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"I haven't a clue who put your name in that goblet, Harry, but whoever did it is not a friend to you. People die in this tournament."
Sirius Black

"Well, now that we're all settled in and sorted, I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year but home to some very special guests as well. You see, Hogwarts has been chosen to host a legendary event: The Triwizard Tournament!"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth film in the Harry Potter series, directed by Mike Newell and released in 2005. Newell was chosen to direct after Alfonso Cuarón, who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, announced that he would only be able to direct one installment in the series out of personal preference and scheduling conflicts.

Following the events of the previous film, Voldemort now has a loyal follower by his side and is making plans to become stronger and regain his body. Meanwhile, Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament between three Wizarding schools in Europe, and Harry discovers that he has been selected to compete, even though he is below the age restriction and did not apply as a candidate.

The film marked the big-screen debut of Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), who a few years later shot to stardom in the Twilight series.

It's also notable for being the least faithful adaptation of its book, along with its successor, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire contains examples of:

  • '90s Hair: Harry, Ron and many of the other boys have longer hair than in the other films, especially in contrast to the next one. It was the in thing among teens when the movie was made, but fortunately the movie is set in 1994-95 (according to the books, though not especially noticeable in the film) so it fits lorewise.
  • Actionized Adaptation:
    • In the book version of the first task, Harry easily flies circles around the dragon and grabs the egg it's guarding with little trouble, receiving only a scratch on his shoulder. The movie changes this to the dragon breaking its chain and chasing Harry around the school grounds, with poor Harry barely escaping with his life, never mind the egg.
    • Likewise, the final task in the book ends in an extended argument between Harry and Cedric over who deserves the Triwizard Cup. This is changed to the boys making a mad dash for the cup and grabbing it before the now-living and hostile maze catches them, although Harry still insists they should take it together.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, but Pettigrew taking off his whole hand with a pithy little blade about four inches long.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Applied to an object rather than a character. In the book, the Goblet of Fire was simply a roughly carved wooden cup. In the movie, it has a more elegant appearance and is made of silver with Nordic runes around the rim and decorated with tiny towers around the base.
  • Adaptational Context Change: In the book, Harry knows ahead of time that Barty Crouch Jr was sent to Azkaban and later died. Barty Crouch Sr is clearly shaken and his wife is sobbing away behind him. It's not until later that his guilt is revealed. The film instead has Karkaroff shouting Jr's name out as a shock reveal. Sr's I Have No Son! moment in the book is Played for Drama, where we're supposed to sympathise with Jr. In the film, we're meant to root for Sr.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The three trials that Harry saw in the pensieve in the book are reduced to one. Bagman's trial is omitted due to the character being Adapted Out, and Karkaroff and Crouch Jr's trials are combined into one by having Karkaroff turn in Crouch Jr, which he doesn't in the book. The other Death Eaters on trial with Crouch Jr. (including an Early-Bird Cameo of Bellatrix) are also adapted out.
    • Harry is supplied the Gillyweed by Neville, who had learned of its existence from a book given to him by Moody. In the novel Moody tried to arrange for this to happen, but he was forced to change tack when Harry failed to ask Neville for help, and instead had Dobby give him the Gillyweed.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. does not have straw-coloured hair in the film but is portrayed with David Tennant's natural dark hair colour.
    • Mad-Eye Moody is described as having solid grey hair in the book, but in the film Moody has greying blonde hair.
    • Voldemort's eyes are red in the books, but Ralph Fiennes' natural blue eyes are used in the films instead. The filmmakers believed that the red eyes would make Voldemort look so inhuman that audiences wouldn't take him seriously.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Barty Crouch Jr is present at the Riddle House with Voldemort and Pettigrew, and subsequently witnesses Voldemort kill Frank Bryce. Crouch was not there in the book. He was informed about Voldemort "offscreen." Additionally, his face is directly shown by the camera when he casts the Dark Matk at the Quidditch World Cup.
    • The Beauxbatons and Durmstrang entourages are depicted arriving at Hogwarts right at the start of term, whereas in the book, their arrival doesn't happen until two months into the fall term.
