Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire continues to evolve the franchise and unique ways, leaving the franchise forever fresh to the audience and fans alike.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the darkest film of the franchise, Themes that directly deal with death, torture and deeper political elements, Mike Newell doesn’t try to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and strived to make a film that stands on it’s own as well as it does evolve the legacy of the franchise.
The film follows Harry and his friends in Year 4 of Hogwarts. This chapter deeply connects Harry to his worst nightmare, the man who killed his parents. Taking the legend of Voldemort more seriously than Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire doesn’t shy away from the stakes, which often push the characters to their darkest point.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is also the the most action packed of the series thus far. Surrounded by the subplot of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry is introduced to new characters, new friend and new villains who will go to any length to kill him. Throughout the film, Harry is evolved through the burden of being the Chosen One. As he grows older, he is subject to a higher level of scrutiny and it all comes to bear in the darkest and emotionally satisfying third act of the series thus far.
The entire cast continues to get stronger and adds new actors to continue bolstering the impressive ensemble. Brendan Gleeson does a fantastic job as Alastor Mood and Ralph Fiennes makes his debut as Voldemort.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great addition to the series. While it does not fully compete with the greatness of the Prisoner of Azkaban, the film shines in it’s own merit. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire proves that the Harry Potter franchise can be executed in many different ways and adapted in fresh and exciting lights. A dark, emotional and action packed film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great entry to the franchise.