Enchanted by Harry Potter

13Yes I am pretty big geek. My friends and I went to see the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at midnight last night. I know the books are big, but I was surprised how popular the movies have gotten. They filled three theaters at the local multiplex up here, almost exclusively filled with college students. I imagine they are going to do a lot of business this weekend.

As for the movie itself, I thought it was pretty good. Unfortunately this is one of the longer books and a lot of stuff was cut or flew by. There were certain changes that bothered me a bit, but for the most part it works fine. These movies have a great casts, matching now experienced young actors with veterans. And much to my happiness, director Mike Newell seemed to take inspiration more from the Alfonso Cuarón vision of the Harry Potter world than the Chris Columbus version. I also like how the movies kind of shade or highlight things that will emerge in later books.

My biggest complaint would have to be at the end of the book, there was a grave sense of impending doom. I am not sure I felt the same way at the end of the movie. In any case, I am pretty excited about the franchise and look forward to seeing more of Harry Potter.

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