What’s up Grimms?
I just want to say (for the record) I finished rereading this book ages and ages ago. I have just begin a complete failure at putting pen to paper… Or fingers to keys…
My point is I haven’t actually gotten to down to writing this point until just now! I knew this one was going to take me a minute to write because I have so much to say. What a game changer this book was! But I’m getting ahead of myself. As usual I will start with my spoiler free review of the book and then launch into my five things the movies wont show you. The list of five will contain spoilers. Nothing Earth shattering but spoilers all the same so just keep that in mind. I think their worth reading though if you haven’t read the books because it will seriously give you incentive to do so.
Oh my heavens! Where do I even begin with this book? I loved this book the first time I read it and I’ve loved it every time I’ve reread it since then.
Harry should have a lot to look forward to this year. He ended his third year on more of a moral victory in a sense but on the plus side he discovered his godfather Sirius was innocent of the crimes. Sirius may be forced to live life on the run but at least he’s not in prison. Also the cruelty of the world rips Lupin from the school as a teacher but he has sparked Harry’s interest in Defense Against the Dark Arts. A skill he will be needing more and more before the year is up.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron would love to be normal students at Hogwarts this year. They’d like to enjoy seeing the Quidditch World Cup, dream about what the Triwizard Cup will hold, and stumble through basic teen things like first dances and surviving classes but the simple live just isn’t in the cards for them.
With strange disappearances plaguing the Wizarding Community and a very public siting of the Dark Mark everyone is already on edge. Harry is also suffering from nightmares that seem so real and remind him of his connection to Voldemort which isn’t making the situation any easier. If the three of them think getting to school will make them feel any safer they are dead wrong. It seems clear that somebody is trying to reach Harry through the castle walls especially after Harry finds himself embroiled in the Triwizard Tournament. A dangerous competition he shouldn’t even be eligible for but is now bound to through magic.
Is someone using the tournament as a way to kill Harry? Who put his name in the cup? Does it have anything to do with Peter’s escape? It seems like Voldemort’s supporters could be lurking every where. Will Dumbledore’s new teacher Professor Moody an ex-dark wizard catcher be enough to keep the free Death Eaters away?
The fourth book takes us on a serious journey reminding us again that adults don’t know everything, life isn’t always fair, and heroes do indeed die young.
Five Things the Movie Won’t Show You
I do really like this movie BUUUUTTT there are somethings we need to talk about. Well there are a lot of things I honestly don’t know how I’m going to keep this to only FIVE. Why do I torture myself like this? I could easily do twenty no problem. Five is the challenge though so here it goes!
The Drusleys are Still Alive
I’m not really sure why but in the movies the Drusleys are completely cut out. Harry just appears at The Burrow. Not true. In fact the Weasleys actually go to Harry’s Aunt and Uncle’s house to pick him up to stay for the summer and specifically to go the World Cup. It causes quite an uproar when they try to show up by Floo Powder and realize the chimmney has been closed up. I really think this would have been a great scene to see come to life. It’s a no go for the movie though.
Since this scene never happens we also don’t get to see the very early stages of Fred and George’s Joke Shop. It’s in the fourth book that we learn the twins have been secretly developing products something that sends their mother off her rocker. Movie goers will never know the magic of reading up Dudley eating a Tongue-Ton Toffee.
Where the Hell are Winky and Dobby?
GAHHHHH!!! They completely write these two off in the fourth movie but they both play HUGE rolls in the book. Who the hell approved a screenplay without these two? As you may recall Dobby is the house elf from the second book that Harry helps to free from the Malfoys. He comes back in the fourth book after roaming around for a year because nobody wants to pay a house elf. When his friend Winky is fired from her post with Barth Crouch he decides they should both try to find employment at Hogwarts. Because Dumbledore is the GOAT he readily excepts them.
Dobby actually makes appearances throughout the rest of the series making his stand in book seven all the better. Dobby is responsible for Harry’s Gillyweed not Neville. Neville does a lot of badass things in his day but providing Harry with Gillyweed to make it past the second stage of the tournament isn’t one of them.
