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|[P]| 25 July 201711:07 am

Difficult times lie ahead. Reeltime Harry Potter continues with Year 4 on 25 July 2017 at 8pm BST.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:01 pm
Out of the gate we seem to be keeping with the darker aesthetic.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:02 pm

New score. Let’s see.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:04 pm

Interesting – the first film not to open at the Dursley’s house. Instead we’re… wherever this is.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:06 pm
Oh okay, so technically we were in Harry’s head in… oh, the Weasleys’.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:07 pm
Wizard fairground rides are weird.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:08 pm
Odds that tent is bigger on the inside?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:09 pm

T.A.R.D.I.S. – Tents And Relative Dimension In Space

|[P]| 25 July 20178:11 pm
Lucius is still enjoying scenery chewing.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:12 pm
Oh sports. Quidditch World Cup suggests the wizarding world is getting suddenly more international.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:13 pm
Oh, terrorist attack at a major sporting event…

|[P]| 25 July 20178:14 pm
It is David Tennant! Is he here to get his TARDIS back?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:15 pm
I really want to see the Northern Lights too.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:16 pm
“At the scene of the crime! Were you rushing or dragging?”

|[P]| 25 July 20178:18 pm
This would be the notorious Cho Chang, I presume?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:19 pm
Johnny Depp has arrived. The effects have maintained their improved level.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:21 pm
Well this lot seem insufferable. The fluttering Disney butterflies in particular.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:22 pm
Oh I see, it’s the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:24 pm
The Goblet of Fire. Second earliest reveal of the title.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:24 pm

Loving the kids complaining that they should be allowed to die trying to win a cup.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:26 pm
More great character design at work. Loving the design of the swivelling eye.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:27 pm

Hmm, only three forbidden curses? I assume there must be a lot more forbidden magic than that?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:28 pm

Okay, so free will, torture and death. Seems reasonable.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:32 pm
Are we going to get more Neville this year? It’s the first time he’s not been the butt of a joke for “failing” in class.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:34 pm
Dumbledore does have a flair for the dramatic. Gambon’s accent seems to be drifting all over the place though.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:35 pm
Okay, the rest of them are insufferable. I do have a lot of time for Clemence Poesy…

|[P]| 25 July 20178:37 pm
For me, though, she’s Chloe from In Bruges. And she’s brought Brendan Gleeson with her. Is Colin Farrell going to turn up too?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:39 pm
“The Goblet of Fire constitutes a binding magical contract.” How on earth does wizard contract law work? Harry wasn’t party to the contract and the Goblet’s offered no consideration (I mean, I guess “eternal glory”?).

|[P]| 25 July 20178:39 pm

Why is McGonagall the only one who even considers that they could just… not.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:42 pm
Well this is a creepy broom cupboard interview.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:43 pm
“Hey, my eyes aren’t glistening with the ghosts of my past.” FAKE NEWS.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:44 pm
Well that looks comfortable…

|[P]| 25 July 20178:45 pm

“Hogwarts isn’t safe any more.” Sirius. Do you not remember the last time you were here?! Siriusly.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:47 pm
Ron. Also insufferable. It may be contagious.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:48 pm
“I’m not an owl!” Zing.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:50 pm
Why has he asked Harry to come with him and hide under a cloak? Does Hagrid like… to be watched?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:51 pm
Good Guy Cedric.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:54 pm

“We never use transfiguration as a punishment.” We let children die in sporting events but they will not be changed into anything else!

|[P]| 25 July 20178:56 pm
Right, so we’ve isolated Harry so he’s competing alone with Mad-Eye instructing him. But why has Hermione abandoned him? Surely she should be coaching.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:57 pm
Evidently I spoke too soon. Or she heard me.

|[P]| 25 July 20178:57 pm

Odds on Harry getting the Horntail?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:58 pm

Dragons guarding golden eggs with clues. What is it with wizards and grabbing little gold balls?

|[P]| 25 July 20178:59 pm

|[P]| 25 July 20179:03 pm
“Accio Firebolt.” I get that this was Moody’s coaching, but how about “Accio Dragon-killing rifle” or “Accio golden egg”?

|[P]| 25 July 20179:05 pm
This is an even dumber sport than Quidditch. What is the point in that stadium? Everyone’s sitting there watching nothing at all. Like F1. Without the screens to watch everything else.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:06 pm
“Who could figure that out? That’s completely mental.”

|[P]| 25 July 20179:07 pm
I hate when pretty girls make me forget how to drink.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:08 pm

The Yule Ball is actually about dancing? They’re at school. It should be all about the boys and girls awkwardly lining up on opposite sides of the dance floor.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:14 pm
Alan Rickman is still wordlessly the best.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:16 pm
This whole thing has been so awkward that I’m struggling with sympathy.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:18 pm
Own it Ron, you’ll be fine.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:19 pm
Okay, a little sympathy. Our boy is trying.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:20 pm
“Be our guest!” In hindsight, no wonder she went with the Hungarian Beast.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:22 pm
Err… okay.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:23 pm
“International magical cooperation.” Is that what the kids call it now?

