Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) for Rent on DVD and Blu-ray, Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has two deaths (including a really sad one), scary creatures, some romantic yearnings, and edge-of-the-seat scenes. With each film the scariness quotient increases. This movie features fighting dragons, tortured bugs, a scary huge maze, and an underwater horror show. Young kids who don’t understand the difference between fantasy and reality should stay clear. So should kids going through an anxious time about unnamed terrors or unwanted separations, as one of the death scenes is upsetting. The action is sometimes rowdy, and camera movements/edits are aggressive, all of which increase the scary effects. One of the deleted scenes featured on the DVD shows teen couples after the Yule Ball getting caught kissing, etc., in carriages — it’s a little more sexual content than you get in the feature film.
Some references to 14-year-olds’ sexual interest; Harry is accosted in the bathtub by a ghostly girl; some couples kiss in the shadows after the Yule Ball.
Two deaths, including one very stirring death of a teen. No blood is shown, but lifeless bodies are. Children are in peril, often at the hands of magical creatures: dragons burn, chase, and cut Triwizard competitors; mermaids brandish spears as students are held captive underwater. A spider is tortured in a class demonstration. A hand is severed and sacrificed, and Harry is tortured by a curse, writhing in pain.
“Bloody hell,” “piss off,” and similar words.
It’s a good and evil story … no surprises here. Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices.
While the candy mentioned wasn’t originally real, it is now: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Jelly Slugs, and more. And then there are the action figures, Lego playsets, wands, Band Aids… you name it.
Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
Madame Maxime’s horses only drink single-malt whiskey. Students drink butterbeer — a magical-world drink with a pinch of alcohol.
Not an issue
Depends on your kid and your family
Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it
In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter competes alongside young wizards from faraway schools in the treacherous Tri-Wizard Tournament. Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort waits in the wings for his chance to destroy the boy and everything he stands for.,