“It means the Ministry’s interfering at Hogwarts.”
—Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 214

Previously on Adapt or Die: Harry Potter Edition:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Director David Yates stated in an interview that he had originally shot a three hour film of Order of the Phoenix. However, some material had to be cut out in the final edit, as the movie was 45 minutes too long.

This. Should. Have. Happened.

So, first off, I’d like to talk about how—

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—about how short this movie is compared to—

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Do you hear something?

Excuse me, NeuroticPlatypus—

Who are you?

Dolores Umbridge, Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, High Inquisitor, and Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Methinks you should add “former” to the front of all of those titles…

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What now?

I would like to say a few words.

Sucks to be you then.

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Fine. Go ahead.

Thank you. Today you will be reading an article about the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If you have not either read the book or seen the movie, it would be advisable for you to so before reading on. By order of Educational Decree Number Twenty-Nine, most spoilers will be marked. For information on grading and spoilers see here. You may now begin reading. Wands away. There will be no need to talk.

Er, thanks for that. I should also add that, in case you hadn’t noticed in previous installments, I don’t mark spoilers for past books/movies, just this one, so be warned. Okay, so, as I was saying, first I would like to comment on the length of the film. Here’s a list of how long each adaptation in the series is (and the combined length of the two Deathly Hallows films):

Philosopher’s Stone—152 minutes
Chamber of Secrets—161 minutes
Prisoner of Azkaban—141 minutes
Goblet of Fire—157 minutes
Order of the Phoenix—138 minutes
Half-Blood Prince—153 minutes
Deathly Hallows—276 minutes (part one—146 minutes; part two—130minutes)

You will notice that Order of the Phoenix, though the longest book in the series, is the shortest adaptation in the series. The only movie shorter is the second half of Deathly Hallows, a movie that has already had the first part of its story told. How in the hell does the longest book being the shortest movie make any kind of sense. It doesn’t. They cut out so much stuff, and what they left in wasn’t even in the right order half the time.

The way I like to imagine the filmmakers deciding which scenes to cut is that, first, they wrote the beginning and the end. Then they wrote down all the other events on little slips of paper and put them in a hat. They decided to only pull out a certain number of slips and put the events in the movie in the order in which they were removed from the hat. After this was done, they cobbled them together in that order the best they could and changed things to make the plot progression make relative sense.

One last thing before we begin: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix holds a very special place in my heart, as it was the first Harry Potter book that I ever read, and it is what got me into reading the Harry Potter series. The movie butchered the book, and it was the first movie that actually made me angry when I watched it the first time, rather than later on when I had time to think about all the changes that had been made. So, if I’m overly harsh on it, that’s why.

Basic Story

After the return of Voldemort—

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—Harry spends the summer with his aunt and uncle, receiving no news from—

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He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has not returned. Stories to the contrary are, of course, lies.

—receiving no news from anyone in the wizarding world. This makes Harry very angsty. Dementors attack Harry and his cousin Dudley.

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There were no Dementors. The Potter boy performed an illegal Patronus and—

Book Spoiler You’re the one who sent the Dementors, so SHUT UP! End Spoiler Ahem, as I was saying, Dementors attack Harry and Dudley. Harry uses a Patronus on them and gets in trouble with the Ministry.

As he very well should have.

Anyway, Harry goes to Sirius’s house, where he learns about the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organization that fights against Voldemort.

Against the Ministry more like.

Harry goes to his hearing and is cleared of all charges. Anything to say to that? Okay. Good. Then he goes back to Hogwarts, where Hagrid is mysteriously missing and there is yet another new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. She is a horrible, vile—

Excuse me?!

—evil woman named Dolores Umbridge, sent on the orders of the Minister of Magic. She makes numerous changes to the school and the way it is run, all of which are opposed by the staff and students (except for Filch and the Slytherins). Because of her inadequate teaching methods, Hermione suggests that the students teach themselves defensive spells, so some of the students form Dumbledore’s Army (the D.A. for short) with Harry as their leader and teacher. During all of this, Harry has been having nightmares about Voldemort and what he has been up to. All these things lead up Harry and his friends learning about the Department of Mysteries, a strange and isolated part of the Ministry of Magic. In the end Harry learns even more about his destiny, his scar, and the special bond he shares with Lord Voldemort.

Shall we start with the biggest flaw?

That would of course be the lack mishandling of my educational decrees.

Nope, sorry, it’s actually:

No Quidditch

Weasley cannot save a thing,
He cannot block a single ring,
That’s why Slytherins all sing:
Weasley is our King.

Weasley was born in a bin,
He always lets the Quaffle in,
Weasley will make sure we win,
Weasley is our King.
—the Slytherins, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 407

The lack of Quidditch in and of itself was not what bothered me so much as its effect on other plot elements. Without Quidditch, we do not have the banning of Harry and the Weasley twins—

Which was perfectly justified.

