Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Movie

I rarely go out to see movies here, it's rather expensive, but I simply couldn't wait several months for it to be released on DVD. Plus it fit into my re-reading schedule perfectly, having finished Book 5 a couple of days earlier. See me justify it?

Well, I thought the film was really well done. There were a LOT of changes from the book, and of course so many things left out. Hardly surprising considering it's the longest book of the series! I thought they stayed true to the essence of the story though. That said, I can't imagine seeing it without knowing the story beforehand. It was certainly more enjoyable knowing the background of the characters and knowing the bits that had to be left out. I'm glad to hear that the Director, David Yates, is also doing the next one.
Verdict: Very fun! Worth the ticket price.

And did you know?*
  • Rupert Grint has purchased an ice cream van in case acting does not work out.
  • Radcliffe is featured on a paper doll site where you can dress him up online.
  • San Francisco Chronicle voted Lucius Malfoy one of the 12 sexiest men who were never alive.
  • Gary Oldman says he accepted the role of Sirius Black because he needed the work.
  • When Oldman joined the cast he bought Radcliffe a bass guitar. They are both bassists.
  • Radcliffe's makeup artist cried during filming of the kiss scene. It took 30 takes.
  • The series has spawned a band, Harry and the Potters. One of their songs is Save Ginny Weasley.
  • Regarding his role as Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes said "I have no doubt children will be afraid of me now if they weren't before."
  • Watson's figure was made curvier in posters for Harry Potter 5.
  • Alan Rickman was J.K. Rowling's top choice to play Severus Snape.
*From film.com

Just to prove how behind I usually am in watching movies, this weekend I also finally watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest!! It was fun but I definitely preferred the first one. The effects were a bit too slimy and icky in this one! (Cringe) I'll probably get around to watching the third one sometime next year!


  1. That's funny. Harry and the Potters just played at our local summer book festival. Their opening act is Draco and the Malfoys. I missed the concert and now I'm rather upset about it because I could have told you about their songs.

  2. I liked the movie too!! I thought it was done really well, especially the final scene in the Ministry of Magic!!

  3. I'm with you on the movie! Adored it! And I love those factoids. Lucius Malfoy is a hottie! :D

  4. Love your Harry Potter movie facts--thanks! My son is madly re-reading the fifth book before we see the movie, but it's quite a tome, so it may be another week or two before I get to go!

    Also, I didn't like the 2nd Pirates movie--felt too much like a stepping stone between the first and the third, not a stand-alone film...

  5. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the latest Harry Potter movie because, in spite of getting away with not going yesterday, I just know I'm going to get suckered into taking kiddo. :)

    Is that the second Pirates movie that you just saw? I hated that one - way too gross for me. And, in fact, I had trouble staying awake.

  6. Kookie,
    LOL! No worries! :)

    I completely agree! I think it was all well done, it generally seemed less choppy than some of the other films, but the last fight in the Ministry of Magic was great, wasn't it?!

    Yay! You got to see it. Very fun! I wonder how long it'll take for them to get the 6th one out!

    Gentle Reader,
    You're welcome. It certainly is a tome, but I enjoyed rereading it more than I did the first time around.
    As for Pirates, yes it's very much a middle film. I'll think I'll wait for the DVD though for the 3rd one.

    It was good fun, and the effects were pretty impressive.
    Yes, it was the 2nd Pirates movie that I finally saw. Way too gross for me too! Didn't make me want to run out and see the 3rd one in the theatre but I'll watch it on DVD at some point.

  7. I thought this movie was really scary! I can't imagine how little children can see it and sleep at night; the theater I was in was packed witih kids. I just finished H.P. and The Half Blood Prince last night, and reading it is all I'll ever do. I don't even want to think about the mental images which could come from that film vs. the ones from reading. I'm not such a movie person myself, though, so I'll always take the book over the film.

  8. OMG you live in Japan!?!?!? I could die!!! I've been wanting to move there since I was barely a child!!! (O_o)

    OK, fangirl moment over. LOL.

    I SO agree with this! San Francisco Chronicle voted Lucius Malfoy one of the 12 sexiest men who were never alive.

    Love the blog. Will be checking it out!

  9. Bellezza,
    Yes it is pretty scary. I thought it was rated PG-13? Only teenagers and adults in the theatre I saw because here there is the subtitled version (which of course is what I saw) and the dubbed version.
    I usually prefer the book too but I do like movies as well. I'm looking forward to the next movie and seeing what they do with it.

    LOL!! And thanks for stopping by! :)


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