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DISCUSSING THE FILM ADAPTATION OF HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

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DISCUSSING THE FILM ADAPTATION OF HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - ADAPTATION

Just like the previous four parts, this film is also brought by Warner Bros who are popular for various successful movies like The Lego Movie, Smallfoot, Gravity, The Conjuring et cetera. Mike Newell, a British film director was chosen for the movie. David Heyman, the producer of the movie remarked that he and the assisting producers had a tough time finding out the director of the movie. The wanted someone who could easily get familiar with the storyline, the requirements of the film and above all, someone who could follow the footsteps of the previous two directors Chris Columbus and Alfonso Cuaron. For this Mike Newell was the perfect film who did his work with full justice. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first movie in the Harry Potter series to receive a certificate of PG-13 in the US. The script of the movie was provided by Steve Kloves. 

Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Movie Poster

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - CAST

Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire has a lot of new characters that have played major parts in the movie like Alastor‘Mad Eye’ Moody, Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, Victor Krum, Rita Skeeter et cetera that are starred by Brendan Gleeson, Robert Pattinson, Clemence Poesy, Stanislav Ianeviski and Miranda Richardson respectively. All of these new cast members gave an outstanding performance and thus have a huge role in the success of the movie. In addition to all this, the role of Voldemort was played this time by Ralph Fiennes.

 

Harry Potter RIta Skeeter

 

POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - SET DESIGNS

Just like the previous two parts, Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan were chosen as the set designers who made some new set designs as well upgraded the already existing ones too. They were most happy for the changes they made in the Great Hall for the scenes of Yule Ball. Similarly, the set design required for each task of the Triwizard tournament was made with great artistry and style. During task one where Harry had to retrieve the golden from the Hungarian Horntail was made in two sections at Leavesden Studios. Craig remarked that this was the biggest him and his team had ever built during their whole career. For the second task where underwater scenes were required for which a blue screen tank was built. For the maize hedge walls of about a length of 20 to 40 feet tall were built and the whole set was improved with the help of CGI effects.

Harry Potter Hungarian Horntail

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - BOOK VS MOVIE

Firstly, there is a sharp difference between how Dumbledore reacted when Harry’s name came out of the Goblet of Fire in both the book and the film. In the film, Dumbledore’s reaction was quite aggressive and he almost yelled asking Harry if he was the one who put his name in the Goblet of Fire. On the other hand, Dumbledore’s reaction in the book was quite concerned. Heremained poised and calm and the readers couldn’t guess what he was up to. Similarly, the first task where Harry had to retrieve a golden egg from the dragon was quite intense in the movie—the dragon got badly injured and Harry damaged some part of Hogwarts. In the book, however, Harry used his flying skills to remain the arena and never got out of it. He used Accio spell to retrieve the egg. Though the whole tournament was an intense thing for the characters as well as the young readers it was a school tournament so Rowling tried her best to make things not so intense. The film, however, failed to maintain this spirit here. In the movie there were no elves—Winky didn’t even make it to the big screen. The omission of elves simply means that there are no kitchen scenes and Harmonies’ organization named as Promotion of Elvish Welfare in the book doesn’t exist in the movie.

 

Harry Potter House Elves at Hogwarts

 

On another point where elves were omitted was the gillyweed scene. In the book, Harry spent hours reading books to somehow find some trick or magic spell that can enable him to survive underwater. Just before the second task was to begin, Dobby came with some gillyweeds which Harry when ate it gave him gills to breathe underwater. The gillyweed scene is still present in the movie, but instead of Dobby, it was given to Harry by Neville. In addition to this Dursleys, Professor Trelawney, and his Divination classes, Villas are omitted from the movie. Similarly, the book scene where Hermione fussed over her hair not frizzy enough is not present in the movie as well.

 

Harry Potter Movie Set

 

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POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE

On an opening day, the movie earned $40 million in North America and remained as number 1 during the first three weeks. It had a theatrical run of almost 20 weeks after which it finally closed on April 6, 2006. In the UK it earned around 14.9 million pounds on the very first weekend. Made around a budget of $150 million, the movie earned $939 million worldwide. Talking specifically about IMAX theatres, the movie earned the US $20,033,758 alone. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the eighth highest grossing movie of the world, breaking the record of the second installment of the Harry Potter series—Chambers of the Secrets. In North America alone, the movie was ranked on the third number is 2005, the first and second being Star Wars Episode III—Revenge of the Sith and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe respectively. However, in all overall rating, these movies were ranked lower than Goblet of Fire.

 

Harry Potter Moody Ferret

 

The movie won the 78th Academy Award for the Best Art Direction. It also won the Choice Drama Movie Award at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards. Goblet of Fire was the first movie in the Harry Potter series to win the BAFTA awards for Best Production Design. In 2006 it also won the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie at Kids Choice Awards. Wall Street Journal acclaimed the movie saying, ‘The new one (Goblet of Fire), directed by Mike Newell from another astute script by Mr. Kloves, is even richer and fuller, as well as dramatically darker. It's downright scary how good this movie is’


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