Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)

Infobox Film
name = Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


caption = Promotional poster of the film
director = Mike Newell
producer = David Heyman
writer = Novel:
J. K. Rowling
Screenplay:
Steve Kloves
starring = Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Ralph Fiennes
Michael Gambon
Brendan Gleeson
Robert Pattinson
Miranda Richardson
music = Patrick Doyle
Themes by:
John Williams
cinematography = Roger Pratt
editing = Mick Audsley
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = 18 November 2005 (UK, US)
1 December 2005 (AUS)
runtime = 151 minutes
language = English
French
country = United Kingdom
United States
budget = GB£76 million (US$150 million)
gross = GB£454.3 million (US$896,016,159)
preceded_by = "Prisoner of Azkaban"
followed_by = "Order of the Phoenix"
amg_id = 1:289461
imdb_id = 0330373

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is a 2005 fantasy adventure film, based on J. K. Rowling's novel of the same name, and is the fourth film in the popular "Harry Potter" series.

Directed by Mike Newell, the film concerns Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts has been selected to hold the recently returning wizard competition known as the Triwizard Tournament. Though Harry does not apply, the Goblet of Fire mysteriously selects him as a second representative of Hogwarts in the tournament.

Three days after its release, the film had grossed over US$102 million at the North American box office, the highest first-weekend tally for a "Harry Potter" film, and enjoyed an immensely successful run at the box office, earning over $896 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of 2005 and the 8th-highest grossing film of all time. It was the third highest grossing film in the U.S. for 2005 making $290 million. It is currently the unadjusted 12th highest-grossing film of all time. The DVD went on to become the fastest selling DVD of all time. It is currently the third-highest grossing "Harry Potter" film, behind "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, but lost to "Memoirs of a Geisha".

This was also the first "Harry Potter" film to receive a "12a" in the UK and "PG-13" rating in the US or its international equivalents (for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images), the preceding films having been rated PG or its international equivalents and the second film to release in IMAX theaters.

Plot

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley enter their fourth year at Hogwarts school. First, in a graveyard attached to an old country house; the gardener Frank Bryce awakes in his cottage to see a light on in the house. He investigates the light, and finds Lord Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew discussing plans with an unidentified man; Voldemort kills Bryce. Harry awakes at The Burrow before departing with the Weasley family and Hermione for the Quidditch World Cup. After the introduction to the game, there is a temporal jump to that evening, when the camp is attacked by Death Eaters, who disperse when the Dark Mark is shot into the air by an unknown man.

Harry, Ron and Hermione arrive at Hogwarts, where they find that the school will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament, a legendary event in which one wizard each from two rival schools and Hogwarts compete in three dangerous tasks. Dumbledore reveals the Goblet of Fire, a magical cup into which potential champions must drop a piece of parchment with their name on it. The goblet acts as an impartial judge to select candidates and reveals its results by shooting the relevant pieces of parchment into the air: Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang and Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons. The goblet then unexpectedly announces a fourth champion, Harry, although he did not enter his name and is in any case under the age limit set by the Ministry of Magic. Harry's entry into the Tournament incites jealousy and suspicion from his fellow students, including a breakdown of friendship with Ron, which lasts until after the first task. Dumbledore asks the new Defence against the Dark Arts professor, Alastor Moody, to keep an eye on Harry.

In the first Triwizard task, the four champions each battle a dragon to retrieve a golden egg. Harry casts a summoning charm to bring his broom into the arena, but the dragon breaks free of its chains and chases Harry through the Hogwarts grounds. Harry retrieves the egg, which is said to contain a clue about the second task, though only a horrible screeching emerges when he opens his egg. Cedric Diggory, the other Hogwarts champion, advises Harry to open the egg underwater. Harry does so in the prefects' bathroom and hears the clue clearly; it informs him that the merpeople will take something of Harry's and that he must retrieve it from the lake in the Hogwarts grounds.

