Hary Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I have to say that this was my most anticipated movie of this year. Not to say I’m a Pottermaniac 🙂 , but after the previous movies, and the books of course, I was definitely interested in seeing this movie.

This movie is somewhat darker and more serious than the previous movies, which is both good and bad. Good because it definitely reflects the nature of the events int he book. Bad because it has none of the cheery or funny moments of the previous movies. That factor seems to have dwindled since the first movie, which I particularly liked.

First big annoyance is the length: it was a standard length movie at about 2 hours. The matching book is 800 pages, the largest one in the series, there’s just so much detail and so many events in there. It’s a sad truth that converting books to movies doesn’t always end well, and this movie gets somewhat shafted in this regard. Second annoyance is that things happen so fast, so many details and events are left out (where’s the Quidditch?!?!). I would happily have sat through another half hour of the movie if it meant getting more scenes and details in there.

On to the characters. Returning are same gang, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and all the friends and family. We get a couple new characters, notably Luna “Loony” Lovegood, and Dolores Umbridge. Luna is a classmate, with a sweet and mysterious aura about her. And Umbridge, oh Umbridge, is a control freak with dictator qualities, from the Ministry of Magic, working at Hogwarts. This part was very well done, with the sweet-yet-evil persona. And, oh, she practically painted the castle pink with the outfits she wears.

Those who have read the book knows about the high point of the movie, where Harry and several friends break into the Ministry of Magic, and engage in wand battles with various characters – notably Bellatrix Lestrange, who does a great cackle – with known alignments to the dark side. This section is quite well done, with jinxes and curses flying everywhere. An, of course, we get the confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort (this is the part I was waiting for!). It is done quite well, and is unfortunately over all too quickly.

Oh yeah, and my favourite line? Right after the Dumbledore vs Voldemort battle ends, Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, arrives just in time to see the dark lord vanish. Then he says, “Oh, he’s back!”. This is too good, considering how he spent most of this book/movie smearing Harry and Dumbledore for claiming the dark lord’s return.

Overall a good movie, for sure. Not the best of the bunch, due to details and scenes being left out, but still worth seeing. From what I have read in the news, we can be looking forward to the final two movies within the next 3 years. I can’t wait! 🙂