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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Grand Rapids Symphony brings local magic to the stage


There is something really wonderful about how fandom evolves over time, revealing itself within the culture via the many forms it can take.

For fans of Harry Potter’s universe, we have witnessed everything from fan fiction (including erotica) to musical acts, to even the series creator’s eventual stage play of the cast much later in life. It is exciting, to say the least, to witness how Harry has stayed with us for so long and in so many variations over time. 

Folks who are fans of the film series are in for a treat as our local Grand Rapids Symphony under Conductor John Varineau’s baton will perform the cinematic score as the fourth film movie in the series, “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire,” unspools on a giant 40-foot, high-definition screen at DeVos Performance Hall. 
 
Most know the story by now of the boy wizard, Harry Potter, trying to navigate his mysterious past while attending the magic prep-school Hogwarts. 

In “Goblet of Fire” (episode four) Harry has been mysteriously entered into the Triwizard Tournament, a grueling contest among three wizarding schools in which he will eventually confront a dragon, water demons, and an enchanted maze only to find himself in Lord Voldemort’s deathly grasp.

“Goblet of Fire” is at a unique junction within this popular series where the soberness of their futures begins to reveal itself in greater detail for the main characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they put to bed their childhood years and they prepare to enter into the darker recesses of the seven books that make up the rest of the series. 
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