The Potter Perceptions: The Goblet of Fire (2005)

harry potter and the goblet of fire

I was dreading this one… I really was. After The Prisoner of Azkaban so captivated Eric, I was sure that he would just remain in his excited little bubble for what was to come next. But I didn’t have faith that his bubble could protect him from this rubbish. So now to see if this movie was purely ruined because the book was better, or because the movie just sucks. I honestly feel that Axis of Awesome has it right in Rage of Thrones – Hollywood cannot live up to the power of imagination! :P

GOBLET

After being particularly impressed with Azkaban, I was kind of excited to see this go in a more mature direction – and hopefully like this one too. After I fired this up that feeling of excitement started to diminish quickly when I noticed that Pooter and Weasley were sporting women’s hairdos and they were able to access another realm by touching an old, dirty boot. They touch the boot and spin around like a human pinwheel, enter another realm of magic and wizardry and fall 600 feet, but it’s all good – they’re tough kids, I suppose.

Then these two red headed kids do some singing and dancing and Harry’s having bad dreams and the flying soccer ball match gets attacked by terrorists and then they take a boat to Hogwarts instead of the train and suddenly they’re hosting the 400th annual Wizard Triumvirate (or something) and that pasty schmuck from Twilight is in it and Harry turns into a fish and swims underwater with his eyeglasses on and the CGI is TERRIBLE and BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

The last twenty or so minutes of this were pretty decent – mainly because Ralph Fiennes shows up but they don’t make up for the last 12 and a half hours it took for me to watch it. I mean really, Harry is this guy who isn’t scared of giant spiders and serpents and dragons and ghosts but he’s too scared to ask a chick out to the formal cotillion? And that sequence when they come out of the clouds after touching the boot – REALLY? What is this THE SOUND OF MUSIC?? Dangle dangle dangle walk on air…. I also can’t stress how poor the CGI is in this – you would think that with the type of money this series made and the funds they pumped into it, they could make a decent looking mermaid.

Oh well… I guess we press on…

4.1

The good:

  • Alan Rickman. I know I hammer on him being an amazing Severus Snape, but he never fails to disappoint.
  • Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch, he had that role down! Stiff, unyielding, no humour, great.
  • The minuscule dragon replicas. They really looked great.
  • Rita Skeeter. She just looks revolting, her makeup, hair and nails just screamed who she was.
  • The Unforgiveable Curses. They were not too bad.
  • The Goblet of Fire. It looked really good and it was so cool how the flames shot out properly and changed colour, and the way that it looked when giving the name slips was awesome.
  • Fred and George Weasley. Again a bag of laughs, especially trying to get over the age line.
  • Draco Malfoy. He really made a great ferret!
  • Viktor Krum. Stanislav Ianeski did a good job.
  • Triwizard delegations arrival methods. The Beauxbatons carriage and Durmstrang ship were very well done.
  • Moody’s office. Had all the Dark detectors and the massive trunk and a Dark air to it.
  • The prefects’ bathroom. It is very well done, and looks good.
  • Neville Longbottom. Matthew Lewis was just great for the role.
  • The gillyweed effects. They were done right but the CGI sucked for it.
  • Ralph Fiennes. Now that was a great casting choice for Voldemort.
  • Voldemort’s rebirth. It looked fantastic, and the way his robes fluttered almost like smoke was simply stunning.
  • Wormtail. Still very well cast.
  • Death Eaters. Their apparating looked good, as well as their attire.
  • Priori Incantatum. Showed correctly.

