Director Mike Newell is using his forthcoming movie HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE to vent his seething mistrust of children.

The 63-year-old film-maker is determined to obliterate any sense of false innocence in the magical tale, as he insists kids should be depicted in a more truthful light - as bloodthirsty maniacs.

He says, "I was very anxious to break the franchise out of this goody-two-shoes feel.

"It's my view that children are violent, dirty, corrupt anarchists. Just adults-in-waiting basically."

31/07/2005 09:27