Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff) is now 16 years old and playing with big boys in this fourth Potter film; and it's sure to please J.K. Rowlings' fans.
Harry's name is picked out of the Goblet of Fire to participate in a Tournament of Champions, even though he doesn't meet the age requirement. He didn't put his name in for contention and is afraid of what lies ahead.
His fears are warranted as the three contests are dangerous and deadly. The other three participants are the best of the International group of visiting athletes and magicians.
Hermoine (Emma Watson) has grown to be a lovely young lady and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) has grown taller, but seems as immature as ever.
The teens remain friends, however Ron is jealous of Harry's being singled out for attention and Hermoine is busy setting her sights on the opposite sex.
Surely the scariest of the Potter films, it earns a PG-13 rating. A teacher with a large protruding eye, nightmares with slithering snakes, a man who cuts off his own hand, children tied up underwater for sport, and evergreens that smother the life out of the players if they happen to slip and fall, are just some of the scenes that make this unsuitable for young kids.
The effects are just terrific. One of the standouts has Harry perched on the side of a steep roof with a fire-breathing dragon bearing down on him as roof tiles crumble and break off beneath the weight of the creature. Another truly amazing scene takes place in an enormous maze. The hedges come alive to envelop whoever dares to enter. It has a very claustrophobic feel to it as the branches swallow up victim after victim - scary stuff!
Harry has grown up and the storyline along with him. Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and A Funeral) the film starts out with a nightmare and keeps us on the edge of our seats throughout. It's a magical ride from the very beginning and will delight both older kids and adults alike.