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January 9, 2014

Harry Potter and the Goblet of eugh really?

In my blog, I rarely show who I am. This week, I want to change that. So, I’m kind of a big Harry Potter fan. Whether it’s my room, my book signed by actors, or that time I flew from Luxembourg to London (thanks Clark!) just to spend a whole weekend doing Harry Potter things (and getting around 15 pictures at Platform 9 3/4), I always make sure I spread my love of Harry Potter.

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One of my first papers in college was “The Magic Within Us All: The Development of Harry Potter” in Developmental Psychology, applying various developmental theories to my childhood hero and seeing how they fit in. IgotanAonittoowoo! {Wrote about it in one of my application essays too, haha}.

And I spent this break like any normal 21 year old would, by watching all 7 of the 8 Harry Potter movies. Yes, only 7 out of the 8. I do not watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the 4th movie in 8. Let me tell you some of the finer details on why. Spoilers below!

The Quidditch World Cup

The idea that you could be living side by side to another world full of goblins and dragons and magical beasts is fascinating. But – what’s more important – is Quidditch. Can you imagine a sport where you FLY!? Everyone loved Quidditch in the books, and in the 4th movie, you expected to see some of the best players in all of the world play Quidditch. You see magical creatures – veela and leprechauns; you get one of the most heartwrenching moments for Ron and Harry and you begin to understand the difference in wealth that Ron and Harry find themselves in – one not noticing money is missing, one who tried so hard to make it up. While the QWC brought some questionable plot points (Jo has said there were a few thousands wizards in Britain, but the stadium filled up 100,000) it also showed how vast the world was (100,000 people who could afford to go!) and explained why there wasn’t as much international action against Voldemort (Britain is a minority country).

Instead, I walked into that movie theater, to see this stadium, introduce Krum, and then have it cut.

Stadiumwhat. areyoukiddingme.

Fred and George

Alright, I know in Movie 5 they tried to make up for it, but seriously:

“Dudley was no longer standing behind his parents. He was kneeling beside the coffee table, and he was gagging and sputtering on a foot-long, purple, slimy thing that was protruding from his mouth. One bewildered second later, Harry realized that the foot-long thing was Dudley’s tongue – and that a brightly colored toffee wrapper lay on the floor before him.” GoF, pg. 50

Brilliant. Fred and George are introduced in the fourth book with all of their tricks and toys. They bet on the World Cup, win, and spend the book trying to get money back from the Minister of Games and Sports. In the end, Harry gives them all of his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament and makes sure they buy Ron new dress robes after the torture he received from wearing his Great Aunt Tessy’s robes that past year. It helps introduce the fact that they are skilled and they now have the money, it helps the psychological plot point of “Why would Harry want the money?” and adds to the economic divide that was introduced at the QWC.

Instead, they were all but cut from the movie, making three to four very small appearances, usually not even that humorous.

The Triwizard Tournament

I won’t even go into yelling Dumbledore, whatever the … ehem, that was that they did, but what ticked me off the most was the Dragon scene. Having just been denied the glory of the Quidditch World Cup, I thought we could at least see some awesome aerials with Harry and the dragon, slowly dancing up and up.

Harry rose a few more feet, and she let out a roar of exasperation. He was like a fly to her, a fly she was longing to swat; her tail thrashed again, but he was too high to reach now. . . . She shot fire into the air, which he dodged.. . . Her jaws opened wide…. GoF, pg. 358

NOPE. We get the dragon to break its chains (Ugh, magical chains don’t apply I guess) and to chase Harry around the castle. Can you imagine the crowd? “So, nice weather we’re having huh? This empty pit we all just sat around. Cool.”

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WHAT WAS THIS? WHY ARE YOU WASTING MY TIME WITH THIS!?

And then they skipped Dobby. And Winky. And SPEW. And I don’t even want to get started on how much they skipped in the maze (The Sphinx riddle!? COME ON!). Point me Spell? Training in empty classrooms? Explaining why Bagman was trying to help Harry?

All in all, they turned one of my favorite childhood books into a disaster. I would give it a 1/10. The only thing they got right was Harry and Ron looking awkward because they’re only supposed to be 14 years old.

Got stadium picture here

Got dragon picture here

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