English director Mike Newell's name might not be super familiar to you, but chances are that you know (or have heard of) at least some of his work. He's directed all kinds of different films over the years—really, there's something for everyone on his resume.
You like gritty dramas with a high-wattage celebrity lead? Try Newell's Donnie Brasco. How about more adventure-type stuff? In that case, we can offer you Prince of Persia.
Okay, fine, you prefer Julia Roberts rom-coms? Yup—he's got one of those as well: Mona Lisa Smile.
And of course, his most well known (and probably most acclaimed) directorial turn came with Four Weddings and a Funeral. You know, the film that made Hugh Grant famous. Pretty impressive, huh?
It's no wonder they chose him to do a film in the Harry Potter series. Harry's story brings together comedy, tragedy, romance, and adventure, and Newell clearly has loads experience with all of the above.
Oh, and fun fact: he was the first Brit to direct an HP film.
While the director and cast of Harry Potter are pretty much all so British we imagine they all own Union Jack-patterned pyjamas, somehow native Texan Steve Kloves ended up responsible for translating J. K. Rowling's vision to the screen. And not just for this movies, but for almost all of the Harry Potter films—with the exception of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—you know, the one that comes right after this one. (Don't worry—Steve was back in action in Half Blood Prince.)
You can check out what we've said about Kloves and his super distinguished career in our guide on the very first Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Take a bow, Warner Bros, Heyday Films, and Patalex IV Productions Limited—without you, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire would have just stayed a little, unknown book (er, well, maybe not exactly "unknown"—but it's still nice that they made a movie).
You probably know Warner Brothers. Everyone knows Warner Brothers, because they've produced (and distributed) thousands of films since the mid-20th century. We won't try to list all of them, don't worry—even just listing the features that are upcoming for the next five years would be too long for this space.
However, just to give you a little taste, WB has put out movies such as Magic Mike (2012), Interstellar (2014), Gravity (2013), Argo (2012), Inception (2010), and, of course, all of the Harry Potter films.
Yeah—lots of different genres and subject matter on offer there. But that's WB's deal: they produce movies spanning the "Shirtless Channing Tatum Dancing" genre all the way to the "Big-Eyed Reluctant Wizard Hero Winning Tournaments" genre.
Heyday Films is pretty different from WB. The most major difference: its list of films isn't as long as the King James Bible. Even so, they also produced all the Harry Potter films. Guess if you've got a winning formula, you keep the production team together, right?
Their resume is probably heavier on the kids-friendly fare, percentage wise. Like, in addition to the Harry Potter films, they've done Paddington (2014; with sequels planned) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) (yup, another J. K. Rowling special).
Of course, they also did The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), which is about the Holocaust, and the first film listed on their IMDb page is Ravenous (1999), which is supposedly about a "rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal." So, clearly Heydey is pretty comfortable with the darker material too.
Patalex IV Productions literally has one credit listed: this one. So, not too much to tell you about that one. Maybe Warner Brothers can lend them a couple of movies to put on their resume?
We're dealing with pretty straightforward action adventure fare, with one major storyline that follows the template we've seen in the first three films: Harry Potter balances normal teen stuff (dating! dances!) while confronting strange and sometimes dangerous wizard stuff (evil Dark Lords! Death Eaters!).
This time, of course, there's a notable romance plot as an undercurrent/distraction from all the dangerous stuff, but the action/danger elements are much more front-and-center. So, we'd say the movie is pretty uncomplicated—and we mean that in a good way, of course.
This flick has danger, adventure, mystical happenings, and even romance, and it's got a soaring, suspenseful, and sometimes dark score to match all that heavy-duty emotion.
This was the first of the Harry Potter movies that didn't use a John Williams score, but you can barely tell: Patrick Doyle definitely manages to match Williams' dramatic style.
Doyle hasn't done a ton of high-profile big budget American movies, though you may know him from Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). He also scored Brave (2012) and the more recent Cinderella (2015) remake—perhaps Goblet of Fire gave him the taste for the kids' films? He definitely has a knack for them, so we think he should keep at it.
"Fandom" doesn't even begin to describe the affection and obsession that the Harry Potter books have inspired since they came out. We've already described the favorite haunts, sites, and activities of the Potter faithful at length here…and we've got to add that the lovefest shows no signs of dying down.
That's probably why the franchise is still going strong even after the end of the Harry Potter series, with works such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Not to be cynical, but how could they not cash in on a gigantic super-loyal fanbase like that?