In the second Triwizard task, each champion must find and save someone close to them who is now chained underwater. Harry swallows Gillyweed which allows him to breath underwater, then begins searching for the merpeople village. While following the mermaid, he sees Fleur attacked by Grindylows. This forces her to withdraw from the task. When Harry arrives at the merpeoples' village, he sees Ron, Hermione, Cho Chang, and Gabrielle Delacour catatonic and chained to a rock with thousands of merpeople guarding them. Harry cuts Ron free, hesitates, and then moves to cut free Gabrielle realizing that Fleur will not be able to save her sister. When he does, the merpeople threaten him with their spears with one mermaid poking her spear into Harry's throat. He is saved when Viktor, in the shape of a half-man/half-shark swims by to break free Hermione. This scatters the merpeople. Harry frees Gabrielle and begins swimming to the surface, pulling Ron and Gabrielle with him. On the way, Harry is viciously attacked by a herd of Grindylows. He pushes Ron and Gabrielle upwards, draws his wand and scatters the Grindylows. He then propels himself to the surface using a spell, but still finishes outside the task's one hour time limit. Despite this, he is awarded second place in the trial because he was delayed by his decision to risk himself to free Gabrielle.

A traditional part of the Triwizard tournament is the Yule Ball; Harry is especially concerned since, as one of the champions, he is expected to open the dance. Cho turns him down, as Cedric Diggory has already asked her, and Hermione declines, though Harry does not find out until the Yule ball that it is Krum himself who has invited her. Eventually, Harry asks Parvati Patil, who accepts; her sister Padma partners Ron. Although Hermione greatly enjoys the ball, Harry and Ron do not; Ron, who is particularly jealous of Krum, accuses Hermione of "fraternising with the enemy," leading to a serious row between the two characters.

For the third task, the Triwizard cup is placed inside a large maze whose magical hedges are capable of attacking the champions as they attempt to reach it: the first champion to touch the cup will be declared the winner. Harry and Cedric reach the cup together and decide to claim a draw, both touching the cup at the same time. The cup turns out to be a portkey which transports the two to a graveyard, where Pettigrew appears carrying Voldemort. Upon Voldemort's command, Pettigrew kills Cedric and traps Harry against an enchanted tombstone. Pettigrew takes blood from Harry's arm and mixes it with other ingredients to restore Voldemort. Voldemort tortures Harry as he explains the story of "The Boy Who Lived" to his assembled Death Eaters. The two duel, but Harry escapes when his wand unexpectedly caused Voldemort's to disgorge the spirits of the people Voldemort has killed, who protect Harry as he escapes and takes Cedric's dead body back to Hogwarts. Moody takes Harry to his office and starts interrogating Harry about what took place in the graveyard, Harry reailzes something is wrong when Moody asks, Harry never said where the cup sent them. Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall burst in the room and stun Moody; he begins to change shape as they watch and quickly transforms into Barty Crouch Junior, who has been impersonating Moody all year in order to ensure that Harry was entered into the Triwizard Tournament as part of Voldemort's plan to regenerate himself using Harry. The school year ends as the foreign schools depart after Dumbledore exhorts them to stand together against Voldemort.

