We're all about "Harry Potter" this week at MTV Movies Blog, and we figure there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of the end of the beloved franchise than by looking back at the six previous films.
So each day this week we've been providing recaps of the earlier "Harry Potter" movies. Consider them a kind of affectionate Cliff's Notes and a much-need refresher to prepare for the November 19 release of "Deathly Hallows: Part 1." So far, we brought you up to speed on the first three "Potter" films: "Sorcerer's Stone," "Chamber of Secrets," and "Prisoner of Azkaban" -- which means today we're going to talk about the film that introduced the world to Robert Pattinson, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
It is the fourth installment of the "Harry Potter" saga that marks a significant change in tone for the series. For the first time, the conclusion of the story isn't neatly wrapped up with a happily-ever-after ending. "Goblet of Fire" also heralds the triumphant return of Voldemort, which means that everything goes downhill from here.
The Quidditch World Cup
Is there a significant purpose to "Goblet of Fire" opening with Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger attending the Quidditch World Cup? Not really, but it sure is fun. It does introduce Portkeys, which are magical objects that transport wizards from one location to another when they touch whatever the object is, as well as the character of Viktor Krum, the keeper of the Bulgarian Quidditch team. It also is at the World Cup that Voldemort's Death Eaters decided to wreak havoc. The Dark Mark they send into the sky forebodes bad times to come.
The Triwizard Tournament
When the trio finally get to Hogwarts, they are greeted by Headmaster Dumbledore announcing that their school will be hosting this year's Triwizard Tournament. Two other wizarding schools, Durmstrang and Beauxbaxtons, will be staying at Hogwarts, and a single champion from each school will compete against one another to win the tournament.
The Goblet of Fire
Each student who wanted to compete in the Triwizard Tournament had to submit their name into the Goblet of Fire, and the Goblet would choose a champion from each school. It had a magical age line, which stopped underage wizards from submitting their names. The Durmstrang champion chosen is (ta-da!) Viktor Krum, the Beauxbatons champion is a pretty girl named Fleur Delacour, and the Hogwarts champion is a Gryffindor named Cedric Diggery (hello, RPattz). Mysteriously, though, Harry's name had somehow been submitted as well, and he is chosen as an unprecedented fourth champion. Needless to say, he gets in some serious trouble, but Dumbledore and the other headmasters agreed to go forth with the four champions.
Another new introduction to the growing cast of "Potter" characters is the newest Defense Against Dark Arts professor, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody. Moody starts teaching his students some extremely dark magic, including introducing them to the three forbidden curses: Imperio, Crucio and Avada Kedavra. The Imperius curse allows the spell-caster to control the actions of their victim, the Cruciatus curse tortures them, and the Avada Kedavra curse instantly kills them. It is revealed that the parents of Harry's friend Neville Longbottom were tortured to insanity with the Cruciatus curse by some Death Eaters, including the imprisoned Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr., and that Harry was the only known person to survive the Avada Kedavra curse.
Harry and the other champions managed to get through the first two Triwizard Tournament challenges without any significant problems. The first involves dragons, and Harry manages to make it through with flying colors (pun intended!), and the second involves saving the person they care about most from mermaids beneath the lake at Hogwarts. Cedric helps Harry solve the puzzle surrounding this one, forming a friendship between the two Gryffindors despite the fact they're competitors.
Harry and Cedric were competing for more than just the Triwizard Cup. They also were both interested in the same girl: a Ravenclaw named Cho Chang. She is Harry's first big crush, and he works up the courage to ask her to the Yule Ball, a dance held during the Triwwizard Tournament, but unfortunately Cedric has already asked her.
Harry isn't the only one discovering some romantic feelings in "Goblet of Fire." It is in the fourth installment of the series that Ron and Hermione start realizing that there is something special going on between them. Unfortunately, both of them are too stubborn to do anything about it, and Hermione is asked to the Yule Ball by Viktor Krum before Ron gets about to asking her. Ron and Harry settle for bringing the Patil sisters as their dates instead, but neither boy is especially happy about it.
Covering the Triwizard Tournament is Daily Prophet writer Rita Skeeter, who has a bad habit of exaggerating the events and motivations of the competition, especially surrounding Harry Potter. Her articles about Harry become more and more negative and slanted, and end up discrediting Harry's reputation in the wizarding community.
The Crouch Family
After the second Triwizard challenge, Harry and Viktor see a Ministry of Magic official named Barty Crouch Sr. stumble out of the woods surrounding Hogwarts. Harry runs to alert Dumbledore, but by the time they return Krum is unconscious and Crouch is nowhere to be found. Dumbledore uses his magical Pensieve, an item that allows users to look back into memories, to show Harry a time during Voldemort's first reign when Crouch Sr. sentenced his Death Eater son, Barty Crouch Jr., to life imprisonment in Azkaban for torturing the Longbottoms to insanity.
The Final Challenge
The third and final challenge in the Triwizard Tournament involves the four champions running through a large labyrinth to try to find the Triwizard Cup, and the champion who found the Cup would win the Tournament. Both Harry and Cedric reach the Cup at the same time, and it ends up being a Portkey that transports them to a cemetery where they are brought face-to-face with Peter Pettigrew and a malformed Voldemort. Peter kills Cedric without a moment's hesitation, and uses Harry's blood to complete a potion that returned Voldemort to his full corporeal form. Voldemort, now finally returned to power, calls his Death Eaters and reveals that one of his Death Eaters had infiltrated Hogwarts and plotted to bring Harry to him. Voldemort sends the Avada Kedavra curse at Harry at the same time Harry uses the Expelliarmus spell on Voldemort, and the two spells lock and form a bond that causes the wands to show ghosts of Voldemort's most recent victims, including Cedric and Harry's parents. They give Harry enough time to grab Cedric's body and grab the Portkey, returning to Hogwarts.
The return of Harry with a dead Cedric sends the audience at the Twiwizard Tournament into an uproar, and Moody quickly comes forward to spirit Harry away from the crowds and into his office. There, however, he reveals that he is the servant working for Voldemort that switched the Cup with a Portkey and prepared for Harry's capture. Before he can kill Harry, Dumbledore, Professor Snape and Professor McGonagall stop him and discover that "Moody" was actually a disguise that Barty Crouch Jr. had used to infiltrate Hogwarts after he escaped Azkaban. The actual Moody has been imprisoned in a trunk in the Defense Against Dark Arts classroom the entire year. Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, arrives at Hogwarts to try to restore order, but he refuses to accept Harry's story about Voldemort's return as a result of the discrediting articles Rita Skeeter had been writing. Dumbledore, however, does believe Harry, and warns all of the Hogwarts students of Voldemort's return. Harry is awarded 1,000 galleons (wizarding money) for being the winner of the Tournament, which he gives to Ron's older brothers George and Fred so that they can start a joke shop. When Harry tells his godfather Sirius Black and Dumbledore the full story of the night at the graveyard, including the fact Peter used Harry's blood for Voldemort's resurrection, Dumbledore's eye is described in the book as having a "gleam of triumph," which is a fact you should hold close to your heart until the conclusion of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
What are you favorite parts of "Goblet of Fire"? Tell us in the comments!