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|~ Barty Crouch Junior During his exposal|
Bartemius "Barty" Crouch, Jr. (gone undercover as Dark Wizard hunter Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody) is the main antagonist of the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He is a Dark Wizard and an infamous Death Eater. He is based on his literary counterpart of the same name.
He was portrayed by David Tennant, who also played Kilgrave in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Sir Piers Pomfrey in the St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, Cale Erendreich in Bad Samaritan, Dread the Evil Genie in Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Lord Commander in Final Space, Wilf in Postman Pat: The Movie and Brendan Block in Secret Smile. Whilst disguised as Alastor Moody, he was portrayed by Brendan Gleeson, who also played John C. McCloy in Mission: Impossible II and Raynald of Châtillon in Kingdom of Heaven.
His role in the film is mostly similar to his role in the book; he impersonates Moody and puts Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. However, there are a few changes:
- The film established that Barty Crouch Jr. somehow managed to escape Azkaban on his own sometime prior to Quidditch World Cup, as he joined the conversation between Voldemort and Wormtail over the plan for the former's return to power until Nagini alarmed them about Frank Bryce who overheard their plans as shown in the film's beginning. During his aforementioned escape, he managed to keep everyone, including his father Crouch, in the dark about it along the way, with the latter eventually realized what's going on when Barty, in his Moody disguise, unintentionally identifies himself to his father by twitching his tongue.
- Related to the change above, coupled with the omission of the World Cup along with forest scene and Winky in the film, Barty Crouch Jr's motive in casting Morsmordre at the campsite was changed; he casted the Dark Mark to signify the crime that took place there instead of scaring away the Death Eaters for disloyalty to Lord Voldemort. He also had procured a wand for his own at this point, terminating the need to steal Harry's to do the deed in the book.
- Additionally, he appears in Harry's dream alongside Wormtail before Voldemort for the same reason.
- Barty Crouch Jr's arrest and subsequent trial which led to his imprisonment was played differently in the film: Here, he was present in Karkaroff's trial seemingly as the witness until the latter exposed his part in Bellatrix's torture on Neville's parents, prompting him to flee only for Moody to subdue him. As the guards restrained and brought him to his father, Barty Crouch Jr didn't bother to deny Karkaroff's testimony, merely twitched his tongue and sarcastically greeted him in a show of defiance leaving Crouch Sr (who was more likable in the film) devastated and reluctantly sending his son to Azkaban.
- After killing his father, Barty Crouch Jr. left his body in the forest for Harry to find instead of turning it into a bone (which also explained why his confession in killing Barty Crouch Sr. omitted in the film, as everyone already knew that Barty Crouch was murdered, unlike in book).
- There is no mention of Barty receiving the Dementor's Kiss, but it likely still happened anyway, since there are no contradictions to the book, counting on anyone watching the movie as having read the books. Fudge denied Voldemort's return in Order of the Phoenix as in the book, which would have been harder with Barty to testify, and he never returns in later films, when Voldemort breaks all his Death Eaters out of Azkaban.
These changes were undoubtedly made in order to give Crouch more of a menacing impact and make him appear more ruthless and cruel in planning to return Voldemort. This undeniably worked as many fans loved Crouch's portrayal in the film.
- It remains unknown as to how Barty Crouch was able to sound like Alastor Moody given within the film continuity, the polyjuice potion doesn't effect the drinker's voice (unlike in the books). This can be explained as either being a mistake on the film maker's part, or that perhaps Barty was able to learn how to imitate Alastor's voice.
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