The Magic of Harry Potter Continues in ‘The Goblet of Fire’

Staff Writer
USA Vanguard
University of South Alabama

One of the most highly anticipated movies of the holiday season has arrived as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” hit theaters on Nov. 18.

In this movie, Harry Potter is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to take part in the acclaimed Tri-wizard Tournament at Hogwarts, the exclusive British boarding school for budding witches and wizards.

This competition is made up of a series of dangerous and even deadly tasks that will challenge the player’s strength, bravery, reasoning and intellect.

However, unbeknownst to Potter and the wizarding world, there is a dark plan that is steadily brewing – a plan that will bring with it the final rise of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

This movie is, by far, the darkest as of yet and the first to receive a PG-13 rating in the series.

While some people have argued that that they should have kept it at PG for the younger Harry Potter fans, many fans agree that this was the right move.

As the book series progresses and the characters age, J.K. Rowling’s writing has been getting progressively darker as well.

To shy away from some of the key elements in her books, merely for a gentler rating, would not have done her work any justice.

But the movie, despite some people’s misgivings, was tastefully done even at its “scariest” points.

I believe that most young children will not have issues with the final graveyard scene while older fans will enjoy and approve of it.

I sat down with Amy Davis, my little sister and fellow Harry-Potter-addict, to get her opinions on the new movie.

Vanguard: Who were your favorite characters in the movie?

Davis: The twins – Fred and George. They have so much energy in them and they’re really funny … and cute!

Vanguard: What was your favorite part?

Davis: The ball. Because everyone is dancing in time with each other and its really pretty and all the couples we like are starting to get together. They also showed “the strange sisters” which was awesome!

Vanguard: This movie dealt a lot with the kids of Hogwarts growing up and beginning to discover different romantic relationships. Who would you like to see together in the end?

Davis: I would like to see Ron and Hermione together in the end, especially after seeing them in the Yule Ball. You can tell they so like one another. Just the way Ron was all jealous and Hermione snapped at him when he was going to choose her for his last option to go to the ball.

Vanguard: What are you looking forward to in the next movie?

Davis: I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sirius!

We’ve only seen glimpses of him throughout the past few movies so I hope we get a little bit more in-depth with him in the next movie. I mean, he’s an important part of Harry’s life now!

He’s his godfather and they have a really close relationship so I think they should explore that a bit more.

Vanguard: Okay, finally, the biggest question of them all. Professor Snape – good or bad?

Davis: Well, he’s done some pretty bad things throughout his life. He was a Death Eater and all … but I guess if Dumbledore holds him in such high regard then there has to be some kind of good in him. I guess I’d say he’s … OK.

He seems to me to be an in-between character that is confused on where his loyalties lie.