    • Fleur's little sister Gabrielle comes in doing an acrobatics routine when the Beauxbatons students make their entrance into the Great Hall. In the book, Gabrielle didn't appear prior to the Second Task, with the description making it clear that Harry had never seen her before that.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The film includes a new scene taking place after the Goblet ceremony where Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape discuss the recent events in Dumbledore's office. McGonagall is worried about Harry's safety and wants to stop him from competing regardless of the tournament rules, while Snape thinks that since they have no idea of what's going on, they should stand by until it becomes more clear. Dumbledore agrees with Snape and starts using his Pensieve to investigate.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Barty Crouch, Sr. comes off a lot better than in the book due to a lot of his dirty laundry ( viciously disowning Barty Crouch, Jr. in a public show trial, later smuggling him out of Azkaban at the request of his dying wife, subjecting him to a decade of house arrest under the Imperius Curse, and subjecting Bertha Jorkins to a powerful Memory Charm when she discovered the truth in addition to railroading Sirius to Azkaban without a trial.) being cut.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Albus Dumbledore, when he asks Harry if he put his name in the Goblet of Fire. The book actually specified that he asked the question calmly. Film Dumbledore not only charges at him yelling but even manhandles him. One of the most infamous examples of this trope ever, and the subject of numerous memes and parodies. In fairness, it does appear that Dumbledore is acting this way more out of confusion and worry than actual anger.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Frank Bryce is erroneously called a "caretaker", rather than a gardener.
  • Adaptational Modesty:
    • Inverted. The book states that Harry is up to his neck in the water, completely covered by foam. In the film, he's only up to his waist, allowing for some Fanservice.
    • Played Straight during the graveyard scene: in the book, after Voldemort regains his body, he's nude and has to ask for his robes, but in the film, robes coalesce around him as his body reforms for censorship reasons.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Amos Diggory. In the book, he's rather rude, brash, and boastful about Cedric's accomplishments. In the film, he's quieter and far more polite. This was likely done because whilst Cedric had been established in the third book, he was only a nameless cameo in the film adaptation, and this creates sympathy towards Amos as a character at the film's conclusion.
    • A minor example, but Ginny looks a bit nobler in the movie when she goes with Neville to the Yule Ball. In the book, she only asked him because otherwise she couldn't go, and she seems miserable about it. And it's implied they didn't have much fun. In the movie, this aspect is gone, and they clearly enjoyed themselves, continuing to dance even after the music ended.
    • The film portrays Barty Crouch, Sr. as having a nice, but stiff and professional, persona. This is different from the book where he is portrayed as harsh and strict, as well as a stickler for rules and regulations. This was possibly because Ludo Bagman was Adapted Out and therefore no longer able to serve as a Foil to him in that regard. Also, his dirty laundry regarding his son and Bertha Jorkins has been cut.
    • A minor one for Draco and his Slytherin crew. In the book they talk disrespectfully throughout Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric. In the filmnote , they're just as silent and solemn as everyone else.
    • Snape believes Harry when he tells the staff he didn't put his name in the Goblet of Fire and agrees with McGonagall's belief that there must be a plot to get the boy killed. In the book, he assumes Harry is lying to avoid being punished and entered his name himself to be a Glory Hound.
  • Adaptational Species Change: In the book, Moody uses three spiders to demonstrate the Unforgivable Curses. In the film, he uses a single tailless whip scorpion.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The movie excised a lot of Barty Crouch Jr.'s more sympathetic traits, particularly his love for his mother and the scorn and neglect he received from his father, which partially explained why he looked up to Voldemort as a mentor figure. In the film, David Tennant plays him as a cackling, hammy Card-Carrying Villain who joins the Death Eaters just For the Evulz.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Has its own page.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: Has its own page.
  • Adaptation Inspiration: The boarding school aspect of Hogwarts is more pronounced than in the other movies of the series, with a couple of new scenes that could be straight out of the genre. This trope continues up until the last two movies.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Barty Crouch, Sr. is less a stern minister follower than his book counterpart and appears to be a bit more nervous and stuttering.
    • Amos Diggory is not a pompous braggart and is very kind to others, especially Harry. This makes his reaction to Cedric's death even more heartbreaking. His personality was likely changed for exactly that reason.
  • Adapted Out: The Harry Potter Wiki's list of character omissions totals over 40 characters!
    • Bertha Jorkins's role in the film is taken out entirely, which effectively removes much of the backstory in the main plot of the story.
    • The Dursleys are completely omitted and there is no reference to them at any point in the film. Therefore, the incident where Fred and George slipped a ton-tongue toffee to Dudley and the argument they get into with their parents were omitted also.
