Happy Birthday Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Dark And Difficult Times Lie Ahead.
On November 18th, 2005, the next and fourth installment of the Harry Potter series was released into theaters and across the pond in the U.K.: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
This fourth book is considered the pinnacle novel of the series, where everything turned darker and more gruesome for our hero. Hogwarts is hosting the Twi-Wizard Tournament, where students must be 17 years of age. At 14 years old, somehow Harry Potter is illegally selecteSomehow Potter is illegally selected and entered into the deadly Twi-wizard Tournament. Alongside his competitors, including fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, Potter must find a way to stay alive.
Introducing to the film were several new characters and actors to the series: Brendan Gleeson as the ex-Auror Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr., Miranda Richardson is the face of journalist Rita Skeeter, and Robert Pattinson is Hufflepuff student, Cedric Diggory.
Directed by Mike Newell, Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire takes on the edgier and darker side of the Harry Potter journey. Not only does the fourth movie mark the return of the evil Master of the Dark Arts, Lord Voldemort, but we say goodbye to our first fierce and loyal friend. After Prisoner of Azkaban ranked in the lowest box office for all eight films, this sequel went on to rank third highest after Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 until profits were readjusted for inflation in October 2012. Though writer Steve Kloves hoped to turn this installment into two parts, this plans were axed resulting in one film which runs for a scary 157 minutes.
Dumbledore: Send a message to Azkaban. I think they'll find they're missing a prisoner.
Barty Crouch Junior: I'll be welcomed back like a hero!
Dumbledore: Perhaps. Personally, I've never had much time for heroes.
Seamus: Blimey! That's one big woman.
Voldemort: I'm going to kill you, Harry Potter. I'm going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my power. After tonight if they speak of you, they'll only speak of how you begged for death. And how I being a merciful Lord... obliged.
Harry: I love magic.
Professor McGonagall: The house of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries. I will not have you, in one night, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!
Dumbledore: [to Harry] I never liked these curtains. I set them on fire in my fourth year. Accidentally, of course.
Hermione: Ron, you spoiled everything!
Seamus: It's not like I *try* to blow things up, exactly, it just sorta happens. You gotta admit though, fire is fascinating.
Dumbledore: No spell can reawaken the dead, Harry. I trust you know that. Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
Dumbledore: People change in the maze. Oh, find the cup if you can. But be very wary; you could just lose yourselves along the way.
Did you know?
- Alfonso Cuarón was offered the chance to direct this installment in the series, but declined as he would still be working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Mike Newell turned down directing The Constant Gardener to direct this film. Newell is the first British director to helm the series.
- Over 3,000 girls turned up at the auditions for the role of Cho Chang in London on 7 February 2004.
- John Williams passed on scoring this movie in favor of Memoirs of a Geisha.