Throwback: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It has been fifteen years since Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire first appeared on our screens, and it is fair to say that this film has stood the test of time.

The Goblet of Fire is the fourth instalment in the franchise and takes place during Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts. The Wizarding school is taking part in a tournament against two other schools – the Durmstrangs and the Beauxbatons – to win the Tri-wizard cup. Due to the dangers at the Quidditch World Cup game at the beginning of the film, it is said that only wizards over the age of seventeen can take part in the tournament.

Fred and George Weasley find this unfair, which leads to (personally) one of the most memorable moments of the film where they create a potion in order to confuse the age line around the goblet so that they can put their names in. At first, they appear successful, but then they get thrown back by a magical forcefield and when saw again, they have grey hair and beards – to which they get angry at each other and start fighting.

There can only be three tri-wizard champions – one from each school – which come in the forms of Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts, Viktor Krum for Durmstrang and Fleur Delacour for Beauxbatons. However, the cup gives out another name “Harry Potter”, who becomes the fourth champion, despite his age and the fact that there are usually three champions.

The champions face many terrifying challenges from dragons, to collecting an unconscious person from the black lake where the merpeople live and finally the maze where Harry comes face to face with Voldemort who has returned and killed Cedric.

This film is a must watch because it is one of the funniest in the franchise, with many memorable moments including Neville dancing around his room, the classic scene of snape hitting Harry and Ron’s heads with a book and Alastair Moody turning Draco into a ferret.

Harry Potter remains a franchise that – as said above – will remain the test of time, and The Goblet of Fire in particular will remain a fan favourite, and certainly one of mine…

By Ellie Moylan

Feature image: Empire

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