|[P]| 25 July 20179:25 pm
Hermione is the only one who actually deserves sympathy, once she explains why she went with the meathead. I mean, not as much as if she’d said this before the Ball. But still.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:28 pm
“Viktor’s more of a physical beast.” Wow, Hermione. Also, this is the kind of charm that Emma Watson seems to struggle to bring to the screen in recent films.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:30 pm
Umm, they do remember he’s 14, right? Awks.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:33 pm
Continuing last year’s use of casual clothes. As well as grounding the films, I think they actually add to the sense of uneasiness when placed next to the supernatural.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:36 pm
Trust yourself Neville. I mean, even if historically there’s not much precedent for that.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:37 pm
This is some creepy Black Swan body horror.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:39 pm
Did these children agree to be live props for these games?

|[P]| 25 July 20179:40 pm

Or is this some kind of Wizard Contract?

|[P]| 25 July 20179:40 pm

Oh and it turns out these strict rules are actually so flexible that you can change people’s places based on “moral fibre”.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:41 pm
Beats a loudspeaker.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:42 pm
Oh dear, I’m starting to have serious misgivings about this eye. I was going to ask earlier if he was actually just an alcoholic or swigging something more… questionable.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:43 pm

I mean, not that any of these child-endangering cretins making things up as they go along inspire confidence.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:49 pm Pensieve could have just been called an Expository.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:55 pm
So yet another event where no one can actually see anything that happens…

|[P]| 25 July 20179:57 pm
Worst. Pep talk. Ever.

|[P]| 25 July 20179:58 pm
I am enjoying trigger-happy (err, fuse-happy?) Filch.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:00 pm
Is this gas a hallucinogen?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:02 pm
I thought Harry said he didn’t care about eternal glory. Why does he keep struggling with winning vs not letting people die?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:04 pm, portkey throwback.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:05 pm
Diggory deserved a better death. Is that why the wizards forbid this curse? It’s just underwhelming and unsporting.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:07 pm
Oh we’re really pushing the story forward at last! The full Fiennes. Which incidentally, means Colin Farrell really is the only missing from In Bruges!

|[P]| 25 July 201710:09 pm

Oh right, so it’s just all the Slytherin parents. How…obvious?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:10 pm
Grovelling Lucius is immediately less interesting.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:12 pm
If Voldemort is so powerful, and these unforgivable curses so terrible, how is a 4th year wizard holding his own?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:13 pm
“Use the Force, Harry.”

|[P]| 25 July 201710:16 pm
Cedric’s father’s anguished wails are the hardest thing to watch in this series so far. Powerful. And probably the first time I’ve heard any heartfelt care for one of these children by the adults instead of just lip service. All it takes is death, apparently.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:17 pm
What a remarkably expected turn of events…

|[P]| 25 July 201710:22 pm
Tennant makes a deliciously evil villain. That lizard-tongue. A shame he had so little to do here. At least he’s alive and in Azkaban so hopefully he’ll return to the fray in the future.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:25 pm
Dumbledore actually seems bored starting Cedric’s eulogy.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:28 pm
Dumbledore apologising for putting Harry in danger this year seems pretty disingenuous even for him. Either it was a calculated decision to expose the Voldemort threat or he’s just utterly incompetent given that he was told repeatedly how dangerous his actions were.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:29 pm

Honestly, I’m going off Dumbledore.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:30 pm
“Everything’s going to change, isn’t it?”
I mean, really? How much. We’re still coming back to Hogwarts for Year 5, right?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:31 pm

Or is Year 5 Wizarding Accounts exams?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:31 pm

Although frankly I’d take a course in Wizard Contract Law at this point because I’m none the wiser.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:33 pm

But seriously, maybe stop letting your school be run by semi-sentient hats and cups?

|[P]| 25 July 201710:38 pm

So overall, we’ve finally moved the plot forward considerably. Although, by the halfway point of the series one would hope so. Voldemort is no longer some theoretical threat that people whisper about. The stakes have been raised by actually killing Cedric Diggory. I rather wish we’d spent more time with him so that his death carried a little more weight though. His having been nice to Harry a couple of times isn’t quite the same as a weighty death. But I know we’ve got those ahead of us.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:41 pm

I’m not sure how much is actually going to change next year though. Is Hogwarts going to instigate some kind of security system that is somewhere in between a caretaker with his cat and rabid Dementors attacking students? Presumably all those Voldemort groupies are still undercover and will continue their clever facade of just being terrible Slytherin parents.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:44 pm

And what is this awful song in the credits?!

|[P]| 25 July 201710:46 pm

“Mmm, don’t be scared
She wants you to
It’s hard”

|[P]| 25 July 201710:46 pm

I think maybe you should “let this magic die”.

|[P]| 25 July 201710:48 pm

And on that note, I will see you when we return to Hogwarts for Year 5. There may be a short hiatus before we return for the second half the series.