Cast

*Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter: the main protagonist. Now entering his fourth year as Hogwarts, Harry is unknowingly entered into the Triwizard tournament.
*Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley: one of Harry's best friends. Although he falls out with Harry at the beginning of the Triwizard tournament, the pair reconcile and remain good friends.
*Emma Watson as Hermione Granger: one of Harry's best friends. Although she loathes her position as an intermediary between Harry and Ron during their period of hostility, she remains supportive of Harry throughout.
*Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort: the primary villain. The darkest wizard of age, who returns to a human body at the climax of the film.
*Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore: the Hogwarts headmaster. He is supportive of Harry throughout the year, although he does not suspect Moody until it is almost too late.
*Brendan Gleeson as Alastor Moody: the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. He is revealed as an impostor at the end of the film.
*Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory: a Hogwarts student who is chosen as a Triwizard champion. He is murdered in the graveyard at the climax of the film.
*Gary Oldman as Sirius Black: who appears for a brief expository scene in a fireplace in the Gryffindor common room. His role is much larger in the book.
*Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter: an over-inquisitive journalist.
*Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: the Potions teacher.
*Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid: the Hogwarts gamekeeper. He is responsible for showing Harry the dragons before the first task.
*Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall: the Transfiguration teacher, and Harry's Head of house.
*Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew: Voldemort's main servant, who helps in his rebirth.
*Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy: Draco Malfoy's father and one of Voldemort's henchmen, who is seen in the graveyard at the film's climax in Death Eater robes for the first time and at the Quidditch World Cup.
*David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr: the impostor who impersonates Alastor Moody, to assist in the return of Voldemort.
*Frances de la Tour as Olympe Maxime: a half-giant who is headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic.
*Predrag Bjelac as Igor Karkaroff: the headmaster of Durmstrang.
*Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy: Harry's school nemesis. Moody's imposter briefly turns him into a ferret.
*Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge: the Minister for Magic.
*Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch: head of the Department of Magical Co-operation, who is murdered by his son.
*Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour: the Triwizard champion from Beauxbatons.
*Stanislav Ianevski as Viktor Krum: the Durmstrang Triwizard champion. He invites Hermione Granger to the Yule Ball, much to the displeasure of Ron.
*Katie Leung as Cho Chang: a girl on whom Harry has a crush, and who he unsuccessfully tries to invite to the Yule Ball.
*Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom: a Gryffindor student. He suggests Gillyweed to Harry as a means to survive the Second task.
*Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley: Ron's father. He takes the children to the Quidditch World Cup.
*James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley: Ron's rebellious older brothers.
*Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley: Ron's younger sister.
*Shirley Henderson as Moaning Myrtle: a Hogwarts ghost who haunts the school plumbing network.
*Jeff Rawle as Amos Diggory: Cedric's father.
*Adrian Rawlins and Geraldine Somerville as James and Lily Potter: Harry's parents, who appear as ghosts at the climax of the film.
*Shefali Chowdhury and Afshan Azad as Parvati Patil and Padma Patil, Harry and Ron's partners to the Yule Ball.Jarvis Cocker, Phil Selway, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Mackey, Jason Buckle and Steven Claydon cameoed as the members of the Weird Sisters.

Roger lloyd-Pack also appeared in Doctor Who episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age Of Steel, playing the Cyber-Leader and therefore deadly enemy of David Tennant's charming Doctor. In this film, the characters are father and son, but interestingly still have a hostile relationship.

Soundtrack

Differences from the book

With the "Goblet of Fire" novel almost twice the length of "Prisoner of Azkaban", the writers and producers reduced certain scenes and concepts that made the transition from page to screen. Director Mike Newell described the problem as one of "compressing [a] huge book into the compass of a movie."cite video|title=Harry Potter: Behind the Magic|publisher=Grenada Television|year=2005|date=November 19] This was achieved by "putting aside" all the components of the novel which did not directly relate to Harry and his journey. Even producer David Heyman admitted missing many of the scenes which were removed.cite video | url=http://www.mugglenet.com/movieViewer.php?u=http://media.mugglenet.com/20051127-gofredcarpetinterviews/20051127-gofredcarpetinterviews.mov&w=320&h=240&l=Goblet+of+Fire+Red+Carpet+Interviews%2C+Part+2&c=Interviews+filmed+with+Tolga+Safer%2C+David+Heyman%2C+Miranda+Richardson%2C+and+Dan+Radcliffe+on+the+red+carpet+of+the+US+premiere. | title=Goblet of Fire Red Carpet Interviews, Part 2: Interviews filmed with Tolga Safer, David Heyman, Miranda Richardson, and Dan Radcliffe on the red carpet of the US premiere. | accessdate=2007-09-15 | format=QuickTime | publisher=The Leaky Cauldron, MuggleNet | date=November 14 2005 ] In particular, the game play at the Quidditch world cup was removed for timing reasons, leaving an abrupt temporal jump which some reviewers considered awkward or "rushed". In addition, in the novel, Viktor Krum catches the snitch, but his team loses to Ireland by ten points. In the film, it is implied that Ireland was defeated soundly in the match. In addition, the book implies that the entire Weasley family and Harry were supporting Ireland, while in the movie Harry and Ron supported Bulgaria. [cite news|first=Ty|last=Burr|url=http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=7080|title=Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie rewiew|accessdate=2007-09-15|publisher=The Boston Globe|date=2007-11-17] In the film, the caretaker that Voldemort murders in the beginning is not identified. In the novel, he is Frank Bryce, and his past is connected to Voldemort's. (He almost got the blame, in the Muggle world, for Voldemort's murder of his father and grandparents, as they lived in the house of which he was caretaker. He is killed in this same house.) It is also worth mentioning that in the book version, Frank witnesses a conversation between just Voldemort and Wormtail (and Nagini to be technical); not Voldemort, Wormtail, and Barty Crouch, Jr. as depicted in the movie. Heyman also regretted the removal of S.P.E.W., Hermione's Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare – this omission was continued in the following film.

