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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name and was released on 18 November, 2005. It is directed by Mike Newell, Patrick Doyle composed the film's music. The film focuses on a hidden plot to revive Lord Voldemort and the dangers that Harry Potter faces during a prestigious tournament hosted at Hogwarts.
Harry Potter, an upcoming fourth year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has a dream where he witnesses the death of Frank Bryce by the hand of Lord Voldemort, who is apparently plotting to get to him with the aid of Wormtail and an unknown male. He wakens in the Burrow by Hermione Granger, who also attempts to waken Ron Weasley.
Later that morning, the Weasley family and Harry travel by Portkey to the 422nd Quidditch World Cup with Amos and Cedric Diggory, whereby they witness the defeat of Bulgaria to Ireland. After the match, a gang of Death Eaters spark terror among the campsite and Harry is separated from the others in the confusion and is knocked unconscious. After the destruction of the campsite, the unidentified male from Harry's dream casts the Dark Mark into the sky, but flees when the others find Harry.
The trio arrive at Hogwarts, where they learn that the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place at the school that year. Delegations of students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive in the school to take part in the tournament: however, during the introductions, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody enters the Great Hall and is introduced as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher for that year.
The Goblet of Fire, a magical object that selects the participants for the tournament, selects Fleur Delacour, Victor Krum and Cedric Diggory. However, before the celebrations can begin, an unexpected fourth name is ejected from the goblet and is revealed to be Harry Potter, who professes his innocence to Albus Dumbledore that he did not place his name there. His innocence is confirmed by Moody, but Harry is still required to compete in the tournament, as Barty Crouch Snr states that Harry is under a binding magical contract. The majority of students in the school believe Harry entered himself and the incident results in Ron no longer speaking with Harry.
Harry soon learns that the first task is to steal a Golden Egg from a dragon, after Rubeus Hagrid shows him the dragons for the task in the Forbidden Forest. He informs Cedric of the upcoming task and, with thanks from Moody, is able to capture the egg using his Firebolt broomstick. Ron realises that Harry would never knowingly put himself into such danger without knowing about it beforehand, and the two make up and begin talking once more. During the winter holidays, Hogwarts plays host to a Yule Ball, but the evening ends on a bad note, as Ron jealously learns that Hermione had a date with Victor Krum. Harry later has a similar dream to the one he had over the summer, but from the point of view of Frank and wakes when Frank is killed by the Killing Curse. Grateful for his tip-off about the dragons, Cedric tells Harry how to solve the clue with the egg and advises him to "take a bath".
Harry listens to the Golden Egg in the Prefect's Bathroom and correctly deduces that the second task involves a trip into the Black Lake to find something that has been taken from him. Having obtained Gillyweed from Neville Longbottom before the task, he uses it to swim under the lake for an hour and rescues Ron from the Merpeople. He also frees Gabrielle Delacour, as Fleur does not arrive due to her being attacked by Grindylows. His act of saving Gabrielle, despite her not being Harry's hostage, allows him to gain second place and ties his points with Cedric, while earning him two kisses on the cheek from Fleur herself.
After the task, Harry meets with Barty Crouch Snr, who congratulates him for his achievements and stating that Harry's parents would be very proud of him. Crouch's talk is cut off by Moody, who begins to make accusations that Crouch is trying to recruit Harry. As Crouch walks towards Moody, he flicks his tongue which alarms Crouch, before he leaves. While wandering the forest with Hagrid and the others, he finds Crouch's dead body and heads to Dumbledore's Office in the castle, where Cornelius Fudge argues with Dumbledore and adamantly tells Dumbledore that he will "not be seen as a coward" for cancelling the Triwizard Tournament. Dumbledore, Fudge and Moody leave the office when Harry's presence is made aware to them, Dumbledore letting Harry know that he can have a Licorice Snap, but warns that they are a "wee bit sharp".
In his haste, Harry picks some of the candy up, but they start jumping around and biting his hand. He stumbles and hits a hidden floor switch, revealing the Pensieve, for which Harry steps toward carefully and cautiously. He suddenly falls into the depths of the Pensieve after staring into the mist and falls into a courtroom, where he learns that Igor Karkaroff used to be a Death Eater and that Crouch Snr used to have a son by the same name. Harry suddenly recalls that Crouch's son looked very much like the unknown man in his dream and, after informing Dumbledore of this revelation, is asked to put it out of his mind for now.
While making his way back to Gryffindor Tower, he catches sight of Karkaroff's Dark Mark while he argues with Severus Snape in a potions store cupboard. Snape maliciously taunts Harry about the supposed thefts of Boomslang Skin from his store cupboard and suggests that he and his friends are brewing Polyjuice Potion, threatening to use Veritaserum on Harry if any more ingredients go missing from his stores.
