Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2005
Run Time: 157 minutes
Directed By: Mike Newell

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament during his fourth year at Hogwarts.


Ratings

Language: poopoo

  • Threatening and demeaning language- “idiot,” “codger,” “demented,” “dimwitted,” “you stink,” “git,” “vile,” “witless”
  • Mild swearing- “bloody hell,” “damn,” “oh my god,” “piss off”

Violence: poopoopoo

  • Fantasy violence- spells, wand fighting, some blood
  • Pushing, shoving
  • An old man is killed by Voldemort’s spell- no blood
  • Death Eaters burn everyone’s tents
  • When the Death Eaters raid the campsite, Harry is trampled on.
  • Cedric is killed by Voldemort’s spell.
  • Wormtail cuts Harry’s arm with a dagger- some blood

Sex: poo

  • Hand-holding
  • Kissing
  • It is alluded that Viktor Krum has “a bit more than friendship on his mind” with Hermione.
  • Hagrid attempts to grab Madame Maxine’s buttocks.

Drugs and Alcohol: poopoo

  • Mad-Eye Moody drinks from a flask
  • Hagrid and Professor Slughorn drink together and get slightly drunk.

Cultural Analysis

Pros:

Gender:

  • Hermione is a very intelligent female character. For example, she gets excellent grades and helps Harry figure-out clues for the Triwizard Tournament challenges.
  • Professor McGonagall is a strong, respected female character and holds a high position at Hogwarts.
  • Fleur Delacour is a very active female character. For example, she competes in the Triwizard Tournament by figuring-out clues, fighting a dragon, and swimming.
  • Neville defies traditional male gender roles by enjoying and practicing ballroom dancing and is not considered an overly masculine character. He also helps Harry with a Tournament challenge.
  • Harry is the main hero in the film and does not conform to traditional gender roles regarding masculinity. For example, he is not one of the “cool kids” as he has glasses, messy hair, is not muscular, and receives a lot of help from friends.

Race:

  • Minor characters appear to be of a number of marginalized races/ethnicities.
  • Fred, who appears to be white, asks Angelina, who appears to be black, to the Yule Ball.

Sexual Orientation: N/A

Disability: N/A

Body:

  • Hagrid and Madame Maxine are half-giants and are depicted as kind, caring, and helpful. This is important because oftentimes people with large bodies are depicted as mean and/or stupid in the media.
  • Harry Potter, the lead character in the film, has a lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead. Rather than constructing the scar as something that needs to be hidden or something that is ugly, Harry’s scar represents his parents’ love and Voldemort’s failure to kill Harry as a baby.

Cons:

Gender:

  • The Beauxbaton students, all women, are stereotypically feminine and the Durmstrang students, all men, are stereotypically masculine. For example, when the Beauxbaton students arrive they dance and sigh gracefully (passive), but when the Durmstrang students arrive they run, jump, and do flips (active).
  • The male gaze is prevalent throughout the film, especially in regards to the women from Beauxbaton, who conform to beauty ideals.
  • Ron’s dress robe for the Yule Ball is considered comical because it appears to be “feminine.”
  • Fleur is the only female character competing in the Triwizard Tournament and is also the only character that needs help during one of the Tournament challenges.

Race:

  • There are no major characters of color.

Sexual Orientation:

Disability:

  • Mad-Eye Moody has a fake eye and a prosthetic leg and is one of the main villains in the film. However, it should be noted that Barty Crouch is using magic to take on the appearance of Mad-Eye Moody and is the real bad guy in the film.
  • Words such as “demented” and “mental” are used as insults.

Body:

  • Filch is grotesque (stringy and greasy hair, bad teeth) and is depicted as mean and foolish.
  • A minor character, Eloise, is slightly fat-bodied and made fun of by boys (she is “about to burst”).
  • Most bodies conform to body ideals.

Suggested talking points

  • A common theme in films is that a hero is male, muscular, and usually stereotypically attractive. The film challenges the traditional male hero stereotype as Harry has glasses, has disheveled hair, and is not considered one of the “cool” kids. It is important to remember that heroes come in all shapes and sizes (and genders)!
  • Throughout the film, Harry receives a lot of help from his friends. It is important to remember that even heroes need help sometimes.
  • At one point Sirius Black says, “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” It is important to treat everyone with respect, even if they are different than you.

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