YMMV / Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

YMMV tropes present in the book:

  • Acceptable Targets: Overweight boys. Dudley's increased weight, while treated with some seriousness, is still Played for Laughs. Implied association of his weight with parental indulgence, his comical resentment of his diet, Fred and George's playful hope for a glimpse of the overweight lad, and Fred's slipping him a toffee which magically engorges his tongue treat obesity as a morbid character flaw, deserving of droll contempt. Years later, Rowling, outraged at the pressure on girls to be thin, called fat insults "strange and sick".
  • Accidental Innuendo: This comment from Hagrid while he's stewing over Madame Maxime rejecting him and playing the I Am Big Boned card:
    "I'm not botherin' with her no more, I promise yeh that. Big bones...I'll give her big bones."
  • Crazy Awesome: Alastor Moody and his violent dustbins. They don't call him "Mad-Eye" for nothing.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Barty Crouch Jr. While it is true that he was neglected by his father, this still doesn't excuse possibly joining the ranks of a terrorist group that killed hundreds of innocent people. Many fans however seem to differ.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Ron notes Percy's inability to recognize a joke. Cut to Deathly Hallows where Percy shows he does recognise and can tell a joke right before Fred is killed.
    • At one point in the book, Fred and George tell their angry mother that if she yells at them now and the Hogwarts Express crashes tomorrow, that'll be the last thing she ever said to them. In context, it's pure Black Comedy (even to Molly), but a year later we find out that Molly's biggest fear is losing her family. Worse in Deathly Hallows see above spoiler.
    • Dumbledore's remarks about Aberforth to Hagrid, notably his comment that he's "not entirely sure he can read", are amusing at the time. When, in DH, we learn about the estrangement of the two brothers, and the extent to which Albus' intelligence helped to contribute to that situation, it appears a considerably more mean-spirited thing to say.
    • Fred and George becoming old due to the potion failing. This is the only time the two will grow old together.
    • Early on in the book Moody's offscreen Establishing Character Moment is an amusing story about commotion in his backyard - with him apparently jinxing dustbins. We later find out this was actually Barty Crouch Jr attacking him so he could impersonate him for the year.
  • Genius Bonus: The Durmstrang Institute's name is a spoonerism of the German phrase Sturm und Drang, the name of an 18th century Proto-Romantic literary movement known for its glorification of subjective human emotion and experience over the cold rationalism that characterized the Enlightenment. It's a fitting name for a Scandinavian school for wizards, which teaches Magic that that can't necessarily be understood rationally. Particularly since the most famous Sturm und Drang participant was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the author of Faust—a play about a German mystical scholar who dabbles in the Dark Arts in his quest for knowledge.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When Sirius meets up with the Trio, Hermione keeps going on about how badly Winky was treated by Crouch. When Ron tells her to give it a rest, Sirius remarks that the best way to tell a man's character is to see how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. Less than a year later he'll be treating his own house-elf, Kreacher, like dirt on his shoe.
    • Both Harry and Cedric are initially outraged that the Quidditch pitch has been turned into a maze for the third task; they're assured that they'll have their pitch back once the task is over. Cedric never gets to see the Quidditch pitch back to normal, since he is killed by Voldemort and Wormtail during the Task.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Petunia is described as looking out the window "as though there had been a warning about an escaped rhinoceros." In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander has to recapture his escaped erumpent, which strongly resembles and harasses a rhinoceros that is trying to escape a zoo to get away from it.
    • This: "Dragons! ... Last year dementors, this year dragons, what are they going to bring into this school next?" Fans all know by now that the next year sees something far worse than any of the above: Dolores Umbridge as The Tyrant Taking The Helm.
    • The whole fact that Harry's incredibly handsome rival Hogwarts champion is played in the movie by future Edward Cullen. And really, the rivalry between Harry's supporters and Cedric's supporters could easily be compared to the Fandom Rivalry between Harry Potter and Twilight — particularly the way in which Harry and Cedric (a.k.a. Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson) are nothing but civil to each other while each has fans who volatilely bash their hero's rival. It doesn't help that Cedric first makes an appearance by jumping out of a tree. Maybe, he was bothered? His ghost is also sparkling.
