Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 Important Details Missing from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie

734 pages of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book was translated into 2 hours and 37 minutes for the adaptation. Only so many details can be squeezed into a film. But fans are always left to ask how different a movie would be if certain storylines weren't overlooked. Comparing notes of director Nick Ewell's film and J.K. Rowling's fourth novel, here are 10 Important Details Missing from the Goblet of Fire movie. What other details do you think are missing from the movie? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Voldemort didn't resurrect with physical similarities to snakes because he's a Slytherin

Voldemort made his first appearance in the Sorcerer's Stone because he was able to possess the body of snakes and Professor Quirrell. After his defeat, the dark lord retreated back to an Albanian forest and continued to possess the spirits and bodies of his slithering peers. Peter Pettigrew's rats led him to the forest where Voldemort was living as a dark shadow feasting on small animals. The Death Eater helped Voldemort achieve a physical body strong enough to travel back to London to trap Harry.

Cedric's Mother is Missing

In the film, Amos carries tremendous pride for his son Cedric - beating Harry Potter in a Quidditch game the year before and being the first participant from Hogwart's called for the tournament. What you might not know from the movie is that Amos isn't a single parent. After Harry brings Cedric's body back to the school grounds and goes on a much-needed rest, he eventually meets Cedric's devastated mother.

Hagrid and Madame Maxime

Due to discrimination from wizards and the violent behavior of other giants, some giants retreated to 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 she is not pure Giant. Their relationship falters until Dumbledore intervenes and brings them together.


A large percentage of the fourth novel is dedicated to Hermione's cause helping house-elves. After witnessing a house elf Winky get brutally freed by her owner Barty Crouch Sr., the smart Gryffindor begins working on House Elf Liberation Front (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare). Nobody else takes her cause seriously because everyone believes 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. Dobby's gains an unique selection of human clothes for his own wardrobe and helps Harry with the second Triwizard task (not Neville). Dumbledore ends up hiring him to work at Hogwarts.

The Triwizard Maze is Extremely Dangerous

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.

Neville's Parents Aren't Dead

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 aasylumfor 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.

Where In The World is Sirius Black?

After Harry's godfather rides off into the moonlight and starry sky in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 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 animagus 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.

Rita Skeeter Gossips about Hermione's Love Life

In the film, Skeeter publishes Granger's "torrent" affairs with Dumstrang student Victor Krum and Hogwarts student Harty Potter. But the film never answers what happens to Skeeter nor explores the damage done on Hermione and Harry because of her humiliating gossip columns.

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.

The Wand Chooses Harry and Voldemort

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.

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. He also didn't want to keep his earnings after what happens to Cedric. Instead of taking the cup singularly in the maze, Harry encouraged Cedric Diggory to take it too. The cup ended up being a port key 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.

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