    • Bill, Charlie, and Percy Weasley are omitted (though Charlie is mentioned by Hagrid as having helped bring the dragons for the first task, like he did in the book). This means the first time Harry sees Bill is when he formally introduces himself during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
    • Pansy Parkinson. An extra danced with Tom Felton.
    • The entire role of Ludo Bagman was removed. As a result, every scene throughout the film which involved him is removed. This means that Fred and George's bet is not included.
    • The Veela mascots are omitted from the film entirely while Leprechauns as mascots were minimised heavily. Instead, the Irish National Quidditch team creates a glittering firework of a leprechaun, which is obliterated by the Bulgarian National Quidditch team flying through it.
    • The elves Dobby and Winky were cut due to time constraints. However, if you watch carefully in the first campsite scene, right after Ginny points to something and says "Look!" you can see two House Elves riding on llamas. They go by very fast, so they're hard to see.
    • There is no scene with Peeves throwing water balloons at the arriving students as they enter the Great Hall, as Peeves is not featured in the films.
    • Nearly Headless Nick is written out of the film for the second time.
    • Cedric's mother is omitted from the film and there are no references to her, either.
    • This is the only film in the series not to feature Molly Weasley.
    • Hermione's entire Elf Rights campaign is omitted.
    • The film cuts out Narcissa and Bellatrix's first appearances, delaying their introductions until the sixth and fifth films.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • Professor McGonagall when she's giving her House dance lessons for the Yule Ball.
      McGonagall: I will not have you, in one night, besmirching [Gryffindor's] name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!
      Fred: (whispering to George) Try saying that five times fast.
      George: (whispering) Babbling, bumbling band of baboons.
      Fred: (whispering) Babbling, bumbling band of baboons.
    • It turns into a case of Artistic License – Biology: A group of baboons is a congress, not a band.
  • Age Lift: In the book, Fleur's sister Gabrielle was described as "no older than eight." In the film, her actress is clearly a few years older than that, and she's implied to be attending Beauxbatons whereas the book would suggest that she would be too young for that.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Dumbledore, as depicted by Michael Gambon, has a highly theatrical, slightly effeminate flair. After Deathly Hallows came out, Rowling said in interviews that she had always intended Dumbledore to be gay. She also said that she had told each actor secrets about the character that might be helpful in characterization.
  • Angrish: When Dumbledore calmly asks about how Harry's name ended up in the Goblet of Fire, he is so angry that his words slur together, ending up sounding more like gibberish than a coherent sentence.
  • Animated Tattoo: The Dark Marks inscribed on the Death Eaters' arms move.
  • Answer Cut:
    Ron: Dress robes? For what?
    (cut to Yule Ball lecture)
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Padma Patil in a sense, since the traits of Lavender Brown have now been applied to her to give her more presence and personality.
    • Ginny has a bit more screen time than she does in the book since she's around for more of the three main character's conversations. Sadly, this would be the most she would get in regards to this trope for a while.
  • Beautiful All Along: Hermione appearing gorgeously dressed and with neat, beautifully arranged hair in this movie has essentially none of the effect to the audience that it had in the books, since the filmmakers had already shown her prettily made-up in the previous film with no given explanation. Her own admission that cleaning up like that takes hours and doesn't want to bother with it on a daily basis is also promptly ignored, so she looks consistently gorgeous throughout all the films.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Harry ducks behind a gravestone as Voldemort goes into his Evil Gloating phase. Realizing there was probably no way to escape, Harry visibly steels his jaw and comes out to face him, "Fine, have it your way." It is precisely this courage that calls out the prior souls from the Voldemort's wand, allowing Harry to escape.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Voldemort at the end of his battle with Harry when the latter escapes with the portkey.
    • Harry right after Pettigrew launches a Killing Curse at Cedric and right before Cedric gets hit with it.
    • Amos Diggory gets a couple of very grief-stricken ones when he is kneeling over his dead son's body.
  • Blatant Lies: Pretty much everything to come out of Rita's mouth.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Wormtail's stump doesn't bleed at all after he cuts off his hand.
  • Blunt "Yes": At the end, Hermione asks if the everything that had just happened, especially the resurrection of Voldemort, means that everything has changed. Harry's reaction is simply to move over to her, put a hand on her shoulder, and say "Yes."