As in "Prisoner of Azkaban", most of the classes shown in the book were removed, only the single lesson where Alastor Moody demonstrates the Unforgivable Curses making the final cut. However, in the lesson, he states that only Harry has survived the killing curse, but he does not state that this is because the curse is unblockable (It is unclear whether it is still intended to be). After Harry's duel with Voldemort in the novel, in which Voldemort shot the killing curse at Harry at the same time Harry shot the disarming spell at Voldemort, it is stated that their wands connected because a feather from Dumbledore’s phoenix powers them both. In the film, this is never stated and it appears that they connected merely because Harry and Voldemort shot a spell at each other at the same time. The same happened in Order of the Phoenix; in the novel, it isn't mentioned, but the moviemakers decided to do 'priori incantatem' between Dumbledore and Voldemort's wands in the duel at the Ministry. "Goblet of Fire" is also the only film adaptation not to begin in Privet Drive; after the opening sequence, Harry awakens at the Burrow on the morning of the Quidditch World Cup. The arrival of Mr. Weasley in Privet Drive was also cut.cite news|url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a64205/harry-potter-books-vs-films.html?page=2|title=Harry Potter: books vs. films|publisher=Digital Spy|accessdate=2007-09-14|date=2007-07-09|last=Dadds|first=Kimberly|coauthors=Miriam Zendle] This makes "Goblet of Fire" the first and, to date, only film in the series in which the Dursleys do not appear. Other scenes are shortened and amalgamated to include only the most essential plot details; the three Death Eater trials Harry witnesses in the Pensieve are merged into one short sequence, and all of Sirius Black's lines are condensed into a single fireside conversation. While in the book, Barty Crouch Jr is portrayed in the trial scene as perhaps being innocent, or dead, in the film he is portrayed as being unremorseful and markedly more vicious. The attack on the World Cup campground is depicted as a general terror attack against the wizards and witches in the film, whereas in the book the attack is confined to a small group of Muggles (although the book does describe damage of wizard property), and the graveyard scene is much shorter and confined than the scene in the novel. The scene involving Fred and George attempting to cheat their way into the tournament with an aging potion is changed so that Hermione's concerned warnings become smart-aleck scoffs, and Fred and George begin fighting with each other, rather than laughing along with everyone else, when they grow beards as a result. Many other sequences such as the Yule Ball and the romantic hate-love tension between Hermione and Ron were stretched out longer than they had been in the novel.