    • Also, David Tennant said in an interview at the movie premiere that he'd probably never be part of such a large fandom again. One year later... His character also uses a long, handheld tool, has a chest that's Bigger on the Inside, changes faces/actors and his last line is "I'll be welcomed back like a hero."
    • "Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?"
    • Ron asked his future sister-in-law to the Yule Ball.
    • It's now almost impossible to watch the reaping... er, choosing of the teenaged contestants in a deadly tournament without thinking, "May the odds be ever in your favor" as their names are called out.
    • Overlapping with Harsher in Hindsight: Filch putting on music as Professor McGonagall dances with Ron can remind many of Walder Frey (portrayed by David Bradley) ordering to play "The Rains of Castamere" during the Red Wedding.
    • The fans' uproar over Hermione wearing pink instead of blue to the Yule Ball. Fast forward to Ballet Shoes where a small fuss is made over Pauline (Emma's character) getting a blue gown for a premiere. So fans finally get to see Emma wearing blue at a formal occasion. And then she stars in Beauty and the Beast (2017) as a heroine whose dress is iconically blue - and this time in the She Cleans Up Nicely moment the dress stays the same colour as it was in the original.
    • In this book, the villain disguises himself as a high-profile Auror to avoid detection. It looks like someone was taking notes from another powerful Dark Wizard from before his time.
    • It's offhandedly mentioned that the pub in Frank Bryce's village is called the Hanged Man.
  • Idiot Plot: The only reason given for Harry participating is to lure out whoever put his name in the Goblet; he wasn't interested in participating. None of the staff of Hogwarts or Harry's friends (ostensibly both interested in his welfare) suggest he do anything other than walk into an incredibly obvious trap. The phrase 'binding magical contract' is used, with unspecified penalties for defaulting, but nothing (except the plot) prevented Harry from making an absolute-minimum pro forma effort that wouldn't risk his life. Which would have destroyed the villains' plans utterly.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Continuing the series tradition, the introduction of new characters as well as already existing ones being made prominent created some new ships, including Harry/Cho, Cedric/Cho, Harry/Fleur, Ron/Fleur, Hermione/Krum, Hermione/Cedric, Krum/Fleur, Cedric/Fleur.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Voldemort and Barty Crouch Jr. With the information coerced from Bertha Jorkins about a month before the actual event, Voldemort was able to concoct a plan to not only seize Harry Potter's blood and use it for his revival, but recruit a Death Eater that was long since believed dead. Barty Crouch Jr. not only successfully escorted a Book Dumb 14-year-old through a dangerous tournament designed for 17-year-olds, but did so without drawing any suspicion to himself, disguised as the Death-Eater-hating Auror himself. Not only that, but even though Harry escaped Little Hangleton, the plan Voldemort came up with made sure that the wider wizarding world didn't believe his comeback until a year later: not the success he envisioned, but still incredibly useful.
  • Moment of Awesome: Several, though one of the many mentions goes to the ending, where Fred, George, Harry, Ron, and Hermione all jinx Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle with every spell they know.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Rowling was apparently surprised that the editors didn't object to Voldemort's resurrection scene, specifically Voldemort's fetus-like rudimentary body.
    • The film has some immense fun with this, having the build up to Voldemort's resurrection very unnerving, especially when he finally reborn. His appearance of being frail-like and no nose and opening his eyes being snake-like to normal makes it more creepy.
    • Wormtail cutting off his own hand.
    • The trial of Barty Crouch Jr, with Junior begging and crying for mercy and Senior showing no emotion or connection towards his son until he finally loses it and screams at him that he has no son. YMMV, since at the end it's revealed that Crouch Jr. might actually have already beem evil and guilty, though his story still is tragic. Also, the torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom.
