Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Analysis (Narrative Structure, Character Types, Representations & Stereotypes)

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Directed by Mike Newell.

 

Narrative Structure (Todorov’s 5 Step Formula)

  1. Equilibrium: The film starts with Harry Potter having a nightmare about Voldemort and then it goes to him and the Weasley family plus Cedric Diggory and his father going to a Quidditch match everything seems to be well. Harry finds a home in the magic world with the Weasley family and Hermione.
  2. Disequilibrium: There’s actually two events that show this, the first one was in the very start; in the middle of the celebrations after the match, the festive mood is interrupted by a sudden attack of Voldemort’s followers, Death Eaters. They release the dark mark to the sky as a sign that the Dark Lord has returned. And the second disruption happened after everything seems to return to normal, Harry is back in school and everything seems to go well, Dumbledore announces that the Triwizard Tournament is taking place at Hogwarts that year. Then someone (later revealed to be the new professor of dark arts, Mad Eyed Moody who is in fact Bertie Crouch) put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire.
  3. Recognition: It is recognised that something it’s not right and someone put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire but they just let him carry on with the tournament and hope for the best.
  4. Attempt to Repair: There is no attempt to repair the situation everything just carries on the way it is, Harry competes on the Triwizard Tournament.
  5. Re Equilibrium: There’s no re equilibrium. The film ends with the death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort.

It seems not every film follows this exact formula, if it did films would become predictable and no one would watch them. The order of this film seems to go more like Equilibrium, Disequilibrium, Re Equilibrium, Disequilibrium, Recognition and since it’s a franchise, a sequel who will get more sequels it didn’t quite get an attempt to repair or a final re equilibrium.

 

Character Types (Propp’s theory)

The Villain – Lord Voldemort. The villain is not very present in this sequel, he only appears towards the end but he’s always a threat to every character even if it’s just the mere thought of him.

The Hero – Harry Potter.

The Dispatcher -Bertie Crouch Jr as Mad Eyed Moody, who puts Harry’s name into the Goblet of Fire so he could compete on the Triwizard Tournament.

The Anti Hero – Bertie Crouch Jr disguised as Mad Eyed Moody. Throughout the film he seems like the helper, the good guy helping out Harry but he turns out to be more of a villain, he helped Harry for his own advantage so he could bring Lord Voldemort back.

The Donor – Neville Longbottom gives gillyweed to Harry to help him breath under water for the 2nd challenge.

The Helper – Hermione Granger helps Harry with knowledge, Ron Weasley helps him to find about the dragons with the help of Hagrid and Cedric Diggory helps Harry to find out how to open the egg.

The Princess – In this sequel there’s no “Princess”, the closest would be the 2nd challenge the participants had to save someone dear the them. Harry had Ron and then saved Fleur’s little sister.

The Father – Dumbledore

 

Representations & Stereotypes

Representation of a fantasy world, the magic world and wizards, also a representation  of teenagers and school life. It’s not an accurate representation of what school life is but it’s not meant to be that way anyway since it’s a fantasy fiction film. The way that they represent the magic world is showing all the stuff that don’t exists in our world, as if it’s an alternative reality or a dream world, things like food magically appearing on plates, supernatural creatures, spells and enchanted objects. The writer of the original books, which inspired the films, was the creator of this world which then was translated visually by director, Mike Newell and producer, David Heyman as well as Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan who designed the sets.

The intention behind all this representation of the wizarding world is to create a dream world, an fun little escape or alternative to the real world, in some ways it’s very familiar and relatable which is what makes it more appealing. Like in this 4th film there is the Yule Ball which is something everyone can relate to, also normal things like making new friends, first love, school life. But there’s magic and adventure, beautiful scenery, which is all the things we dream so in a way it creates an illusion, this could be a positive thing or a negative one.

The representation of teenagers is very positive, they stayed away from negative stereotypes as much as possible when it came to representing the characters but it still contains quite a few stereotypes.

A good example of these stereotypes would be the typical “damsel in distress” plot line, where we have a character usually female which needs saving, in this case it’s Fleur who can’t complete the second challenge and Harry helps her by saving her sister instead of her. This reinforces negative stereotypes such as “Women need men to save them” or “Girls are weak” but it also it is used to reinforced Harry’s status as The Hero.

Other stereotypes within the film are more of clichés like the typical Son-Father fight (Between the Minister of Magic and Bertie Crouch Jr), foreign students coming to the school and everyone falls in love with them, the Ron and Hermione scene where Hermione goes to the ball with Viktor Krum and Ron gets jealous and ends up ruining the situation for both Hermione and Viktor but also his date or the character Hagrid, who is a rough doesn’t care too much about his looks yet kind and docile man suddenly gets all groomed up for a woman.

Another thing to mention is Harry Potter’s good representation of characters, all actors are playing characters of similar age to them, same gender, same ethnicity  and also a good representation of the definitions of being poor, like the Weasley family is supposed to be more lower class and the whole film represents this well, their house, their clothing (i.e. Ron’s Yule Ball ceremonial robes) and other things.

 

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