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» Sunday, July 29, 2007Thestrals Flying
We came home about an hour ago after seeing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Not bad, although it really is a Readers Digest condensed version; although it's a bit hard to include everything in a 135 minute movie from an 800+ page book! As Dorothy says in the film version of The Wizard of Oz, "People come and go so quickly here!"
Harry's sense of loneliness and oppression, however, is quite well done, and Imelda Staunton is Dolores Umbridge to the hilt. The fact that she looks like someone's kindly auntie makes her cruelty more appalling.
But my favorite person in this movie is Luna Lovegood. Evanna Lynch is brilliant playing the slightly spacy, but wonderfully perceptive and gentle girl.
There's so much to get through that most of the favorites, from McGonagall to Lupin to Tonks get short shrift, but the story moves along rapidly and there are some magical scenes, especially when the students learn to produce their first Patronuses. Grawp, Hagrid's half-brother the giant, is also well done, if he looks a tad bit "cuter" than described in the book.