While promoting his new movie Love in the Time of Cholera, director Mike Newell spoke about his experiences working on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie by stating that he would have not changed a thing and the fact that J.K. Rowling did not tell him anything about the last book, Deathly Hallows.
Director Mike Newell on meeting Jo:
No. Absolutely nothing. I asked her and she wouldn't [say a thing]. She was very funny about that. I asked her questions [and] she simply said "I'm not answering them. Not that. Not that. Not that."
I remember we went up to see her in Edinburgh and her little daughter was in the room and she started to say cute things like, "Are you going to do this mummy? And [Jo] said "Sweetheart, why don't you go into the other room and play?"
Newell on if he would have do anything different with Goblet of Fire:
There was something in the book that was absolutely glorious and would produce this great driven vehicle which would really hum along. It was a God given thriller. It's like North by Northwest. That's how the strong story in Goblet worked. I thought that was a colossal way of structuring the story, and would work really well. You would dilute that if you went into all the subplots.
There's a whole storyline for [Hermione] that's all about free the house elf, and it was okay. But that was going to be shunted into a second movie I couldn't see what was going to keep that second movie afloat.