The third task consists of a maze and the champions only need to find the Triwizard Cup in the centre, which has been placed there by Alastor Moody. The maze is later seen to be enchanted and blows gusts of wind every so often to disorientate the champions. During the maze challenge, Krum stuns Fleur and attempts to do the same to Cedric, but is stunned when the latter uses the Disarming Charm against him. Harry stops Cedric from attacking Krum further and run off, before noticing the cup. They run towards it, but Cedric is caught by roots and nearly engulfed by them, but is saved by Harry. The pair grab the cup themselves, but are teleported to the graveyard of Little Hangleton. Harry desperately tries to get Cedric to go back to the cup, but is too late, as Wormtail and Lord Voldemort activate the cauldron, causing Harry to clutch his scar in pain. Cedric is quickly killed by Wormtail and Harry is pinned to a statue of an angel.
Harry is forced to watch Wormtail drop Voldemort into the potion, put a bone of his father into it, cut off his hand and forced to draw blood and watch the revival of Voldemort. The Death Eaters are summoned to the graveyard and Wormtail is gifted a new hand. Voldemort then spots Harry and explains to the Death Eaters about how Harry survived, then touches Harry's scar, causing pain to Harry. Harry is freed and forced to duel with Voldemort, but by doing so, causes the effect of Priori Incantatem. The echoes of Harry's parents, Cedric and Frank Bryce exit out of Voldemort's wand and create a diversion, with Harry's parents informing him that he has been "so brave". Harry does not break contact until his mother orders him to do so. When released, he grabs Cedric's body and summons the Triwizard Cup with Accio and disappears to Hogwarts. Voldemort gives a roar of fury as his plan has gone wrong.
Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Moody secretly takes Harry away from the maze and into his office where he reveals to be behind all the events of the year: it was he who put Harry's name in the Goblet, he who suggested Hagrid take Potter into the woods to see the dragons, he who told Cedric how to discover the clue in the Golden Egg, he who gave Neville Longbottom the book about Gillyweed, he who bewitched Viktor in the maze and finally was the person who made the Triwizard Cup a Portkey. Upon realising that the real Moody would not get Harry away from Dumbledore, he, Snape and McGonagall follow him and disarm him. Moody was in fact Bartemius Crouch Jr, who drank Polyjuice Potion the whole year so he could turn into Moody, who was locked in a magical chest in the office and has been arranging events to ensure Harry made it to the third task (making certain Hagrid knew about the dragons so he would tell Harry, and lending Neville the book that contained the information of the gillyweed). The professors and Harry leave the room and Snape stays, his wand pointed at Bartemius's face; in which Bartemius makes a final snake-like flick of his tongue.
A Memorial Feast is held at the Great Hall, in memory of Cedric, where Dumbledore announces, against the Minister's will, that Voldemort is back once more. Afterwards Harry, Ron and Hermione reflect on events knowing that Hogwarts will never be the same.
Main Cast Members
Unidentified Cast Members
|Unknown Owl||Sirius Black's owl|
|Unidentified Actress||Female Hogwarts teacher|
|Unknown Actress||Eloise Midgeon (uncredited)|
|Unknown Actor||Ivan Volkov|
|Unknown Actor||Lev Zograf|
|Unknown Actor||Pyotr Vulchanov|
|Unknown Actor||Vasily Dimitrov|
|Unknown Actor||Aidan Lynch|
|Unknown Actor||Alexei Levski|
|Unknown Actor||Barry Ryan|
|Unknown Actress||Clara Ivanova|
|Unknown Actor||Sonny Ward student|
Non-Notable Cast Members
|Frankie Chilakalaka||Party Guest|
Differences from the book
- Frank Bryce's history is omitted completely from the film. The film also erroneously calls him a "caretaker", rather than a gardener.
- In the book, Frank walks with a walking stick, but in the movie, though he still appears to be stiff legged, he does not use any implements to help him walk.
- In the book, the Riddle House is described as having a stone staircase, but in the movie, it is an old rickety wooden staircase.
- In the book, Frank is invited into the room and killed when he demands Voldemort to show himself. In the film, Voldemort does not tell Wormtail to beckon Bryce, but tells him to stand aside and merely kills Bryce at the spot where he was standing.
- Bertha Jorkins' role in the film is taken out entirely, which effectively removes much of the backstory in the main plot of the story. Under the story portrayed for the film, Barty Crouch Jr has seemingly "escaped" Azkaban without any explanation at all and Voldemort already knows about the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, despite having no source that could have told him these things. It is possible that Wormtail heard some rumours about these events while disguised as a rat, which he was able to relay to his master.
- In the film, Voldemort, Wormtail and Barty Crouch Jr discuss their plans together in the Riddle House. In the book, Barty Crouch Jr is not present at all and only learned about the plot after the World Cup had concluded.
- Barty Crouch Jr does not have straw-coloured hair in the film, but is portrayed with Tennant's natural hair colour.
Chapters 2 - 5
- The Dursleys are completely omitted from the film. This means that all the scenes that take place at the Dursley residence, such as the invitation from Molly Weasley, do not occur and there is no reference to them at any point in the film.