In addition to large slices of the school year, many characters, such as Barty Crouch Senior, Rita Skeeter and Amos Diggory, were severely reduced in scope, or removed altogether, such as Ludo Bagman and Winky and Dobby, the house-elves. In particular, the Skeeter subplot from the novel is all but eliminated, particularly Hermione's discovery of Skeeter's ability to change form and her later revenge on Skeeter (which sets up a subplot in the book, but not film, version of "Order of the Phoenix"). In the movie, both Beauxbatons and Durmstrang appear to be single-sex schools. All of the Beauxbatons visitors to Hogwarts are girls, while all the Durmstrang students are boys. In the book, both schools are co-educational and send both boys and girls to visit Hogwarts. Viktor Krum's lines, infatuation with Hermione and scenes with Hermione are extremely limited, as well as mentions of Fleur's veela-lineage and their parts are considerably smaller. (Consequently, Ron's abruptly asking Fleur to the ball is not a result of her accidentally using her veela enchantment on him while attempting to enchant someone else, but rather him childishly losing his head at the sight of her "walking". In the scene depicting this, we see both Patil sisters- whom Ron and Harry ultimately take to the ball- in the common room. This implys that both are members of the Gryffindor house, however, Padma- as opposed to her sister, Parvati- is in Ravenclaw according to the book.) The Yule Ball argument between Ron and Hermione was shorter and less intense, and ended with Hermione in tears, which was not how it ended in the book (for the sake of accuracy, it didn't take place at the Yule Ball at all, but back in the Gryffindor common room). The arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students at Hogwarts is also treated with much more pomp and circumstance in the film than in the book, with both visiting groups performing drill team-like exercises, and their arrival is also shown to be overall more friendly than in the book (with references to Fleur being disgruntled during Dumbledore's greeting address, for example, being omitted).

While the three tasks of the Triwizard tournament generally remained true to the original novel, certain adaptations were included, and the details stating that the tournament is not deadly (at least prior to Voldemort's trap) are removed for dramatic effect. The first task, whilst contained entirely within the stadium in the original book, is extended into an extensive chase scene through the Hogwarts buildings and grounds. The second task was almost entirely faithful to the novel, although the Grindylow attack was moved to the end of the sequence as the effects of the Gillyweed wears off. In addition, the fact that the prisoners in the second task were never in any danger is removed. Because Dobby is not present in the film, Neville instead gives Harry the Gillyweed, as was Barty Crouch Junior's original plan in the novel. The merpeople are depicted as being less friendly than they are in the book. In the book, all the champions, excluding Fleur, finished outside of the time limit of an hour but within the film, Cedric, Krum and including Harry, complete the task within the time limit of an hour. For the third task, the scene giving the champions advance warning of the maze was removed, as were all of Harry's preparations for it. In the film, the maze itself is devoid of the magical creatures and enchantments that were present in the book; instead, Dumbledore warns the contestants "people change in the maze. Find the cup if you will, but be careful not to lose yourself". Apparently, in the film version, the only thing alive in the maze, besides the four contestants, are the bushes that the maze is made of, which attempt to grab the contestants several times. Krum, visibly under the Imperius Curse, still attempts to attack Cedric (although with the Killing Curse rather than the Cruciatus Curse and Cedric retaliates with a disarming charm that fails to disarm Krum but knocks him unconscious). Krum also attacks Fleur whom Harry then finds and sends up red sparks for while in the novel Harry hears Fleur scream and does not see red sparks; Barty Crouch Jr later confesses to stunning her. In addition, the sphinx scene was removed. Another change was that in the book, the maze was built on the Quidditch Pitch. In the film however, it was built in the valley next to Hogwarts. It was also at least three times bigger than described in the book. In the book, Harry encounters several creatures such as a Boggart and giant spider; although these are not in the film, a game included on the DVD release of the film simulates the third task maze and includes these creatures.

The ending of the film is markedly different from the book, which has Cornelius Fudge refusing to believe Harry or Dumbledore regarding the Dark Lord's return and Dumbledore beginning to gather his forces (setting up the events of "Order of the Phoenix"). The film omits this (along with Harry's hospitalisation) and jumps to Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric, the farewells for the visiting students, and adds a film-specific exchange between Hermione and Harry about the fact "everything has changed." Also, in the original book, Barty Crouch Jr. was stated to have been affected by the Dementor's Kiss, which was omitted from the film. As a matter of fact, it was hinted that he was sent back to Azkaban.