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Bartemius Crouch, Jr.
  • Chucking Chalk: Moody throws a piece of chalk at Seamus after hearing him talk about Moody's magical eye. This helps establish Moody as both kind of scary and also sort of cool.
  • Cobwebs of Disuse: Seen in the long-abandoned Riddle house in the opening scene, as the caretaker investigates the light from a house that should be empty.
  • Co-Dragons: Heroic example. Snape and McGonagall are more clearly presented as Dumbledore's left and right hand men, with Moody joining them. Best seen in the discussion in Dumbledore's office after Harry is forced to compete in the tournament.
  • Composite Character:
    • Padma Patil gains any traits that Lavender Brown had in the book, as in the books she's in Ravenclaw and isn't seen until the Yule Ball. In the film, she is in Gryffindor and is shown walking around with Parvati in Lavender's place. The two are even seen sitting together in Divination in the following film!
    • The composite, film only, character Nigel Wolpert replaces the characters Colin and Dennis Creevey, who were written out of the films.
  • Compressed Adaptation: One of the most prominent of the series — the first forty minutes of the fourth movie cover over 200 pages, cutting most of the Quidditch World Cup parts.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The alumns from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang introduce themselves with adequately-themed dance performances: the Beauxbatons girls enter in a corny, slow stroll complete with butterflies, which is capped off by Gabrielle doing a few somersaults before taking a bow with Fleur. The Durmstrang boys burst out in an intimidating staff-slamming march featuring Viktor Krum firebreathing and capoeira.
  • Darker and Edgier: This trope is notable to this specific film in particular, as it was the first in the series to get bumped to a 12 rating in the U.K. (As well as a PG-13 rating in the U.S).
  • Dead Hat Shot: The first sign of Mr. Crouch's corpse is Harry finding his hat lying on the ground before nearly tripping over his feet.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Due to Bagman not being in the film, the commentary of the World Cup is done by Cornelius Fudge, and Barty Crouch Sr takes upon the role of judging in all tasks of the Triwizard Tournament.
    • Amos Diggory is fleetingly shown attending the final task with Arthur Weasley, which is due to Bill and Molly Weasley not being in the film.
  • Defiant to the End: Cedric spends his last moments defending Harry from a man he's never met, despite Harry telling him to run for it.
  • Delayed Reaction: When Harry first comes back through the Portkey with Cedric's body in tow, everyone starts cheering because of it. Then Fleur starts screaming and Dumbledore realizes something is very wrong.
  • Demoted to Extra: If they weren't already Adapted Out, chances are a character suffered this in the film. Sirius only has one scene as a result compared to the larger supporting role he had in the book. Likewise, while Rita Skeeter does appear, her subplot is deleted.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Barty Crouch Sr.'s death is portrayed a little differently in the film. In the book, he threw off the Imperius Curse that his son and Pettigrew had placed him under, and was killed by Crouch Jr. (impersonating Moody) whilst on his way to try and warn Dumbledore, then was subsequently transfigured into a bone and buried. Here, he is killed by Crouch Jr. for seeing through his son's "Moody" disguise, and his body is found by Harry while hiking with Ron, Hermione and Hagrid.
  • Dies Wide Open: Cedric, after getting hit with a Killing Curse. Just to drive the gut punch home.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A group of racially prejudiced beings tormenting their targets while wearing baggy robes with pointed hats and masks? Clearly the film went all out making the Death Eaters look like the Wizard KKK.
  • Don't Come A-Knockin': In the extended cut, both Harry and Snape come across rocking carriages with (fully clothed) students on the Hogwarts grounds outside the Yule Ball. The couple near Harry successfully get him to bugger off; the couple Snape finds, not so much.
  • Dope Slap: Severus Snape keeps catching Harry Potter and Ron Weasley whispering about the Yule Ball during a test, and having to do this repeatedly. When the two still won't get the hint, Snape rolls his eyes, then his sleeves, and literally shoves their heads back to the test.
  • Due to the Dead: The memorial feast is cancelled and instead, Dumbledore hosts a gathering of the students with a speech to pay respect to Cedric Diggory.
  • Dutch Angle: Used repeatedly as the contestants are making their way through the maze during the third task, to emphasize the tension.
