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Dyah Ayu Sukmaningtyas / 07

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Cast :

 Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

 Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
 Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
 Michael Gambon as Dumbledore
 Brendan Gleeson as Alastor Moody
 Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid

Directed by Mike Newell

Written by Steve Kloves

Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling

Well into "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Albus Dumbledore intones as only
he can: "Dark and difficult times lie ahead." What does he think lay behind?

In this adventure Harry will do battle with giant lizards, face the attack of the Death
Eaters, and in perhaps the most difficult task of all for a 14-year-old, ask a girl to be
his date at the Yule Ball.

That Harry survives these challenges goes without saying, since in the world of
print his next adventures have already been published, but "Goblet of Fire"
provides trials that stretch his powers to the breaking point.

Certainly Lord Voldemort seems capable of limitless villainy. Although we

glimpsed his face in "The Sorcerer's Stone," we see him in full on screen for the
first time in "Goblet of Fire," and he does not disappoint: Hairless, with the
complexion of a slug, his nostrils snaky slits in his face, he's played by Ralph
Fiennes as a vile creature who has at last been rejoined by his Death Eaters, who
were disabled by Harry's magic earlier in the series.
Hogwarts School and indeed the entire structure of Harry's world is threatened by
Voldemort's return to something approaching his potential powers, and the film
becomes a struggle between the civilized traditions of the school and the dark void
of Voldemortism.

The film is more violent, less cute than the others, but the action is not the mindless
destruction of a video game; it has purpose, shape and style, as in the Triwizard
Tournament, which begins the film. Three finalists are chosen by the Goblet of
Fire, and then the Goblet spits out an unprecedented fourth name: Harry Potter's.
This is against the rules, since you have to be 17 to compete in Triwizardry, and
Harry is only 14, but Dumbledore's hands are tied: What the Goblet wants, the
Goblet gets. The question is, who entered Harry's name, since Harry says he didn't?

The Triwizard Tournament begins near the start of the film, but after the Quidditch
World Cup, which takes place within a stadium so vast it makes the Senate
Chamber in "Star Wars" look like a dinner theater. The cup finals are interrupted by
ominous portents; the Death Eaters attack, serving notice that Voldemort is back
and means business. But the early skirmishes are repelled, and the students return
to Hogwarts, joined by exchange students from two overseas magic academies:
From France come the Beauxbaton girls, who march on parade like Bemelmans'
maids all in a row, and from Durmstrang school in central Europe come clean-cut
Aryan lads who look like extras from "Triumph of the Will.

Besides Harry, Cedric Diggory is the Triwizard contestant from Hogwarts, and the
other finalists are Viktor Krum, a Quidditch master from Durmstrang who looks
ready to go pro, and the lithe Fleur Delacour, a Beauxbaton siren. Together they
face three challenges: They must conquer fire-breathing dragons, rescue captives in
a dark lagoon and enter a maze, which, seen from the air, seems limitless. The
maze contains a threat for Harry that I am not sure is anticipated by the Triwizard
rules; within it waits Voldemort himself, who has been lurking offstage and now
emerges in malevolent fury.

Against these trials, which are enough to put you off your homework, Harry also
must negotiate his fourth year at Hogwarts. As usual, there is a bizarre new teacher
on the faculty. Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody (Brendan Gleeson) is the new professor
of Defense Against the Dark Arts, and seems made of spare parts; he has an
artificial limb, and a glass eye that incorporates a zoom lens and can swivel
independently of his real eye.
There is also, finally, full-blown adolescence to contend with. I'd always thought
Harry would end up in love with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), even though
their inseparable friend Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) clearly has the same ambition.
But for the Yule Ball, Harry works up the courage to ask Cho Chang (Katie
Leung), who likes him a lot. Ron asks Hermione, but she already has a date, with
the student most calculated to inspire Ron's jealousy. These scenes seem almost in
the spirit of John Hughes' high school movies.

Most of the Potter series regulars are back, if only for brief scenes, and it is good to
see the gamekeeper Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) find love at last, with Madame
Maxime (Frances de la Tour), headmistress of Beauxbaton. Hagrid, you will recall,
is a hairy half-giant. Frances is even taller, but she's a mercifully less hairy giantess.
One new character is the snoopy Rita Skeeter (Miranda Richardson), gossip
columnist of the Daily Prophet, a paper that has pictures that talk, like the portraits
in earlier films.

With this fourth film, the Harry Potter saga demonstrates more than ever the
resiliency of J.K. Rowling's original invention. Her novels have created a world
that can expand indefinitely and produce new characters without limit. That there
are schools like Hogwarts in other countries comes as news and offers many
possibilities; the only barrier to the series lasting forever is Harry's inexorably
advancing age. The thought of him returning to Hogwarts for old boys' day is too
depressing to contemplate.

Generic Structure :

Orientation Evaluation

Interpretation Evaluative Summation