    • For those with a fear of deep, dark water, the Second Task as a whole.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: This entry brought the Moral Guardians out in full force against the series, ensuring this trope occurred. While still a good book in its own right, it wouldn't have been nearly as successful without all the parents, politicians, and preachers decrying it for converting children to witchraft and Satanism. Some held burnings of it. This required them to buy copies to burn them.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Despite his one-and-a-quarter chapters' worth of pagetime, Frank Bryce still makes quite an impression.
  • Pandering to the Base: A minor example, as this was the first book written after the series became big in America, and got Rowling deluged with questions about how to pronounce Hermione's name (it was also before the films started). So the scene where she tries to teach Viktor Krum how to pronounce it was intended directly for her new American fans.
  • Retroactive Recognition: David Tennant and Robert Pattinson both appeared in this movie before becoming famous in Doctor Who and Twilight.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Barty Crouch Sr. is often vilified to an extreme degree. While he was a Knight Templar, he was still on the side of the good guys and vital in defeating Voldemort's forces.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Also, continuing the series tradition, the supporters of the new and already established ships took all new offensives for their pairings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This book is known for the vast amount of characters revealed and introduced (far more than any other book in the series), many of which were Put on a Bus or Killed Off for Real by the end. Examples include Barty Crouch Jr, Ludo Bagman, Igor Karkaroff, Olympe Maxime, Barty Crouch Sr, Viktor Krum, and Charlie Weasley.
  • The Woobie —> Jerkass Woobie: Barty Crouch, Jr. When we first see him, he is pleading for mercy as his own father disowns him in public and orders him thrown into Azkaban. Unfortunately, it then turns out his father may have been right, as Crouch Jr. turns out to have become a fanatical Death Eater who might have tortured Neville's parents into insanity, rather than being Wrongly Accused as assumed.
  • The Woobie:
    • Cedric's father after the death of his son.
    • Harry gets hit with this earlier in the book: After being chosen as Champion his life quickly goes to crap: The other three houses turn against him, believing he put his name in to snatch more glory for himself and even Ron buys into this. This image isn't help by Rita Skeeter's article glorifying Harry using mostly made up garbage, which causes Harry to snap at his crush Cho and only drives a further wedge between him and Ron. Oh and on top of all of this he has to fight a ferocious dragon with only a day to prepare. All for an honor he didn't want and would gladly give up if he could.

YMMV tropes present in the film:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Harry finding Crouch Sr's body. The scene comes apropos of nothing, has nothing to do with the story anymore, and is never brought up. Harry doesn't even tell Dumbledore about it like he planned. The scene just comes out of nowhere, happens, does nothing to the story, and then is never discussed ever again. Even the mood doesn't fit. A deleted scene helps to bridge it with the next scene better, however.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Barty Crouch, Jr. has his share of fangirls, as can probably be expected whenever one casts David Tennant as anything.
  • He Really Can Act: Harry's complete breakdown after he arrives back at Hogwarts with Cedric's corpse along with the news that Voldemort has returned.
    • Robert Pattinson gets some love for his performance as Cedric, way before he did Twilight, being a lot more of a Nice Guy to Harry compared to his role in in the Twilight movies. His tragic death made it a lot more of a solidification.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After their failed attempt to put their names into the Goblet of Fire, Fred and George get into a fight and one of them can be heard saying "I'll tear your ear off!" to the other. George ended up losing an ear three books later from a Death Eater.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: David Tennant's tongue tic here is eerily reminiscent of post-2013 Miley Cyrus.
  • Memetic Mutation: Slight one. Fans will lash out at Voldemort for killing Cedric, not just because of obvious reasons, but because it locked Robert Pattinson out of the series and led to him being cast in Twilight.
    • "He asked calmly." Explanation 
    • Harry's sassy response to Neville talking to him about plants in the film, "No offense, but I really don't care" is a rather popular GIF.
    • Snape's accusing Harry of stealing his potion: "Don't. Lie. To me." is as memetic as "Turn to page 394."