  • Dynamic Entry: The students from Hogwarts greet the visitors from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang outside the front doors of the castle in the book, but in the film, the Hogwarts residents sit in the Great Hall and the guests enter the hall in dramatic style.
  • Embarrassingly Dresslike Outfit: In the film's rendition of the leadup to the Yule Ball, Ron receives a package from his mother and finds what appears to be a antique dress inside. He at first thinks it's meant for Ginny, only for Hermione to tell him that it's dress robes, which gets everyone laughing at him. Just before the Yule Ball, he's looking at himself in the mirror after putting on the dress robes, aghast at how horrible they look and how Harry's look in comparison.
    Ron: Bloody hell, bloody hell, bloody hell...
    [Harry walks into the room in his dress robes and freezes at seeing Ron, while Ron does an Eye Take at Harry]
    Ron: What are those?! What are those?!
    Harry: My dress robes.
    Ron: Oh, they're alright! No lace, no dodgy little collar!
    Harry: Well, I suspect yours are a bit more traditional...
    Ron: Traditional?! They're ancient!
  • Epic Rocking: Patrick Doyle's 6-minute "Golden Egg" and the 9 and a half minute "Voldemort" from the OST.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much as Hagrid loves dangerous magical creatures like dragons, even he admits the Hungarian Horntail for the first task is a nasty piece of work.
  • Fan Disservice: Voldemort's body forms, rather repulsively, onscreen and initially nude. Fortunately a robe was included in the formation process once it was fully completed.
  • Female Gaze:
    • Moaning Myrtle clearly takes a look at Harry's crotch, while in the bath.
    • One scene has a squad of giggling Hogwarts girls trailing behind Krum as he works out by the lake.
  • Fingore: Harry gets his fingers bitten twice in this film; first by the African bird Sirius uses to send his letters and then by the licorice snappers Dumbledore suggests he try.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Lucius warns Harry to enjoy the Cup while he can, alluding to how he will take part in the terrorist attack on the campgrounds afterwards, and how at the climax he affirms he’s a loyal Death Eater in private.
    • Moody telling Karkaroff that he used to think "as dark wizards do." Guess who turns out to be a dark wizard masquerading as Moody?
    • Myrtle mentions seeing Polyjuice potion when she comes upon Harry in the prefects' bath, and Snape later accuses Harry of stealing the ingredients of Polyjuice potion from his office. None of our heroes make use of Polyjuice potion in this movie—but Barty Crouch Jr. is.
  • Forced Transformation: Draco is turned into a ferret by Moody when he tries to curse Harry, and promptly humiliated in front of everybody until McGonagall intervenes. Draco immediately bails before Moody pulls another trick.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Dumbledore admits to setting some curtains on fire in his fourth year. "Accidentally, of course."
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Wormtail chops off his hand, you can actually see his hand coming off. Even though you know it's obviously done with special effects, it's hard not to look away during that scene.
    • Four during the scene were Snape repeatedly catches Harry and Ron speaking to each other in his class:
  • Funny Background Event:
    • One of the Death Eaters observing the climactic duel gives an enthusiastic little clap when Harry "bows" to Voldemort.
    • When the Champions are being presented for the final task, the Beauxbatons girls are performing the Macarena!
    • Snape is lurking wordlessly during the scene when Harry and Ron are whispering about the Yule Ball, snatching Hermione's book when she hands it in, and rolling up his sleeves before shoving forwards the heads of Harry and Ron.
    • In the same scene, after Snape thwacks Harry and Ron upside the head, Draco can be seen smirking at them before Ron looks up at him (no doubt glaring even though we only see the back of his head), and on the other side of the room, something bursts into flames - likely the work of Seamus Finnigan.
    • In the Pensieve Flashback, when Karkaroff calls out Snape's name as a Death Eater, you can see Barty Crouch Sr. Facepalm as Dumbledore rises to defend Snape, clearly having gone through this A LOT with tattling former Death Eaters.
  • Graceful Landing, Clumsy Landing: In the movie, Cedric is shown to be as competent as the adult wizards by calmly floating down from the portkey. By contrast, Harry and his friends plummet to the ground.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The golden egg makes a very lovely SCREEEEEEE noise when opened. When opened underwater, however...
