I've been an ardent Harry Potter movie fan ever since the inception of the Sorcerer's Stone. My personal favorite of all the eight epic phenomenons would be Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, not because it undertook a different filming style in comparison to the first two delights, which actually is a potential negative factor, but because it was closer to character development that I even expected. Somehow those Expecto Patronum scenes just made my day but that's a different thing. Given that they could do justice to a third encounter by replacing its director, I kinda hoped they could maintain their reputation all the way.
And then Goblet of Fire popped out and changed my opinions on the fate of the franchise's future. Why do I say this, you ask? A nutshell's answer would be because it feels vastly more different and escalates into a darker version of its own, needless to say it still provides ample entertainment to sustain my expectations, but here's what went wrong (in terms of its predecessors)
1. A setup to hopefully the best Quidditch match ever and we don't get to see one bit of it!
Quite frankly, the only movie in the series that for once, showed us an entire Quidditch match (with tons of fouls and no one objecting) was the first chapter. The second focused on an already started match till where both seekers lost their grip and Harry managed to once again catch the golden snitch...somehow. Well it's not so surprising really, if he could spit it out of his mouth in the first place, how could a broken wrist be any excuse as to why he couldn't grab it again. Fortunately and unfortunately, there was a scheduled second match against Hufflepuff, only to be cancelled for good. As for the third chapter, the weather conditions alone should have forbidden the need for the match that didn't focus all that much on the main elements either. To say the least, we saw those matches in bits and pieces. As for an entirely new global level, we see the introduction of the best seeker in the world as the match commences and nothing more! Not cool guys, I f#@king love Quidditch! Not to mention I wanted much more after watching Harry fly in his Firebolt at the end of the third movie!
2. It pits Ron against Harry! Plus, most of Gryffindor for that matter!
Isn't it weird that despite going through several disasters/ horrendous encounters like a three headed beast like creature, the chamber of secrets or even being helped after nearly getting his leg torn off, Ron is suddenly pissed at hearing Harry's name called out? Sure he had the utmost right to wonder how or why, and still indirectly told Harry that Hagrid was looking for him, but during that not too convincing reconciliation, Harry finds it completely mental. Well, I couldn't agree more on that. What could be worse? The fact that the same thing happens with some students at the start of the next movie because Harry was forced to cast a spell in the presence of a muggle, but that's a story for another day.
3. Too many schools jammed into one and Hogwarts wasn't given notice until a few moments before they entered the great hall.
While the first three movies didn't really involve some major show of events in the great hall expect Quirrell deliberately running through it and yelling there's a troll on the loose, it does feel sufficiently awkward or different seeing a seductive entrance by a bunch of French girls followed by an intimidating entrance by Viktor Krum and his fellow people, at least when you expect something as similar as the predecessors. Then again, a counter argument could be made stating that things done similar tend to provide the same, lame entertainment as before but that's not exactly what I meant.
4. Remember how the first two movies were actually kind of intimidating, then the third one improvised it as necessary, and now it's a Yule Ball in an otherwise really serious tournament!
Let's say I just liked it (Discount Hagrid's dance) for what it was, but it sure was a sign of evidence that I couldn't take this movie entirely seriously like the first two.
5. I take it Lily Potter's love for her son saved him from You-Know-Who in the first place, but now that seems to be old magic because Harry Potter can be touched in an apparent new magic of the Dark Lord's return, and then boom...old magic once again to save the day!
One convenient thing after another...
6. So...Snape actually discovers that Harry and his friends brewed Polyjuice Potion in the past?
Snape warns Harry about his friends making Polyjuice Potion and that he's going to find out why, which almost tends to ruin their secretive strategy in the second movie until it was clear who/what he was referring to.
Now I hope I haven't insulted several of the book/ movie fans by sharing my opinions on this movie, for I too adore/ admire the franchise as a whole. Maybe I just considered revisiting it and checking the odds of handling a franchise with four directors and by replacing a few characters in certain roles whatsoever. The fourth chapter executes it's main priorities and casting reliably well but tends to divert the main focus at the start of the franchise to a different route of its own, which is why for the reason, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire just doesn't feel like Harry Potter to me!