Harry Potter 4 Starts Production

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the start of principal photography for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth effects-heavy film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s hugely popular book series. Mike Newell, director of Mona Lisa Smile and Four Weddings and a Funeral, is at the helm this time around, directing from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, who penned the three previous Potter films.

Also joining the production is actor Brendan Gleeson (Troy, Eight Days Later, Lake Placid) as Hogwarts’ new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad-Eye Moody. Frances De La Tour (The Cherry Orchard, Strike it Rich) will play Madame Maxime, Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and Roger Lloyd-Pack (Vanity Fair, BBC TV’s Only Fools and Horses) takes on the role of Barty Crouch, Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. The ensemble will also feature Pedja Bjelac (Eurotrip) as Durmstrang Professor Igor Karkaroff, Jeff Rawle (Inspector Calls II, Baal, TV’s Drop the Dead Donkey) as Amos Diggory and David Tennant (Bright Young Things) as Barty Crouch Jr.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton once again reprise the roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and their archrival, Draco Malfoy, respectively. New additions to the young cast include Robert Pattinson (The Ring) as Cedric Diggory, Stanislav Ianevski as Quidditch star Viktor Krum, Clemence Poesy as Fleur Delacour and Katie Leung as Cho Chang.

Production is based at England’s Leavesden Studios under producer David Heyman and exec producer David Barron (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). Visual effects supervisor Jim Mitchell (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and creature effects and make-up supervisor Nick Dudman (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) are back for another round, as are production designer Stuart Craig (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and director of photography Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released in November 2005 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.