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"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- Not Really a Review...

No, not really a review. Just my personal reflections!

It's almost 3:30 am and Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I just got back from seeing "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- which was fantastic!

(For anyone who has been worried, it's far, far better than the book. Seriously.)

We loved all the characters and thought the parts that were pared away were no loss.

Harry is better than ever. So is Ron. The twins are stunningly attractive (yes, even more than last time around). Cedric is hot. Krum is hot. Fleur was delightful (more so than in the book). In fact, I liked Cho better than in the book, too.

Brendan Gleeson (from "Troy") was perfect as Moody, Michael Gambon was better this time as Dumbledore, I love Maggie Smith (always have -- in this role and many, many others) and Ralph Fiennes truly ruled as Voldemort. Rickman is fabulous as Snape, as always. He doesn't get many scenes, but is extremely effective whenever on the screen. (And I love it when he's smacking Ron and Harry with the book!!!)

And let us never forget the Malfoys, Draco and Lucius (Tom Felton and Jason Issacs), who were as hot as ever. Whew. (Tom Felton's breaking out seems to be gone, I'm happy to report. It was so awful in the last film that I thought he'd be scarred.)

I'm sure many, many fans will gripe (you can never please everyone), but though we were both dead tired and afraid we'd fall asleep going to the midnight showing, we never experienced one boring moment or even a single moment of nodding heads.

The Quiddich scene was cut way back from the book (which I find a big improvement -- been there, done that) and Neville got to be the one to tell Harry about the Gilly weed. (I have a soft spot in my heart for Neville, who also came back from the Yule Ball seeming to dance on air! So sweet.)

Can I just mention what truly fine actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are in this film? Quite impressive.

I love the mix of younger and older actors, frankly.

Having talked it over all the way driving home, we had very few complaints. (There was an over-the-top moment when Dumbledore practically attacks Harry as he asks if he willingly entered the tournament, that just didn't feel right to me...) Obviously we'd love to see even more of our favorites on screen, but to get that book into one movie and keep enough of these characters to make us smile -- I think it was well managed.

Though there was plenty of romantic angst, that wasn't nearly as obnoxious as in the book! A happy note for slash fans, I think...

Can't wait to start reading the new fanfic that will come from this movie!

Really one of the best movies I've seen in ages, just as Marilyn said.

Time for bed!!!

Tags: 2005, harry-potter, movie, november-2005

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