- Due to timing changes, Harry is awakened by his hurting scar in the Burrow and finds Hermione looking at him, rather than Mrs Weasley waking them up. The dialogue from Hermione also indicates that she is waking them up for the trek to the Portkey that will take them to the Quidditch World Cup, which means that Harry does not send any letter to Sirius about the dream he had at that point. However, he does send a letter while on the Hogwarts Express, but its contents are unknown.
- Bill, Charlie and Percy Weasley are omitted from the film. This means the only time Harry sees Bill is when he formally introduces himself during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
- There is no reference at all to Fred and George Weasley having plans to open a joke shop.
- There is a continuity error in Hermione's dialogue: she says that she had only just arrived, but the book had already indicated she was at the Burrow long before Harry had arrived there.
- In the film, Arthur Weasley has the whole party going with him, but in the book, only the youngest are travelling with him, as the eldest can Apparate to the Quidditch World Cup.
- Additionally, the film seems to suggest that the entire outing is a surprise by Arthur and that nobody actually knows where they are going, since Ron asks "Dad, where are we going?".
- The film portrays Amos Diggory in a different manner to that of the book. In the film, he is portrayed as a nice man with an affable personality and does not boast about Cedric in any way. This was likely done because Cedric's character was essentially omitted from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) and to create sympathy towards Amos as a character at the film's conclusion.
- In the film, just as the Portkey is about to leave, Mr Weasley tells Harry to grab the boot. There is also no explanation by anyone as to what a Portkey even does: Fred just states that the boot is a Portkey. Additionally, with the exception of Cedric, Amos and Arthur, all of the others fall flat into the ground, with the former flying graciously through the air.
Chapters 7 - 9
- The entire role of Ludo Bagman was removed from the film. As a result, every scene throughout the film which involved him is omitted. Therefore, the commentary of the World Cup is done by Cornelius Fudge and Barty Crouch Snr takes upon the role of judging in all tasks of the Triwizard Tournament.
- Due to Percy Weasley being omitted from the film, there is no mention at all of his new job in the Ministry of Magic.
- The film does not make it clear how Arthur Weasley was supposed to have obtained tickets, as in the book, it was implied that the tickets cost a large amount of gold and therefore, Ludo Bagman gifted some tickets to Arthur for helping him out.
- The camp for the Quidditch World Cup is indicated to be an all-wizard location, though some scenes show Muggles being levitated.
- In the book, every entrant must "check in" with a Ministry official: these scenes are removed in the film.
- The film already shows the tent erected for them, which means that there is no scene where they erect it manually.
- The film portrays Barty Crouch Snr as having a nice, but stiff and professional, persona: this is different from the book where he is portrayed as harsh and strict, as well as a sticker for rules and regulations.
- Due to the change in personality, combined with the trio's later meeting with Sirius in Hogsmeade being omitted, the backstory of Crouch Snr being a former Minister for Magic candidate was left out of the film entirely.
- There is no scene in the film before the World Cup match involving the Weasley's tent and the party meeting Crouch Snr and Ludo Bagman, the latter of which was removed from the film.
- The Veela mascots are omitted from the film entirely, while Leprechauns as mascots was minimised heavily. Instead, the Irish National Quidditch team creates a glittering firework of a leprechaun, which is obliterated by the Bulgarian National Quidditch team flying through it.
- The film only shows the teams entering the pitch and Fudge starting the match, with just a vague reference in the following scenes as to who "won" the match. Additionally, the Weasleys only stand in the normal areas and not in the Top Box, and appear to support both sides.
- Several characters at this point in the story, such as Narcissa Malfoy, Stan Shunpike and the Roberts family, are omitted from the film.
- Since the match is nearly all omitted from the film, the scene in which the Death Eaters attack the camp is slightly different: the family is already awake and dancing around the tent, rather than Arthur Weasley needing to go and wake people up.
- The film omits the wood scenes entirely. Therefore, Winky does not exist anywhere in the film and instead of his identity being hidden from the viewer until the very end, Barty Crouch Jr just seems to turn up randomly in the wrecked camp area to cast Morsmordre. This also changed how Harry was separated from the others: he is knocked unconscious by other spectators and wakes after the attack appears to have stopped.
- Due to the omission of the World Cup, Harry does not lose his wand. As a result, Crouch Jr already appears in possession of a wand, which he would need to have stolen from someone at some point before he cast Morsmordre. Additionally, the spell was cast after the attack on the camp site to signify murder, rather than being used to scare away the Death Eaters for disloyalty to Lord Voldemort.
- Harry tells Crouch Snr about the unknown man who cast the spell in the film, rather than Hermione.
- Additionally, there is absolutely no reference in the film series to the prejudice against house-elves or the "Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare", the society that Hermione created. The entire subplot is not acknowledged in later films, due to the removal of non-important elves.
Chapters 10 - 12
- Most of the scenes that take place in the Burrow after the World Cup are omitted from the film, with the newspaper report about "Ministry Messups" being mentioned by Hermione on the train to Hogwarts instead.
- Ron receives his dress robes via Errol in the film, rather than being given to him by Mrs Weasley, as she was omitted.
