This was the first really big HP book, so they decided to cut anything that wasn’t important to Harry’s story, which means, a great loss in background info and funny stuff…
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie
- The book opens with Frank Bryce’s history, about how he was accused of murdering the family he worked for, many years ago, the Riddle’s. This is omitted from the film.
- Bertha Jorkins, the Ministry employee that Wormtail and Voldemort capture and question, and who gives them the information about the Triwizard Tournament being placed at Hogwarts is also not in the movie.
- In the film, Harry dreams of seeing Voldemort, Wormtail as well as Barty Crouch Jr. discussing their plans together in the Riddle House. In the book, however, Barty Crouch Jr. is not present in this dream nor in subsequent ones, given that he hasn’t escaped yet.
- Unlike the film, Harry spends great part of his summer at Privet Drive, and he’s there when he dreams about Voldemort, Wormtail and Frank Bryce. After waking up from what he thinks is a nightmare, he writes to Sirius about his scar hurting. In the movie, he wakes up in the Burrow given that Privet Drive is omitted from it, and sends a letter to Sirius from the train on his way to Hogwarts.
- Harry receives a letter from Molly Weasley, inviting him to attend the Quidditch World Cup. Mr. Weasley, Fred, George and Ron travel by Floo Network to nº 4 Privet Drive to pick Harry up, finding the fireplace boarded up, Mr. Weasley ends up blowing up part of the wall in order for them to get out of the fireplace, which the Dursley’s do not approve off.
- Pigwidgeon has been omitted from the film. Any and all mentions to Pig were excluded…
- Mrs. Weasley’s disapproval of her sons’ plans to open up a joke shop after their graduation was omitted.
- All the Weasley children attend the World Cup, including Bill and Charlie – actually, Bill appears throughout this and subsequent books. Bill, Charlie and Percy didn’t travel by Portkey, meeting their family latter at the World Cup, given that they were traveling by Apparition.
- In the book, Amos Diggory was portrayed as a boastful, proud and impolite man with a scrubby brown beard who takes pride in boasting that his son Cedric was better than Harry – given than Cedric had betten Harry in Quidditch the previous year. In the film however, he was portrayed as a nice man with an affable personality, does not boast about Cedric being better than Harry and is clean shaven. Also, they knew very well who Cedric was…
- Ludo Bagman’s role is omitted from the film, which means the bet that the Weasley twins made did and their loss of all their savings does not happen. Therefore the subplot of the Weasley twins trying to blackmail Mr. Bagman was omitted.
- Percy Weasley does not appear in the film, so there is no mention of Percy’s new job as Crouch Sr.’s assistant and his hero worship of his boss has been omitted. This also means that all the subsequent stories involving Percy estrangement from his family is omitted.
- In the book it was Ludo Bagman that provided Arthur Weasley with the World Cup tickets for the Top Box seats (really good places, along with the Malfoys) as a favor for helping his brother.
- Winky’s and Dobby’s roles are omitted in the movie, which causes come continuity mistakes latter on.
- The mascots presentations during the Quidditch World Cup are different: the Veela are omitted and the Leprechauns’s presentation is significantly minimized, not being any mention of their gold.
- In the book, Mr. Weasley has to wake up his family, Harry and Hermione after hearing the attacks outside because they have all fallen asleep before they started. After this, Harry, Ron and Hermione get separated from Fred, George, and Ginny when they run into the woods. Harry, Ron and Hermione run into Draco in the woods, and he mentions what the attack is about. Also in the book, they run into students from Beauxbatons, who are lost, Winky (who was omitted from the film completely), who appears to be attempting to run away from the chaos, a group of goblins “cackling over a sack of gold,” three Veelas surrounded by a “gaggle of young wizards” and Ludo Bagman (who was omitted from the film completely).
- Harry losing his wand briefly during the Death Eater disturbance has been omitted.
- While in the film, Barty Crouch Jr. is clearly seen conjuring the Dark Mark, the identity of the caster in the book is a mystery until the end of it. Also in the film, the Mark was cast after the Death Eaters destroyed the camp-site, as a sign of the Death Eaters’ works. However, in the book it was cast to scare away the Death Eaters for disloyalty to Lord Voldemort.
- Barty Crouch Jr. casts the Dark Mark with Harry’s stolen wand. He stole his wand while sitting in the Top Box with Winky, under an Invisibility Cloak.
- Hermione’s attempt to stand up for the fair treatment of house-elves as well as any mention of her S.P.E.W. organization was omitted from the movie(s), the role of the house-elves is also very limited in the movies, unlike the books.
- In the book, Mrs. Weasley gives Ron his dress robes before the start of school, but as Molly Weasley is omitted from this movie, Ron gets his dress robes by post and Errol delivers them to him while in the Great Hall.