Reaction

Critical reception

The film was received very positively by critics, garnering an 89% "Cream of the Crop" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_goblet_of_fire/|title=Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|accessdate=2007-06-10|publisher=Rotten Tomatoes] This was the same rating that Prisoner of Azkaban received, they both are currently the most favourably reviewed Harry Potter films on the site. Likewise on Metacritic.com, the film has again the same as the Prisoner of Azkaban, with both films receiving an 81 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim", and they are again both the most favourably reviewed Harry Potter films on the site. The "New York Daily News" praised the film for both its humour and its dark tone.cite news|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/moviereviews/story/366595p-311840c.html|title=A blistering 'Goblet of Fire|accessdate=2007-06-10|publisher=New York Daily News] The young actors were praised for demonstrating a "greater range of subtle emotions", [cite news|url=http://dir.salon.com/story/ent/movies/review/2005/11/17/potter/index.html?pn=2|title="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"|accessdate=2007-06-10|author=Stephanie Zacharek|date=2005-11-17|publisher=Salon.com] particularly Daniel Radcliffe whom "Variety" described as delivering a "dimensional and nuanced performance".cite news|url=http://www.variety.com/ac2006_review/VE1117928818?nav=reviews&categoryid=1986&cs=1|title=Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|publisher=Variety|accessdate=2007-06-10|date=2005-11-09|author=Todd McCarthy] New cast members were also praised: Brendan Gleeson's portrayal of Mad-Eye Moody was described as "colourful"; Miranda Richardson's scenes as Rita Skeeter were described as "wonderful"; and Ralph Fiennes's portrayal of Lord Voldemort was described as "sublime villainy".cite news|url=http://movies2.nytimes.com/2005/11/17/movies/17pott.html?ei=5070&en=480281ca8b81316b&ex=1156651200&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1156485942-Jmioa5Gb9JG62Z4/tviEug|title=The Young Wizard Puts Away Childish Things|accessdate=2007-06-10|publisher=The New York Times (Requires membership)]

The maturity of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, among others, impressed most critics. While the major characters were portrayed as children in the previous films, "they have subtly transitioned into teenagers (in "Goblet of Fire")" according to one "USA Today" reviewer. Harry has also physically matured since "Prisoner of Azkaban". In the scene in the prefects' bathroom, Daniel Radcliffe's character is shown with significant axillary hair and muscle growth.

Negative criticism included the film's pace which "The Arizona Republic" described as being "far too episodic", [cite web|url=http://www.azcentral.com/ent/movies/articles/1118harrypotter1118.html|title=Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|accessdate=2007-06-10|date=2005-11-18|author=Bill Muller|publisher=The Arizona Republic] while CNN.com described the film as "clunky and disjointed".cite news|url=http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/18/review.potter/index.html|title=Review: New 'Potter' tries to do too much|accessdate=2007-06-10|author=Paul Clinton|date=2005-11-21|publisher=CNN.com] Another criticism was that the many supporting characters did not get enough screen time. Some fans criticised the film for changing and leaving out too much of the source material, particularly those parts that developed character, [cite web|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/pottercast/?mode=transcript&eid=20&on=1|title=PotterCast #14|publisher=PotterCast|accessdate=2007-06-10] and those parts of the story that set-up events that occur later in the series. [cite web|url=http://forums.fictionalley.org/park/showthread.php?s=&threadid=100226|title=Who's seen GoF and what did everybody think?|accessdate=2007-06-10|publisher=Fiction Alley]

Omissions and Inconsistencies

In the book, Alastor Moody, in the first Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson, does not cast the Engorgio spell on the spider to demonstrate all of the Unforgivable Curses. He only does this for the Cruciatus curse. The entire sequence in which the students are placed under the Imperius curse and Harry is the only one in the class to resist the effects has been omitted.

In the book, Moody transfigures Draco into a ferret in the castle before the Triwizard Tournament is announced. In the movie, he does it after the first Defense Against the Dark Arts class out in the Transfiguration courtyard.

The Priori Incantem effect is shown in much less detail and a large part of the dialogue between the spirits and Harry has been deleted. In the book, after the connection between Harry and Voldermort's wand is broken, Harry has to run past the Death Eaters and only narrowly escapes a curse by Voldermort when he grabs the Portkey. In the movie, Harry reaches the Portkey even before the murmur created by the spirits stops.