  • Hypocrite: Ron berates Hermione for going to the Yule Ball with Krum, calling it "fraternizing with the enemy," since Krum is from Durmstrang, a rival school (and is one of Harry's competitors in the Triwizard Tournament). This coming from the man who tried asking out Fleur Delacour, whom is from Beauxbatons, another rival school (and is another of Harry's competitors in the Triwizard Tournament). As Hermione points out, he's just burned because he realized she could be a potential date too late and felt offended that she found a date while he didn't.
  • I Can't Dance:
    • Harry and Ron. Daniel Radcliffe stated in an interview that he had skip dance rehearsals just to fit his character—he's actually a master at it.
    • Subverted with Neville, who actually rehearsed dance steps and ends up having a much better time with Ginny at the ball than they do. Considering Neville's a Cowardly Lion for most of the series, his lack of social anxiety is surprising.
  • I Have No Son!: Barty Crouch Sr.'s reaction to his son being revealed as a Death Eater at the trial. The film ends up flipping how the characters are portrayed. In the books, Jr. cries and begs for mercy, making his father seem cold and cruel. Here, Jr. proudly and immediately outs himself as guilty, making Sr. seem sympathetic and horrified by his son's atrocities.
  • Impaled Palm: During the opening feast, Hagrid gets distracted by Madame Maxime and accidentally stabs Flitwick in the hand with his fork.
  • Incendiary Exponent: When Wormtail enacts the ritual to resurrect Voldemort, every ingredient he puts into the potion sets itself on fire when added. When the last ingredient is added, the entire cauldron goes up in flames, which soon coalesce around Voldemort to form his robes.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Understandably by Harry and Amos Diggory when Harry brings Cedric's dead body back from the graveyard.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: After Barty Crouch, Jr.’s Polyjuice Potion starts to wear off and he can’t find any more, he decides to blow his cover by mentioning the graveyard Harry was sent to before Harry does.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: When his scar acts up in the graveyard, Harry collapses and is in no state to run for the Portkey Cup. He shouts at Cedric to run for the Cup and get to safety. Cedric refuses and spends his last moments defending a prone Harry.
  • Karma Houdini: Zig-zagged with Rita Skeeter. She publishes several false accounts of Harry and his friends throughout the tournament to feed the needs of her tabloid followers. Unlike in the book, she is not seen again after the first challenge has been completed but still gets her latest rag published nonetheless. Not helping is the fact that in the book, it is explicitly stated that she was barred from the competition by Dumbledore, and that Hermione blackmailed her into stopping her stories, neither of which happens in the film. However, the film also cuts out many of her more malicious moments, and her gossipy, overblown articles are shown in a less destructive light. As well, the film removes the subplot of her being an illegal Animagus who uses her animal form to spy on people. Overall, while still obnoxious and unpleasant, she isn't as much of a bully as she is in the book.
  • Kubrick Stare: Moody is given to these, like when he's facing down Karkaroff after Harry's name comes out of the goblet, or when he's watching from the sides as Harry tells Cedric about the dragons.
  • Leave Him to Me!: During the Beam-O-War between Harry and Voldemort.
    Voldemort: (to his Death Eaters) Do nothing! He's mine to finish! He's mine!
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: There's a diegetic example with a real brass band playing a celebratory tune for the winner of the Triwizard Cup... which falters out when they notice Harry screaming and crying over Cedric's body.
  • Little "No": Hagrid, just after Harry's name has come out of the Goblet of Fire. He’s both in denial that Harry would’ve somehow been entered due to his age… and terrified knowing what horrible danger Harry is going to be in.
  • Living Structure Monster: The third task now has the Hedge Maze be the monster instead of a labyrinth full of beasts like in the book.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Unlike the book, Wormtail is utterly calm after slicing off his own hand.
  • Male Gaze: Briefly, with a long tracking shot of the Beauxbaton girls' butts when they enter the Great Hall of Hogwarts (eliciting a "Bloody hell!" from Ron).
    Ron: I like to look at them from behind.
  • Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Among the dead that subdue Voldemort are Harry's parents. Not even death can keep Lily and James from protecting Harry.
  • Messy Hair: A lot of the characters, from Harry to Ron to Neville and the Weasley twins, for some reason, have much longer hair in this movie than in any of the others.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Viktor Krum has completely white eyes while under the Imperius Curse in the Third Task.
