Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Compare and Contrast Essay
The novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is story full of adventure, action, and suspense, but only after the first 400 pages. The first part of the book is little more than an account of everyday life in a magical landscape. The story is really slow with nothing very interesting or exiting happening. On the other hand, when you finally get to the dramatic climax of the story, it is very well told.
The movie is totally different. The director decided to add long fight scenes, such as the 2o minutes long battle scene with Harry fighting a dragon. Instead of drawing in the viewers as it did in its previous films, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire preferred to be a more about special effects. The novel by J.
K. Rowling was very much different than the movie with parts changed or cut and characters completely rethought, making it a pragmatic adaptation.A difference that I noticed was the maze as the third task in the Triwizard Tournament. It was completely wrong.
The hedges did not move, there was no sphinx, acromantula, or Blast-Ended Screwts. There weren’t any Blast-Ended Screwts in the movie at all, for that matter. The opponents had to navigate through a maze to get to the Triwizard Cup to win the tournament. This is shown quickly in the movie and the only consistent danger appears to be the collapsing of the walls, yet in the book Harry is forced to use his wit and knowledge of spells to plot his course and face various creatures.Secondly, Neville did not help Harry discover Gillyweed, Dobby did. Originally, Mad-Eye had intended for Neville to show Harry the book he gave him, which contained a full explanation of Gillyweed. Dobby overheard Moody talking to McGonagall about Gillyweed, and relayed the message to Harry.
Another detail that was changed was at the Quidditch match. Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys were supposed to be in a box with Cornelius Fudge, the Prime Minister from Bulgaria and Ludo Bagman, but instead they were stuck in the nosebleed section. Small bit, with not much importance to it but was messed up nevertheless. Also at the Quidditch match, Winky was blamed for the stealing of Harry’s wand, and casting the spell that produced the Dark Mark. Winky was left out of the movie all together, which I thought was wrong.
In the film, many parts were changed or cut out completely. I think that by doing this, the theme of the novel was modified and the true spirit of the book was lost. The movie was very much different from the book. It misconstrues so much of it. The book was very slow.
The author had taken the time to describe the setting, the mood, and so forth. The first part of the book had no action in it. The flow was very slow.
The movie director changed all of that, and thought that by putting fight scenes and turning the novel into an “action movie” the audience would enjoy it more. I understand that when adapting a 600 page book into a two hour movie, scenes have to be cut out. Some people, like purists may criticize the loss of a character or chapter; however, the average audience member will enjoy it nevertheless.