In the book, when Barty Crouch, Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody) is about to kill Harry in the castle, Dumbledore comes at just the right moment and knocks him back using the stunning spell, Stupefy, while in the movie, he uses the Disarming spell, Expelliarmus. Also, the movie shows that Snape already had the truth potion with him and Minerva McGonagall's entire dialogue has been deleted in this particular scene.

The characters of Winky, Dobby and Ludo Bagman were entirely cut.

Box office performance

After an opening day of $40m at the North American box office and staying at #1 for three weeks, "Goblet of Fire" enjoyed a successful run at the box office, running for 20 weeks in theatres and closing on 6 April 2006. The film set numerous records including the highest non-May opening weekend in the US and the most successful opening ever in the UK, earning £14.9m in its opening weekend. "Goblet of Fire" then drew $102.7 million from 3,858 locations its opening weekend at the North American box office, setting a new opening high for the franchise and selling about as many tickets as the first movie, " Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", did in its opening weekend. The debut marked the fourth $100 million weekend in history and to this day stands as the ninth largest opening weekend ever, behind "The Dark Knight's" $158.4 million, "Spider-Man 3's" $151 million, s" $135 million, "Shrek the Third's" $121 million, "Spider-Man's" $114.8 million, s" $112 million s" $108.4 million, "Shrek 2's" $108 million, and s" $102.8 million. In Mainland China the film generated 93 million yuan. [ [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-03/07/content_4269696.htm http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-03/07/content_4269696.htm] "Xinhuanet.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ]

"Goblet of Fire" has earned US $896 million worldwide, making it not only the highest grossing international and worldwide release of 2005, but also one of the few films to have ever passed $600 million in international box office receipts. It has joined seven other titles that have passed the $600 million mark, including "Titanic", ', "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", ', and the first, second and fifth "Harry Potter" films. Its worldwide total includes $290 million from the U.S. and Canada.

The film was also released in IMAX theatres and grossed a total of US $20,033,758 worldwide for a cumulative per screen average of $188,998 thus setting a new record and a new milestone for a digitally remastered 2-D IMAX release. [ [http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060418/to193.html?.v=22 YahooFinance http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060418/to193.html?.v=22 YahooFinance] "Biz.yahoo.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ]

In January 2006, " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" surpassed the box office takings of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", to become the eighth highest-grossing film worldwide, during that time, and the second highest-grossing film in the " Harry Potter" series, behind "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". Today, it is the third highest-grossing "Harry Potter" film behind "The Philosopher's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".

The film ranks third in the North American box office (domestic) behind ' and ' for 2005 though both films rank lower than " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" in worldwide terms. [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2005&p=.htm http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2005&p=.htm] "Boxofficemojo.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ]

Awards

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction, but lost to Memoirs of a Geisha. At the 2006 Kids' Choice Awards, the film won the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie, becoming the first and so far the only Harry Potter film to do so.

Wyrd Sisters lawsuit

In the run up to the movie, Warner Bros. approached a Canadian folk group called the Wyrd Sisters to obtain permission to use the name "THE WEIRD SISTERS" for its Harry Potter Band. When a deal could not be made, the Canadian band filed a US$40-million lawsuit against Warner Brothers, the North American distributor of the film, for the misuse of their group's name. The Canadian band also brought an injunction to stop the release of the movie as it contained a performance by the improperly named Harry Potter band. An Ontario judge dismissed this motion.