  • Mood Whiplash: The scene where Moody demonstrates the Imperius Curse on the whip scorpion starts out comedic before it takes a turn for the serious when Moody almost tries to make the poor little thing throw herself out the window or drown herself to show WHY the curse is an Unforgivable. Ouch.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Right before Harry stumbles across Crouch's body in the forest, the others can be heard a short distance away singing the Hogwarts school song—a case of Early Instalment Weirdness from the books as it is sung at Harry's first opening feast in Philosopher's Stone and then never again. In the books, it was explained that Dumbledore usually only sings it if he’s in a particularly cheerful mood. The school singing it appears in a deleted scene in which the guests are less than thrilled at the cheesy song.
    • Right before the second task, Fred and George are shown taking bets on the outcome, referencing their gambling subplot from the book that was cut from the film due to the lack of Ludo Bagman.
    • Harry learns about Gillyweed from Neville, who learned about it from the Herbology book Moody gave him. In the book, this was how Crouch Jr. intended for his plan to go down, but to his frustration Harry never asked Neville for help, so he had to plant the gillyweed idea in Dobby's head instead.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Voldemort's grandparents weren't named in the book, but their headstone shows them in the film. The sixth book doesn't confirm it either. A place name is the Hogwarts lake - and it's referred to as the Black Lake in this film. Both sets of names came from JK Rowling, making this double as Word of God.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Death Eaters are symbolized as Klansmen—check out the KKK-inspired headgear, torches, and "burning signal".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: When a trailer for the film shows how Dumbledore loudly announces the champions of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, then announces "HARRY POTTER!" in a bizarrely louder and angrier voice. This is because when he discovers the name on the parchment, he is disturbed and shocked about Harry's name being in the Goblet of Fire. It turns out he yells "HARRAY PUDDUH!" out of anger and ordering Harry to reclaim "his" parchment, but in the context of the trailer, it just looks weird.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Parodied. "No Dragons Were Harmed in the Making of this Movie."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Just listen to the scream that Fleur gives when she realises Cedric's dead and try not to think of how horrified she must actually be!
    • Hagrid looks horrified when he sees Harry and Cedric and realises what's happened.
    • Harry has one after he and Cedric arrive at the graveyard, when he realises whose graveyard they're at. He has an even bigger one when he senses Voldemort's presence. In fact, half of Harry's expression during the whole scene seems to be this.
  • Ominous Fog: The spookiest scenes in the movie—Voldemort's murder of Frank Bryce in the opening scene, the discovery of dead Barty Crouch in the woods, Harry's journey through the maze, and the showdown in the graveyard—are all fog-bound for additional spookiness.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Ron Weasley gets this when Professor McGonagall chooses him to help demonstrate the waltz.
    Harry: You're never going to let him forget this, are you?
    Fred and George Weasley: [they look to each other, look back to Harry and shake their heads] Never.
  • One-Gender School: In the books, Beauxbatons and possibly Durmstrang are co-ed. Here, they're all-female and all-male, respectively.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The merpeople in the lake are rather different from how they were described in the book. Here they look far more reptilian, and they speak less.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Hermione's dress is pink, rather than periwinkle blue like in the book. This caused a ridiculous amount of fan backlash, claiming wearing pink is uncharacteristic of her. For the record, costume designer Jany Temime made the change because she thought pink looked better on Emma Watson. There were also concerns that dressing Hermione in blue would make her resemble the Beauxbatons girls too much.
  • Remember the New Guy?:
    • Cho Chang, who also made her debut in the third book, but had her part in that cut from that movie's adaptation.
    • Karkaroff is shown dancing at the ball with Bethesda Babbling, who was never shown before in the films.
  • Running Gag: Filch accidentally setting off the cannon signalling the start of an event before his cue.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Done more in line with the traditional version of the trope than the book. There Harry wonders who that pretty girl with Krum is, only to later discover it's Hermione. Here he sees her descending the staircase before she meets Krum - likely because nobody could fail to recognise Emma Watson.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In a Deleted Scene, Moody (actually Crouch Jr.) tells Harry after the Second Task that "if you want to play the hero, I can find you plenty of playmates among the first years."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: When Harry returns with Cedric, happy music plays and cheers sound through the room. Then they realize Harry is sobbing and Cedric isn't moving.
  • Spotting the Thread: Barty Crouch Sr. recognizes Barty Jr. disguised as Moody when he licks his lips in the same manner that he is shown doing during the Pensieve Flashback.
