This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I’ll start by sharing what I like about this movie. Then I’ll share what I don’t like about this movie. I’ll end with my overall thoughts.
If you’ve seen my review of the book, you know I’m not a huge fan of the fourth installment in this series. That really shows in my opinion of the movie as well.
I love seeing the Weasley twins and Sirius. I like that the movie cut a bunch of the boring stuff. I like the addition of the argument about Harry competing in the Triwizard Tournament. I don’t think Harry should have to compete in the tournament, no matter what the idiot adults say. He can just refuse. Having some of the professors side with Harry on not wanting him to compete makes it seem like not competing is an option. It also provides the explanation of the professors wanting Harry to compete, so they can figure out who wants Harry to be in the deadly competition. The movie also adds some foreshadowing by having Myrtle comment about finding Polyjuice Potion in the drains.
At the beginning of the book, Harry threatens the Dursleys by telling them Sirius will come after them if they mistreat him. I love this and am disappointed that it’s missing from the movie. It cut some other funny scenes too. It also leaves out Harry training for the tasks and a lot of important information, e.g. how Barty Crouch, Jr. escaped Azkaban.
I don’t like that the movie changes Harry’s relationship with Cedric. They’re friendly in the book, and that doesn’t really show in the movie. The movie changes Harry in a negative way, too. He handles the first task differently. In the book, he plans everything out, but in the movie, he acts like he doesn’t know what he’s doing and appears stupid. The movie also makes Fleur seem incapable. She fails miserably at every task, and quite frankly, it comes across as sexist. The book doesn’t portray her like that.
Some of the characters who are supposed to wear glasses like Dumbledore and McGonagall no longer wear their glasses. What’s that about? And don’t get me started on the whole everyone-needs-a-haircut thing.
Lastly, they talk about cancelling the tournament after bad things happen in the story. If the tournament can be cancelled, that means they can cancel the contracts. If the contracts can be cancelled, Harry doesn’t have to compete.
The movie doesn’t do anything to change my opinion of the fourth Harry Potter installment. I’m not a fan of this one despite it having some good qualities. In terms of the adaptation, I’d say it’s okay. It’s not terrible, but I don’t feel like it follows the book quite as well as the previous films do.
What do you think of this movie? Is it a good adaptation? Let me know in the comments.