734 pages of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book was translated into 2 hours and 37 minutes for the cinematic adaptation. Only so many details can be squeezed into a film. But fans are always left to ask and wonder how different a movie would be if certain storylines weren't overlooked. Comparing notes of the Nick Ewell film and JK Rowling's fourth novel, here are 10 Important Details Missing from the Goblet of Fire movie.
The Twi-Wizard tournament will bring glory and honor to the winner. This is only half right in the movie. The champion earns 1000 galleons to spend at their leisure. Harry wins the tournament but it's not like he needed the extra dough, but he also didn't want to keep his earnings.
Instead of taking the cup singularly in the maze, Harry encouraged Cedric Diggory to take it too. The cup ended up being a portkey to Voldemort's graveyard, where Cedric was killed. In the books Harry gives his winnings to Fred and George Weasley, who were starting up Weasleys Wizard Wheezes.
Giants - due to discrimination and violent behavior of fellow giants - retreated to the mountains or other remote locations. When Hogwarts' groundskeeper Hagrid and Beauxbatons Headmaster Madame Maxime meet, they instantly fall in love. Everything seems all right for these two love birds in the movie. In the books Hagrid inadvertently insults Maxime by suggesting that she is not pure Giant. Their relationship falters until Dumbledore intervenes and brings them back together.
A large percentage of the fourth novel is dedicated to Hermione's cause. After witnessing a house elf (Winky) get brutally freed by her owner (Barty Crouch Sr.), the smarty Gryffindor begins working on House Elf Liberation Front (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare). Nobody else takes his cause seriously - not even Harry or Ron - because everyone believes/knows elves love their work. We come to discover in the book that the Hogwarts kitchen is entirely run by elves, and Granger dragging Harry and Ron with her go there to rally support for her cause.
Also ignored in the film is Dobby. Our little freed house elf had trouble gaining employment after Chamber of Secrets because he dared ask for wages. We learn not only about Dobby's unique selection of human clothes for his own wardrobe, but he helps Harry with the second twi-wizard task (not Neville) and Dumbledore hired him to work at Hogwarts.
Covering the span of the Quidditch field, the four champions walk into the maze set to charge the criss-crossing lanes until he or she finds the cup. Sure the tournament is shown in the film, and participants like Fleur Delacour and Victor Krum are bewitched. But the novel actually makes the maze more challenging. Giant spiders and a sphinx with riddles block the area around the cup to make it harder to claim.
Not much information is shared in the films about the Gryffindor student's home life. We know that he is raised by his grandmother, but it's easy to assume his parents are dead. You may be shocked to realize that his mother and father are actually residing in a mental aslyum for wizards. Having been apart of the original fleet to end Voldemort's first reign of terror, Bellatrix Lestrange tortured his parents under the Cruciartus curse until they went completely insane. Neville with his grandmother visit his parents but they do not recognize he is their son.
After Harry's godfather rides off into the moonlight and starry sky, where does he go? You'd be surprised to know - not that far! With Dumbledore's help, Black takes up in the mountains surrounding Hogwarts living as his animgus form a black dog. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to visit Padfoot in his isolated cave and refer to him on campus grounds as Snuffles.
In the books, Skeeter is actually banned from the Hogwarts grounds before the first tournament. But as an unregistered animagus, Skeeter transforms herself into a beetle. With the help of students like Draco Malfoy, Skeeter is able to get around as much as she likes listening in on private conversations and classroom sessions. Harry and Hermione suffer a wrath of bullying at school. Hermione eventually catches on and eventually places Skeeter the Beetle in a jar until she learns her lesson and then is released.
Harry's first visit at Ollivander's results in a surprising revelation: Potter's wand and Voldemort's wand come share the same core - a phoenix feather. Can you think of any Phoenix's that rise from the ashes in the films?... Yes, you're thinking Fawkes' right? The feather which is shared in both of their wands come from Dumbledore's prized companion Fawkes. No explanation in the fourth book reveals how this comes to pass.