  • Super Group: The Weird Sisters (who are not referred as such due to a lawsuit) are played by members of Pulp, Radiohead, All Seeing I and Add N to (X). Three songs by them are in the soundtrack album.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Nigel for Colin and Dennis Creevey.
  • That Came Out Wrong: This exchange between Harry and Hermione.
    Hermione: Harry, you told me you'd figured that egg out weeks ago! The task is two days from now!
    Harry: Really? I had no idea. I suppose Viktor's already figured it out.
    Hermione: Wouldn't know. We don't actually talk about the tournament. Actually, we don't really talk at all. Viktor's more of a physical being.
    Harry: [snicker]
    Hermione: I just mean he's not particularly loquacious.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • Neville gets assigned to help Harry on the underwater challenge. He uses his herbology skills to track down a plant, which allows him to breathe underwater. Just when he thinks he's failed, Harry successfully transforms and leaps out of the water.
    • An example compared to the books. In the book, Ginny asks Neville to the Yule Ball, but she admits she only did it because it would be the only way for her to be allowed to go and she seems miserable about it, and later on it's implied they didn't have a very good time. In the movie, we see that they are basically the ONLY main characters who enjoyed their night, dancing even after nearly everyone else had left.
  • Twisted Eucharist: Like in the book, the ritual Lord Voldemort uses for his "resurrection" requires literal flesh, blood and a bone from his deceased father.
  • Uncanny Valley: Deliberately invoked with Voldemort, who—much like in the book—is depicted as frail and snake-like with amphibious skin, no eyebrows, and two slits instead of a nose. The only noticeable departure from the book is his eyes being blue instead of red. According to the director, this change was made because "if you don't leave an enormous chunk of the 'human being' there, then he isn't going to scare you." Producer David Yates added to this by stating: "Our goal was that: you look at him and he seems quite normal, but then you look a little closer and realize: 'You know what? It's not quite right.'"
  • Underwater Ruins: The arches at the bottom of the Black Lake in the second task.
  • Understatement: "Potentially problematic? When was the last time you held your breath underwater for an hour, Hermione?"
  • Wham Line: At the denouement, Harry and Moody have a conversation about Cedric's fate and Voldemort's return when Moody says something that gives Harry pause:
    Moody: Were there others? In the graveyard, were there others?
    Harry: Um... I don't... think I said anything about a graveyard, professor.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Specifically applies to the movie version. When walking off by himself in the Forbidden Forest, Harry finds Barty Crouch Sr.'s theoretically dead body, and the camera cuts to Harry going to see Dumbledore. What happened to Crouch is never brought up again and never explained in the movie (though it is in the book).
      • A deleted scene shows the trio talking about it over the fireplace and Hermione telling Harry he needs to go to Dumbledore.
    • The real Mad-Eye Moody. After being discovered in the trunk, Dumbledore says he'll get him out in a minute, but in the final cut of the film, he never appears after this. In the book he’s seen recovering in a hospital bed after his rescue, so we can safely assume the same happened here albeit offscreen.
    • The fate of Barty Crouch Jr is unknown, as he is last seen being held prisoner by his former comrade Severus Snape and his being kissed was a critical part of Fudge's denial that Voldemort was back.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Instead of the monster-filled maze from the book, the third trial of the Triwizard Tournament in the film becomes this as both Harry and Cedric are tempted to perform actions neither would normally consider all for the sake of winning.
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: When Ron is raving about Krum, Ginny's reply is "I think you're in love, Ron."
  • Win Back the Crowd: In-universe, sort of. Harry gets decidedly unpopular when his name gets picked for the Tri-Wizard Tournament as many people think he's being a Glory Hound. A downplayed example, as most Gryffindors are still on his side and cheer for him come the dragon battle. After the First Task, the Hogwarts community warms back up to him thanks to his feat, and after Ron admits that Harry would've been insane to enter the tournament, proving he wasn't a Glory Hound.
  • You Are Not Alone: Though it isn't outright said in the book, in the film Dumbledore says this to Harry a couple of days after he returns from the graveyard.

"Soon we must all face the choice, between what is right and what is easy. But remember this: You have friends here. You're not alone."


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It's lampshaded in the third episode of Welcome Back, Potter that Voldemort doesn't look anything like he does in canon ("he has a nose and hair and shit"). Voldemort explains that being an Evil Sorcerer, being able to change his appearance is a trifle thing.

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