Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 
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Release date: Nov. 6, 2005

Based on: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000 novel by J. K. Rowling)

Directed by: Mike Newell

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman

Budget: $150 million

Box office: $896.9 million

 

Harry Potter finds himself in competition with three other students in a perilous tournament.

A great addition to the franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes the darkness already put in place by its predecessors and allows it to thrive, apparent within the first scene where a random, unknown person is killed without ceremony. It’s a simple scene, yet it allows the audience to understand the consequences of what occurred at the end of the previous film. The dark tone only goes further from there, presenting a plot full of intrigue, mystery and more danger than ever before and culminates in a climax where an important, named character becomes the first of many to be killed in films to come.

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The story itself is good, beginning with a trip to the Wizarding World’s most talked about sporting event and going south not soon after when dark and forbidding omens are conjured. From there, Harry believes he’s going to have a somewhat normal year until it’s revealed that dark forces continue to be at work, conspiring to bring him to what they believe is his ultimate destiny. In his dealing with dragons, merfolk, and a magical maze along with Voldemort’s forces, the film gives a great progression of danger with decent moments of levity to allow for some well-needed breathing room.

There are also some fascinating new characters populating the film, including the year’s newest Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who holds the reputation of being one of the greatest wizards in the modern world and carries a notable amount of expertise in many different fields. The character the audience is given is interesting, being more of an anti-hero, impressing into the idea of always being on their guard to the point of paranoia. The film does some intriguing things with this character, giving him a few odd quirks which end up being much more important to the overall story than they initially appear to be.

It may not be the best film in the series, but this is definitely one worth watching.

Awards

Won

AFI Awards, USA

  • Special Award (The HARRY POTTER SERIES marks the final triumphant chapter of a landmark series)

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Production Design

Empire Awards, UK

  • Special Award (The “Harry Potter” films for outstanding contribution to British cinema)

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction Film

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA – Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Family Film

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA – Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Foreign

NRJ Ciné Awards

  • Top of the Box Office

Premio Berenice Awards

  • La Chioma di Berenice – Best Special Effects

Teen Choice Awards

  • Movies – Choice Drama

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Achievement in Art Direction

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film

  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Director

  • Best Writing

  • Best Music

  • Best Costume

  • Best Make-Up

  • Best Special Effects

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

  • Best Make Up/Hair

British Society of Cinematographers Awards

  • Best Cinematography Award

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Favorite Film Franchise

  • Best Young Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Young Actress (Emma Watson)

  • Best Family Film (Live Action)

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Best British Film

Gold Derby Awards

  • Visual Effects

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Film Score of the Year

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Special Effects

Kids’ Choice Awards, Australia – Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Female Movie Star (Emma Watson)

London Critics Circle Film Awards

  • British Supporting Actor of the Year (Brendan Gleeson)

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best On-Screen Team (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, & Rupert Grint)

  • Best Villain (Ralph Fiennes)

  • Best Hero (Daniel Radcliffe)

Online Film & Television Association – Film Awards

  • Best Youth Performance (Emma Watson)

  • Best Visual Effects

  • Best Titles Sequence

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (Potterheads)

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

  • Best Film

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth DVD (Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection)

  • Best DVD Extras (For “Harry Potter Years 1-4”)

  • Outstanding Original Song (For the song “Magic Works.”)

  • Outstanding Costume Design

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture (for “Dragon”)

  • Outstanding Created Environment in Live Action Motion Picture (For the Black Lake Environment)

  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture (For Hogwarts School)

  • Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture (for Voldemort’s nose)

World Soundtrack Awards

  • Best Original Song Written for Film (For the song “Magic Works.”)