Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ★★★★½

My expectations were high when I went to see this movie on Friday, and the question wasn’t if I was going to like it but rather how much I was going to like it. Very much, it turned out.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is definitely the best and also the darkest of the Harry Potter movies so far. It is the most emotional one of the four movies, and since the characters develop it is only natural that this movie is more mature than the previous ones. Visually, it is just as fantastic as can be expected.

The cast does a wonderful job, and Brendan Gleeson’s portrayal of Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody deserves a special mention. The acting isn’t perfect, but I wouldn’t want any other cast. I hope things will work out so that the current cast will remain throughout the remaining three movies.

“Mad-Eye” Moody is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series, so I was disappointed when it turned out at the end of the fourth book that it wasn’t the real Moody I had gotten to know. I felt somewhat cheated. Maybe the real Moody wasn’t anything like the impostor in terms of behavior. And speaking of which, one thing that struck me as odd in the movie was how the lid of the chest in which the real Moody was being held could move given its interior that is revealed near the end of the movie: surely it couldn’t have been Moody pushing on the lid.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" manages to be exciting, complex, humane, funny, and somber, and does it all well. The movie is two and a half hours long, but it didn’t feel long at all; in fact, some things even felt rushed. Since the Harry Potter movie series has improved with each installment and given the qualities of the latest movie, I cannot wait to see what the remaining movies will be like. The cinematic future of Harry Potter looks bright and more magical than ever.