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Goblet of Fire Headstone Mistake Repaired

Published August 13, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
Ever since we have put up that picture from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire featuring Harry standing in front of a headstone that looks to belong to Tom Riddle we have been receiving tons of emails about the gross error with the image. First off, where was JK Rowling with this one? I thought she monitors work done on the films and having an incorrect headstone is quite a miss. Luckily enough, Warner Bros has heard the cries from Potter fans and have decided to correct the headstone.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Headstone


Before I get on with the repairs that Warner Bros are likely to do to the headstone, let me first point out the errors that a lot of our readers may not catch. First, there should not be a headstone for Tom Marvolo Riddle. One, I am almost positive that this name was never on the headstone from the book and, if it is suppose to be Voldemort's father, Tom Riddle, we should definitely expect that his middle name wasn't Marvolo. Marvolo was the name given to Voldemort by his mother, just after his birth at the orphanage. The father, Tom Riddle, never knew of the unborn child's full name, nor did the rest of the muggle world.

The second error is the dates presented on the headstone for Tom Riddle and Tom Marvolo Riddle. According to Potter communities, Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort, was born on December 31, 1926 [or 1927 if he caught New Years], not 1915 as shown in the image. The second error on the dates presented on the gravestone is the year of death for Tom Riddle [and wife]. While the picture says 1943, the books hint that the year was more near 1945. A small error, but an error just the same.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire A Grave Mistake


What should Warner Bros do to correct the errors? First, completely remove Tom Marvolo Riddle from the headstone with the dates included. Then, all they'd have to do is make a quick adjustment to a single year and then no more complaints from us. Though Warner Bros says that they do not plan to re-shoot the scene with the headstone, expect them to make some easy edits through CGI.

Expect the full trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to come next week.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes to theatres on November 18th.

For the teaser trailer, clips, movie stills, early reviews and synopsis, go to the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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