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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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M. Night Shyamalan...

I'm just sayin'

HBP and #7 must be very dark...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 27, 2006 1:10 PM

After the last couple M. Night Shayamalan movies, I don't trust him one bit. Also, I don't think he would be interested, he has said that he would like to adapt another book before he even considered trying his hand at a beloved series like HP. I'll reiterate that I think Alfonso Cuaron is a favorite of mine. He is the one who was able to change the overall feel to one of more moodiness and pathos. He would be good for either of the next two movies in my opinion. Chris Columbus was ok for the first two, but he is a very simplistic director in my opinion. He gets the job done, but does not dazzle. AC dazzles.
I also offer up that there are many other directors who could more than capably adapt the last two movies.

Posted by Anthony from California on December 4, 2006 1:34 PM

Clive Barker...
nah... that would be way to much for the kids to take...

I just don't think the last movies should be light and airy...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 4, 2006 1:48 PM

hey... i wondered about that too!

Posted by angie from nampa, idaho on December 7, 2006 3:28 PM

McConnagal actually said 'Parvati' twice, instead of once 'Parvati' and once 'Padma'.

But back to your point: I think the movie makers are too lazy too include some charcters (or it's just something with time)

Posted by Stijn from Delft, The Netherlands on December 11, 2006 12:31 PM

hey! did everyone hear that in the 5th harry potter movie that they are not bringing Dobby back? he has a big part in the 5th book! he's the one who tells harry where the room of requirements! they said that they would find a different way for harry to find out where it is. can you believe that?

Posted by Sela from nampa, idaho on December 14, 2006 4:02 PM

I don't think that it was ever stated that another student couldn't enter the others common room. But even more than that I don't think that this is a big change to the plot that we should be worried about. I think that there were many bigger changes, such as all the changes with barty crouch jr. I trust that JK reviewed the script and if it's ok with her it's ok with me.

Posted by Jamie from Minneapolis, MN on December 18, 2006 4:24 PM

"But wait! What is Padma Patil doing in the Gryffindor common room?!"

Harry and Ron went in to the Slytherin common room. Though they were in disguise, they probably could have gotten back inside (not that they'd have wanted to) before they changed the passwords.

Remember, Sirius Black got into the Gryffindor common room too...

Posted by LKC from Singapore, Singapore on December 23, 2006 05:58 AM

i also dislike the fact that things are very different in the film compared to the book, i also dislike the way they've made the new dumbledore, the one in the philosophers stone and chamber of secrets, he looked more like a good person, the other one they've made him look bad, by having long nails, a flat hat, a tied beard and stuff, this gives others a bad impression. they also should put dumbledore as a calm person for e.g. in GOF (movie) when harrys name comes out of the GOF and he goes into the room with the other champions he is soon joined by dumbledore who shakes him really hard, acting very seriously/angered, not calm like in the book. Does anyone agree with that?

Posted by huzaifah from london on December 27, 2006 2:05 PM

I am a new Harry Potter fan. I can only say what was true for me and that is that I hated the movies and even fell asleep during POA. I got the first three movies when they went on sale last month and I just was too confused to make heads or tails out of the plot. The power went out and affected our cable for a few days. Being desperate for entertainment I started reading my nephews HP books, a week later I had finished all 6. I rewatched the movies and actually liked them. I went out and bought GOF and watched it too. Now I think both the books and movies are wonderful but I have to say that the movies on their own are lacking. I understand that some changes have to be made but I wish they would still tell the whole story for those who haven't read the books. As far as the twins being in the same common room, Maybe they entered seperately and the fat lady didn't notice that there were two of them. Twins often pretend to be each other but as others have commented its not the only mistake made with the Patil Twins. Anyway I agree that this is a minor detail. Omitting Dobby as the one pointing Harry to the gillyweed, in my opinion was not. If nothing else it shows how some so called secrets get passed around. The house elves are a important part of the imaganitive world of Harry Potter and it takes just as much time to show Neville telling Harry about it as it does Dobby. Also are we supposed to think Neville stole the gillyweed from Snape? Its just more logical that Doby took it.

Posted by Sandy from Atlanta, Ga. on December 30, 2006 5:25 PM

Sandy from GA I think you are confused. Dobby has nothing to do with gillyweed. Barty Jr as Mad Eye got the gillyweed for Neville to give to Harry. Dobby was not in GOF.

Posted by ronda from st louis,mo on January 3, 2007 5:40 PM

Dobby has in fact �everything� to do with Gillyweed! Quote: �You has to eat this, sir!� squeaked the elf, and he put his hand in the pocket of his shorts and drew out a ball of what looked like slimy, greyish green rat tails. Right before you go into the lake, sir � Gillyweed!� GoF Chapter Twenty-Six �The Second Task�.

It proves by what Sandy wrote, that omitting certain things, in the movies, can really �confuse� people! The house elves are a powerful lot, as has been seen by the characters of Dobby, Winky and Kreacher.

In fairness we must admit, that the screenwriter did a good job in letting Neville be the one to give Harry the Gillyweed. After all, Neville was almost �The Chosen� one, if Voldemort had not �feared� the Half-Blood Harry more! Also in what is to come (OotP), it did no harm to cast Neville Longbottom in a better light!

Posted by Anonymous on January 4, 2007 04:39 AM

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