Harry Potter Coming up Short? Fans Protest

You’ll rarely hear any moviegoer complain that a movie is too short. But that’s just what some fans of the effects-laden Harry Potter series are saying about the upcoming adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. While the film trilogy has so far kept fairly true to the books, the fourth installment will apparently condense the epic-length novel into a 2 1/2-hour movie.

There had been speculation that the fourth film might get the extended Titanic treatment or be broken up into two films like The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. But when word got out that screenwriter Steve Kloves had been asked to submit a single 2 1/2-hour screenplay, fans worldwide got on their brooms and rallied to save Goblet of Fire.

SaveGOF (www.savegof.com) is an unprecedented e-mail, petition and letter-writing effort aimed at convincing the decision makers at Warner Brothers that the movie needs to be longer in order to do justice to the book.

The first two Harry Potter films have raked in 1.8 billion dollars in worldwide box office. The third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is scheduled to hit theaters on May 21, 2004 with Alfonso Cuaron directing.