"Goblet of Fire" is the fourth in the Potter series and shows Harry and his friends dealing with new dangers, adventures, and perhaps toughest of all — puberty
Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor who plays Harry, says this latest installment follows, among other things, how the film's central relationships are tested.
"The first two films are about the strength of everything, the strength of relationships, of how Harry sees everything," Radcliffe says. "The fourth film is very much about all of that weakening and starting to disintegrate, so Harry's relationship with Ron is very shaky for a lot of the film."
And, as Cagle says, Harry needs his friends more than ever before. Now in his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry's name mysteriously emerges from the Goblet of Fire, and he finds himself competing in the annual tri-wizard tournament. The film was the first in the series to receive a PG-13 rating, which Radcliffe says allowed it to be true to the J. K. Rowling novel.
"It's very intense, it's very dark. We sort of say every year that the films are getting darker, and I think they absolutely do, but I think we've gone even further to the darkness in this film," he says.
Harry must also deal with budding hormones and finding a date for the Yule Ball. "What I love about Harry is that he is completely and utterly pathetic with girls, he's awful," says Radcliffe. "He doesn't know what to say, what to do. It's just incredibly awkward, and through that I feel like I'm standing up for any guy that has had an awkward moment with a girl, which is everyman, ever."
But the Yule Ball allowed Harry's friend Hermione to really come into her own — much to the delight of Emma Watson, who plays the role of Hermione. "To some extent, they've always sort of played down how I look in the films and suddenly they wanted this Julia Roberts, pretty woman-esque moment, and it was really good fun," she says.
With the film taking in close to $900 million worldwide, the franchise is as popular as ever — and after four films, Watson says it's still as fun as ever, too. "I don't think any of this could get old, that was sort of the question everyone asked on the red carpet when I did the "Goblet of Fire" premiere," she said. "I don't think you can ever get used to millions and millions of, I don't know how many people there were outside of that cinema. It's still new and exciting every single time, and I think for me what keeps me really interested is the fact we've had a new director every single time round."
Cagle says there are two other films of note that have just been made available on DVD: the Gulf War drama "Jarhead," starring Jake Gyllenhaal; and the comedy "Prime," with Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman.