HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Harry has lost his joy

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Harry has lost his joy

Whatever happened to the joy and, forgive me to use the term, the magic in the Harry Potter saga? As the characters grow up, the stories grow, too, leaving the innocence behind and confusing us with plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D from Hogwarts to figure them out. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix still has much of the enchantment of the earlier films, but Harry no longer has as much…

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

The best thing to happen to the Harry Potter movie franchise was for journeyman director Chris Columbus to step down. After turning out adequate adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Columbus was replaced by Alfonso Cuarón for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. With the third entry, the Harry Potter series started to take on a legitimate cinematic life of its own. No longer was it content to regurgitate to…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE is actually a fairly good movie

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE is actually a fairly good movie

  Having seen Harry Potter on screen before, his fourth outing at Hogwarts becomes less about exploring him as a character and more an exploration of how much can we throw at him. Apparently quite a lot. This time around Harry fights dragons, angry shrubs, and a school dance. For him, it’s that last item that’s the worst. The same cast has returned, however for Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter gets a new…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – From fire-breathing dragons to dances

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – From fire-breathing dragons to dances

The good about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is that this fourth entry about the adventure of the boy wizard comes as no let-down in the impressive quality control that has marked every aspect of the franchise. It hasn’t been compromised in any certain way. From fire-breathing dragons to dances, Harry Potter is up to his wizard’s hat in new frightening challenges This is quite a feat when you consider there’s almost no precedent…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005): The Best One Out Of The Bunch

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005): The Best One Out Of The Bunch

Fire-breathing dragons and a menacing Voldemort help to make the fourth entry in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the best one to date. The first film adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books was released in 2001, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters. The fourth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of…

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: Ball, Competition, Teen angst and more

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: Ball, Competition, Teen angst and more

When Hogwarts hosts the prestigious and dangerous Triwizard Tournament, the enchanted Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire inexplicably selects unqualified 14 year-old Harry (Radcliffe) as a competitor. Thus he has to deal with three horrifying challenges while a dark power gathers force against him. Even scarier, he has to get a date for the Yule Ball. The fourth offering in the Harry Potter franchise sees The Boy Who Lived and his chums trying to…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – Dark and difficult times lie ahead

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – Dark and difficult times lie ahead

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 journey Harry will be dealing with giant lizards, facing the attack of the Death Eaters, and in probably 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…

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