Harry Pot­ter and the Goblet of Fire

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the young wizard must com­pete in a deadly tour­na­ment...

The boy wizard’s fourth ad­ven­ture, full of com­put­er­gen­er­ated mar­vels – in­clud­ing su­per dragons – starts tremen­dously well, as death eaters in the ser­vice of the dark lord Volde­mort turn a quid­ditch fes­ti­val into a scorched-earth bat­tle­field. Harry (Daniel Rad­cliffe) and Ron (Ru­pert Grint) fall out, Hermione (Emma Wat­son) proves the belle of the Yule Ball, and some­one

puts Harry’s name into the Goblet of Fire which de­cides the com­peti­tors in the dan­ger­ous Tri-wizard con­test. Of course, Harry is one. Even for a film adapted from a 600-page book, how­ever, this feels very long, and there’s (de­lib­er­ately) lit­tle hu­mour, apart from a few nice throw­away com­edy lines for the ad­mirable Grint. Ralph Fi­ennes turns up at the end as a nose­less Volde­mort in an ac­tion fan­tasy that’s bound to thrill fans of the first three. Dir: Mike Newell 2005, 12, 170min

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