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The Harry Potter film series is one of the most lucrative of all time, pulling in $7.7 billion over eight films. But which one is the best? Is it the earlier the better, or did the movies get better as time went on?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best Harry Potter movie Show more Show less

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best Harry Potter movie because it has the best source material. It was the best book and shows the lightness of cast being teenagers and the darkness of Voldemort’s return.
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The Goblet of Fire was the perfect balance of light and dark

Considered by many to be the strongest book, The Goblet of Fire has the strongest story of any of the movies. It showed the angst that comes with being a teenager, and this realism pays off. It also ups the darkness with the return of Voldemort.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the strongest book and the movie did not disappoint. This film introduced us to the much broader wizarding world outside of Hogwarts. It showed the characters being teenagers but was also the first movie to receive a PG-13 rating for its darker, more brutal elements.[1] The Goblet of Fire showed teen spirit as different wizarding schools competed in the Triwizard Tournament. This is the perfect backdrop for our characters to have some lighthearted adventure. There are budding romances, middle school drama, and a school dance. This film also upped the darkness. Voldemort returns more sinister than we could imagine. His snake-like appearance and brutal killing of Cedric Diggory cemented him as the terrifying villain that he had been built up as. The appearance of the Death Eaters and the truth about Mad-Eye Moody only further serve to cement the darker tone that continues for the rest of the series.

Counter arguments

This film left out too much from the books such as the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) which was formed by Hermione to fight for the rights of house-elves. It also is lacking in transitions with the film abruptly moving from one scene to another. The film is overly plot focused.

Premises

[P1] This was the strongest book and the movie did not disappoint. [P2] The characters were shown being teenagers. [P3] It was also darker with the return of Voldemort. [P4] This film was the perfect balance of light and dark. [P5] Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best Harry Potter movie.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1 and P5] This film left out too much from the books.

References

  1. https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g32687367/harry-potter-movies-ranked/

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