—or Ron and Ginny joining the Quidditch team. Ron being on the team makes him more “equal” to Harry since they are now both not-so-good students and are now both on the team (Ron taking over as Keeper since Wood is gone). It also shows how Ron’s confidence grows while he is Keeper. He goes from being petrified to play in front of people to Book Spoiler winning the Quidditch Cup. End Spoiler Ginny takes the Seeker position after Harry and the twins are kicked off. The Beaters who replace Fred and George, frankly, suck.

“Give her hell from us, Peeves.”
—Fred Weasley, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 675

My biggest gripe against omitting Quidditch is that Harry, Fred, and George never had their brooms locked up in Umbridge’s office. Spoiler This kills my very favorite part of the book. The most awesome thing that was oh so looking for to seeing in the movie: Fred and George leaving school. Yes, they leave school in the movie, but it’s not the same. They leave after setting off a bunch of fireworks during the O.W.L.s in the movie. In the book, they leave after creating a swamp in the school and being caught by Umbridge. It’s awesome. They say, “_Accio_ brooms.” Their brooms break through Umbridge’s door and come to them. Fred tells Peeves to give Umbridge hell (of course, Peeves isn’t in the movies), and the twins depart, offering discounts to any student who buys joke products from them if they promise to use them to get Umbridge to leave. It’s spectacular, and even though the fireworks scene is nice in the movie, it’s nowhere near as good as the way they leave in the book. It’s just not the same. Sigh. End Spoiler

This omission also gets rid of Angelina Johnson, who is the new captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team and has slight anxiety issues with the position. According to Wikipedia, the subplot was in the first draft of the movie, but it was later deleted. Chelsea Fox, who plays Angelina, couldn’t do the film anyway because she had other commitments that interfered with her being in the movie. I highly doubt that this was the reason they cut the Quidditch subplot, though. We also don’t get to see Crabbe and Goyle be Beaters.


Hooray for haircuts!

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter: He had more drama to do this time, and I thought he did reasonably well. He was good at yelling. He’s not nearly as moody and angsty as he was in the book, which is kind of a mistake because that was his main personality trait in the book. He just whined. Not that it wasn’t justified whining, but still, he could’ve used a good smack at times.

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley: I’m going to gush about Rupert some more. Let’s talk more about his facial expressions. Ending Spoiler In the scene where Umbridge has caught Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Ginny, and Neville and has them in her office, when Hermione starts talking about Dumbledore’s supposed weapon, Rupert gives this little sideways glance, like, “What is she talking about?” End Spoiler And it’s really good because it’s so subtle and fits the scene perfectly. I would’ve loved to see what he did with the Quidditch subplot. Anyway, that’s how Rupert is all the time. Awesome.

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger: Emma seems to be good at the parts where she has to act authoritative, Ending Spoiler like when she yells at Grawp. End Spoiler She did a nice job in general here and was not at all irritating.

Michael Gambon as Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore: “Him again?” you say. Yes, I do say. I’ve decided that I will be reviewing Dumbledore in the next two movies, so it would be weird if this was the only one he wasn’t reviewed in. So, I’m reviewing him in this one too. Once again, he is angry in places when he shouldn’t be. He seemed angry in the Trelawney seen to me, rather than calm.

Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge: Poor woman has to play someone repeatedly described as “toad-faced.”

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Why am I after Dumbledore. He’s a common criminal, conspiring against—

But I think that Staunton does a nice job. She does a great sickeningly sweet voice, and she is nearly as infuriating as Umbridge is in the novel (and in this article). She could “hem” a little louder, though; it was sometimes hard to hear her. Also, in the books, she wears bows; in the movie, she wears a hat.

Evanna Lynch as Loony Luna Lovegood: YES. This is Luna Lovegood. I think Luna tried out for the part and made up a name to play it. Maybe she did it to get away from Nargles or something. The only thing appearance-wise that’s off is her hair. It’s dirty blonde in the books and light blonde in the movie. Otherwise, everything about her is perfect. She does the perfect dreamy voice with perfect blank facial expressions. Luna is one of my favorite characters, so I was really happy how right she was cast. Before the Potter films, Evanna had only been in school plays, according to Wikipedia. It’s amazing how many of the young actors in this series hadn’t done much acting before Harry Potter. “You’re just as sane as I am.”

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley: Well, little Ginny is all grown up now. She does pretty well, I think. She doesn’t have lot to do before Ending Spoiler the battle in the end, where she doesn’t really talk, but she does well with the action. End Spoiler Something I noticed, is that she looked really small next to everybody else. That’s irrelevant, but it did help her to look more like the little sister.

