Educational Decree 120: I Must Not Tell Lies

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Joanne Kathleen Rowling's 5th book of the Harry Potter series has been adapted into a movie. So how well did the movie fare compared to the book?

Despite nasty criticsms that I heard regarding the movie, I decided to go watch for myself to see how bad, er.. I mean how good it was. So I went for a midnight show last night and I came out confused on how to actually review the movie.

The movie started with the expectation that you've read the book, but if you haven't it might take you some time to figure out what the hell is actually going on. As it progressed suddenly the director/script writer expects you to be a noob and starts to deviate as he pleases.

There was a lack of some important elements, like Quidditch, Firenze just to name a few. Since the 3rd adaptation, the importance of Quidditch has been reduced to a very insignificant level. In the recent adaptation, there wasn't even the word 'Quidditch'.

There were certain deviations, and what's the guy's name? Ah yes, Daniel Radcliffe failed to portray the intense anger that Harry was supposed to feel, even after the death of Sirius. Hagrid's dragon meat was so small and it wasn't green, Robbie Coltrane didn't even dare to slap the meat on his face.
Ginny was virtually mute in the whole movie. Sigh...

However, the actresses portraying Luna Lovegood & Dolores Jane Umbridge respectively fit perfectly in their roles. They were able to carry their roles perfectly and were virtually similar to how they were described in the book. Tonks was alright too, despite her brief appearance in the movie.

The dialogues were taken directly from the book, so if you've read the book you'd know what they were going to say and maybe that can be used as a trick to impress some girls (if they were 'Harry Potter-illiterate')

The movie expects you to read the book before actually watching it, yet it disappoints you when you've read the book and compared it with the movie. Yes, I know that it's impossible to make a movie that follows the book closely, but the 1st & 2nd adaptations were good, compared to the later adaptations.

I won't say it's a good movie, but also I won't say it's bad.

Why so?

I must not tell lies.


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