Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 May 2006 and 13 Apr 2015)
Brief Synopsis –Upon Harry’s return to Hogwarts for his fourth year, it is announced that there will be a dangerous tournament with representatives from the three major schools for magic.
My Take on it – We have finally reached the 4th installment of the HP series and I must admit, this has always been one of my favorite movies of the franchise and also one of my favorite books.
It’s actually quite ironic that this is the book that turned me off the first time I tried to read them because I felt that it took too long to get anywhere.
Having finally read it, I now disagree with my “other self” and feel that those 150 pages of exposition are sooo important that I’m quite happy that JKR chose to write it that way.
This chapter is truly the turning point in the whole series and changes the tone from being more of a kid’s story to a serious story about good vs. evil.
The visual effects are amazingly done and I loved how the tasks were presented to us.
The story itself is great and the added thrills and suspense of the tournament itself are great to see.
It’s interesting that JKR chose the middle book to completely turn everything around.
I’m once again upset that Dobby was deleted from the storyline, but it was nice to see Neville get some of his tasks to perform because it says so much about the character this way.
Bottom Line – Finally, a movie that feels worthy enough. This is one of my favorite of the HP series (both movie and book). Once again the adaptation isn’t close to perfect, but the storyline moves us in the right direction of where the series is going. The “tasks” are spectacularly done visually. Many of the explanations for things in the story are explained much better in the books and are slightly glossed over here, but regardless this story is wondrous to watch it all unfold before our eyes. This is the turning point and no one will ever mistaken this (or any of the future chapters) as a children’s story. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film features three actors who have played Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Robert Hardy played him in War and Remembrance (1988), among several other films. Timothy Spall played the part in Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) and The King’s Speech (2010). Brendan Gleeson played him in Into the Storm (2009). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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