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom: Aw, Neville. Neville, Neville, Neville. They even included his plant thing (don’t feel like looking up the really long name), but Trevor seemed to be absent. Anyway, again Neville gets to do the stuff Dobby does, but he also has a larger part that is pure Neville. Lewis is a good Neville, and he still looks right for the part. He does better Ending Spoiler at the Ministry fight than he does in the book. End Spoiler

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy: He had a much smaller part, it seemed to me, than he had in the previous films. He had more to do in the book, but the film cut a lot of it. He was good in the scenes he was in.

Gary Oldman as Snuffles Padfoot Sirius Black: It’s sad that most of his character development was dropped. The movie doesn’t show how Sirius acts like a sulky teenager a lot of the time (he angsts nearly as much as Harry in the book) or that he wants to treat Harry like he’s James instead of like he’s Harry. They do try to get in this last part in just one line near the end: “Nice one, James.” Sirius says this Harry. I don’t remember him saying it in the book (he could’ve, but I don’t recall), but it works very well. I would have worked better with all the other stuff from the book, but still, that line is good.

Natalia Tena as Nympadora Tonks: She does neither has spiked nor bubblegum pink hair. I read that her hair was changed to purple because pink was “Umbridge’s color” or something. Another note on her hair: It changes to red when Moody calls her “Nymphadora.” Her hair is not a mood ring. She can change it at will, as well as the rest of her appearance. The only time her ability to change her appearance is hindered by her mood is when she is depressed and that doesn’t happen Order of the Phoenix. The movie also never explains how she is able to change her appearance (she is a Metamorphagus). Anyway, back to Natalia Tena (they have the same initials!). I thought she did a nice job. She doesn’t get to do as much as she does in the book, but she does well when she’s onscreen. She’s even around the right age. Fun fact: Kelly MacDonald, who will play the Grey Lady in Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was originally asked to play Tonks. Thewlis’s (Lupin) former common law wife, Anna Friel, auditioned for the role as well, but obviously did not get it. Friel and MacDonald are both eight years older than Tena. She’s also Osha in Game of Thrones. Watch it.

Katie Leung as Cho Chang: She’s there. She’s more bitchy and weepy in the book than she is in the movie. There’s something else they changed with her character that I’m gonna bitch about later.

Kathryn Hunter as Arabella Figg: I really just put her on here because she’s Mrs. Figg. She seems more strict in the novel. Spoiler She finds Harry and Dudley after the Dementor attack and tells him not to put away his wand. She sounds more exasperated about it in the book than she does in the film. The film also does not reveal that she is a Squib, like Filch. End Spoiler She does a decent enough job in the small part she has.

George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt: Kingsley’s part is diminished, but Harris does a pretty good job with what he was in. Appearance-wise, he is tall, black, and bald. I wonder how they were able to find someone to fit such a complex description….

Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange: She’s insane. Seriously, book Bellatrix is crazy and sadistic and all, but Bonham Carter’s Bellatrix is just completely insane. Bellatrix is supposed to have “lost her beauty” from being in Azkaban, but Bonham Carter is still pretty. She doesn’t have thin lips either. She’s more evil in the books, but she’s more crazy in the films. Not that this is Bonham Carter’s fault. She does crazy well. Bonham Carter is like the queen of crazy. She is really great in the role as it is written for the film; it’s just not quite like the Bellatrix of the books.

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort: Do you like the picture I chose? I do. All the pictures I found of him from this movie looked rather silly, so I tried to pick one of the sillier ones, and I think I succeeded. I don’t know when Voldemort and his Death Eaters learned to fly so that their heads kind of float and fade or whatever the hell was happening with them. Voldy just looks stupid a lot of the time. I’m sorry. He does. I’m sure it’s Fiennes’s fault (he does the voice quite well), but… yeah.

Missing Plotlines

Sirius’s Character Development

In the novel, as I previously stated, Sirius goes through a lot of character development, whereas in the movie, he doesn’t really. He is shown to be fairly immature in the book, oftentimes treating Harry more like his friend James Potter rather than his godson Harry Potter. His cabin fever from being cooped up in Grimmauld Place is also—

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—is also show a lot more in the book than—

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Yes, Dolores? I thought you’d gone. Too bad….

Are you aware, dear, that Sirius Black is an escaped murderer and is very dangerous to the public?

Are you aware that he’s not actually a murderer at all? Anyway, Sirius isn’t shown to have a much cabin fever in the movie as he is in the book. He also isn’t so at odds with Molly Weasley. In the book, the two have several arguments and do not agree on how much Harry should be allowed to know. She also criticizing his treatment of Harry, as he treats him more like a friend or brother than a child, saying, “He’s not James, Sirius!” Ending Spoiler In the film, during the final battle, Harry curses one of the Death Eaters and Sirius says, “Nice one, James,” showing how he often feels about Harry, as though he a replacement for James. End Spoiler I will admit that this was a very nice touch done by the filmmakers, especially since they left out most of Sirius’s other character development.


