voldemort until Voldemort’s wand releases the dead spirits killed by him, including Harry’s parents.
Harry manages to escape through the distraction and informs Dumbledore that Voldemort has returned. Moody is discovered to be an accomplice of Voldemort named Barty Crouch Jr. who is instantly arrested by Dumbledore and sent to Azkaban.
For this film, previous companies including the likes of Industrial Light & Magic, Cinesite, Framestore, and Double Negative were contacted once again by the franchise owners to follow up the work they had done in the previous films. According to Framestore’s official website, the VFX company delivered over 200 shots for Goblet of Fire.
Company animators claimed that they faced some of the toughest challenges yet by the franchise which, in itself, majorly relied on VFX technology. One of the most difficult scenes to conduct, as proclaimed by animators and designers, was the creation of the maze. The hedge walls which ranged from 20 to 40 feet tall were all manually constructed and then enhanced using computer graphics.
In order to compose the main score of the film, Patrick Doyle was contacted for the first time by the franchise who wholeheartedly agreed. Doyle initially wanted to work with the previous composer, John Williams’ material, however, it was decided that only Hedwig’s Theme would remain from the previous scores. The soundtrack was officially released on 15th November 2005.
Goblet of Fire became the highest grossing film in 2005, eventually moving on to hit up to $896 million at the box office altogether. The film had its fair share of glory as it went on to become nominated for Best Art Direction at the Academy Awards. It also managed to win BAFTA award for Best Production Design.