The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



Book written by J.K. Rowling, 2000
Movie directed by Mike Newell, 2005

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The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvelous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller



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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The Qudditch World Cup, Dumbledore handled the goblet of fire incident better, Rita Skeeter’s “secret” (left out in the movie), More details concerning Barty Crouch, Dobby is featured, final confrontation scene was stronger.

Things the Movie Did Better: The twins fighting after failing to fool the goblet addition, the ferret scene is even funnier, Harry/Hermione relationship seems stronger, Neville playing a more active role, Barty Crouch Sr is more likable, Moaning Myrtle’s scene was hilarious.

Verdict?: Book, although the movie was pretty good.

Why?: Even though I enjoyed the movie, I liked the book better because there was more details about certain things, such as the Quidditch World Cup. I also felt the last confrontation between Harry and Voldemort was stronger in the book. I enjoyed a lot of the movie’s additions, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!




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