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  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiered on November 6th, 2005.  I watched it on November 25th, 2005, at the Regal Cinemas Oakwood 18 theater, at what they called the 11:15 p.m. showing, but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire didn't start until 11:32 p.m.

  Before the movie started, they showed commercials for other movies.  The commercials or movie previews AKA movie trailers were, in the order we had to watch them, "King Kong", "Narnia the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "Monster House", "Lady in the Water", "Superman Returns" and "Happy Feet".

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  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie review continues:

  The movie is rated PG-13, supposedly for frightening images and some fantasy violence.

  Despite what other reviewers may have said, it did not start with the Triwizard Tournament.  It started with somebody approaching what looked like an abandoned house with a light on in the second floor.  After they entered the house and went up the stairs, they saw and heard Peter Pettigrew AKA Wormtail AKA Scabbers in his human form, Barty Crouch Junior, a rather large snake and Voldermort AKA He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (D'oh!) in a small and weak form until the snake told Voldermort that somebody was outside in the hallway.

  Note to those other movie reviewers: If you're going to review a movie, try to stick with the facts.

  The movie didn't have all the good stuff that the book did in it.  Much of it was left out.

  For instance, although the book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire went into detail about the Quidditch World Cup, the movie only showed some of the players coming onto the field, and a computer generated giant leprechaun dancing.  No veela were in this movie, nor were they even mentioned.  And, instead of seats, the stadium was set up so that everybody had to stand, and they were only one person 'deep'.  There was nobody standing behind others in the stands.  If you've ever seen the AC/DC music video for the song "Thunderstruck", they looked kind of like that, but much taller, and the set was much bigger around, but still didn't look like it left much space in the middle for a Quidditch game.

  Another of the big differences between the book and the movie was in the campsite for the people who came to watch the Quidditch World Cup.  They didn't show the land owner who they rented the land from to camp there and when the Death-Eaters walked through the campsite, they weren't levitating the land owner and his family like toys above their heads, but instead, they destroyed the campsite.

  One other major omission from the movie were the house-elves.  Dobby wasn't shown, nor Winky, a female house-elf who was part of the Crouch family household, and used to watch over Barty Crouch Junior.

  Barty Crouch senior, the father of Barty Crouch Junior, looked very similar to Hitler with his mustache and hair.

  What I liked about the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  The entrance that the Durmstrang school guys made when they entered Hogwart's main hall.  As the long walking sticks they were carrying banged into the floor, lots of sparks flew from the contact made.

  Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody, or rather, the person who was impersonating him at the time.  He kind of reminded me of some of my teachers, who taught me things that school systems would never have approved of.  WEG  At one point, MadEye (Mad-Eye?) Moody changed Draco Malfoy into a white ferret and levitated him around a little in the air.  In another scene of the movie, when Mad-Eye Moody was teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and demonstrating the Unforgivable Curses, he used Imperio AKA Imperius Curse on a kind of bug, and had it go around the room, and at one point, onto Draco Malfoy's face.  LOL  The thing that I didn't like about how the represented Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie was his magic eye.  In the book, it was supposed to be used to detect magic, and can even see people under a cloak of invisibility, and be electric blue in color.  In the movie, however, it was more like some kind of bionic eye like you see in those re-runs of the Bionic Man.  When he was using it to focus on a couple of people some distance away from him, I could almost hear the "da-da-da-da-da" noise.

  Possible screw-ups in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie

  The dates on the tombstone shown in the graveyard.  At one point, I thought it said "Tom Riddle 1905 - 1943", but when they showed it again, it showed the date of 1880.  Or at least I think it did.  When the movie comes out on DVD, I'll look again a little closer.

  What I didn't like about the theater's showing of the movie

  The movie theater Regal Cinemas Oakwood 18 didn't display the movie on the screen correctly, or the movie was screwed up, because part of the left side stuff seemed to be missing.  Unless there's such job titles as "und designer", "ake up and creature effects" and ervising charge hand."  LOL

  Extra tidbits from the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie

  In the credits, Parseltongue in the movie is supposed to be done or created by Dr. Francis Nolan.  Maybe that tachistoscope training paid off after all.  LOL  Thank you, Dr. Samuel Renshaw!

  The song playing during the credits was called "Magic Works", to those who are interested.

  Near the end of the credits, I saw the line "No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie."  ;-)

  Final analysis: Is the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire worth seeing?

  Well, I thought it was worth seeing, but you might not like it, yourself, if you're a stickler for movies being true to the books.  Don't know about anybody else, but I wouldn't have minded it they made the movie another hour or so longer if it meant they kept the good stuff in.  If you can't afford to see it at the movies, you may want to just wait until it comes out on tape or DVD.  We had to pay $9.00 a ticket to see the movie.  If you wait a little while after it comes out on DVD or VHS tape, the cost of it shouldn't be very far above that, and then you can watch it a lot more than one time.  ;-)


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