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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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has anyone noticed that in GoF harry doesn't tell crouch-moody how to turn on the maurauders map? (nor does he tell him how to turn it off...)

Posted by abby from johnstown,pa on August 30, 2007 2:48 PM

Yes, Stevie, but I'm sure you don't go visting uninvited. As Dumbledore says, "That's as rude as kicking in the front door."

Posted by C.J. from Utah on August 31, 2007 10:40 PM

I realized it before, but it never bothered me somehow... I also think this 'fault' is just because the movie would get to complicated otherwise.

Posted by Thijs from Holland on September 1, 2007 09:32 AM

Cho gave away the DA under pressure of veritaserum. it's not the same as telling it voluntarily.

Sirius got the passwords of the common room from Neville, who wrote them down in case he forgot them.

Harry enterd the Ravenclaw room with Luna who actually opened the door by giving the password.

Why else would they have changing passwords and guards?

Posted by Kris from Wherever on September 6, 2007 12:42 PM

I watched the GoF movie again a couple of nights ago. Bearing in mind about this "mistake", I actually noticed one scene when they were having breakfast after the first task, the Patils came in and said hello to Harry. They both wore the Gryffindor ties. So I am pretty sure the film makers have decided to make them both Gryffindors. Actually there is no reason for them to change that as I don't see how this could streamline the making. It's more to create an interesting shot with both girls saying hellos together.

Posted by Fiona from Hong Kong on September 11, 2007 11:55 AM

I can only add four words found in the movies (in the end credits (what?! you don't read the end credits?)) "based on the book(s)" JK Rowling. That should cover it!

I wonder, why did they not use Merlin style "robes" for the movie. Having read lots of books set in the "middle ages", that's what I always imagined what they wore while in school, and at Hogsmeade. The "...changed into his/her school robes..." passages in the book seem to lose there effect if the robes are just a modified sort of smock. HOWEVER: I looked it up and the type they used in the movies are used, albeit with Jerkins and or leggings and belled shoes. The Minister for Magic having to appear with other heads of state in public, I can accept his wearing a lime green pinstriped suit. Also, seems that Prof. Mcgonagall and both Dumbledore portrayers were very comfortable in the 'classic" robes style of dress.

Posted by Nat D. Aiken from the Bronx, NY (near a real castle!) on September 13, 2007 12:32 PM

"Harry enterd the Ravenclaw room with Luna who actually opened the door by giving the password. Why else would they have changing passwords and guards?"

But Ravenclaw common room doesn't require a password, you just have to answer a question. That seems like pretty lax security. Anyone who could answer the question could get in.

Posted by Miriam on September 18, 2007 12:15 AM

Well, no, it's Rowena Ravenclaw who's asking the questions. only a true Ravenclaw could answer and get in. Or a teacher, 'cause McGonagall could get in too...

But Gryffindor has the fat lady who requires a password...

Posted by Kris from Wherever on September 23, 2007 1:35 PM


Rowena Ravenclaw doesn't answer the questions, the eagle door-knocker does. I suppose that either Ravenclaw considered anyone who wasn't a Ravenclaw with nobody to let them in unwise, or the eagle door-knocker ask a question that for sure stump the person in question. For example, it would ask Voldemort something to do with love.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 24, 2007 9:55 PM

my favorite movie mistake is in the first movie, you see baby Harry wearing 'blues clues' pjs, but that television show not exist until after Harry begins hogwarts, yet judging by the stuff Hermione wears I doubt the costumers are very concerned with the books

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on October 7, 2007 10:19 PM

They were "Blue's Clues" pajamas? I thought they were just blue. Where would James and Lily have gotten them, anyway? Even in the right time frame, since when do wizard kids watch Blue's Clues? I thought they read "Mad Muggle" comic books.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 9, 2007 9:00 PM

Well... I just went and checked the DVD, and I'll be darned, they ARE Blues Clues pajamas! I never noticed that before, I just thought they were blue pajamas. At 30:06 into the movie, it is the closeup of Harry the baby, you can clearly see the floppy-eared dog Blue on the shoulders of his pajamas.

You really have to stop-frame it and look closely to see it though... It's only on screen for a few seconds.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 9, 2007 10:26 PM

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