The bad:

  • Barty Crouch Junior. He was revealed right in the beginning of the film as opposed to an end shocker.
  • The Quidditch World Cup. It sucked. That is all.
  • The Triwizard Delegations. They just arrive, just like that. No explanation until way after as to who these people were and what they were there for.
  • Triwizard delegation introductions. Stupid dancing and prancing and sighing. I mean truly now?!
  • Ludo Bagman. Where was he?
  • The CGI. That is all that I am going to say on the matter.
  • Where discoveries were made. Such as Sirius telling Harry things that he was supposed to learn in the Pensieve, which we don’t even really get into in this film.
  • Madam Maxime. How much bigger than Hagrid could she possibly be?!
  • Bill and Charlie Weasley. Pity they got overlooked!
  • No Winky. She was pretty important for plot twist reveals and character building.
  • No Percy Weasley. No Percy and his Ministry of Magic and Crouch obsession.
  • The first task. What the hell was the meaning of an escaped dragon that knocked itself out? How preposterous!
  • Mad-Eye Moody. Argh. This just upsets me every time. Brendan Gleeson was not flawed, just the entire way Moody was presented as well as his appearance. Not what it should be, though the portrayal it self was fine.
  • Albus Dumbledore. I love the dude and all that right, but neither of these actors managed to capture his essence. This Dumbledore was pretty vicious and violent and screaming and manhandling Harry all the time.
  • The movie’s portrayal of Krum. Not that the actor did a bad job, it is just the people that did the script make him look like a totally horrible person and into Dark stuff and all.
  • Harry and Cho were not really explained well.
  • Fleur Delacour. I really expected more.
  • Who the hell baths with glasses? Except Harry Potter, of course?
  • Excluding Dobby. Neville was not the one that helped Harry with the gillyweed.
  • The CGI and the second task. SUCKED.
  • Barty’s death. That was it? Just like that? No transfiguring his corpse to a bone and burying it, no rush to beg Harry to listen?
  • The whole way through the maze is faulty, seeing as no obstacles were faced.
  • No Dementor’s Kiss for Barty.
  • The Order of the Phoenix not called together.

This movie was pretty damn confusing. I know what was supposed to be going on because I read the books, but nobody watching me really got it, and kept asking questions, and didn’t get it all at the end. There was a lot that was not correctly explained in here or included, and a lot fell flat. I intensely disliked this one, but I know that is sounding like a common tune with me, but I need credit for at least trying!  (See, my pro’s lists are getting bigger? Right? Anyone? Hello?)

About Zoë

I am 23 years old and I live in South Africa. I love to read, and I watch a lot of series and movies (they don’t make them like they used to!). I am currently studying part time, and I am thoroughly enjoying my course. I work full time, too. I am usually regarded as a Grammar Nazi. I am viewed as somewhat of a geek, I am crazy about Lord of the Rings, Batman (the initial two Tim Burton ones, and the last three Christopher Nolan ones), Star Wars, Harry Potter (although not those dreadful movies), Tim Burton, James Bond, Karin Slaughter, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan , as well as a few other things I am sure will come up from time to time. I shall be doing a lot of reviews on this blog, as I always enjoy getting my two cents out there about how I feel about certain books, movies and series. View all posts by Zoë

34 responses to “The Potter Perceptions: The Goblet of Fire (2005)

  • Natasha

    My two cents: The Quidditch was never accurately portrayed, or Harry’s love for it. The hair is the worst thing ever (except maybe Sam’s do in Supernatural). Oh, and their persistent need to exclude Peeves from the movies. Good write up!

    • Zoë

      !! Thank you my friend! You understand!!

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!! Always the need to get a few cents in about Sam’s hair! Though you are right. It was fine, but from season 4 just bombed… looked bad.

      I wish we had gotten to see Peeves, he was so much fun!

      Thank you!

  • jjames36

    This one is not good. Agreed with both of you. ;-)

  • aspenlinmer

    I agree…great book…poorly done movie. They took out or changed too much of the story. The book is awesome though.

    ~Aspen

  • Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop

    Noooooo, I really liked this one! It’s when the whole thing takes a much darker twist. I wasn’t so keen on the next two though!

  • Anna (Film Grimoire)

    Reading your reviews on these films is making me want to re-read all the books. Alan Rickman is the perfect Snape!

  • Brian @ Hard Ticket to Home Video

    Is there a scene where Harry and Ron lovingly brush each other’s hair?

  • lukebbtt

    Waste of David Tennant. I didn’t mind this film, but truthfully the book was so much better.

