Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Buster and hubby and I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire over the past few days, and we were really appalled at how Albus Dumbledore was portrayed – there is simply no way Dumbledore would approach Harry in such a menacing manner, as he does after Harry’s name comes out of the goblet, and too often this Dumbledore seems to be holding his head in his hands, fretting – something Dumbledore never does in the books. I miss Richard Harris.

That said – the best of the movies thus far, although I did miss much of the detail of the book.
Lashawn Barber has the best review and link round-up I’ve seen, and I if anyone is interested, I agree with her theories on Dumbledore and Book 6! :-)

Now, of course, I need to go back – as always, and read books 4, 5 and 6 again…Rowling has made so many clever clues, one can’t spot them all on first, or second, read!

March Hare has a review here that I agree with so completely I would have written it myself, had I the energy! :-)

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  • http://davejustus.blogspot.com/ Dave Justus

    I preferred Azkaban to Goblet as far as the movies go, but it was a very enjoyable expirience.

    Dumbledore was very worried about Harry being in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and more than any of the other books he seemed to not have things under control in Goblet of Fire. I thought that was protrayed well in the movie.

    Perhaps I see too much of Gandalf the Grey in Dumbledore, but I think the both wizards, while good and kindly, are also ‘subtle and quick to anger.’

  • TheAnchoress

    Dumbledore, in the book, merely told Harry to go into the room with the other champions and then, when the were all together, calmly asked him if he had put his name in the Goblet. I have never seen Dumbledore as quick to anger…I didn’t like it. :-)

  • Sensible Mom

    Oh, yeah, my commenting password works!

    I agree that Dumbledore in the movie was not like Dumbledore in the books. To have shoved Harry and yelled at him was not the way the DUmbledore in the book behaves. The questions is was that the actor’s choice or the director’s.

    Other than that I enjoyed the movie and the light hearted moments in the middle.

  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    Dear A,
    I agree with you about Dumbledore. I miss Richard Harris, although Gambon ~might~ be a better Dumbledore for OOP and HBP.
    Here’s the link to my review:
    Overall, the movie got 12 thumbs up. It’s one of the few movies that all of us wanted to see and enjoy (Hubs & me: >21, DS#1 22, DD#1 19, DS#2 15, DD#2 12).
    Next up: Narnia!

  • http://bookwormroom.blogspot.com Bookworm

    That’s precisely what I thought about Dumbledore. Instead of being Harry’s safety net, he seemed as intimidating as any other adult in the Hogwart’s world. I was disappointed, especially since we’d just watched Chamber of Secrets on DVD at home, with Harris’ gentle, but powerful portrayal. Otherwise, though, a delightful, exciting movie, which managed to take a very long and wonderful book, and turn it into a quite decent, shorter movie.