Tuesday, July 12

Finished Reading Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Only second to The Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire is my favorite Harry Potter film. So I was very excited to read the book for the first time.

It surprised me though. Unlike the first three movies, which followed the novels pretty closely, this story was very different from the film. Probably because of how long it is, being about twice the size of the first three books. All of the secondary stuff that didn't relate to Harry's main story was left out. So many events were changed and combined that I started feeling confused after awhile, because I was forgetting what came from the film and what came from the book.

Goodness! So now I can finally relate to what fans were saying long ago about there being huge changes to the film that they weren't happy with. Not because the film was bad, but just because it was missing so much. Personally, I still like the film best. Just because it was my first experience, and the fact that the visuals are so nice.

One thing that did bug me was how Voldemort was portrayed in the book. He seemed almost whiny; unlike Ralph Fiennes' take of him in the movie, which was so beautifully evil. Humanly evil, was how he described it when being interviewed in the extras. The Voldemort info dump at the end of the book was not necessary either. I much preferred the mysterious film version and didn't feel the explanation was needed. It just went on forever. Who would do that? Tell their nemesis every little detail of their actions. And then... And then... And then... No, just stop.

I can't wait for the last film to come out. I have no idea what's going to happen (please don't tell me) and I can't wait to see it. So throughout the week I'll continue my Harry Potter marathon and finish reading books 5-6, watch the films, and special features. Again, I'm not touching 7 because I want it to be a surprise. I have already ruined a few things just by accident and I was upset. Sadness.