Sunday, July 15, 2007

Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix

I took the Daughter and my baby sister (18) to see the new Harry Potter movie on Thursday night. My sister was here for Freshman Orientation at our local university, which she will be attending in the fall. We were so excited to be going to see this movie!

It has been a good while since I read Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix, so it is hard for me to say how true the movie was to the details of the book. The bit with the prophecy at the Ministry of Magic was quite different and, of course, the movie abbreviated the book's specifics a good bit, but I felt it was true to the spirit of the book and the high points, to the best of my memory.

I thought the movie was quite well done. It was very much darker than the other films, as it would have to be in order to be true to the book. It is not a film for the little ones. I remember being rather annoyed with Harry's adolescent rebellion in this book when I read it, this being the first installment in which he was a much less biddable teen than the sweet boy of earlier books and movies. Reading the book, though, I knew his adolescent angst was necessary to his age and the movie impressed me even more than the book that it was necessary to his circumstances, regardless of age. He was a tortured young man.

I heard that this movie had a new director and I think he did a very good job. The characters were all spot-on as far as I was concerned and the storytelling captivating. The dark mood was perfect. The Daughter and my sister liked it very much as well. I highly recommend this one for the over-ten set.

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At 1:45 PM, Blogger gojirama said...

We had read the book more recently. I think they left some very important things out. I have a feeling whoever does DH will have to squeeze in some backstory that should have been in OotP.

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Lone Star Ma said...

I can think only of the Neville business and cannot now find our books. Please tell - what else?


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