Last night, not willing to do anything productive in honor of the end f my summer vacation, I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix again. I went to see it when it first came out, and since then have reread the book and wanted to see it again, and see if my opinion of it had changed. When I saw it the first time, it was everything I had expected, and I wasn't the least bit disappointed. After rereading the book, my only complaint is that although it was a dark, brooding book, it was also a very funny book. The movie is equally as dark, but lacking a lot of the humor that balanced the books insufferable teen angst.
I fear I am in trouble, Harry Potter (or I should say Daniel Radcliffe) is HOT. And a teenager. Shame on me. (See yesterday's post about the delightful Zac Effron in Hairspray)
I think this girl, Evanna Lynch, was perfectly cast for Luna Lovegood. When I read the book, this is exactly how I pictured her.
I do have a little issue with the casting of some of the older characters however, Harry's Parents (who died at the age of 21, but are shown in the Sorcerer's Stone in the mirror or erised look about 35), Sirius who should be 35, is played by 49 year old Gary Oldman (and he looks it).
Also Lupin, 44 year old David Thewlis, who looks every bit his 44 years, and who is to marry Tonks, played by 23 year old Natalia Tena. Creepy.
I always worried about Ginny Weasley becoming Harry's love interest in The Half-Blood Prince as she always looks so much younger than Harry, until I came across this publicity photo. In a year or two, Bonnie Wright is going to be hot, so now I get it.
As far as the rest of the cast is concerned, Puberty has not been kind to Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), but hopefully he'll grow out of it.
On the other hand, Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom, is growing right along with his character. Looking less awkward and more confident every year, and I look forward to the part he will play in The Deathly Hallows.
Finally Helena Bonham-Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. Great casting, she can look so glamorous and so deranged, just like Bellatrix should.
I was really pleased with the fight in the Department of Mysteries. It looked just like I pictured it, the fight itself was excellent, and I thought the effects were spectacular.