The fourth Potter movie was the first in the blockbuster series to sport a PG-13 rating — and not just for its darker tone, deadlier action and the emergence of evil, creepy Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in mutated human form. Thirteen is about how old Harry, Ron and Hermione are now. Horrors! Hormonal teenagers! The eclectic Mike Newell, whose predecessor Alfonso Cuarón elevated the series with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, works hard to balance the humor, action (the deadly Triwizard Tournament makes Quidditch look like child’s play), and all that teen angst. Some of author J.K. Rowling’s then-growing celebrity factors in, too, as celebrity Harry has a new nemesis in sticky gossip columnist Rita Skeeter (Newell favorite Miranda Richardson). The result is a more sophisticated, sometimes convoluted Potter movie, its young cast finally able to explore their characters’ emotions with more depth.
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