  • Narm:
    • Harry's massive putdown to Malfoy? "Your father is vile and cruel! And you're just pathetic." It's that last part that somehow wounds Malfoy deeply enough to try and curse him.
    • Also David Tennant's weird tongue flick thing as Barty Crouch Jr. It's meant to be creepy and yet comes across as pantomime villain stuff.
    • Hermione breaking down in tears at the steps after Ron "spoils" her big night at the Yule Ball - or in fact, actually the whole Yule Ball argument, what little of it is there. While the original chapter always carried a hint of satire on teen angst, it comes off looking even more ridiculous in the film due to the rather lackluster execution of the scene. Rupert Grint (Ron) delivers his lines - which in the book were written with considerably vicious jealousy - with about as much interest as someone ordering a hamburger. Meanwhile, Emma Watson (Hermione) starts off equally understated to the point of being just plain flat, and then she goes for the Large Ham approach with her reaction, which seems disproportionate to Grint's lack of investment in the scene. That her having the last word in the film actually gets undermined and upstaged by Ron doesn't help.
    • Hermione's She Cleans Up Nicely moment is rather watered down compared to the book, if only because already-very-pretty Emma Watson hadn't exactly been dressed down before in the films. So she doesn't look that different, making Harry's jaw-dropping expression feel like a huge overreaction.
    • There's also the moment where Hermione snaps at Harry too and says "off to bed, both of you!" She says it as if she's their mom. It does match up with who Hermione is though.
    • The "HARRYDIDYEPUTYERNAMEINTHEGOBLETOFFIYAH???!!!?" moment from the film, especially comparing it to the way Dumbledore calmly asks it in the book.
    • The entrance of the Beauxbatons students; they run up the centre aisle of the Great Hall and then...basically seem to fart bluebirds whilst sighing happily.
    • The Durmstrang students entrance could count too, as they come in looking in general like they've just arrived from a military academy stationed in a juvenile prison. And then their Headmaster Igor Karkarov and prized student Viktor Krum enter, looking perpetually pissed at everything for no reason.
    • The noises and faces Voldemort makes when he touches Harry. Better yet, the entire duel scene with Voldemort and Harry is all of this, along with the many Narm Charm by Voldemort, especially his scrunched up face when he tries to force the Killing Curse to work.
    Voldemort: I WANT TO SEE THE LIGHT LEAVE YOUR EYES!!
    • His Big "NO!" when Harry escapes.
    • Hermione's "I'm not an owl!" line, since until then she's been pretty calm.
  • Narm Charm: Although the She Cleans Up Nicely scene has its share of Narm, the shot of Hermione nervously peaking out from behind the wall and descending the stairs is still rather cute - especially for the Adorkable expression on Emma Watson's face.
  • Never Live It Down: Even to this day, many detractors of Michael Gambon as Dumbledore point to the "HARRYDIDYEPUTYERNAMEINTHEGOBLETOFFIYAH?!?!?!?" scene as an example of why they think he was a bad choice despite the fact that this was the only film where he was portrayed this way.note 
  • Retroactive Recognition: The presence of David Tennant and Robert Pattinson in this movie led to a slew of jokes about Doctor Who and Twilight.
  • Squick: "Mad-Eye Moody" transforming back into his true form, Barty Crouch Jr. Mad-Eye should be missing an eye (hence the magical prosthetic), so it means that when Barty Jr. starts his entire ruse, he has to voluntarily lose one of his own eyes in the transformation. There was even a moment where "Mad-Eye" is desperately reaching for the belt that holds the magical eye to take it off, because Barty's eye is growing back once the Polyjuice Potion wore off, and the magical eye is most likely "fighting for space".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Showing how some fans can take this trope to the extreme, one of the biggest complaints about the movie? Hermione's dress for the Yule Ball. It's blue in the book but pink in the film. There were thousands of complaints, even with the film's IMDB page in an edit war over listing "Hermione is a person who hates pink and would never wear a pink dress" as a Plot Hole. note 

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