Kreacher’s part in the film is really diminished. He is shown to have close relationships with many members of the Black family in the book, such as Sirius’s mother and Bellatrix Lestrange. He also hoards items that Sirius wants to throw out. Speaking of Sirius, he doesn’t treat Kreacher very nicely. This is part of the reason Kreacher is so unpleasant all the time. In the movie, it isn’t really mentioned that Sirius has never been very nice to Kreacher or that he has bonded with any of the Blacks. Kreacher was only included because Rowling said he would be important to the seventh book.

Weasley Family Feud

I remember reading (and sharing) something about Chris Rankin deciding to be in Order of the Phoenix instead of Goblet of Fire so he would have a bigger part. Um… er… he barely has a part. At least in Goblet of Fire, he would have gotten to be a judge of some of the challenges and be at the Yule Ball. In Order of the Phoenix, he mostly hangs out in the background and takes notes. It’s never mentioned that he’s abandoned his family for the Ministry.

Since Percy is pretty much cut out of this film, his letter to Ron about Ron becoming a prefect (which isn’t in the movie either), so the audience doesn’t get to see how Percy, who has known Harry since Harry was eleven, has betrayed him as well as his own family and Dumbledore.

Prefects and Wheezes

“_Prefect…_ ickle Ronnie the prefect…”
—Fred, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page162

So, Ron and Hermione are made prefects in the book, which creates more angst for Harry (he’s so much more deserving than Ron, wah, wah, wah). Anyway, the prefect thing becomes a pretty major conflict in the book later on because, as prefects, it is Ron and Hermione’s job to dole out discipline, and Fred and George require a lot of discipline. Hermione gets onto them for testing their Skiving Snackboxes on first years and for many other things throughout the year, but Ron refuses to tell them off.

Most of Fred and George’s antics are left out as well. They set off fireworks to piss off Umbridge. The fireworks are much more awesome than the ones in the film too. They have dragons running around (the film did have one dragon) and giant Catherine wheels. None of the other teachers would help Umbridge get rid of them even though they would have been able to much quicker than she could—

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—than she could—

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What is it now? Don’t you have anything better to do?

I was just going to point out that I am a very skilled witch and had to help the unsatisfactory teachers at Hogwarts to rid the castle of those monstrosities. Without my help, they would have been unable—

Then there was the swamp that Fred and George created to distract Umbridge while Harry used her fireplace to talk to Sirius right before Ending Spoiler they left the school for good. End Spoiler

The movie also leaves out the twins obtaining a shop in Diagon Alley in which to sell their items, again neglecting to mention that Harry gave them his Triwizard winnings.

As for the prefect subplot, Minor Book Spoiler Harry finds out from Dumbledore that he wasn’t made prefect because Dumbledore thought he already had too much to handle. End Spoiler

Hermione’s Hats

Again, S.P.E.W. is missing from the film, though it doesn’t play as large a part in Order of the Phoenix as it did in Goblet of Fire. In the book, Hermione begins knitting hats, scarves, and socks to hide under trash in Gryffindor common room so that unwitting house-elves will pick them up and be freed. It turns out that Dobby is taking all the clothes and is now the only one who will clean Gryffindor common room because the other elves are insulted by the clothing Hermione has been hiding.

Harry and Cho’s Romance

Harry and Cho’s romance is given a lot more page time than screen time. There are a lot of descriptions of how Harry feels about Cho, like how he wishes he had been found with cooler people on the train rather than with Ginny, Luna, and Neville. There is a lot more conversation about Cedric between the two as well, as that is all Cho wants to talk about.

Harry and Cho’s date at Hogsmeade is also omitted. They go to a small coffee shop, which Cho says she had visited with Cedric. She is very jealous of Hermione Granger, whom Harry is supposed to go and meet later in the day. He invites Cho along, but she gets furious about him going to meet “other girls” when he’s supposed to be on a date with her. The fact that it’s Valentine’s Day probably doesn’t help. Anyway, Cho storms out and arrives at the Three Broomsticks to meet Hermione earlier than expected. Hermione later explains to Harry that he went about explaining his meeting with Hermione the wrong way to Cho.

It is revealed at the end of the book that Cho is now dating Michael Corner, Ginny’s ex-boyfriend.

Missing Scenes

Why yes, most of these titles are chapter titles from the book. I probably missed some scenes, but there are so many missing that it’s actually hard to remember them all. Feel free to point them out in the comments. Some scenes may be combined here also.

Petunia’s Howler

In the book, Privet Drive receives a lot of owl post mail after Harry arrives back with Dudley after the Dementor attack. One of the letters is a howler addressed to Aunt Petunia, which says, “Remember my last, Petunia!” This part also goes with finding out that Petunia knows more about the wizarding world than she leads on, much to Uncle Vernon’s surprise and discomfort.

