Returning to Hogwarts for his fourth year in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself fighting through teenage angst and fighting for his life as a participant in the Triwizard Tournament. Also the fourth film in the series adaptation of the beloved J.K. Rowling novels, a new director Mike Newell and new composer Patrick Doyle are brought on into the franchise. YouTubers Jeremy Jahns, Sean Chandler, Brandon from BrandoCritic, and Justin Wilton from Cinephlie Studios share their retrospective reviews on the film.
We’ve been talking about him. He’s been on the back of people’s heads. We’ve been seeing him in other types of forms. He shows up as a deadly threat in this film and you just start to feel the sense of danger going on in this world and how it’s not all fun and games and broom sticks. There’s a real villain and we’re finally facing him in the flesh.
Voldemort in the flesh! So far, in the first three films, the dark lord has only presented himself in other obscure forms haunting Harry and Hogwarts, according to YouTuber Sean Chandler, who is very excited to finally see Voldemort in his true form. Fellow YouTuber Justin Wilton also shares the excitement and anticipation of finally seeing Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort.
The thing everyone was waiting for was Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. We’ve heard so much about him and we’ve seen other iterations of the villain. But to finally see him in the flesh and portrayed by the Oscar winner. It was worth the wait.
Another aspect of the film echoed by all the YouTubers is the realistic portrayal of our three heroes coming of age. The film paints a realistic representation of the emotional ups and downs of teenage angst with broken friendships, romantic feelings for the opposite sex and overall rites of passages for the characters, according to Chandler.
In certain ways it’s some of the most real stuff that we’ve seen in the franchise thus far because that’s the way teenagers really are in the way they’re confused in their emotions and how they relate to each other.
YouTuber Justin Wilton goes on to describe the scenes where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are seen just “chillin” like regular every day students/teenagers with their classmates as very “John Hughes – esque” and very similar to a stereotypical high school movie trope. It feels like a real atmosphere of real-life people. And of course, you can’t have a teen movie without conflict between two best friends and a love interest. YouTuber Jeremy Jahns notes the changes to Ron as he begins to develop his character and realizes he doesn’t just want to be known as Harry’s sidekick anymore and would like to have merits of his own, but in doing so selfishly turns against his best friends who have always been there for him.
Ron Weasley was a bit of a dick in this movie. He just was to the point of unlikability. I know they’re playing up the teenage angst thing and they are at the age to where they need to do that.
YouTubers Brandon and Jahns note the introduction of Professor Alastor Moody aka Mad Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), is by far one of their favorite characters and favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts professors in the entire franchise.
Other than the main three and Hagrid, I think that Mad Eye Moody might be my favorite character. I just love how intense he is.
Though in the plot twist when Moody is revealed to actually be villain Barty Crouch Jr. (David Tennant), Jahns still agrees Moody’s intensity and hardcore attitude throughout the film makes for a very entertaining character.
Alastor Moody is the best. Best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher they will ever have in Harry Potter.
Both YouTubers also agree the most emotional scene of the film is when Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) turns up dead, killed by Voldemort.
It’s the scene where Cedric Diggory’s dad comes down and breaks down. It gets me every time. Every time I see it, I just start getting a little lip quiver … I don’t like parents seeing their kids die.
In every film up until this one, the students have been put into danger, they have been petrified and attacked by beasts, but none have ever been killed, making the tone of this film much darker than the first three. The first three films were rated G while this film was rated PG13.
Cedric Diggory’s death is impossible not to tear up at. It's brutal … it’s so sad and it’s a great scene.
Chandler points out the fact that the adults in the film do not take the situation with Voldemort seriously and the fact that you have Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), a father of a student, who is part of a plot to kill students, shows how dark of a tone the film has taken.
When you introduce that much conflict intention into a story in a world like this, you start to suck out and choke out some of the whimsical fun that the universe is known for. And it really does make it a more difficult film to watch because you don’t get absorbed in the fun of exploring this world.
In the first three films, Hogwarts is seen as a safe haven school for young witches and wizards, but in this film, the school is willing to let its students participate in a risky and dangerous magical tournament? Another example of the dark twist in tone, according to Wilton.
It’s pretty crazy that Hogwarts is now willing to throw kids into dangerous tasks. Don’t you remember when Hagrid got kicked out of the school for allegedly owning a pet spider that maybe killed one girl. I guess Hogwarts got more hardcore.
Overall YouTubers Jahns and Wilton agree that though the film has some tonal and pacing issues the fantastical action scenes and realistic representations of the Harry Potter Universe make the film still a worthwhile watch. On the other hand, YouTubers Chandler and Brandon, after re-watching the film, find the inconsistency of the mixture of comedic tones and serious tones unable to mesh cohesively fails to narrate a compelling story.
YouTubers Sean Chandler from Sean Chandler Talks About, Justin Wilton from Cinephile Studios, Brandon from BrandoCritic and Jeremy Jahns, review and rate movies and TV shows on their channels weekly.