This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
I’ll start by sharing what I like about this movie. Then I’ll share what I don’t like about this movie. I’ll end with my overall thoughts.
I’m so happy this movie cut out all the boring stuff from the book. It cut all the house elf and SPEW stuff. I like the sentiment behind all that, but it has nothing to do with the plot, so I really don’t care to read about it. SPEW becomes old by the end of The Goblet of Fire. The movie cuts a lot of the Cho-Harry relationship stuff I also don’t care for. I don’t like Cho as a character (she’s incredibly stereotypical), and I don’t like her relationship with Harry, so I don’t miss those scenes. I also hate Valentine’s Day, so I really don’t miss their Valentine’s Day date.
Some really great characters are the Weasley twins, Neville, and Snape. Neville’s finally getting some character growth. I wasn’t a fan of Neville as a kid, but I really like him as an adult. He’s super dynamic in the later books/movies. I love the animosity between Umbridge and McGonagall. I love Umbridge’s overall portrayal. Her office makes me want to vomit. I can’t handle all the pink fluffy kitten doily stuff. Nope. I’d rather be in the potions classroom in the dungeons with no windows.
I like the montage of the High Inquisitor stuff. That’s fun to watch. I’m also so happy the movie added more Dumbledore’s Army scenes. I feel like DA is the focus of this book, and it doesn’t get a lot of page time in the book. The movie did a much better job of showing DA.
The movie did cut some things I feel are important. Lots of important information was cut. Important foreshadowing was cut, e.g. Mundungus, the howler Petunia gets, and the locket. I don’t like that it cut the trip to St. Mungo’s. It’s interesting seeing what happened to Lockhart and Neville’s parents.
The movie cut Umbridge banning Harry and the twins from Quidditch. As a result of that, a bunch of Quidditch scenes were placed in the wrong movie. (A lot of them belong to the sixth installment.) Most disappointedly, the Weasley twins’ shenanigans were cut. I love watching Fred and George. We need more of that, not less.
I don’t like the added scene with Voldemort at the train station. It doesn’t add anything to the story, and there’s no explanation as to why it’s there.
When the thestrals are introduced, some characters can see them, and some can’t. Neville can in the books, but can’t in the movies.
Overall, I like the improvements this movie made on the original story. I’d rather watch the movie than read the book because the movie gets rid of all the boring stuff I don’t care about. I think it’s a decent adaptation, even though it doesn’t follow the book well due to all the cuts.
What do you think of this movie? Is it a decent adaptation?