Winky is also crucial in understanding the dynamics in the Crouch household. I feel like the storyline in the Crouch family is lacking in the movie which is such a shame because in the book it really adds to the sense of foreboding up until the final moments when everything is uncovered. It is Winky’s presence that drops the breadcrumbs as to how Barty and Barty Crouch Jr. end up where they are.
What The Hell Is Up With That Dragon Scene?
Okay this scene actually make me mad. I complain about it every single time I watch the movie to the constant annoyance of my husband. Poor guy has literally been listening to my arguments against this for ten years now. Here’s the deal though people. In the first trail when Harry has to get past the dragon for the egg he does it QUICKLY.
That is the entire point of the mission! How quickly and effectively you can get the egg from the dragon. Harry secures a position in the lead by getting his egg the fastest. No the dragon does not break free from it’s chain. Are you kidding me? Has it ever occurred to everyone that during that time the audience is just sitting in the stands hanging out. Like, “I don’t know maybe Harry’s dead…”
On top of all of that do you know how many cool things we could of had if we didn’t have to watch a dragon chase Harry around for thirty minutes. I bet the budget for that scene could have paid for the CG to have Winky and Dobby appear at least ONCE during this movie! For real you guys this gets me so heated.
I Want Sirius Black!
Speaking of characters and scenes that could have been added instead of that drawn out dragon mess. Sirius Black is around way more than just a quick dash in the fire place. For emotional attachment purposes alone they should have done Sirius’ character more justice than what he gets in the movie. His advice and friendship is a much bigger part of Harry’s life than I think is really expressed in the movie.
Sirius risks everything to be close to Harry as he battles through the tournament. It shows the devotion that Sirius has towards Harry and also helps to highlight later on in the series the line that blurs between Harry and James that blurs for Sirius. He is such great and complex character and unless you read the books I just don’t believe you can understand how wonderful he is.
Oh baby what is you doing?!
This entire thing was completely messed up during the movie! Are you kidding me people? The maze was not just a dark, spooky place or whatever nonsense the movie is peddling. Yes you had to get through the maze but there were also things hidden in there. Challenges and things like that. Harry has to get past a fricken Sphinx for crying out loud! Do you know how cool that would have been to watch live.
And the way everything went down between Harry and Cedric is NOT how things happened in the book. They fight a gigantic spider together for one thing and Harry. There’s never any question between the two that Harry might leave Cedric behind. All that movie stuff is just drama for the sake of drama I tell you. Which is completely crazy because the way everything happens in the book is dramatic and honestly much better. If they would have done that scene by the book it would have been epic.
Bonus: Barty Crouch and Barty Crouch Jr.
Their relationship in the book is so much more complex than I feel the movie shows. I love me some David Tennat but when Barty Crouch Jr. is arrested in the book he’s actually about 18 years old. He is also arrested with * drum roll * Bellatrix LESTRANGE and her husband. That’s right that’s when you first here the infamous name. Also they go so much more in depth as to why Barty Jr. is being arrested. Bellatrix, Barty, and her husband tortured Neville Longbottoms parents trying to get information on Voldemort. They never gave in though and the constant torture ended up breaking their minds. That’s why Neville lives with his grandmother. His parents are alive but they live at the hospital.
It is crazy the depravity that Barty Crouch Jr. was capable of at such a young age but he 100% was. Barty Sr. only helped sneak his son out of prison because it was his wife’s dying wish and the book explains better about how long Barty Sr. kept his son under control using magic. It just does the whole relationship much more justice when you read the book.
I hope I’ve inspired a few of you to read the book instead of just relying on the movie. The amount I could still add to this list is no joke. For example do you know who funded The Weasly Twin’s joke shop? Do you know who signed off on putting Sirius away for life without a trial? Do you know who is responsible for the death of Tom Riddle’s parents and grandparents? How about what happened to Wood after graduation? WHO THE HELL IS PEEVES?
Read the book and the answers to these questions (and more) will all be revealed!
Check you later Grimms ❤
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