- The scenes on the Hogwarts Express are slightly different in the film. In the book, the compartment that the trio are sitting in is right next to Draco Malfoy, who overhears their conversations and drops subtle hints about the Triwizard Tournament. Additionally, several of Harry's friends enter the compartment before Malfoy enters.
- Ron attempts to purchase a packets of Drooble's Best Blowing Gum and a Liquorice Wand, but only has enough for the Drooble's. This scene is reminiscent of the book's scene whereby Ron cannot purchase the Omnioculars for the World Cup.
- There is no scene with Peeves throwing water balloons at the arriving students as they enter the Great Hall, as Peeves is omitted from all of the film's.
- In the book, the students of Hogwarts have already changed into their school robes, but in the film, the students wear normal Muggle attire when the delegation of students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive, which additionally occurs at the very beginning of the school year in the movie, rather than at the Hallowe'en Feast as in the book.
- The order of house tables in the film is different to how they appear in the book. In the film, the tables are ordered as "Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin", whereas this is "Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor" in the book.
- In the books, the house tables are covered in white linen tablecloth, but in the movies they are bare.
- The composite, movie only, character Nigel Wolpert replaces the characters Colin and Dennis Creevey, who were omitted from the films.
- Padma Patil is erroneously depicted as being a Gryffindor student in the films, when she is actually a Ravenclaw student in the book.
- Filius Flitwick sits next to Hagrid in the film, rather than next to Pomona Sprout, as a result of the movie's alteration of having the delegation of students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arriving at the beginning of the year. This also includes a humorous scene in which Hagrid stabs Flitwick's hand by accident with a fork.
- Due to the removal of house-elves from the film series, the character of Nearly Headless Nick is omitted and does not tell Hermione about the elves who wander the school.
- In the book, Mad-Eye Moody enters the Great Hall through the main entrance, but in the film, he enters through the door at the back. The movies, and later the video games, make this back room the Trophy Room, so he could not have possibly entered the school through this route, although it's possible that he used the Floo Network or broke into the school. Additionally, his presence is only known to all people in the school when he casts a spell into the Enchanted Ceiling to calm it down from a storm, rather than the doors flying open and everyone turning to look.
- Moody's appearance in the film differs from that in the book. In the books, Moody is described as having a long mane of grizzled grey hair, with his magical eye being simply a gigantic eye in his eye socket. In the movie, he has a greyish blonde, seemingly shorter mane of hair with his magical eye being reminiscent of an eye patch. According to production on the film, the film makers originally tried multiple looks for Moody, including one that was relatively similar to how he was described in the books, but ultimately settled on his final look in the finished films.
- Due to the removal of scenes at the Burrow, the explanation of the word "Auror" is given by Ron Weasley after Dean Thomas asks what it means. Additionally, Seamus Finnegan ponders out loud on the contents of Moody's hip-flask, which is given through thoughts and descriptions in the book from Harry himself.
- In the book, Fred Weasley yells “You’re JOKING” when Dumbledore announces the Triwizard Tournament. In the movie, he and George both say in union (though much more quietly, “Wicked!” and do not cause the school to roar or Dumbledore to tell of his joke about the troll, hag and leprechaun at the bar that he heard over the summer.
- In the film version, Barty Crouch Snr co-explains some of the rules of the Tournament with Dumbledore. Fred & George react a lot more strongly towards the no-one-under-the-age-of-17 rule by yelling “That’s rubbish!” as opposed to the book where they just gave angry glares. Neither Crouch nor Dumbledore forewarn the students about hoodwinking the Goblet of Fire. Hermione merely tells Fred and George about the Age-line and its purpose when the two attempt to bypass it. There is also no mention of the Tournament’s history in the film version.
- There is no mention of the thousand galleon prize money won from the tournament in the film version. It is merely stated that whoever wins the tournament will have “eternal glory” meaning that they will be greatly prized, which could include large amounts of money.
- Harry & co. walking up to the Gryffindor dormitory and discussing ways to bypass the Age-line with Fred and George, along with Neville falling through the invisible step on the Grand Staircase, and later meeting with Dean and Seamus in their dormitory is omitted. Harry & Ron do discuss what it would be like to enter and win the tournament right before Fred and George attempt to enter their names, however. One can also see Dean’s West Ham football among other memorabilia in the boys’ dormitory in the later scene when Harry and Ron argue over Harry’s entry in the Triwizard Tournament.
Chapters 13 - 16
- The Blast-Ended Skrewts are completely omitted from the film.
- The only lesson seen in the film is the lesson by Mad-Eye Moody in which he explains and demonstrates the Unforgivable Curses.
- Additionally, nobody is seen doing homework throughout the film and the Triwizard Tournament seems to be the main focus of the student's time.
- The scenes involving Sybill Trelawney and her classes are also omitted from the film, which means there is no scene at all where Harry's scar burns during a Divination class. This omission causes, amongst other similar omissions, plot holes for the next film.