Book Spoiler In the end, we find out that Dumbledore sent the howler to Petunia and that the reason Harry has to return to Privet drive every summer is because Petunia being related to Lily protects him from Voldemort because they share blood. As long as he can call home a place where his mother’s family is, he can’t be hurt while he’s there. End Spoiler

The Woes of Mrs. Weasley

The Order and the kids are trying to clean up Grimmauld place, under the watchful eye of Mrs. Weasley most of the time. When Mrs. Weasley attempts to banish a Bogart that has been hiding in a cabinet, she is found sobbing as the Bogart continually changes into each of loved ones in turn, dead. Harry finds her, and then Lupin, who steps in front of the Bogart and banishes it.

The Sorting Hat’s New Song

The sorting hat sings a new song warning the houses that danger is coming and they must stick together. Nearly Headless Nick says that the hat has given warnings before, always telling the houses to stick together.

St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries (Spoilers)

The Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione visit Mr. Weasley in St. Mungo’s after he is attacked by Nagini. While Mrs. Weasley is yelling at Mr. Weasley about stitches, the trio escapes and happen upon the long-term care ward, where they find Gilderoy Lockhart, who is still suffering from the backfired memory charm. He wants to sign autographs for them, even though he can’t remember why people might want his autograph. Then the trio finds Neville and his grandmother, who are visiting Neville’s parents. Neville seems embarrassed and his grandmother is mad that he never told his friends about his parents. Neville’s mother gives him an old gum wrapper, which he keeps, just like all the wrappers she has given him before.

By using Extendable Ears to listen in listen in to Mr. Weasley talking to Mrs. Weasley, Moody, and Tonks, the kids overhear that Dumbledore is worried about Harry getting possessed by Voldemort. This adds to Harry’s angst and sulks during a lot of the Christmas before coming around after Ginny explains what it’s like to be possessed, and he realizes that that didn’t happen to him.

Career Advice

All the fifth years have to have a career counseling meeting with their heads of house. Harry meets with McGonagall, while Umbridge listens in. He says he wants to be an Auror, which Umbridge scoffs at. McGonagall promises to help him be an Auror if it’s the last thing she does.

O.W.L.s (Book Spoilers)

During their astronomy practical O.W.L., the students see Hagrid being ambushed in his hut by the Ministry. He tries to fight them off, and then McGonagall arrives. She tries to stop them, but is hit in the chest by four stunning spells. She ends up having to go to St. Mungo’s because of the strength of the spells and her age. Hagrid escapes into the forest.

According to Wikipedia—

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You keep referencing Wikipedia.

Great observation. According to Wikpedia—

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—McGonagall recovering from—

Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information.

—from the stunning spells was originally included, but was later cut.

Ghosts and Mirrors (Ending Spoilers)

After Sirius’s death, Harry finally opens his Christmas present from Sirius, which he does not get in the movie. He opens it to find a mirror and a note that says that he can talk to Sirius by saying Sirius’s name to the mirror and that Sirius and James used to use them when they were in different detentions. Harry tries this, but since Sirius is dead, it doesn’t work.

Then Harry has another idea. He goes to find Nearly Headless Nick. He asks Nick about ghosts and whether Sirius might come back. Nick says that Sirius will not come back because the only people who come back as ghosts are the ones who were afraid of dying. Most people do not choose to be ghosts.

Greeting the Dursleys

After everyone gets off the train, they are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Tonks, Kingsley (I think), and Moody. They inform Harry that they are going to have a talk with his aunt and uncle. They do, and they tell them that they will be checking up on Harry and they had better be treating him well. The Dursleys are scared.

Missing Characters:

I’m not going to go into missing characters that have been missing in previous installments, such as Peeves, Dobby, and Colin and Dennis Creevey (though that strange Nigel boy is still there, for some reason). I’m just going to do the newly missing characters

Marietta Edgecombe (Spoilers)

Marietta is Cho’s best friend. She is also in the D.A. It is Marietta who betrays the D.A. to Umbridge (of her own free will). Because of a jinx Hermione put on the paper they all signed, Marietta gets a bunch of pimples on her forehead that spell out “SNEAK.” She then refuses to talk anymore for fear they will get worse. In the movie, they have Cho betray them under the influence of Veritaserum. Marietta’s betrayal is also what finally breaks up Harry and Cho for good. She tries to defend Marietta and says that Hermione’s jinx wasn’t fair and that she should have told them she jinxed the paper. Harry refuses to forgive Marietta and defends Hermione, causing Cho’s jealousy to flare, thus ending their relationship.

Angelina Johnson

In the book, Angelina is the new captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. She yells at Harry a lot for getting detention all the time. She is quite stressed throughout the novel.

Firenze (Minor Spoilers)

After Trelawney is fired by Umbridge, Firenze the centaur is hired, causing the other centaurs to banish him. He has a classroom on the ground floor that looks just the forest and is a better, if more cryptic, teacher.

Rita Skeeter

Hermione blackmails Rita into writing an exclusive interview with Harry about Voldemort’s return for the The Quibbler.

Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank

She’s mentioned and is in the background in one scene of the movie (it also says she’s “returning” even though she wasn’t in the Goblet of Fire movie at all), but in the book she teaches several Care of Magical Creatures lessons as a substitute while Hagrid is away, and most people like her better than Hagrid.

Gilderoy Lockhart

He appears at St. Mungo’s. The trio sees and talk to him. He still can’t remember anything.
h2. Augusta Longbottom

This is Neville’s grandmother, whom the trio meets at St. Mungo’s. She is quite strict with her grandson.

Frank and Alice Longbottom

These are Neville’s parents. They were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange, and are seen by the trio at St. Mungo’s.

Michael Corner

This is Ginny’s boyfriend, who is mentioned a couple of times in the novel. He later leaves Ginny because Gryffindor beat Ravenclaw in Quidditch (Michael is a Ravenclaw), and he goes to comfort Cho instead, and the two begin dating.

Small Changes That May or May Not Really Matter

I do hope that Mr. Winchester is satisfied with the new title of this section.

The movie doesn’t show Harry reading the front page of The Daily Prophet or trying to listen to the Muggle news.

Dudley does not taunt Harry on the swings with his friends in the book. Harry also wouldn’t take out his wand in front of Dudley’s friends like he does in the movie. If he did, surely they would think it was odd.

In the book, Harry’s summons to the Ministry hearing is a regular letter. In the movie, he gets a talking letter that resembles a howler but is not red and does not yell.

In the movie, the kids use Extendable Ears to overhear what the Order is saying, but in the movie, Ginny finds out that the door is impenetrable, and they can’t use the Ears.

In the book, Ginny is sent to bed while Sirius tells the other kids about what the Order has been doing. There is also an argument with Mrs. Weasley about whether to tell them (specifically Harry) or not.

Sirius shows Harry his family tree when Harry first arrives at Grimmauld Place in the book, but he shows it to him during Christmas in the movie.

In the book, Mr. Weasley has into a code in the phone booth to get into the Ministry of Magic. In the movie, he just gets in the booth, and it goes to the Ministry. With this method, any Muggle could accidentally enter the Ministry of Magic.

Fudge judges Harry’s trial in the movie rather than Madam Bones.

Harry doesn’t actually talk to Lucius Malfoy in the movie.

Harry is concerned about Sirius being at the train station in the movie, but he is supportive of it in the book. Sirius isn’t recognized by the Malfoys in the movie either even though he transfigures into a human, which he does not do in the book.

In the book, the kids meet Luna on the train, but in the movie, they meet her in the carriages. The movie also omits Neville’s plant exploding on Neville, Harry, Luna, and Ginny.

In the book, Hagrid explains what Thestrals are during a Care of Magical Creatures lesson. In the movie, Luna explains it to Harry in the forest. It is also revealed in this scene that people are stealing Luna’s possessions, something that isn’t mentioned until the end of the book. Also, no one seems to have trouble flying the Threstrals, even though half the kids can’t see them. Neville is revealed to be able to see Thestrals either.

McGonagall never goes off on Umbridge about her punishments in the book.

There are more educational decrees in the movie than there are in the book.

The movie doesn’t show as many of Umbridge’s evaluations.

Umbridge’s hand does not appear in the fire searching for Sirius’s head in the movie.

When Hagrid explains where he has been, he doesn’t mention appealing to the king of the giants or that Madam Maxime was with him.

Spoiler Harry tells Dumbledore that he saw Mr. Weasley being attacked from the point of view of the snake in the book, but he leaves that out in the movie. End Spoiler

Ron doesn’t meet Grawp in the book. Hermione also has a better relationship with Grawp in the movie than she does in the book.

Harry begins practicing Occlumency with Snape after Christmas in the book rather than right after he has the snake dream like he does in the movie.

Spoiler In the movie, Umbridge breaks into the Room of Requirement and catches the members of the D.A., putting them all in detention with her. In the book, she is tipped off and tries to catch the members as they leave, but she only manages to catch Harry. Also, the only person in the book mentioned to have detention with Umbridge is Lee Jordan, not the entire D.A. End Spoiler

Spoiler When Dumbledore leaves in the book, he curses everyone from the Ministry, destroying his office, and talks to Harry before he leaves. In the movie, he just leaves without hurting anyone. The movie also does not show that Umbridge is unable to get into Dumbledore’s office after he leaves. End Spoiler