Before the film was released, Warner Brothers claimed that it had never used the name "THE WEIRD SISTERS" in any way in the film or otherwise and that it would not do so in the future. However, since this turned out not to be true, the Canadian band is continuing its action in the Federal Court of Canada where Warner Bros. and some of its major licensees are being sued for misuse of the Canadian band's name in Harry Potter merchandise along with misuse in the film and soundtrack. In the Ontario Court, Warner Bros. and its counsel on the injunction are the subject of contempt proceedings relating to alleged violations in Warner Bros.' testimony on the interlocutory injunction. The judge that heard the matter, Mr Justice Colin Campbell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, is the subject of a complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council arising from allegations of judicial misconduct relating to the injunction hearing itself and interference with the action in the Ontario Court in the months following the injunction hearing. [cite news| url = http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2005/10/26/Arts/harrypotter_wyrd_051026.html| title = 'Wyrd' lawsuit against new 'Harry Potter' movie| publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] [cite news| url = http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2005/11/04/Arts/wyrdlawsuit_051104.html| title = 'Wyrd Sisters' cannot stop Harry Potter| publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]

DVD

The film was released on DVD in North America on 7 March 2006. It was available in one- and two-disc editions, as well as part of an 8-disc box set that includes all four films to date. [ [http://www.mugglenet.com http://www.mugglenet.com] "Mugglenet.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ] The bonus disc features three interactive games, as well as seven behind the scenes featurettes. The film was also released in UMD format for PSP.

Wal-Mart had a special bonus disc available for purchase alongside the single-disc editions that features extra features and a sample of the Harry Potter edition of the Scene It? DVD game.

On its first day of release in North America, over 5 million copies were sold, recording a franchise high for first-day sales. Within its first week it sold over a total of 9 million units of combined sales of both the widescreen and full-screen versions of the DVD. [ [http://www.panandscan.com/news/show/Harry_Potter/433 http://www.panandscan.com/news/show/Harry_Potter/433] "Panandscan.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ]

The UK edition was released on DVD on 20 March 2006 and became the fastest selling UK DVD ever, selling six copies per second on its first day of release. According to the Official Charts Company, the DVD sold 1.4 million copies in its first week alone. It is also available in a two-disc edition with special features similar to the North American two-disc edition. [ [http://www.dvdactive.com http://www.dvdactive.com] "DVDactive.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4840000/newsid_4849900/4849952.stm "News.bbc.co.uk" Retrieved on 05-29-07] ]

The DVD currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest selling DVD of all time. The achievement is added to the 2007 edition of The Guinness World Records book which includes a picture of the award being presented at Leavesden Film Studios in April. [ [http://www.hpana.com/news.19410.html http://www.hpana.com/news.19410.html] "Hpana.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ]

[http://www.futureshop.ca Future Shop] has an exclusive promotion including a holographic cover for the two-disc edition.

[http://www.warnerbros.com Warner Home Video] announced the HD DVD edition of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was to be released on 11 April 2006; however, due to the delayed release of Toshiba's HD DVD player, the HD DVD edition of "Goblet of Fire" was pushed back to 18 April 2006. [ [http://itvibe.com/news/3993/ http://itvibe.com/news/3993/] "Itvibe.com" Retrieved on 05-29-07 ] This deadline was also missed.

In the United States, the first five Harry Potter films were released on HD DVD and Blu-ray disc on 11 December 2007. They are available individually or in a gift set containing all five films and a set of collectible cards and bookmarks. [ [http://www.eyecravedvd.com/article.php?story=20070929081110353 EyeCraveDVD.com - Harry Potter: Years 1-5' Blu-ray, HD DVD Suitcase Exterior ] ] The Chinese DVD edition was released 2 weeks before the North American release as an effort to combat DVD piracy in the country of China. The DVD was sold at a low price of $2.73 USD.

The Indian Version of the DVD was a two-disc special edition, which was released by Saregama home video on 7 April 2006. Instead of VHS, a VCD was released. The DVD priced Rs.699 INR($14.86 USD) and VCD priced Rs. 299 INR($6.37 USD)

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External links

* [http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/gobletoffire/index.html Official "Goblet of Fire" site]
* [http://www.harrypotter.com/ Official Harry Potter movie series site]
* [http://www.harrypotter.co.uk/ Official UK Harry Potter movie series site]
* [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=harrypotter4.htm "Goblet of Fire" Box Office Totals]
*ymovies title|1808475610|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
*imdb title|id=0330373|title=Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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