- The scene with Draco Malfoy harassing the trio is slightly altered in the film. The film places Draco in the Transfiguration Courtyard and he harasses Harry about the tournament, before he attempts to jinx Harry without Harry noticing and is stopped by Moody. In the book, Draco harasses Ron about an article in the Daily Prophet about his father.
- During the DADA class, Moody addresses Lavender Brown by saying "You need to put that away, Miss Brown, when I'm talking.". This line is changed in the film to address Seamus Finnegan by saying "You need to find a better place to put your chewing gum besides the underside of your desk Mr Finnigan!". This is because Lavender's character is omitted from the film.
- In the film, Moody demonstrates the three Unforgivable Curses on a single spider, ultimately killing it. In the book, he uses a different spider for each one. Additionally, he is also shown using the Imperius Curse on students - despite it being illegal to do - in order to teach them how to overcome its effects.
- The film implies that Durmstrang is an all-boy school and Beauxbatons all-girl. However, in the book, there is a boy in Beauxbatons and a girl in Durmstrang.
- There is no reference made to Fleur Delacour being a part-Veela in the film, though all the students from Beauxbatons are shown to be very attractive. Additionally, the film also depicts the Beauxbatons students being a happy group rather than sullen and unhappy.
- The students from Hogwarts greet the visitors from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang at the Front Hall in the book, but in the film, the Hogwarts residents sit in the Great Hall and the guests enter the hall in dramatic style.
- The Goblet of Fire's appearance differs in the book, whereby it is seen as a small cup that is pulled out of a casket, whereas in the film, it's hidden behind a large frame and cannot seemingly be moved.
- Only Fred and George Weasley attempt to circumvent the Age Line that is placed around the Goblet of Fire in the film. Additionally, when the potion goes wrong, they begin fighting with a cheering crowd, whereas they simply take it in their stride and go to Madam Pomfrey in the book.
- A few unnamed students place their names in the Goblet of Fire, but none of the named characters from the book place their names into it, except the eventual contenders.
Chapters 17 - 20
- The room at the back of the hall is unnamed in the book, but in the films and video games, this is stated to be the Trophy Room.
- Dumbledore's reaction to Harry's name exiting the Goblet is completely different. In the book, he remains calm and passively asks Harry whether he put his name into the Goblet. In the film, he acts very aggressively towards Harry, even pushing him into a bunch of trophies in the room to demand an answer from Harry about the name.
- All of the Slytherins in the book support Cedric Diggory, but it is never brought up in the film.
- In the book, only the Gryffindors accept Harry's name being drawn from the cup, with the exception of Ron. However, the film additionally includes Cedric as someone accepting Harry's name.
- The attempted attack on each other by Draco and Harry, with the spells Densaugeo and Furnunculus respectively, are omitted from the film.
- Harry receives the letter from Sirius in the Gryffindor Tower in the book, but in the film, he receives it in the Owlery. Additionally, the owl in the film has a tendency to bite people, which the owl in the book does not do.
- The role of Rita Skeeter is reduced significantly in the film, including the detail that she is an unregistered Animagus.
- The speech error by Hagrid, where he incorrectly says "Bong-sewer", is not shown in the film, as he correctly says "Bonsoir".
- Charlie's appearance in the forest is omitted, though Hagrid mentions him. This also includes Charlie congratulating Harry after the task is completed.
- The scene in which Harry speaks to his godfather in the fireplace of Gryffindor Tower is altered. In the film, he speaks to Sirius long before he finds out about the dragons, which means that he does not ask him how to deal with them.
- Hermione hugs Harry just before the First Task begins, with Rita's photographer capturing the moment and trying to suggest that there is romance between them. This does not happen in the book, but the romantic implication remains, though via Colin Creevey.
- The method in which Harry completes the First Task differs substantially between the various media's. In the book, he uses a clever and skilled flying strategy, but in the film, the dragon escapes the safety of the arena and chases Harry all over Hogwarts, before Harry tricks the dragon into hitting a bridge. Additionally, Hermione has to remind Harry to use his wand in the film, but does not require this reminder in the book.
- The score by the judge's at the end of the task is completely omitted, with only a very vague reference to a leaderboard in place at the Second Task by Dumbledore.
- The scene in which Ron forgives Harry is more dramatic and awkward in the film, which additionally takes place in the celebration party at the Common Room, rather than outside in the Grounds.
Chapters 21 - 25
- There is no mention about Rita being banned from Hogwarts for her harassing stories about students of the school, due to Rita's role being severely reduced in the film. This additionally includes a scene in which Rita attempts to get an interview with Hagrid during a Care of Magical Creatures lesson.
- Harry and Ron spend much more time trying to figure out who to ask to the Yule Ball in the book than they do in the film.
- The pairings of students during the Yule Ball differ slightly in the film: Draco Malfoy and Seamus Finnegan are seen with unidentified Beauxbatons girl's, rather than Pansy Parkinson and Lavender Brown respectively.
- Hermione's hair is not in a neat bun and her dress is pink, rather than periwinkle blue.