Spoiler The scene where Harry sees Snape’s worst memory is changed. In the book, Harry sees it in a Pensieve, while in the movie, he sees it in Snape’s mind. The scene is longer in the book and includes Snape and the rest of his year taking one of their O.W.L.s. Then Harry watches James and his friends hang out on the grounds. Then they attack Snape out of boredom, which disturbs Harry. They use other jinxes before lifting him into the air and hanging him upside down so that his robes go over his head and everyone can see his underwear. Then Lily comes to Snape’s defense. Snape calls her a Mudblood in his anger at James, and she gets mad and storms off. James lifts Snape into the air again, this time asking who would like to see him take off Snape’s underwear. In the movie, he is fully clothed under his robes (movie robes are different than book robes), and Lily isn’t even there. James is going to take off Snape’s “trousers,” which is not as bad as his underwear. Harry never sees that this attack was unprovoked or that his father was arrogant and his mother didn’t seem to like him that much. In the book, Harry is really disturbed by how his father behaved toward Snape and actually feels bad for Snape. Snape then stops giving Harry Occlumency lessons. End Spoiler

Ending Spoiler Harry is caught before he tries to contact Sirius in the movie, but after he tries (and fails) in the book. The movie never mentions Ginny and Luna standing watch, though they are caught as if they were standing watch. End Spoiler

Ending Spoiler Grawp does not pick up Umbridge in the movie. Instead, she is carried off by centaurs, which also happens in the movie, and then Grawp attacks the centaurs, saving Harry and Hermione. End Spoiler

The Ending (Lots of Ending Spoilers)

Everything wrong with the ending gets its own special little section. Woo.

In the book, Harry expects Ron and Hermione to come with him to the Ministry, but he doesn’t want the others to. In the movie, he seems to want to go alone.

The movie skips the ride in the phone booth and the Ministry elevator.

The walls do not move when they close a door in the Department of Mysteries.

There is no brain room in the movie, nor does a brain attack Ron. The time room isn’t there either, so there is not baby-headed Death Eater.

The veil is on a dais in another room in the book, but they just seem to stumble upon it in the prophecy room in the movie. Speaking of prophecies, in the visions Harry has, Voldemort doesn’t mention that it’s a prophecy he wants Sirius to get in the book.

Harry hears the prophecy when he picks it up in the movie, but they have to break the prophecies to hear them in the book, and it’s too loud when Harry’s breaks to hear it, so Dumbledore has to tell him the prophecy later. It is also never revealed that Voldemort had heard part of the prophecy before but not the rest. A lot of what the prophecy says is left out, so it doesn’t make sense why Voldemort would think the movie prophecy was referring to Harry, as it never mentions when the person who can defeat him will be born or anything about his parents getting away from Voldemort before. It is also not mentioned that the prophecy could’ve meant Neville instead.

In the movie, the fight is very different, and no one really gets hurt. In the book, Hermione and Ron and hurt badly enough to stay in the hospital wing, and Ginny suffers a broken ankle. Tonks may have to go to St. Mungo’s, and Neville’s feet are made to tap dance.

In the book, Bellatrix casts an unnamed spell that shoots a jet of red light at Sirius, knocking him back behind the veil. In the movie, she casts Avada Kedavra to kill Sirius, which would have been green light. Then his body falls behind the veil. This was stupid because it doesn’t leave room for Harry and the audience to think he’s not really dead. Also, the killing curse kills instantly, so Sirius wouldn’t have had time to make all those weird dying faces he made in the movie as he fell.

Dumbledore joins the fight in the Department of Mysteries in the book rather than just showing up at the end to fight Voldemort.

Harry actually briefly performs the Crucio on Bellatrix in the book, whereas in the movie, the spell just knocks her down. She is the one who explains he has to really mean it, not Voldemort. She also tries to hurt him in the book instead of just making a pouty face at him like she does in the movie.

The fountain characters don’t come to life in the movie.

Voldemort and Dumbledore’s wands do not have Priori Incantatem in the book.

Bellatrix leaves with Voldemort, rather than before through the fireplace.

What They Did Right

The casting, the acting, and the Thestrals were all done very well. The effects were good. While there were too many musical montages, they were put to good use.

Final Grade: C-

I was really between a C- and a D+ (a D, like Harry’s potions homework), but I do think that the spirit of the book was mostly present. They had a lot of material to get through, which was really rushed in the film in my opinion, but I read several things about the filmmakers putting in homages to things that they deleted. They tried. I was thinking of less satisfying adaptations that I’ve given higher grades, so I didn’t feel right about giving this one a D. So, a C- it is. The movie should’ve been longer. Plain and—

Hem hem.

Plain and—

Hem hem.

WHAT?! It’s over!

I would like to remind all of you that people reading my article will raise their hands before commenting.

—Sybill Trelawney, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 841

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  1. Rorschach on 9 July 2011, 14:57 said:

    I absolutely despised this movie. In terms of movies, it’s much better than the first two, but in terms of adaptation it’s terrible, by far the worst of the series, especially because (IMHO) there was so much potential. Order of the Phoenix was my favorite book and contained a number of scenes that I wanted to see adapted for the screen….and it was absolutely butchered.

  2. T on 9 July 2011, 19:18 said:

    raises hand

    I would like to comment that I thought the person who played Umbridge did an exceptional job in the movie. From the first moment she appeared on screen, I wanted to choke her. I don’t think they could have cast a better actress than Imelda, she captures the role perfectly.

