Like many other devoted Harry Potter fans, I waited for the release of Order of the Pheonix movie with great anticipation. I went with my father who never read any of the books, but went with me to see movies 1-4 so he had the basic concept of the storyline. But unfortunately,we were both VERY disappointed. In my opinion, the gaps in the storyline were too important to be ignored. I'll try to mention everything in the order of which they appeared in the movie.
From the beginning, the movie went off on a bad start. Anyone who didnt read the book would be confused, as my father was, as to why Harry was sitting alone in a park. Dudley teasing Harry is common knowledge for all of us, but it took me a second to realize which one was Dudley, I barely recognized him. I would've included a line in the script where Harry calls Dudley by his name to avoid that confusion.
I was also very unhappy with Mrs. Figg's portrayal. From the book, I imagined her as a fiesty old British woman, but instead I get a feeble grandmotherly character?
I understand the Order's scheme to get the Dursley's out of the house was cut out of the movie for time, it wasn't that significant. But where was Lupin when the Order rescued Harry? And I think book Mad-Eye would've had a heart attack if he saw the scene of them flying over London.
My disappointment for Mrs. Figg was only matched by my disappointment with Dolores Umbridge's character. In OOTP, i envisioned her as a much older, shorter, woman-you-get-stuck-behind-in-line-at-the-grocery-store-while-she's-arguing-for-coupons kind of woman. The kind of woman that anyone who never spoke to her would think she's just a sweet old lady who likes kitties and tea parties and looks a lot like a frog, not some tall middle-aged woman with a beehive. What were they thinking casting that woman? Honestly!
The prefect sub-plot was also completely cut out, probably for time, but they could've at least touched on it. Also, Harry's introduction to the OOTP was complete bull. Ginny wasn't even supposed to be in the dining room. When are they going to start giving her lines, anyway?
The scene where Harry and company find that "strange locket that no one could open" was also cut out, and I would've at least added that scene because of the significance the locket plays in the 7th book. I think that was a mistake to leave that out.
I did think they did a good job with the Ministry scene, they stuck to the book well and the set was beautiful.
Draco Malfoy has about one line in this movie, and I can't say I'm complaining, I hate that little twit.
I didn't like that they left out most of the O.W.L. sub-plot. That's a pretty good chunk of the story. Also, the quittich was kind of significant this year because of Harry, Fred, and George being banned and Ron joining the team. I was kind of disappointed they left that out.
I know I sound like a stickler about referencing the book, but where was Cho's friend Henrietta in this movie? My father was confused as to why Cho and Harry broke up, because they hardly bothered to explain. You had to listen very closely to Snape telling Umbridge she used all of his veritaserum on Cho in front of the DA to realize what exactly happened.
I was VERY angry they left out the hospital scene. I was looking forward to seeing Neville's parents, but Neville ended up just telling Harry about them.
And Snape's memory? Come on, They didn't even include Lily or any other details!
I was also angry they left out the Rita Skeeter interview. That's how Harry drew a lot of his supporters in the school.
They also left out Firenze taking over the Divination poisition once Trelawney was fired. This was kind of a key element in the book because its part of why Umbridge was carried off by the angry centaurs.
The battle in the Ministry was a big disappointment for me, because there were so many things left out. There was no brain tank, and the fountain never came to life during the epic battle between Voldemort and Dumbledore. Also, Harry was the only one who was supposed to hear the prophecy, not the six of them. And I don't recall Harry ever giving Lucius the prophecy in the book.
So your probably thinking, "After all that complaining, what DID you like?"
Well, I was happy with Luna's character. She was portrayed very accurately, and she provided some comic relief in the serious plotline.
The graphics overall were very good, but i won't lie, the black smoke in the Ministry from all the Apparating and Diisapparating was a little overkill.
The scene when Trelawney was kicked out was really sad. I thought all the actors and actresses did a really good job.
Overall, I think this is the worst Harry Potter movie I've seen yet. Yates left out half of the most important story lines, and I hope and pray the next director reads the fan's reviews and doesn't make to same mistakes Yates made.