- Colin and Dennis Creevey are omitted from the film, and their parts are instead played by the composite character Nigel Wolpert.
- In the book, when they first arrive at school Peeves is throwing water balloons at the students as they are gathered in the hall, and they see the sorting ceremony for the new first years, but this is omitted from the film.
- In the book, the Sorting Hat sings a new song about the history of Hogwarts and the Founders which is not shown in the film.
- The arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons schools occurs on 30th of October and not on the 1st of September as in the movie.
- Padma Patil, identical twin of Parvati Patil, is in Ravenclaw and not in Gryffindor.
- Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts never made their way on to the screen… neither did 4th year Divination classes.
- Malfoy as a ferret scene is very extended in 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, and later 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.
- Madame Maxime is said to be the same height as Hagrid, while in the movie she’s noticeable taller.
- The film implies that Durmstrang is an all-boy school and Beauxbatons all-girl, the book however, portraits both school as mixed gender schools, as a boy is shown in Beauxbatons and a girl is shown in Durmstrang. Neither school does any presentation when they arrive.
- Fleur Delacour as a part-Veela is omitted. Probably because the Veela and all the explanations given about them at the World Cup are also not present. Also, the Beauxbatons pupils are rather unhappy about being at Hogwarts.
- Fred and George aren’t the only students to try to circumvent the age line around the Goblet of Fire. Angelina Johnson does enter her name in the Goblet.
- When Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore remains very calm, he asks Harry if he did it, to which Harry replies “no”.
- Draco and his fellow Slytherins support Cedric Diggory and not Krum.
- “Constant Vigilance” – the phrase that Moody often says, is not present in the movie.
- Rita Skeeter’s role is remarkably diminished, as well as any details that she is an unregistered Animagus. With this, no sign of Hermione’s relentless efforts to find out her secret are shown
- Charlie’s appearance during the preparations for the First Task is omitted, as well as his congratulations to Harry at the end of the task.
- In the book, Hermione doesn’t visit Harry in the tent prior to the first task, Skeeter’s romantic implications between them come from “interviewing” Colin Creevey.
- In the book, Harry accomplishes the First Task by getting by past the Hungarian Horntail Dragon via a clever and skilled flying strategy to secure the egg it is guarding – they don’t fly away and have all that action over Hogwarts…
- 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.
- Draco goes to the ball with Pansy Parkinson, Seamus Finnigan goes with Lavender Brown. Percy attends the ball in the place of Mr. Crouch.
- In the book, Harry and Ron, dumped by their dates, go for a walk around the school grounds when they see Igor Karkaroff showing the Dark Mark to Professor Snape and Hagrid revealing to Madame Maxime that he is a half-giant, to which she reacts badly. The whole subplot about Hagrid being a half-giant and its implications are not present in the movie. Professor Grubbly-Plank is omitted too.
- In the book, Harry sees “Barty Crouch” on the Marauder’s Map and suspects Barty Crouch Sr. of wrongdoing. After this, “Moody” asks Harry if he can hold on to the map, and Harry agrees.
- In the book, for the Second Task, Moody (Crouch Jr.) gives Neville a book on aquatic plants so that Harry can learn about gillyweed from it by borrowing the book from Neville. However, when this fails, he successfully sets a series of events allowing Dobby to learn of the gillyweed and steal it from Snape’s storage to give it to Harry. All the actions by Dobby are replaced by Neville in the film.
- In the book, Crouch Sr. does not appear as a judge during the second task, Percy goes in his stead.
- Sirius’ visit with Harry in Hogsmeade was omitted, as well as his conversation with Harry about Barty Crouch Jr..
- In the book Crouch Sr. was killed because he was able to resist the Imperius curse and escaped to Hogwarts to warn Dumbledore of Voldemort’s plot only to be intercepted by his son and killed before he could succeed. Harry and Krum see Barty Crouch Sr. (still alive) while they go to the edge of the forest to talk about Hermione. Harry then runs to get help, Krum is knocked out and Crouch killed and transfigurated.
- Because of the different circumstances of Crouch’s death, Harry never dreams about Voldemort punishing Wormtail, and Fudge never accuses Olympe of being the likely culprit, given that she’s half-giant.
- Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus are never shown in the flashbacks. Dementors are also not featured in the film. Also, Barty Crouch Jr. supposed death in Azkaban is omitted, as well as all the story of how he escaped. Crouch Jr. demeanor during his trial is considerable different.
- In the Pensieve, Harry sees three trials: Igor Karkaroff, Ludo Bagman, and the other for Barty Crouch Jr, Bellatrix , Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange.
- Bill and Molly Weasley attend the third task, Arthur does not.
