First of all I would like to say thank you to Andreas for making such a worthy addition to the world of Harry Potter fan edits. I enjoyed his new take on the film, which I also felt was one of the weakest in the series. This edit successfully manages to bring the fourth film more in line both visually and aurally with the rest of the series. The narrative flows very well and the additional scenes really do help to give added weight to the overarching narrative, which of course is the return of Voldemort to the wizarding world. This edit is an ambitious and almost flawlessly executed fanedit, which I would heartily recommend to anyone interested in the series.
There were some issues I had with the edit, but these were almost entirely my own personal preference, rather than a problem with the edit itself. The one technical issue I have to raise concerns a continuity error which sees Madame Maxine sitting at the teachers table, before making an entrance into the Great Hall. This was slightly jarring and probably should have been cut from the final edit. It's not impossible that she left and then came back, but it did affect my immersion in the moment, so I include it as the one and only technical issue I had with the edit.
The other issues are all those of personal preference, so I'll just go into them briefly. I didn't really agree with many of the scenes which were cut. The one thing I felt the Newell did better than any other director was to tease a performance out of his young actors. I felt that he was the first director to really capture the spirit of the Weasley twins, as well as the camaraderie between the young protagonists of the film (such as the scene in the tent at the Quidditch World Cup where they chant "Krum! Krum" and start singing at a smitten Ron). Whilst this scenes was thankfully left in, many others I enjoyed were cut, such as a visibly distressed Ron giving Hermione a message to pass on to Harry down by the black lake. Ron was refusing to talk to Harry in the books, so this wasn't a cut that I could really understand, or agree with. I really feel that some of the best (child) acting in the series happens in this movie, which is let down by bizarre narrative and editing choices, more than anything. I also missed the scene where they pick the small dragons out of the felt bag. The purpose of this scene is to remind the viewer that Harry is getting a violent and bad tempered dragon, which builds suspense. I couldn't understand what merit there was in removing this scene at all. Lastly, I was hoping that there would be some sort of segway from the Hogwarts Express into the new school year. Probably the most jarring thing about the original film is the way the editing jumps straight from the train to the school year already underway and the students crowding around to watch the arrival of the Durmstrang ship and the Beauxbatons carriage. I would personally have cut this scene and have them go straight from the train to the Great Hall, because the time jump is so jarring and we're used to seeing them gather in the Hall at the start of the school year.
Overall this edit is a huge technical and artistic achievement. The issues I described are entirely down to my own personal preference and can do nothing to take away from Andreas' fine achievement in editing this film to be more consistent both in terms of narrative and in terms of fitting into the wider series.
Following his excellent fanedits of the first two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Revisited and it's sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Revisited, Andreas returns once again to provide another excellent addition to his Harry Potter Revisited series, in this delightful fanedit of Goblet of Fire, turning one of the weakest and disappointing films in the series (especially the later, to me at least, as Goblet of Fire is my favorite book in the series) into one of the stronger films in the series, one this is clear and concise, with cuts to many of the films worst moments, such as the original films Dumbledore's silly and infamous yelling of "HARRY DID YA PUT YA NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIYAH!".
Overall, I would highly recommend giving this a watch.
Being the film that, in my opinion, is the worst in the series, I had low expectations about this edit. I was incredibly surprised at how it turned out, however there is only so much you can do with weak source material, so still expect to see things like Hermionies eyebrows try to act their way off her head, and Moody / Barty with the nervous tic.
It's now far more uniform and inline with the rest of the movies in the series. The highlight As with the rest of Andreas' revisited edits is the music, he certainly chooses good pieces that never seem out of place (the credits song of the first movie being the glaring exception). Unlike the first two movies the editing here is top notch, Andres resisted the urge to just reinstate every deleted scene, keeping the focus on the Tri-wizard Tornament and taking away from the subplots that go nowhere. He's made great choices on how much of angry Dumbledore to remove too, this restraint leads to the story line feeling far more coherent that the original.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyMarch 05, 2023
Thank you for the kind and encouraging words, my friend, and I hope that when I revisit this film with the "Ultimate Editions" it will become even better.
When I was watching the movie, I didn't feel like anything was missing. I noticed when scenes ended, where there should have been more but that was a good thing! Since those scenes were usually too long or didn't add anything. Glad that he made those cuts.
The new score is great too. Overall great editing. I had a really good time watching.
As always Andreas has brought us a refreshing new take on the Harry Potter franchise. Believe me when I say the man is at his best with this edit. I love both his take on Philosopher's Stone, pardon I mean Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets but with this one he really trimmed a lot of fat while still retaining the excitement of each task and impact of the finale.
I'm a big fan of Harry Potter and have watched the movies and read the books numerous times but the editing was so flawless he managed to sneak the Ron and Harry fight being taken out passed me. Honestly forgot it was even in the theatrical release. The silly comedic moments never really bothered me that much in the original releases but it is nice to have the fat trimmed here and this is almost certainly now my preferred version of the film. Also a lot of nice little score changes that I really, really enjoyed.
One small, small nitpick is that the arriving of the other 2 schools was a little sudden but I don't think you deserve a point off narrative for that though because my opinion might change after a second viewing.