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14No Blast-Ended Skrewts (Goblet of Fire)

Hagrid in Harry Potter

Hagrid gets a lot of page-time in the books, and deservedly so. He’s the friendliest face our trio of heroes have on the Hogwarts campus. Still, the Blast-Ended Skrewts, which take up so much time in Goblet of Fire, don’t ultimately add much, and they would undoubtedly be a distraction

in a film that already has enough going on. On top of that, Hagrid is constantly in danger of losing his job, and it doesn’t feel entirely justified to thrust that plot into the middle of an already busy book.

What’s more, these Skrewts are an enormous downgrade from Buckbeak, the hippogriff that is so critical to the plot of Prisoner of Azkaban. The movie wisely excises these animals, choosing instead to focus on the plot of Voldemort’s impending return, and the consequences it will have for each character. It’s true that the Goblet of Fire film misses many of the best details of the book. Fortunately, it misses this particular detail as well.

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