Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

sep082007_harrypotter_orderofthephoenix.jpgWhatever’s the latest Harry Potter movie, it’s almost always the best one. Some people will argue, but in this case, I’m quite positive that a lot would agree that it is.

Just to get it out of the way, I think the fifth movie was great. I have read the book about three times already, and even after the release of the Half-Blood Prince, it remains my favourite. The effects of the movie were amazing and Daniel Radcliffe has gone a long way with his acting. Maybe appearing on stage naked really did help? I don’t know. Plus, there’s Gary Oldman, and anything with him in it, I would take.

Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) were perfect for their roles and I am so glad that they managed to squeeze in Fred and George’s departure from Hogwart’s.

However, there are a bunch of things that didn’t work for me and as a true nerd, I will enumerate them because there is no one around me who is as enthusiastic about all this, and it sucks talking to the wall about a boy wizard.

First, the scenes that they cut off:

  • The meeting at Hog’s Head. Yes, it was there, but in the book, it’s also one of the funniest parts, thanks to Fred and George. It may be because they really wanted to make this film darker and more serious, but it couldn’t have hurt to throw in some of the twin’s wit.
  • I understand that there was no way they can fit in everything but I just hate that they took away the most important part of the story. It’s the scene after the battle in the Ministry and Harry and Dumbledore have ‘the talk’. It would’ve translated into an amazing scene. I can just imagine Daniel Radcliffe thrashing things and screaming at the top of his lungs.
  • A bit of it was shown at the end of the movie but really, I would’ve preferred to see Dumbledore crying, telling Harry how much he loves him.

  • The mirror of Sirius. At the train station, when Siruis appeared and handed something to Harry, I got so excited because I thought it was the mirror. But it turned out to be a goddamned picture. A picture! A lot are saying (even JK Rowling, I think) that the mirror will reappear in the last book, and I’m just wondering how they will include that bit, seeing that they turned it into a goddamned picture. Pffft.
  • Kreacher. An evil, laughing, lying Kreacher by the fireplace would’ve been awesome.
  • Next would be the misinterpretation of some characters:

  • Arabella Figg: She was sooooo far from the Mrs. Figg in the book that I thought it was a joke. The book Mrs. Figg was lively, frantic, funny and hysterical. The movie Mrs. Figg looked…dead and senile.
  • Albus Dumbledore: I’m sorry but I think Richard Harris was a much better Dumbledore than Michael Gambon. The latter’s performance makes Dumbledore seem arrogant and boisterous, when he should be gentle and warm and soft-spoken. Very much like a grandfather, someone who will sit with you under the tree and talk to you about the clouds and the sun. Anyway, you get the idea.
  • And last but definitely not the least:

  • Hermione’s nose. Or Emma Watson‘s nose. Whatever. But that thing bothers me. The way it flares whenever she’s in an intense scene. I hope I’m not the only one who notices this because that would be really sick. I think she’s very pretty; it’s just her nose acts up in some crucial scenes.
  • But all in all, it was great watching it with my niece curled up beside me, telling me that Ron isn’t so cute anymore.

    Note: Republished with permission from Ara Villafuerte. Original post here.

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