CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
Harry Potter is no longer the cherubic little boy with the round glasses and bedroom under the stairs. Over the last nine years, our beloved young wizard has grown up and is about to face the ultimate challenge in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' -- beating Lord Voldemort and saving his quickly crumbling wizard world.

But Harry was forced to become an adult long before the 'Hallows.' Though at first he was coddled by his professors and given an easy welcome to the world of heroic crime fighting, that all changed in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' Harry was almost literally thrown into the boiling pot of adulthood, forced to battle in the Tri-Wizard tournament and start feeling real adult loss.

'Goblet of Fire' started the string of fallen heroes, which -- as we know -- continues through each remaining book. Now that Potter has to truly set out on his own and prepare for his battle with Voldemort, we thought we'd go back to his first real battle with the evil wizard, and the year that forced him to grow up.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

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Director
Mike Newell, director of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' 'Donnie Brasco,' and 'Mona Lisa Smile,' taking over after Alfonso Cuaron and 'Prisoner of Azkaban.'

Main Players
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint lead the tale, of course, though notable new members include a pre-'Twilight' Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter.

Plot
Harry's scar is starting to hurt him, but that's the least of his issues. Hogwarts is hosting the epic, school year-long Tri-Wizard tournament and the participating schools. Though the battle is saved for older students, Harry's name somehow gets thrown into the mix, and he finds himself competing with Cedric Diggory and the other participants, in a quest that leads him straight to Lord Voldemort.

Trivia

- Warner Bros. originally wanted to split the film in two pieces to tackle the weighty tome, but that split was ultimately saved for 'Deathly Hallows.'

- Both Billy Connolly and Ray Winstone were considered for the role of Mad-Eye Moody.

- To deter pirating, the film was shipped to cinemas under the title 'Happy Days.'

- John Williams passed on the score so that he could work on 'Memoirs of a Geisha.'

- Though a thoroughly British story, Newell was the first British director the series hired.