Rediscovering Harry: The Goblet of Fire

We've now reached the part of the series where the books get longer and the movie adaptations get looser. It's not that they change a lot of the story - they just leave stuff out. I have very vivid memories of reading Goblet of Fire for the first time (I was 10), and I'm pleased to report it still holds up (even if some of the minor side-plots do drag on a bit).

The Book

Best Character: Mad Eye Moody (even if he is a Death Eater in disguise) - CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

Worst Character: I always found the SPEW story line to be boring so I guess Winky is the worst character?

Best Moment: Not a particular moment, but the Weasley family is on point this book. First they break through a fireplace to bring Harry back to the Burrow, then we have Bill and Charlie (who, in my imagination, are super attractive), plus the twins' side plot as they try to get Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes off the ground and get their money back from Ludo Bagman, not to mention character development for Ron who really starts struggling with Harry's fame (and, presumably, feelings for Hermione) in this one. 

Funniest Moment: While the Weasley twins (of course) have some hilarious lines, the one exchange that always makes me snort actually takes place in Divination (so much funnier when you remember that Ron and Lavender end up dating).

“Oh, Professor, look! I think I’ve got an unaspected planet!...”
“It is Uranus, my dear,” said Professor Trelawney, peering down at the chart. 
“Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?” said Ron. 

Best Quotation: Sirius, this time, laying down some serious truths.

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Most Shocking Plot Twist: Mad Eye Moody = Barty Crouch Jr!! Voldemort's resurrection!! Cedric's death!!

Pay Attention To This Bit, It Will Come Back Later: Voldemort is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the whole thing with their wand cores ricocheting off each other and whatnot. On a lighter note, this is also the first time Bill and Fleur meet *waggles eyebrows*.  

The Movie

Best Casting Decision: David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr. I've only seen him in Broadchurch (one day, I'll start watching Doctor Who), but he's a fantastic actor. 

Worst Casting Decision: I will forever be sad that they never cast Charlie Weasley. And, if they had included Bill in this movie, we could have had an extra couple of movies with the adorable Domhnall Gleeson!!

Also, I'm going to go ahead and say it: Emma Watson is so over-the-top in this one. While I generally think she's awesome, she huffs and puffs her way through most of her lines and it actually makes it hard to take her seriously. Yes, Hermione was always very uptight, but there's a difference between uptight and heaving a sigh every time someone looks at you.

Best Moment: I've always loved that they gave Neville the opportunity to talk about Gillyweed, rather than Dobby (and this was before Matthew Lewis kicked puberty's butt), and his reaction when Harry doesn't immediately resurface is amazing.

Funniest Moment: The scenes leading up to the Yule Ball are amazing. First with Professor McGonagall teaching Ron how to dance, then the way Fred asks Angelina out (followed by Ron and Harry being smacked upside the head by Snape), plus the mental image of Ron shouting a proposal at Fleur...good times. 

Also this:

Biggest Upset: The first half of the movie is so rushed that you feel like you're missing out on a lot (I always wanted to see the Weasleys bursting through the Dursleys' fireplace), and they weirdly made Beauxbatons/Durmstrang single sex schools (which is just odd). Plus the lack of Sirius/Snuffles in Hogsmeade is disappointing. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the thing that miffs most HP fans: the way movie-Dumbledore reacts to Harry's name coming out of the Goblet compared to book-Dumbledore.