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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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Do you think the pajamas were from Petunia? They were probably sent with the "horrible vase" Harry broke with his toy broomstick.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 11, 2007 8:33 PM

That could explain why Harry would have something from the muggle world, but it still doesn't explain how baby Harry could be wearing them in 1981 (the year Voldemort attacked James and Lily) when Blues Clues didn't go on the air until 1996. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was filmed in 2001.)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 11, 2007 9:19 PM

Eh, the producer probably thought the baby playing Harry looked cute with Blue's Clues or something.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 12, 2007 12:11 PM

This could spark some more wild time travel theories, Harry Potter was never James' and Lilly's son, he was switched at birth with a baby from the future... in the all revealing encyclopedia we discover he's his own grandfather...

Or we can blame the producer, but I think my theory's more fun!

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on October 13, 2007 9:14 PM

It's fun, but I think it's a little wild, especially with all Harry's been through.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 15, 2007 9:10 PM

being your own grandson is kinda ridiculous. it's an impossible spiral. besides, how come everyone says: you look so much like James, but you have Lily's eyes. I mean, if he was someone else's he'd not look so much like his parents... right?

Posted by Kris from Wherever on October 17, 2007 12:35 PM

actually POA proved that time travel is indeed an impossible spiral, Harry lived to save himself, because he already did.
but i was only jesting about the baby from the future swap, i was trying to show how the film 'people' tend to over look important details that upset and confuse the fans of the books.

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on October 18, 2007 6:44 PM

there is one character change that bothered me, it is Nigel, he wasn't in the book but he is in the movie. Worst off he basically fills the role of the Creevey brothers, couldn't they just as easily made him Dennis? He's in GoF and OoP, the same years as Dennis too. He's blond and follows Harry and Ron around like a lost puppy. It's sad that the director could have done something as simple as changing a name to make the movie more true to the books.

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on October 21, 2007 1:53 PM

Not true about the movie never being wrong! James Potter was not seeker, he was chaser, and the first movie says he was a seeker.

Posted by Jaya from Chicago, IL on October 25, 2007 3:19 PM

James Potter WAS seeker, the books say it too. When Harry became seeker, McGonagall added that his father had been a good seeker himself. And he was playing with a Snitch in Snape's worst memory.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 26, 2007 12:09 PM

Well... that's funny. I would have sworn that Jaya was right, that the movie said James was a seeker, but the book said James was a chaser. But, I was also sure C.J. was right, James is seen in the pensieve playing with a snitch. So I looked it up.

I am surprised, I can't find anywhere in the book where it said James was a chaser. And McGonagall doesn't tell Harry his father was a seeker, either, the actual quote from the book is:

"Your father would have been proud," she said. "He was an excellent Quidditch player himself."

So, I can't locate the actual source of the confusion. Why did I remember it as Jaya said? Anyone know?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 26, 2007 7:22 PM

But wait, there was this one comparison, in OotP wasn't Harry at the Quidditch grounds (Sirius had just d) and he was thinking of Sirius coming to the Quidditch games as a dog? Then he wonders if he came to "see if he was as good as James had been." Might that mean that James had been Seeker?

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 26, 2007 10:37 PM

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