Not only that Final Fantasy IX was released in Japan this week 15 years ago, which you can find my last blog here- 15 Year Anniversary Blog: Final Fantasy IX this book was released in both countries UK and United States on July 8th 2000. I can easily remember seeing multiple copies being on store shelves in an ASDA supermarket, I was only around the age of 10 and didn't even read any of the Harry Potter books a year later before Philosopher's Stone was first released in cinemas and of the game was released around the same time; it was in fact my grandparents who got me in to the Harry Potter series to begin with when I was younger plus my Grandad was a massive fan of J.K. Rowling's books this was before any of the movies were released. I ended up reading Philosopher's Stone at least a month before the first film was released and soon after loving the series.
I feel really old talking about this for a blog, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released 15 years ago fourth book in the series following Harry Potter through his forth year at Hogwarts School and the mystery surrounding the entry of Harry's name into the Triwizard Tournament, in which he is forced to compete. When it came to reading Goblet of Fire for the first time I was amazed on how much stuff can happen in one book even when it came towards the last few chapters I was completely surprised what had happened plus even had my parents telling me to keep the volume down late at night because back than before the movie was released this is how people would find out what would happen next for Harry.
It would also would have been 10 years this year that both the movie and the game were both released in November 2005, the film itself was pretty good including the right actors for most characters looking almost identical to same characters we would recognise from the book to the movie itself. However whenever the next Harry Potter film was released in cinemas it was always felt like a traditional family movie and when each film had ended pretty much myself, my sister and my father would pretty much remember what stuff was taken in and out of the book, plus some of the best moments that were in the book were never mentioned in the movie at all. This is what I found annoying for most Harry Potter films over the years when they were first released in cinemas at the time but you can't always have the perfect film following a book 100% accurate, favourite film in the series is The Prisoner of Azkaban which felt like almost pretty close to the book itself which is also my favourite book in the series. When talking about the Goblet of Fire movie I felt like the film was a little disappointing didn't think it was that great if I'm honest still a film worth watching but would never be good as the book was.
Not only that I found the movie was disappointing the game was five times worse for me because almost every Christmas I've always asked for the next Harry Potter game. Got Goblet of Fire for the original Xbox at the time the only thing I heard about the game was the odd images in Official UK Xbox magazine or reading the odd review on one or two websites, did remember hearing that this was going to be like an RPG styled game this did make me feel a little hyped about the game before it was released. When it came to playing the game after the first three hours felt really ripped-off on its gameplay looking at Gaunlet styled game having Harry, Ron and Hermione on one screen and having it divided into several non-consecutive levels, some of which are locked at the beginning of the game until the you collect enough Triwizard Shields to unlock it. You really wish that Electronic Arts could have done a better job on developing and publishing the game, I loved the last three Harry Potter games that gave you the option to explore Hogwarts and outside of the castle and unlocking multiple secrets and trying to get 100% on everything on famous witches and wizards cards and also collecting every flavour beans. This is what I really liked about past Harry Potter games, Goblet of Fire was just a lazy- assed game that EA tried to tell everyone including its fans that this could have been the best Harry Potter game in the series, nope you've just had to make its fans and gamers angry making it not feel like a traditional Harry Potter game.
So you've got one memorable story in the series, an okay film and a disappointing game it's easy to say that the book will always be on top when people are talking about the Goblet of Fire in general, as I've already mentioned in this blog I am actually surprised that it has been 15 years since the book was first released and remembering it pretty well during my childhood and teenage years.
Was Goblet of Fire your favourite in the series or do you have a different favourite in the series?
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