This Friday, the movie Goblet of Fire opens nationwide. But loyal fans already know that. Okay, so maybe you aren't one of those people. Maybe you are one of the few who wonders what all the fuss is about. Read on then for a crash course on everything Harry, and for some comments from some adult fans in Hudson County.
Harry Potter, an orphan, finds out on his 10th birthday that his parents were both wizards. As a result, he is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Wizards for training. It is at the school that he meets fellow housemates Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who become Harry's closest friends.
But Harry's training isn't as smooth as he would like even by wizard's standards. Turns out that Harry is a bit of a celebrity in the Wizarding world because of the lightning bolt scar he received as a baby from the Dark Wizard Voldemort.
Voldemort isn't the only one who has it in for Harry. There are other dark wizards called Death Eaters that would like to kill him too. Yet it isn't all bad for Harry, who has many supporters like Professor McGonagall and Headmaster Dumbledore who help him along the way.
Here is what a few of you had to say about Harry Potter:
Stephanie Gauney, Jersey City resident, has read all six of the Harry Potter books, although the last one is her favorite. "I think Dumbledore is dead," said Gauney. "But somehow I think that Snape is good. I am so upset about [the series] ending. I understand she is really bored with it, but Harry Potter is awesome!"
According to Gauney, Hermione is her favorite character, and she likes any part where Harry and Hermione are alone together. "That's never going to happen, but I like them together," said Gauney.
Jennifer Falotico from Hoboken has read the first five books.
"It's too big! I don't want to carry it around," said Falotico. "I actually saw the movie, The Sorcerer's Stone, before I read the book. It was hard for me to get through that book after I saw the movie."
Falotico's favorite character is Ron Weasley. "He's such an underdog compared to Harry," said Falotico.
Thomas Moloney from Hoboken has read the first five.
"The third [Prisoner of Azkaban] was the best, though," said Moloney. Moloney's favorite character is Sirius Black, Harry's Godfather.
"One of my favorite parts was when they used the time turner to rescue Buckbeak and Sirius," said Moloney.
Michelle Samarel, Hoboken resident, is a huge Harry Potter fan.
"I'm a little upset they are putting something in the movie that wasn't in the book," said Samarel. Samarel saw a sneak peek on Ellen that showed something that didn't happen in the book.
"My favorite part is when Harry learns all that he is capable of, and when he goes shopping in Diagon Alley," said Samarel. "I want to be a wizard!"
Cheri Loyd, a Jersey City resident, wasn't a fan until after the first two movies came out.
"I did it all backwards," said Loyd. "After the movies I went back to the books." Harry Potter is her favorite character.
"It's not because it's based on him. It's because he deals with a lot of drama and handles it well," said Loyd. "I respect that."
Tim Caillier, Hoboken resident, wasn't initially a fan of the series. Caillier read Lord of the Rings as a child first.
"I saw all the movies, but I fell asleep in the middle of each one," said Caillier. "But I'm really into the concept."
Caillier's favorite part in the last movie was when the enchanted car rescues Harry and Ron from the spiders in the woods. "Spiders freak me out, so I could relate," said Caillier.
'Goblet of Fire'
The movie opens nationwide on Friday, Nov. 18. The fourth installment in the series has Harry Potter entered into the Triwizard Tournament, and grappling with other problems as a teenager.
His two best friends Ron and Hermione aren't getting along, and Harry is having difficulties with his crush on Cho Chang, but waits too long to ask her to the Yule Ball. Harry wonders if he'll be able to get a date in time. But while that worries him, he also has a disturbing dream about Voldemort gaining more power. Or was it a dream?
Headmaster Dumbledore believes Harry is in danger. Is his protection enough to keep Harry safe? If you didn't read the books, you'll have to find out on Friday!