Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix opened to packed houses in the US. I wanted to watch it on the very first day and got my ticket two days in advance. The lady at the ticket counter asked me to come about two hours early to get good seats. Waiting for the movie to begin was as exhilarating as watching the movie itself. I arrived about 1.5 hours early to find about 20 people already standing/sitting in the line. As usual, most of them were adults who had come with their Harry Potter books. Since I thought that it will be a long wait, needless to mention, I had carried a copy of Goblet of Fire.
The movie was brilliant. I think the series is only getting better with each movie. When I had read the Order of the Phoenix, I felt that very moment that it would make a very good movie. The music by Nicholas Cooper was par excellence. Like its predecessors, there are many facts that have been changed in the movie. For example, the part where Harry, Ron and Hermoine are at Burrow before the start of the school term has been cut down. We don’t see much of Kreacher either. All together, the house elf only has about five sentences. I think Fred and George Weasley pulled off their parts really well. My favorite scene was the one where they shoot out of Hogwards during OWLs in a sexy fashion. That scene was done really well.
The girl who played the role of Luna Lovegood was awesome. It’s a tad disappointing that the director didn’t show Longbottom’s parents in St. Mungo’s Hospital and instead shows that Longbottom himself tells Harry about his parents. This robbed off some of the glamour. Dolores Umbridge in her pink dress, pink shoes and pink brooch was very impressive too.
I am kind of disappointed with Emma Watson’s performance. I felt like she over acted in many scenes. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint did a very good job though.
The last scene where the Death Eaters are trying to get the Prophecy could have been done better. The earlier movies invoked a feeling of terror in me, which this one didn’t. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) wasn’t scary enough in this one. I wish the director, Yates, had made the last scene better. Probably increasing the length of the movie by another 30 minutes couldn’t have hurt. We Harry Potter fans wouldn’t have complained, of course. 🙂
So all you Harry Potter fans reading this- go grab yourself a ticket to the most fascinating journey of the wizard land in 2007.