  3. falconempress on 11 July 2011, 03:03 said:

    I liked this movie. More so than the previous one, even.

    dodges tomatoes and rotten lettuce


    But I absolutely, completely, utterly and wholly, loathed Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix. Cannot help it. For some reason, every fiber of my being is rising up against the actress in revulsion whenever I see her. Its like an allergic reaction. However, I still thought the movie was okay.

    And I love the picture you picked for Voldemort. “Durr! Fireballs for breakfast! I care not about what my dietician says!”

  4. Curly on 11 July 2011, 21:25 said:

    There was so much wrong with this movie that I have actually deleted most of it from my memory. Mostly, they just skim through it and assume you’ve read the book and can fill in the blanks, and since I’m constantly astounded about how many people I know who haven’t read the books, that’s just lazy. Oh, and the quote “Stupefy —blah blah blah—, it’s sort of a wizard’s bread and butter if you like” …. Dear god, it makes me sick for some reason . All of DA and the Room of Requirement seemed wrong to me. My main gripe, though, is WHY THE BLOODY HELL DOES LUCIUS MALFOY HAVE HIS WAND IN A BLOODY SCABBARD? DOES THAT LOOK COOL? NO, IT DOES NOT.

  5. NinjaCat on 14 July 2011, 21:11 said:

    Curly, you just made my day with the Stupefy thing. They do tend to use that a lot. It’s all you hear at the end battle.

    Maybe Stupefy doesn’t mean stun… it just makes you stupid, so it’s the only spell you can use. That’s what it sounds like.

  6. Kasper on 20 July 2011, 10:00 said:

    It really annoyed me in the movie when they didn’t state Tonks’ reason for being able to change her appearence. I just wandered around in a daze for a few days saying ‘but how would people who haven’t read the books know how she could do that?’.

  7. Nate Winchester on 22 July 2011, 14:39 said:

    Did I mention I hated this one?

    Anyway, Sirius isn’t shown to have a much cabin fever in the movie as he is in the book. He also isn’t so at odds with Molly Weasley. In the book, the two have several arguments and do not agree on how much Harry should be allowed to know. She also criticizing his treatment of Harry, as he treats him more like a friend or brother than a child, saying, “He’s not James, Sirius!”

    One thing I liked is that… they’re both kind of right. Harry is very close to adulthood, he can’t be treated like a child for much longer – he really will need adult friends. On the other hand, Sirius is an authority figure for Harry…

    Harry and Cho’s romance is given a lot more page time than screen time. There are a lot of descriptions of how Harry feels about Cho, like how he wishes he had been found with cooler people on the train rather than with Ginny, Luna, and Neville. There is a lot more conversation about Cedric between the two as well, as that is all Cho wants to talk about.

    I still say Cho should have just been cut from the movie series completely. What did she bring to plot, really?

    In the end, we find out that Dumbledore sent the howler to Petunia and that the reason Harry has to return to Privet drive every summer is because Petunia being related to Lily protects him from Voldemort because they share blood. As long as he can call home a place where his mother’s family is, he can’t be hurt while he’s there.

    Not to mention, it’s one moment where you learn that maybe – just maybe – the Dursleys do love Harry (or Petunia does at least). That one moment added so many layers to the usually cardboard characters I was angry it was removed.

    I do hope that Mr. Winchester is satisfied with the new title of this section.

    …I guess so.

    I liked this movie. More so than the previous one, even.


    But I absolutely, completely, utterly and wholly, loathed Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix. Cannot help it. For some reason, every fiber of my being is rising up against the actress in revulsion whenever I see her. Its like an allergic reaction. However, I still thought the movie was okay.

    Well… I guess you can stay since you make a good point here. Plus you’re the empress.

  8. NeuroticPlatypus on 2 August 2011, 22:29 said:

    In terms of movies, it’s much better than the first two, but in terms of adaptation it’s terrible, by far the worst of the series, especially because (IMHO) there was so much potential.

    My thoughts exactly.

    I don’t think they could have cast a better actress than Imelda, she captures the role perfectly.

    I agree completely.

    “Durr! Fireballs for breakfast! I care not about what my dietician says!”


    I just wandered around in a daze for a few days saying ‘but how would people who haven’t read the books know how she could do that?’.

    After the first couple of movies, the filmmakers just start ignoring that not everyone has read the books and decide they don’t have to explain the reasons for anything anymore.

    Not to mention, it’s one moment where you learn that maybe – just maybe – the Dursleys do love Harry (or Petunia does at least). That one moment added so many layers to the usually cardboard characters I was angry it was removed.

    Anything that makes the Dursleys remotely sympathetic is automatically cut, it seems.

    …I guess so.

    In the last article, you said that something in the “Small Changes That Don’t Really Matter” section did really matter, so I changed it just for you.