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Today’s teenage-craze movie has ultimately hit the cinemas worldwide. And people from all over gather in one place to finally witness the unraveling of magical matches and clashes between and among the characters in the movie. The experience is just so different, as most fanatics say. Indeed, truly remarkable. Well, by just getting to have a ticket of it scheduled on its first day of showing is already stunning. Add up to that the total thrill inside the cinema when you’re among with the whole groupie who, like you, got hooked to the previous cinematic chapters that you can’t forgive yourself if you’ll not be able to watch the fourth one: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
I admit it. I am one of those attached. It’s like you can’t wait for the very day to come. And when it’s about to be shown already, you just can’t allow yourself not to view it on the very first day. For one reason, Harry Potter has been part of the lives of the teenagers nowadays. It’s like having the feeling of a virtual partner while you are growing up. As we mature, Harry does too. As we begin to realize the importance of life, so is Harry. And like us, Harry experiences teenage angst too. That is, for the time in the long-running HP film franchise, our young hero experiences the glow and heartbreak of love.
For HP aficionados who haven’t gone to cinema yet, here’s a brief digest of the movie. Just a swift one so you’ll not lose track – a sort of recalling your memory after you’ve gone through the pages of its book version. Nestor Torre’s Viewfinder aided me as I recall my HP experience.
Harry’s a precociously gifted wizard, but no magic can salve the painful awkwardness and hormonal imbalances of a teenage angst!
However, instead of getting a crush on Hermione, as some of the series’ fans expected (I am one of those), Harry gets all gooey over another Hogwarts student Cho Chang.
For her part, Hermione herself gets a boyfriend in superstar Quidditch player Viktor Krum – which shocks Ron, who has only just realized that he’s fallen for Hermione!
Harry doesn’t fare any better because it’s soon revealed that, although he’s asked Cho to be his date at Hogwart’s big Yule Ball dance, she’s already given her assent to another lad named Cedric Diggory.
And our three leads are by no means alone in awkwardly having to contend with their surging feelings for the members of the opposite sex.
Scores of other Hogwarts students are transfixed when the lovely Beauxbatous girls and the gloriously young men of Durmstrong sweep into their school’s halls.
When the Beauxbatous girls arrive, the Hogwarts boys are in the state of shock. As producer David Heyman puckishly describes the scene, “The lovely young ladies’ femininity has rendered the boys speechless!”
Aside from having to contend with these unfamiliar feelings, our heroes must deal with even more daunting challenges, which force them to grow up even faster than usual (it happens to most of us).
Not only does Harry have to face up to the return of his immortal enemy Lord Voldemort, but he has to handle a meddling reporter and a backlash from his peers –and face death in a Tri-wizard Tournament!
This last test triggers a change in the dynamics between best friends Harry and Ron. For the first time, they find themselves at odds, because Ron thinks Harry put his name into the Goblet, hoping to be selected for the competition.
Ron gets really angry and won’t speak to his best buddy. He’s tires of Harry always being the center of attention.
This is the last thing Harry needs, because he’s already trying to cope with criticism from everyone who believes he engineered his entry into the all-important competition. But he also fears that he knows the real reason he was chosen, and it all proves too much for him.
So many tough challenges for a teenager to contend with! That’s why we believe that The Goblet of Fire will be among the most empathetic chapters of the ongoing HP saga for its young viewers, like us, who have been growing up along with their screen heroes.