Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert
The Harry Potter Concert Series returned to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this week, with a performance of the fourth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed the score live while the film itself played on a high-definition,40-foot screen above the orchestra.
In the fourth entry in the series, Harry finds himself competing in the Tri-Wizard tournament along with Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum. The Goblet of Fire notoriously expands on the Harry Potter universe and introduces audiences to a whole host of new characters and reveals hidden intentions of some familiar faces. Over a decade later, the film’s visuals hold up and Patrick Doyle’s score remains as brilliant as ever.
Conductor Evan Mitchell, who previously led the live orchestra for showings of Jurassic Park, E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial, and last month’s Casino Royale, was excited at the opportunity to deliver a Harry Potter performance to a lively, emotionally connected audience.
“I saw each film on their theatrical release and I think they are magnificent films,” says Mitchell. “I take it all very seriously. With a live performance you have the maximum possibility to drive home that emotional connection.”
Given the enthusiasm of the energetic and heavily costumed audience, surely, Mitchell was pleased. The ability to engage with the film and it’s score so meaningfully, makes Harry Potter Film Series a rousing success, show after show.
Tickets are sold out for the final show tomorrow (November 17) but if possible, find a friend with an extra. For a casual or (more likely) very serious Harry Potter fan, this is simply the best way to revisit the beloved music and characters of the J.K Rowling’s magical world.