- Ron complaints that he "smells" and "looks" like his Great Aunt Tessie in the film, but there is no such reference in the book.
- Harry's dress robes are black, rather than bottle green, in the film.
- There is a feast before the Yule Ball begins normally, but it is excluded from the film and the students in attendance just begin dancing shortly after the champions have opened the ball.
- Percy Weasley's lines of dialogue in the book where he takes over for Mr Crouch as a tournament judge are omitted entirely from the film, due to the omission of Percy as a character from the film adaptation.
- As such Mr Crouch attends the Yule Ball in the film adaption, unlike the book.
- Parvati Patil leaves Harry for a Durmstrang student, rather than a Beauxbatons student, due to the film making Beauxbatons an all-girl school.
- The scenes in which Hagrid reveals to Olympe Maxime that he is a half-giant, and Igor Karkaroff showing his Dark Mark to Severus Snape, are placed in different parts of the film, rather than being found out secretively from Harry and Ron eavesdropping on their conversations in the grounds at the time of the Ball.
- Due to these changes, there are no mentions whatsoever to the scandal that followed when Rita revealed information about Hagrid to the public.
- A continuity error develops in the succeeding film due to the removal of Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank from this film.
- There is no reference to Crouch Snr going "missing" due to an unknown illness. As a result, there is no mention of Harry seeing a "Barty Crouch" on the Marauder's Map, nor does Harry turn over the map to Moody and get it back when Moody's identity is exposed.
Chapters 26 - 30
- The scenes in which Harry receives the Gillyweed are somewhat different to match with the removal of Dobby. Neville steals the Gillyweed from Snape's store cupboard, having learned of its existence from a book given to him by Moody earlier in the film (which is additionally titled Magical Plants of the Highland Loch, instead of Magical Plants of the Mediterranean) and provides Harry with the substance just before he and Harry head onto a boat.
- The champions jump into the lake from platforms built out in the middle of the Black Lake, instead of entering the lake from the shoreline.
- Harry does not meet Moaning Myrtle in the lake during the task.
- Harry rescues Ron and Gabrielle Delacour using his wand, rather than picking up a jagged rock.
- Crouch Snr is erroneously depicted as being a judge of the Second Task and is also shown congratulating Harry for his efforts. These changes are due to the removal of Percy and Ludo Bagman from the film.
- Snape accuses Harry of stealing the Gillyweed after Harry catches sight of Karkaroff's Dark Mark, which occurs after Harry has spoken with Dumbledore about the scenes in the Pensieve. Additionally, Snape's store cupboard is represented as a dingy closest off a corridor instead of being in his office.
- Harry learns about Crouch Jr through the Pensieve rather than from Sirius, since his godfather does not return to the castle.
- The identity of Moody in the film is made clear to the viewer before the film has completed, during the scene in the Pensieve. When Crouch Jr is brought in front of his father, he performs a tell-tale "tongue flick", which has been seen multiple times before this point by "Moody". In the book, the identity of Moody is unknown until the very end, which means that viewers will already know that Moody is actually Crouch Jr before the reveal in the film.
- Crouch Sr.'s death is portrayed a little differently in the film. Instead of being killed simply for escaping and to be prevented from warning Dumbledore, he is killed by Moody to hide the fact that Crouch Snr had discovered who Moody actually was. Additionally, his body is found by Harry, rather than being eradicated and transfigured into a bone.
- There are no references to a dream Harry has whereby he sees Voldemort punishing Wormtail for failing to monitor Crouch Snr, nor are there references to Fudge's wild accusations that Olympe Maxime may have killed him as a result of her being "half-giant".
- The Dementors are removed in all scenes from the film, so they are not seen taking away anyone from the court room.
- The Pensieve memory scenes are altered significantly in the film:
- Moody has his magical eye and is missing part of his nose.
- There are no references to Crouch Jr supposedly having "died" in Azkaban.
- Karkaroff "grasses up" Crouch Jr for having tortured Alice and Frank Longbottom, and Crouch Jr does not make any effort to deny the accusations, even openly showcasing his proudness for doing it.
- Harry only sees the trial involving Karkaroff and a brief mention is made of the trial for Crouch Jr by his appearance in Karkaroff's trial instead.
- Crouch Snr appears to be horrified at having to send his son to Azkaban, instead of being proud at doing so.
- Dumbledore and Harry's discussion of what Harry saw in the Pensieve and his dreams is cut short and Dumbledore leaves Harry with a more peculiar resolution, which is to "cast the dreams away" instead of explaining about the dreams being a result of Voldemort cursing him with his scar.
Chapters 31 - 37
- The Maze appears to sprawl across an entire valley, rather than being confined to the Quidditch Stadium. Additionally, the Triwizard Cup's location in the Maze is unknown in the film.
- Amos Diggory attends the final task with Arthur Weasley, rather than with Bill and Molly Weasley, due to the latter characters being cut from the film.
- There are no references to Cedric's mother in the film.
