Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling.

gobletRe-read. It’s clearly been far too long since I re-read The Goblet of Fire. I’ve seen the movie so many times over the last however many years that I’ve become more versed with that. How on earth did I forget how drastically it deviated from the book?

I think Prisoner of Azkaban was the first massive plot deviation from page to screen, and they’ve had to do it here – again. There’s a lot of points I would have liked to see in the movie (even though I know it might have been difficult, but alas) –

– The house elves were completely overlooked. I really love the sub-plot of Hermione trying to liberate them, even though it goes against their nature.
– Barty Crouch Jr’ escape from Azkaban. I would have loved to see that as a flashback; his parents visiting him and the use of the Polyjuice potion.
– Hermione and Krum’s relationship seemed a bit more dismissive and jokey in the movie, whereas I liked how there was a bit more there in the books.
– Rita Skeeter’s hounding of Harry, Hermione and anyone else she could get her hands on. Wouldn’t we all have liked to see her collected in a jar?
– The Malfoy/Potter sass-offs. Like, seriously. They were pretty funny. Instead of being just spiteful, the movie could have had an edge of comedy to their arguments. In your head you kind of do the mental finger snaps in a Z-shape.

I mean, there’s a lot of recapping of the previous book’s plot points. A lot. But as a child I really enjoyed being reminded of the books before it as I read. I think there are some flaws, and the movie rightly corrected the letters to Padfoot. How idiotic would you be to write a letter to Sirius Black, fully named, while he’s the most hunted man on the planet?

Not my favourite book of the series by a longshot, but I’ve enjoyed reacquainting myself with the book. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, because I think this is the tipping point where it gets a bit darker, and introduces my favourite character – hey, Luna.


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