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Monday: July 16, 2007

Date Night: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Mad and I managed to get out and see the latest Potter flick over the weekend. We call this act of seeing movies every so often as 'date night'. As a preface I have to come to the sad reality that we're both big overgrown wizarding fans. However, I also have to say that I am not totally ashamed to admit this because I blame most of my Potter fandom solely on my other half. It all started right after we saw 'Chamber of Secrets' (which feels now like a very, very, very long time ago). I hadn't read any of the books but Mad was very much into the whole series at the time (the books were up Goblet of Fire at that point). Anyway, the conversation went something like this:

Me: 'What was with that tree that attacked the flying car?'
Mad: 'Oh, thats the Whomping Willow. It's where Harry's dad and his friends used to hang out because one of them was a werewolf and needed a place to hide.'
Me: '...huh?'

Four hours later I pretty much knew the entire plot of Prisoner of Azkaban without having read the book. This backstory got me all intrigued and I had to pick up the book and it read it for myself. Luckily, Mad saved some plot twists in the book as a surprise (I totally did not see the Moody thing coming when I read the book - another 'huh' moment). Now coming into book seven, I'm still hooked. Damn you J.K. Rowling and your addictive children's literature.

Anyway, back to date night. Truth be told, we kind of forgot the plot of Order of the Phoenix since it had been so long since either of us picked up the actual book. After the movie ended everything about the book came rushing back. We began to converse about how things were left off in the book and why they didn't get put into the movie.

What was left out of the movie:

  • Kreacher being instrumental to Sirius Black's demise.
    Sorry to spoil for anyone, but this kind of irked me. Rumor has it that J.K. Rowling told the producers of this movie to put Kreacher in because he plays a larger role in the final book. However, in this movie Kreacher (very well animated too, in my opinion) only had a whopping three lines - most of which were mumbled. In the book, this house elf might as well have been one of the main reasons Sirius got 'veiled.' Why go to the trouble of including this character then if it doesn't even play a role in the movie? Hmph.
  • No visits to St. Mungos.
    This was an interesting part of the book I was hoping to see put to film but never happened. It also would have served as a great cameo for the actor who played Gilderoy Lockehart to appear once more. Sadly, it was not to be.
  • No sign of Regulus Black on the family tree.
    Come on, we all know R.A.B. is Regulus Black - how hard would it have been to work this into that scene in some way. Bah.
  • Voldemort's confrontation with Dumbledore as Harry was weak.
    The last couple chapters of Order of the Phoenix are a great dramatic read. You essentially get Voldemort possessing Harry and then telling Dumbledore flat out 'go on, kill him then'. In the movie it was a wishy-washy 'let's look into Harry's memories again.' Blah.

Overall we did enjoy the movie though despite the above nitpickings. It was visually stunning and the acting was spot on. You really get the sense that these kids are more than just actors - their a gang (which would be weird if they weren't after doing five of these movies together). I also came to the realization that adding in these plot details would have made the movie six hours too long anyway. Go figure.

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