Fan Reactions to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Posted by: Daniel

With all the excitement brewing over Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire here at MoviesOnline, we have followed up on our exclusive review of the film with interviews with some of the lucky audience members who attended the test-screening last month in Chicago. We have included their thoughts on whether or not to bring the young ones to see the film on opening night. Many thanks to all of you who took the time to chat with us! If you haven't already read our exclusive Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Movie Review, just click on the link and enjoy!

"It was amazing, seeing this film in the middle of production and how much of it is computerized! I think it was the closest to the books, I read the Goblet of Fire a year ago, and I did not care that they cut out some of the parts. I would have liked to have seen more of the underwater scenes because they were really cool. The part where they introduce the other schools with the carriage and the boat was well done. I hope they put in more Victor Krum playing Quidditch, because he was a good character. I liked how Hermione had a thing with him, it showed how she is growing up and becoming more than just a smart little girl. Neville has grown up too, he’s not that little pudgy kid anymore. It was the easiest film to follow so far, and Moody’s eye is awesome. I’m going to take my 8 year old niece when it comes out in theaters because we go see all the Harry Potter films together as a ritual. I’m not overly concerned about this one as far as young kids seeing it. There is death, and it’s a good person dying, but overall the film is fun and lighter than the 3rd one." - Suzie

"It was really well done. Definitely not for children younger than 10. It was darker than the 3rd film, and I thought it rushed through the beginning. I wish we would have seen more of the Quidditch World Cup, and they also left out some of the obstacles in the maze, but maybe they will add all those things later. The characters were developed well, especially the Weasley twins. Fred and George were all grown up, matured, and a lot of fun. This movie is more for an older audience because there are so many more thrilling scenes than the other films." - Margie

"I think the film is good for all ages, just about everyone will like it. If your 6 year old watches scary stuff sometimes then this will be fine for them. I only saw the first movie and did not read any of the books yet, but seeing this made me want to catch up on all that I missed. Harry’s friend Hermione was my favorite character because she is spunky and intelligent. I think she makes a great female role model for young girls. I saw a love triangle developing between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but I hope she ends up with Ron!" - Michelle

"This film will be visually fantastic. It’s going back to the traditional feel of the first two, instead of the weirdness of the 3rd. They have taken liberty with the storyline, changing things that might cause problems in future storylines, and it makes me wonder if J.K. Rowling approved the changes. Also, Madame Maxime does not look like I thought she would, she’s a lot taller and thinner than Hagrid and I thought they were supposed to be about the same size. It’s ok that they left out SPEW, Winky, and Dobby because the story was fine without that stuff. Miranda Richardson is really good as Rita Skeeter, I really liked seeing the Quick Quills. Barty Crouch was perfect, and Mad Eye Moody was great. The kids are ageing very well, but I thought Fleur looked too young since she is supposed to be 17. The graveyard scene will be awesome when it is finished, and seeing Lord Voldemort’s transformation process is very, very cool. The dragon scene will be great too. Overall I think it was faithful to the book to a point, but they took a lot of liberties. My favorite scene was watching Malfoy get beat around as a ferret! It’s not a violent movie, but the part with Wormtail cutting off his hand was pretty bad! If kids have read the books, which are scarier anyway, they should be ok to watch the movie. Any parents that are concerned about the violence should read the books before taking their kids to the theater!" - Jen

"It was more than satisfying for the most enthusiastic of Potter fans. Moaning Myrtle lit up the screen, she was a comedic highlight! Although a lot was left out from the book, the screen writers captured the essence and detail of J.K. Rowling’s original masterpiece. Professor Moody was exactly as I had envisioned him while reading the books, and Alan Rickman was excellent once again as the slimy yet intriguing Professor Snape. The details and intensity of the graveyard scene were amazing. Ralph Fiennes is very good as You-Know-Who. I think this film stands alone, even without the books, as a magnificent piece of film making. Experienced Potter fans, as well as newcomers to the series, will enjoy the film and leave the theater exhilarated." - Amanda

Thanks again to all of you who took the time to participate in our interviews in order to share with Harry Potter fans everywhere! Let's hear what you have to say! Join the Goblet of Fire discussion HERE.

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