- There are no creatures present in the Maze, so many scenes involving creatures and other such obstacles are omitted from the film. To compensate for the lack of creatures, such as Blast-Ended Skrewts and the Sphinx, the hedges themselves are the obstacle, which are bewitched to frequently change the routes available to the champions, blow large winds down pathways if certain spells are used and to tie up the champions.
- Krum uses the Cruciatus Curse on Cedric in the book, but attempts to hit Cedric what appears to be the Killing Curse or a green-colored Stunning Spell in the movie. However, the Stunning Spell in the film was shown to be coloured red.
- There is very little argument over who should take the Cup, as both grab it before the Maze swallows them up.
- Barty Crouch Jr and Wormtail call Lord Voldemort as such, which is something that never occurs in the books.
- Cedric says "Who are you? What do you want?!" before he is killed.
- A large, sinister, statue with a scythe is animated to trap Harry, rather than ordinary ropes being conjured.
- Voldemort's robes materialise from the smoke, rather than being given to him by Wormtail.
- Voldemort's eyes are blue, rather than red, due to more emotion being available from blue eyes than red.
- A large part of the "history" lesson provided by Voldemort is omitted in the film, since Voldemort forgets that Harry is present, though he does explain a small portion of what happened to him after he notices Harry. Additionally, he touches Cedric's face with his foot before he notices Harry.
- Voldemort touches Harry's scar, rather than his cheek, presumably to cause pain to Harry.
- There is no levitation of Harry and Voldemort during the effect of Priori Incantatem.
- When Harry returns to Hogwarts with Cedric's body, he begins crying due to devastation at allowing Cedric to be killed.
- Harry learns about Moody being an imposter as Moody drops large hints about certain events that occurred throughout the film, rather than being told directly by Moody that he was an imposter.
- Dumbledore uses the Disarming Charm, instead of the Stunning Spell, to disable the imposter Moody.
- The imposter Moody changes back to Barty Crouch Jr as a result of running out of Polyjuice Potion, rather than forgetting to take the potion at all.
- Moody's interrogation is nearly non-existent in the film. Instead of having the disguise wear off and being forced to take Veritaserum and reveal how he got there, he is given the potion while in disguise and only asked to confirm where the real Moody is.
- Due to the entire lack of an explanation as to how Crouch Jr even got to Hogwarts in the first place, a large plot-hole is created, since previously, it was a huge deal when Sirius Black managed to escape the prison, but because the whole backstory about Crouch Snr switching his son with his dying wife with Polyjuice Potion and Mrs Crouch dying in place of her son, it is unknown how Crouch Jr.'s escape went unnoticed by anyone, much less the Dementors.
- Additionally, Dumbledore asks McGonagall to inform Azkaban that a prisoner is missing, but he already know that Crouch Jr was not there due to Harry's dream. This also means that later scenes where she lost control and shrieked at Cornelius Fudge for not listening to their story were omitted from the film.
- The fate of Barty Crouch Jr is unknown, as he is last seen being held prisoner by his former comrade Severus Snape and his being kissed was a critical part of Fudge's denial that Voldemort was back.
- Since the Hospital Wing scene was omitted, in which Fudge is claimed to have performed the Dementor's Kiss and was doubting the story purported by Dumbledore and Harry, it creates a strange consistency error in the next film that just makes it seem like Fudge wanted to create a random smear campaign against Harry, even though he had not been told that Voldemort had returned at any point, yet he seemed to already know this during Harry's later hearing.
- There is no memorial feast in the Great Hall: instead, Dumbledore hosts a gathering of the students with a speech to pay respect to Cedric Diggory.
- The train ride home on the Hogwart's Express is omitted. Therefore a scene that is omitted is where Harry gives Fred and George Weasley his Triwizard Tournament winnings so they can open up their joke shop. This causes some continuity problems with the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which begs the question as to how the twins got the money to supply their dream of opening a joke shop. However, as the Weasley twins are shown gathering money from people's bets of the Triwizard Tournament throughout the film, it is possible that they could have gotten money for their joke shop through that.
- Since Rita Skeeter's beetle form was omitted, her secret partnership with Draco Malfoy — who helped provided quotes for her articles and was aware of her Animagus ability — was omitted also.
- In the Welcoming Feast at the start of term in Hogwarts, when Mr Filch is running up to Dumbledore, he passes Ron Weasley twice.
- Also in the Welcoming Feast, Seamus Finnigan can be seen sitting next to Ron Weasley. But later in this scene he is shown sitting next to Hermione, on the other side of the table.
- During Moody's unforgivable curse lesson, when he writes down "unforgivable curses," the "o" in the word unforgivable is large, but when he has the spider under the Imperius Curse, the o is smaller.
- In the scene when Moody is about to chase Draco Malfoy his staff is sticking out at an angle but when we next see it it is up straight. Also when he goes towards Draco after turning him into a ferret saying You stinking, cowardly, scummy." he is using his staff for support but after Draco says the line "My father will hear about this" and chases him he is chasing him without support.
