faintheart, grouchychris and I went to see the Harry Potter Goblet of Fire movie at the IMAX theater, and a delightful part of the expedition was that the place was decorated appropriately (the Bulgarian and Irish flags were hung flanking the doorway, for example) and they had 'appropriate' announcments and music being played over the loudspeaker system. An advertisment for the Three Witches tavern, for example, where students of age could show their school ID and get a free butterbeer. And in best drag-rally fashion, for SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! The World Quiddich Cup! You'll pay for the whole seat, but you'll only need the edge!
I enjoyed the film, too. I have to at least noddingly agree with faintheart that there was much compressing of story and jumping along - my memories of the book were diluted enough that it didn't bother me, but I can see trouble on the horizon for the next couple of films where the books have gotten more... well, just more all around, really, from page volume to complexity of theme.
Also saw the Narnia movie with grouchychris - since he'd not read the books, it was doubly interesting to get his perspective on the story. I liked it, thought it was well done, and it stayed more faithful to the book than I remembered, right down to the dialog. [Note to GC: call it a 'jewelry-store scene' moment, but the scene you asked me if/how it was handled in the book, isn't.]
My powerbook needed a new logic board, which has been ordered & shipped and is probably slowly wending its way through a sea of holiday parcels. I hold a slim hope of getting it back on Monday. And sure enough, the search-for-your-repair-ticket on the Mac Store web page is not connected to the active (new) database, hence my inability to find my current repair information. Sigh.