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Character changes in Goblet of Fire

by David Haber

In the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, there is a scene in the Gryffindor common room, where Harry is lamenting that they still don't have dates, the Patil sisters walk by, and in unison they say, "Hi, Harry!" But wait! What is Padma Patil doing in the Gryffindor common room?!

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i think Dave is right, the ministry mainly objects to magic performed in presence of muggles or such magic which is likely to make muggles suspicious, which is the whole point of underage wizardry restriction act. that'll also explain why Lily did not get warning from MoM for performing magic at home (petunia said about her turning teacups into rat) because her family, eventhough muggles, were already aware about the existence of wizard world. however as far as i remember, in book, Harry does not use the spell 'lumos' it was just in movie.
incidently, i've not read any HP book till i saw GoF and it sparked me to read the books because there are so many loose ends in movie, like fate of Barty crouch jr, not explaining priori incantateum, etc., even PoA was not that elaborate as were 1st 2 movies but that may just be because of the length of books.
Also, Lavender Brown shall definitely feature in HBP as warner Bros have recently invited persons for auditions for the role of Lavender Brown.

Posted by swati from India on July 3, 2007 10:27 PM

Monica from Fennville (posted March 7th)

Finally someone who noticed the green/blue eyed mistake! That has been my pet peeve since the first movie when I first saw it. It is understandable that some things may haved to be omitted for time or budget restrictions, but GREEN EYES? Come on! That is such a simple inexpensive thing to fix. It doesn't matter that he was 11 or so when the first movie began. I've used contact lenses since I was 11 and have yet to "poke my eye out."

Also, although the 1st and 2nd movies follow the book with greater faithfullness, has anyone noticed that in CoS they completely omit Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's day party? Of course the whole point for the day party was for Harry to hear the Basilisk, but I'm surprised no on has mentioned it yet.

Personally, because of all the short-comings of the movie blamed on time (or lack-there-of) I believe a T.V. series based on the HP books should be made. That would give more time for the wonderful imagination of Jo Rowling to show.

Posted by Katie from Boerne, TX on July 13, 2007 10:59 AM

JK Rowling always said you dont need to be a member of that house to get in you just need the password! If you have the password the portraits have no right to deny you access to the common room you are trying to enter. She could of easily just been with her sister while she retrieved something from the gryffindor common room. Dumbledore would have no objection as they are twin sisters and Padma is not evil of any kind. She is just a student and doing no harm to anybody.

Posted by Mikey from chester on July 15, 2007 12:38 PM

Very very true. I didn't notice that when I saw the movie in theaters, but once it came out on DVD, I did notice it and was apalled by the fact that they were in the same house. But then, where did Lavender go?

Posted by Becca from Eagle, Idaho on July 15, 2007 1:35 PM

Well, I just finished seeing OOtP. They apparently decided to continue the mistake of Padma and kept her in Gryffindor. She sits at the table in the main hall with Gryffindors and is continuously seen in the Gryffindor common room. At least they are staying consistent!

Posted by Jeremy from Eugene, OR on July 15, 2007 1:50 PM

Just recently watched a re-run of Philosopher's Stone and noticed a couple of mistakes:

1. When Hermione comes into Ron and Harry's carriage on the Hogwarts Express and tells them to change into her robes, she is already wearing hers, complete with a tie in Gryffindor colours (in the film each house wears a different coloured tie). However she hasn't been sorted yet - how would she know what tie to wear?

2. Hagrid tells Harry, Ron and Hermione that Snape is one of the teachers helping to protect the stone, however the challenge designed by Snape (the one where you have to drink the right potion) is omitted in the film.

Not major points, but they bugged me!

Posted by Helen from Manchester, UK on July 16, 2007 04:54 AM

but has anyone else noticed that in the past couple of movies professor flitwick's appearance has changed dramatically? he now has short black hair and moustache.
i rekon there gonna get heaps of hopefuls for the role of lavender brown coz she gets 2 snog rupert. lol. i think itll be interesting to see the chemistry between ron and hermione lol. i have seen OotP twice and was a bit disappointed because they left so much good stuff out, eg. mrs black's portrait, prefects, the whole rita skeeter fiasco and QUIDDITCH. hope they don't leave as much stuff out in HBP but i spose they have to be really strict which is a pity.

also, i don't think padma patil was just visiting the gryffindor common room because she also wears the gryffindor uniform. but this doesnt really bother me because GoF, in my opinion, was the funniest of all 5, but OotP is a strong contender. i think its a pity that they have had to change directors every movie apart from PS/SS and CoS. it would make things alot more consistent.

Posted by claire from queensland, australia on July 16, 2007 7:11 PM

I wanted to mention that in the first movie, when they are one the train, Hermione tells Harry & Ron how she has been practicing her spells. If she is living in a muggle household, she wouldn't be able to practice magic outside of the school grounds.

Posted by Sharon from Michigan on July 17, 2007 09:08 AM

WOW! I never would have realized that! Dave, you are very smart.

Posted by Will Sutherland from California on July 24, 2007 08:33 AM

Does anyone not notice that Harry gets in the Ravenclaw common room with Luna Lovegood in Book 7? So this would seem to be wrong.

Posted by Annie Toulman from McLean, Virginia on July 27, 2007 09:16 AM

To those who say that she was just spending time with her sister in her common room or at the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall, have you seen the 5th movie?
Padma and Parvati are seen together numerous times, both wearing the Gryffindor robes.

Posted by Megan from Virginia on July 29, 2007 07:09 AM

Of course some things must be changed in the movies for a number of reasons, perhaps the moviemakers just wanted to give the Patil twins more screen time. Nevertheless, it is important imho that the rules and logic of the novels are preserved in the movies, and that is not always the case. Did anyone notice the grave aberration in OotP? Umbridge blasting her way into the Room of Requirement! The room should not even exist f�r someone not allowed to enter, and this means that the Carrows (in theory) be able to blast their way into the Room in the (future) DH-movie.

Posted by Anders R. from Sweden on July 30, 2007 4:00 PM

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