Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s great fun. No, I didn’t go to the Loy Kratong festival anywhere even though it’s the full moon of the 12th Thai lunar month tonight. In fact, I have just been back home from the sneak preview of the forth installment of Harry Potter on film at Grand EGV, Siam Discovery Center.

After the re-appearance of the Death Eater or the Dark Lord Voldemort’s servants at Quidditch World Cub, this year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter finds himself selected as a competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardry school competition called "The Triwizard Tournament." Dark and difficult times do certainly lie ahead of him (as stated in the tagline of this movie.)

All in all, the movie proved to be worth the wait for fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The director and the scriptwriter did a great job in adapting the 734-page book into a 157-minute film with consistency. The theme and the main point of the story is preserved and told perfectly. However, almost all of the subplots, which are the charm of the book, were left out. Due to the time constrain, everything in the movie seems to progress too fast, providing too little clue for those who haven’t read the book before (which I doubt the number wouldn’t be high otherwise there would be more less-favorable reviews to come.) Anyway, visual effects and musical scores are top-notch. The climax is astonishingly stunning and sad, as all the readers of the book should have expected. As for the original cast, we have known them and loved them already. Even though the age of the young stars are  actually older than in the book, it’s still acceptable. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter is as heroic as always. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley is "bloody-hell" hilarious and, last but not least, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger is getting more and more gorgeous. The new cast for this movie could also live up with the expectation, giving that it’s not too high, especially the role of Cho Chang, Harry’s teenage love interest.

4 stars out of 5 – recommend to all Harry Potter’s fans and spectators who still wonder why Harry Potter’s franchising is so lovable.

For more information, please visit the official website at http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/gobletoffire/ or http://harrypotter.th.warnerbros.com/gobletoffire/

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