Things You Didn't Know About 'The Goblet of Fire' If You've Only Seen The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is significant in the series because it's the story in which Voldemort makes his full return. The movie version takes a lot of liberties here, however, to fit its running time. Many of the defining character traits of the likes of Hermione Granger, Barty Crouch Jr., the Weasley twins, and Rubeus Hagrid, among others, are left out of the movie. For this reason, fans need to be aware of the source material, where the finer details are perfectly in place.

Learning key facts about the book will make the story seem entirely different to those who have only seen the movie, so it's worth checking these out.


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    Harry Gives His Triwizard Winnings To George And Fred For Their Joke Shop

    Harry Gives His Triwizard Winnings To George And Fred For Their Joke Shop
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Movie fans find it confusing that George and Fred suddenly have a joke shop in the sixth movie. The answer to this is in the final moments of the fourth book. 

    Harry is depressed after witnessing Cedric Diggory's demise and wants nothing to do with the 1,000 Galleons he's won; he and Cedric would have shared it if the latter had survived.

    When Fred and George lament the fact that they have no funds to kickstart their hopes for a joke shop, Harry forces them to accept his Triwizard Tournament winnings. Harry tells them to think of him as an investor when the brothers attempt to turn him down. 

    The exchange of money becomes a secret between Harry and the twins, as none of them reveal it to the Weasleys until Fred and George purchase their premises at Diagon Alley.

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    Rita Skeeter Is Revealed To Be An Animagus, And Becomes Hermione's Prisoner

    Rita Skeeter Is Revealed To Be An Animagus, And Becomes Hermione's Prisoner
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    Rita Skeeter gains inside scoops frequently throughout the story; Harry and his friends are at a loss as to how she gets her information. There are multiple references to characters spotting a beetle around them in crucial moments that they don't bother to investigate further.

    By the story's end, Hermione deduces that Rita is an unregistered Animagus and the beetle was her all along. Hermione captures Rita in a jar while the latter is in her beetle form, effectively keeping Rita as her prisoner.

    Hermione holds Rita prisoner for over a week before she releases her in London after the school term ends. Rita is powerless to do anything about it because Hermione blackmails her with the fact that unregistered Animagi are sent to jail.

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    Harry Is Reunited With Dobby, Who Provides Him With Gillyweed For The Second Task

    Harry Is Reunited With Dobby, Who Provides Him With Gillyweed For The Second Task
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Dobby reappears in Harry's life when Hermione tracks him down in the Hogwarts kitchens. Dobby reveals he's become the first-ever house-elf employee at Hogwarts and vows to repay Harry for freeing him from his servitude to the Malfoys.

    Barty Crouch Jr. provides a book about Gillyweed to Neville Longbottom while disguised as Mad-Eye Moody in the hope that Harry will seek his help for the Second Task. When that doesn't work out, Crouch asks Dobby to clean his quarters and deliberately talks about Gillyweed, knowing that Dobby will provide this information to Harry.

    Harry has nothing to allow him to breathe underwater for the Second Task until Dobby hands him the Gillyweed. It has the side effect of drawing Snape's ire, who assumes Harry stole Gillyweed from his Potions cabinet when it was Dobby's doing.

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    Sirius Hides In A Mountain Near Hogsmeade And Meets Harry

    Sirius Hides In A Mountain Near Hogsmeade And Meets Harry
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Sirius's role is primarily confined to sending letters to Harry during the first half of the story. He appears in person midway through when Harry is forced to compete in the Triwizard Tournament and heads back to Britain. 

    Sirius hides in the mountains around Hogsmeade, where he can find no food and has to make do by eating rats. Harry, Ron, and Hermione covertly visit Sirius in the cave he's chosen as his hiding place to bring him fresh food. 

    Sirius remains in the area so he can be near Harry should anything go wrong; he arrives at Hogwarts in his dog form after Harry escapes Voldemort during the Third Task.

    The Weasleys and Snape are present when Sirius reveals his true form and are informed of his innocence by Albus Dumbledore. Sirius is also the one to recruit Remus Lupin for the Order of the Phoenix by the story's conclusion.

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    Barty Crouch Sr. Is Kept Under The Imperius Curse

    Barty Crouch Sr. Is Kept Under The Imperius Curse
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Barty Crouch Sr. appears in person for the majority of the story until his subordinate, Percy Weasley, steps in to fill Crouch's role as a Triwizard judge. Percy claims Crouch is ill and sending him instructions through Owl Post, when in reality Crouch is being held prisoner by Voldemort.

    Interestingly, Crouch is under the Imperius Curse nearly the entire time Harry sees him; Voldemort ambushes him at his home after the Quidditch World Cup. Crouch's appearances throughout the Triwizard Tournament are when he's under Voldemort's thrall and acting as if nothing happened.

    Crouch eventually breaks free of Voldemort's mind control but his mind is simultaneously addled, making him delusional. He goes on the run and arrives in the Forbidden Forest in an attempt to get to Albus Dumbledore.

    Barty Crouch Jr. spots his father and takes his life, transfiguring his body into a bone to hide in Hagrid's pumpkin patch.

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    Barty Crouch Jr. Is Administered The Dementor's Kiss

    Barty Crouch Jr. Is Administered The Dementor's Kiss
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The fate of Barty Crouch Jr. is left unexplained in the film, but he has a particularly gruesome end in the source material.

    After his true identity becomes known to Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster sends Professor McGonagall to summon Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge to hear Crouch's confession. Unfortunately, the paranoid Fudge brings a Dementor with him and orders it to administer the Dementor's Kiss - Crouch is left as a soulless man in a persistent vegetative state. 

    After Crouch's elimination, Fudge refuses to believe Harry's account of Voldemort's return because the truth has died with Crouch.

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