- When Fred throws Ron the note about the ball that is coming up soon it is written at the top of the page with four lines but when Ron reads it, it only has three lines and is in the centre of the page.
- After the second task you can see Hermione giving up her towel to Harry, but when it cuts forth and back to Dumbledore, she has got the towel wrapped around her again. They go back to her and she just has a robe, and no towel.
- Before the four competitors enter the maze, Amos Diggory hugs Cedric and says "Good luck, that's my boy", but his lips do not move.
- During the maze challenge, Harry completely rips Cedric's shirt. However, just a second later, his shirt is seen only slightly ripped at places.
- When Voldemort and Harry duel near to the end, Harry holds the wand with one hand, then a few seconds later with two. Then one again, then two, each at back and forth when it cuts.
- During the Priori Incantatem effect, Cedric's body is seen just a couple feet away from the Portkey. A few moments later when Harry summons it, it seems a long way off.
- Despite Percy Weasley having been omitted from the film, a person that looks very much like Percy appears briefly in the end scene where the students are saying goodbye to their guests.
Behind the scenes
- This is the first film to be rated 12A in the UK and PG-13 in the US.
- After filming his appearance as Barty Crouch Jr, David Tennant was cast as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who. Notwithstanding a brief earlier cameo, Tennant's first solo performance as the Doctor occurred in a 7-minute mini-episode that aired during the 2005 Children in Need Appeal. This special episode was broadcast on 18 November 2005 -- the same day The Goblet of Fire was released in theatres. (In another coincidence, the Weasley's family tent, featuring during the World Cup sequence, is shown as being bigger on the inside, just like the Doctor's TARDIS. Also, both Goblet of Fire and the mini-episode feature another actor changing into David Tennant.) Funny enough, the episode in which David first appears in Doctor Who (his brief cameo) is called The Parting of The Ways. In this episode, the previous Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston) changes into him. In the same chapter in this movie, another character (Mad-Eye Moody) changes into David Tennant.
- Coincidentally, the first part of the seventh film Deathly Hallows, was also released on the same day as Children in Need 2010, 5 years later.
- In the ending credits a line reads, "No Dragons were harmed in the making of this movie". This is a reference to the First task, in which Harry caused his dragon (the Hungarian Horntail) to be greatly injured in a fall.
- In the scene when Harry warns Cedric about the dragons, Seamus can be overheard talking to Ron about how he manages to blow objects up, a running gag in other Harry Potter films.
- The scene, where Harry wakes up after having a dream about Voldemort, when he murders Frank Bryce, was the last scene filmed.
- This is the only film were the title appears without fading in. Instead the "Harry Potter" part pans in from the skies, and the "Goblet of Fire" letters appear through a blue flame like effect.
- This is the third film that has no lightning during the title. The first one is Chamber of Secrets and the second one is Prisoner of Azkaban. This may be a result of the new director, hired after the second film.
- This is the second of only two films in which the title is not placed in between clouds (the first being Prisoner of Azkaban).
- In the book, Cedric sends sparks into the air to notify that someone needed help. The spell was not known in the book, but in the film, the spell is revealed to be Periculum.
- Last Harry Potter film series to feature Quidditch until Half-Blood Prince. It is seen in this film, but only the World Cup is shown.
- First appearance of Honeydukes Express lady since Philosopher's Stone.
- The Hogwarts song mentioned in the book version of Philosopher's Stone appears in the film as a deleted scene.
- It is interesting to note that the majority of the main and supporting males had the longest hair of any of the eight films in this movie.
- The reflection of Nagini slithering by can be seen in the WB logo at the beginning of the movie.
- This is the only Harry Potter film not to feature Julie Walters as Molly Weasley.
- Robert Pattinson is the only actor who has been in both the Harry Potter and Twilight Films, and supposedly, he has stated if he had never starred in Twilight, he would have hated it and even though he liked playing both characters, a small rumour has been floating around that he prefers Cedric.
Home video release dates
- 7 March, 2006: Canada, United States
- 10 March, 2006: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay
- 17 March, 2006: Singapore, Thailand
- 20 March, 2006: United Kingdom
- 23 March, 2006: Egypt
- 25 March, 2006: Iceland
- 27 March, 2006: Greece, Russia
- 29 March, 2006: Australia, Finland
- 31 March, 2006: South Africa
- 3 April, 2006: Czech Republic, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey
- 21 April, 2006: Japan
- 14 June, 2006: Belgium
- 11 December, 2007: United States (HD DVD/Blu-ray)
- 19 October, 2010: United States (DVD/Blu-ray Ultimate Edition Box Set)
- 1 June, 2011: United States (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack)
- 7 September, 2012: Wizard's Collection (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet + "Creating the World of Harry Potter")
Box office performance
The film grossed $290 million in the USA-Canada market out of $896 million worldwide.This ranked it second behind the Stone film among the first four Harry Potter films released,and it was for a while among the top 10 worldwide all-time, but it is now 11th (the films passing it worldwide including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
Notes and references
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