Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Review of the fourth Potter film by Children's Express

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the first in the series to be classified 12A, and with good reason. The films seem to be getting more sinister as Harry matures throughout his term at Hogwarts.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past six years, Harry Potter is a young wizard attempting to fight the evil forces of Lord Voldemort, who murdered his parents when he was a baby. The fourth film in the series sees Harry compete in the Triwizard Tournament and face his toughest challenges yet.

In the fourth film, Harry, Ron and Hermione's hormones are flying as they deal with becoming teenagers. The film is jam packed with special effects including Harry's duel with a Hungarian Horntail dragon and scenes from the Quidditch world cup. The effects are very impressive, however, more quidditch scenes would perhaps have increased the thrill.

The film appeals to both young and old, though some scenes may be a bit scary for younger children. It has an almost perfect combination of action and relationships. There was a good sense of humour

Some loyal readers may feel disappointed as some details from the book were left out. Perhaps for someone watching the film without having read the book, some plot lines would not have made sense. Obviously not everything could be crammed into a film which is already  throughout the film.two and half hours long, but the director, Mike Newell, has done a good job overall. The film is fast-paced and action-packed so we shouldn't complain, but where were the Dursleys, house elves and blast-ended skrewts?

The review was written by Orlaith Wood, 17, Ciaran McFarlane, 15, and Ben Ritchie, 14.

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