- In the film, there are no creatures or obstacles in the hedge maze, whereas in the book, several creatures stand in the way of the Cup. Harry meets a Sphinx, a Blast-Ended Skrewt, Acromantula, and other obstacles. Harry gets injured in his fight with the acromantula.
- In the book, Cedric gets killed as soon as Voldemort and Wormtail come into view.
- In the book, after Voldemort is reborn, he tells Harry about his history, including murdering his father and his mother’s death during childbirth.
- Voldemort’s eyes are red, but in the film they are blue. The director had made this choice, because more emotion could be put into blue eyes than into red. Voldemort’s eyes remain blue for the rest of the films following Goblet of Fire.
- In the book Crouch Jr.’s disguise as Alastor Moody wears off since he forgot to take his most recent Polyjuice Potion dosage due to the excitement of that night’s events regarding Voldemort’s rebirth. When he reverts back to his original form, he is then subjected to Veritaserum, where he then is forced to reveal how he got out of Azkaban and how he orchestrated the scheme to resurrect Voldemort. Winky is called and asked to tell the truth about the events as well.
- The film omits Fudge ordering the Dementor’s Kiss on Barty Crouch Jr, McGonagall losing her temper with him, and the beginning of his doubt of Dumbledore and Harry. Crouch Jr.’s being kissed by the Dementors was a critical part of Fudge’s denial that Voldemort was back.
- The train ride home on the Hogwart’s Express is omitted and with it, the scene where Harry gives Fred and George Weasley his Triwizard Tournament winnings so they can open up their joke shop, which causes some continuity problems.
16 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie”
The Neville and Dobby moment struck me the most.
I get why they did it, but Dobby is so fundamental in the books and that doesn’t transpire into the movies…
Nice summary! I need to go back and read your other comparisons.
I read somewhere that HP:GoF was originally supposed to be two parts, just like HP:DH was, but they decided to go with one movie, so they had to cut out a whole bunch, such as completely gutting Barty Crouch, Jr.’s story, simplifying it from a genius boy who went wrong because of his father’s neglect, to a plainly insane Death Eater. It’s a pity, because I would have loved to have seen Tennant play the “innocent” young man pleading to his father that he didn’t do it and then turn around at the end and show just how much of a genius and a madman Barty was.
Of course, the other regret is that with the movie the way it ended up being, Tennant didn’t return in HP:DH. If he was just taken to Azkaban, Barty should have been at the Battle of Hogwarts.
I guess this shows how much of a Tennant fangirl I am. 🙂
Well, the movie simply doesn’t acknowledge him anymore, doesn’t mention him again, like so many other characters in the books. But I know what you mean about Tennant, you can see by the amount of pictures I put of him that I’m a fangirl too
I’ve always felt that of all the films the Goblet of Fire ended up the biggest mess. They really don’t capture the hilarious moments, and there are some hysterically funny scenes in the book.
yeah, i agree, they went for a darker movie altogether… I’m really sorry they left S.P.E.W. out of the movies, it cutted a lot of great moments away
What really drove me crazy was how they omitted everything at the end. In the book it was the perfect setup for Order of the Phoenix.
yeah, they cutted so much stuff out. 😦
What I hate the later films GOF to DH P 2 is implying Harry/Hermoinie. Like Hermionie visiting and hugging Harry in the tent in GOF film, Hermionie and Harry sitting and hugging together after seeing Ron and Lav kiss at HBP. And Harry and Hermionie dancing after Ron leaves to a ridiculous music at DH P1. In the book Hermionie was very sad after Ron left and cried for days, but the movies totally cuts the Ron/Hermionie chemistry. The book Hermionie and Harry cared for each other like true friends and thats that, but putting them this close in the movies seems like the director had some weird Harry/Hermionie fantasy. The later films also portray Hermionie too serious, and totally omits her funny, hysterical, naive and know it all sides, like SPEW (she even asked Harry to knit wool hats for elves in book 5, a really funny moment, which Harry sneaks out from), her explaining the “girl’s mind theory” regarding Cho to Harry, her funny interactions with Rita Skeeter and more. The later movies also portrayed Ron as a total goof. He is one of the most vital character in the book and so many crucial parts and lines. Ron in the films GOF to DH P2 barley has few lines, a stupid goofy expression and hardly any sensitivity. In book 5 it is he who discoverer Harry’s sliced arm and tells Harry to complain about the evil Umbridge, but tin the film hes totally silent with a goofy look while its Hermionie who tells Harry to do that. The cast of Ron showed he was a brilliant actor in the first 3 films, which were more consistent with the book. But in the later films, the new director really seemed to dislike Ron so he portrayed him like a total useless idiot totally ruining his brilliant character roles in the books. This is the reason I hate all the Harry Potter movies from GOF onward which are a disgrace to the books!