  • Dan Heaton

    I feel like people are always hating on this film more than the other later ones. The weird thing is that I remember liking it a lot in theaters, but the DVD has been sitting on my shelf for years. I really need to check it out again, though I’m not sure I’m going to like what I see.

    • Zoë

      I think this really was one of the worst book to film adaptations ever, wow. Teehee, you should do an entire Potter run again and see how you feel about this one.

  • theipc

    LOOKS GOOD ZOE!!!! I didn’t like this movie but this project sure is fun!! : )

  • kyebarbee

    The movie and book were my favorite out of the series! And I loved Ron and Harry’s hair the most out of all the movies. Maybe it just depends on if you like long hair on guys. I loved Snape’s hair in Half Blood Prince. (Is it me, or did he look younger and healthier in that one)?

    I did watch the HP movies before I read the books, so maybe that’s where my intense love of most Harry Potter fans hated book to movie translation. Even after I read the book and noticed ALL the glaringly different scenes, I still loved it. I do wish that these director’s would stick to the books when it’s obvious they don’t need to change anything. Example, Neville giving Harry the Gillyweed. Harry wasn’t even going to go to the second task until Dobby saved the day.

    I agree that the intros to the other schools wasn’t all that good. Dumbledore was entirely too aggressive with Harry. I don’t even know how the director let that edit go through. Someone should have told Gambon that his portrayal of Dumbledore in this scene was not correct.

    Ralph Fiennes was brilliant! Is it crazy that Severus Snape, Voldemort and Bellatrix are 3 of my favorite characters? I also love Ron, Dumbledore(sometimes) and Luna Lovegood. Snape is the end all be all though.

    I think it’s completely realistic that Harry would rather face dragons, spiders, and The Dark Lord himself than confront the first girl he had a crush on. He didn’t lust after anything before Cho. He just started noticing girls in “that” way. I wish he’d have gotten together with her that year instead of after Cedric died. I don’t like Harry/Ginny.

    Okay, okay, I’m going to stop now. I’ve rambled quite enough as is. I can talk my face off about Harry Potter, lol.

    • Zoë

      I am a big fan of long hair on a guy, but there is a certain way to do it. They look like they had blow waves done in here (I felt). I do think it makes a massive difference if you watched the movies prior to reading the books, that way you can love the books and movies both. It isn’t that these were even difficult to stay loyal to. My friend and I have major issues regularly about this all. Gambon in most scenes wasn’t correct and didn’t capture what Dumbledore represented at all. I think that they managed to cast the bad characters so mmuch better! Awww I like Harry and Ginny, was certainly not a fan of Cho (and that was from the off). I love how everyone experiences things differently from one another, keeps things interesting! No problem, I love that there are people that get this involved with things and you can carry on here anytime!

  • mikeyb @ screenkicker

    When I walk around touching old dirty boots and spinning around people frown on it. Real life is shit :(

  • markmc2012

    This was one of my favorite books, but not one of my favorite movies. They missed a lot of the excitement of the book. This was a huge turning point in the book series because it started to go away from just a school year at Hogwarts and head towards the war that was coming. The movie just didn’t capture all of that.

    • Zoë

      Thank you! The movie completely missed what the book was about as well as how significant it all was. I LOVED the book and thought this movie was an embarrassment to it!

  • caragale

    This series is really making me want to watch these films again, though I don’t know if I can watch them with a critical eye…I’m too attached. :/

  • Smash

    Poor Hairy Pooter wasn’t able to keep up the goodwill that had built up after the third movie, eh? This one is a bit of a disappointment. And this is the point in the series when the books all triple in length, so there’s so much more story to be compressed into the movies. From here on out, I’d say it’s much harder to appreciate the movies if you haven’t read the books because it can seriously feel confusing at times.

    • Zoë

      I totally agree there Smash! They are inordinately complicated if you haven’t read the books. Even having read the books they’re crazy due to all the absurd changes and what not. I don’t know, the books are amazing but these films call a redo. Except for certain things, they just fell flat. Lost the magic.

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