Movies 4-5: Fun Facts and Differences

This post may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen the films or read the books.

Next in our movie focus is films 4 and 5, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix respectively. Again there’s so much I could say about these film but in the spirit of keeping things interesting (and short), I’ve only included a few fun facts and comparisons for the book and film. Once again I’ve included links to the numerous “Things You Didn’t Know About…” sites that keep springing up.

Goblet of Fire

Fun Facts

  • Warner Brothers originally wanted to turn the book into two films.
  • Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), had to shave his head and armpits for the role. He wore prosthetics to cover his eyebrows, and while his nose was going to be prosthetic, it was decided that it should be digitally removed post filming. This meant filming with coloured spots stuck to his head.
  • It was Warwick Davis’s idea that Professor Flitwick should stage dive during the band’s set.
  • The scene where Hermione, Gabrielle, Ron, and Cho are underwater, the figures are all dummies.
  • Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) wore tracksuit pants under his costume.
  • The elves Dobby and Winky were cut due to time constraints. However, in the first campsite scene, right after Ginny points to something and says “Look!” you can see two House Elves riding on llamas.
  • The only Harry Potter film not to feature Julie Walters.
  • When the contestants enter for the third task, the Beauxbatons girls in the audience are dancing the Macarena.
  • The Patil twins are played by unrelated actresses.
  •  While the rest of the cast got three weeks of dancing practice, Daniel was only able to get in four days. For this reason, they mainly used shots of Harry dancing from the waist up to avoid showing his stumbling feet.
  • This is the first movie to not show the Dursleys. This was omitted from the movie because the actors portraying the Dursleys demanded more money so they were cut.
  • Ray Winstone and Billy Connolly were considered for the role of Mad-Eye Moody.

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A lot of subplot was cut to make it fit one film

  • Hermione’s S.P.E.W. campaign is not included
  • Dumbledore goes from asking Harry calmly if he puts his name in the Goblet of Fire to yelling at him and charging across the room
  • Beauxbatons is made an all girls school, and Durmstrung made an all boys school
  • Ludo Bagman’s role is omitted and his storyline with Fred and George Weasley
  • Colin and Dennis Creevey’s characters are combined into the character Nigel.
  • Parvati and Padma Patil are not in separate houses
  • Bill Weasley, Charlie Weasley, Dobby, Ludo Bagman, Winky, Narcissa Malfoy, and Bertha Jorkins are absent
  • Neville had to tell Harry about Gillyweed not Dobby.
  • Hermione’s dress is pink not periwinkle blue
  • Rita Skeeter is never revealed to be an illegal, unregistered animagus
  • Harry is never seen either receiving or giving away the 1,000 galleons in prize winnings.

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Order of the Phoenix

Fun Facts

  • Had the biggest IMAX opening ever, pulling in 1.9 million dollars.
  • Even though this is the longest book it is the 2nd shortest movie.
  • The Black family tree portrait was super authentic. J.K. Rowling actually provided over 70 names for the Black family tree tapestry, along with details of relations between every member.
  • The radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood were actually made by Evanna Lynch, the actress who played her.
  •  While Tonks’ hair was described as bubble gum pink in the books, it was made purple because the filmmakers felt pink should only be associated with Umbridge.
  • Daniel’s eyes had to be digitally altered in his possession scene because he couldn’t wear contacts.
  • Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy, referred to his wig as his “Paris Hilton wig”.
  • 12 Grimmauld Place was built from scratch because it was cheaper than hiring an actual house.
  • The Ministry of Magic took 22 weeks to build but appears in the film for less than 10 minutes.
  • According to the original script, Kreacher was not intended to be in this film at all. But when Rowling read the script, she more or less insisted on him needing to be there to avoid some serious problems with future films.
  • Many fans were critical of the scene where Harry sees Voldemort at the train station dressed in a Muggle suit, saying it was out of character for Voldemort to do such a thing. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman both defended the scene, though each had different takes on it. Yates explained that it was Voldemort’s way of taunting Harry, that Voldemort could appear in plain sight in a crowd of Muggles who would not realise how dangerous he is. Heyman, on the other hand, said that it’s a figment of Harry’s imagination, symbolising Voldemort taking control of Harry’s mind.
  • James Phelps and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George make a cameo appearance in the picture of the original Order of the Phoenix as their deceased uncles, Fabian and Gideon Prewett.

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  • The scene at St Mungo’s, the hospital where Harry and friends run into Neville Longbottom was cut because it required the construction of a new set.
  • Mrs. Weasley’s encounter with a boggart at Grimmauld Place
  • Ron, Hermione and Malfoy becoming prefects
  • Mundungus Fletcher is not included
  • Firenze is never shown teaching Divination
  • Quidditch was never shown or mentioned in the film.
  • Petunia’s howler and her knowledge of Dementors isn’t included
  • Cho takes the blame for Umbridge finding out about the DA. She is given veritaserum by Umbridge, forcing her to tell the truth. In the books, Marietta Edgecombe is the character that reveals willingly the existence of the DA to Umbridge.

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