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Look Back at Goblet of Fire

Published November 22, 2005 in Movie Discussion
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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Now that the release date for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has finally come and we have finally reviewed it, I thought I would take a second look at the film and a second look at the number one question that has been hounding me all week-- Is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a better film than Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

Goblet of Fire Look

If you have not read my review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, than a good starting point would be HERE. In the review I mention that GOF is, or could be, the best Potter film to date. However, this is a big claim, considering that Alfonso Cauron nailed Prisoner of Azkaban.

Actually, my biggest issue with Azkaban was the fact that I felt some very important elements were left out of the film. If you were wondering what these elements were, read HERE; I promise you'll enjoy it. Considering that Azkaban is a much shorter book than Goblet of Fire, I had always feared the worst for the film. However, it looks like Mike Newell did a well enough job to force most of the information from the book in, with only a couple big hiccups.

In my review I thought it was best to ignore these hiccups, but now that I am talking strictly Potter, it is time to give them a look over.

Prosecution Scene
In the film we watch Harry Potter get sucked into Dumbledore's pensieve to find himself among the prosecution of Death Eaters. During the scene, we watch as Karkaroff confesses that it was Barty Crouch Jr. who was responsible for torturing the Longbottom's. Crouch Jr. attempts to run and is caught immediately. By the flick of Crouch Jr.'s tongue, we immediately know that this guy is somewhat demented and must be tied to the Death Eaters.

Though this move was an easy way to create a villain for Mike Newell, this was not the case in the book.

In the book, we encounter a young Barty Crouch Jr. who has already been accused of torturing the Longbottom's. However, Crouch Jr., while on the stand, weakly [he has already been to Azkaban] pleads that he is innocent. For a moment, the reader thinks that Barty Crouch may just be a cruel father, as he immediately sends his son back to Azkaban under screaming pleads of innocence. During this scene, Barty Crouch Jr. yells 'I am your son!,' in which Barty Crouch replies 'I have no son!'

From then on we know that Barty Crouch Jr. was sent off to Azkaban only to die there later. By doing so, JK Rowling was able to keep the identity of her new villain in Goblet of Fire secret. Not only was the courtroom an extremely cool and powerful scene, showing the civil split among wizard families during this crisis, it also kept the thought of Crouch Jr. out of readers minds up until the end of the book.

Mike Newell, not wanting to complicate the story too much, decided that he would throw out all of the mystery and point out that Barty Crouch Jr. was our new villain.

Need More Weasley's
Bill, Charlie and Percy were all non-existent in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, even though their arrival in the book has important consequences in later books. Though I don't want to give away any spoiler details, more of the Weasley's get to meet some of the new female visitors at Hogwarts. In Order of the Phoenix, all of the Weasley brothers have major roles and some come to the forefront of conflict.

Update: I was recently alerted by 'Elizabeth' that there was another important detail missed. The want used by Harry and Lord Voldemort are similar, as both have a feather of the same phoenix in their wands. Since the wands are 'brothers', they cannot attack eachother. Though the two wizards fired different spells, the wands connected. This could have further implications down the road, meaning that Voldemort and Harry may not be able to have a final batte with the wands they carry now.

Is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a better film than Prisoner of Azkaban? Since I wouldn't dare put my two cents on this question [actually, I just can't say], we have setup a poll here on CanMag.Com to allow our readers to vote on which film they think is better

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban vs. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

For a little bit of fun information- The Goblet of Fire page on CanMag.Com was opened ~360,000 times before the film hit theatres. Nice work!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is in theatres now.

For the trailers, movie stills, pics, clips, our review, other reviews and synopsis, go to the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

*By the way, we have recently been hit with a lot of spam mail lately, causing us to lose a ton of email from our readers. If you had wrote in about Goblet of Fire, or any other topic, please send the email again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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