Note: Post is freaking long and there are spoilers near the end, if you haven’t seen the movie don’t read this yet.
Yesterday morning JulieAnn woke me up with an invitation for the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix premier, for free.
I hadn’t had that sort of surreal moment since September 2005, and I can’t even compare because they don’t fall in the same category of surreal.
So I call in sick at work, I mean, I WAS sick… of excitement. Ask anyone, under that sort of excitement you can’t work. I also asked for more tickets for a camp friend who is also a hardcore fan (this was a hardcore fan event) and that is so me, to make things complicated, I get free tickets and I can’t just be happy and live with that, no I have to find out if someone else can go, with an additional friend. Anyway, since JulieAnn has never been angry with me for being crazy and her husband JJ (no, she isn’t married yet, but who cares about the damn paper anyway? They don’t live together either, but again, minor details.) is too good they found two additional tickets for this boy and his companion. The boy is 14, his name is Jose and he has a severe case of hypernetivity.
The day went by fast, so fast that when I look at the clock I was already late for leaving. We got there, to the mall, (and this was after we picked up JJ, and after he nearly killed us driving my car and after we got lost) and found about 300 people there, as crazy as us.
JJ immediately self designated himself to be the guide to the food and the wine and sooner than I expected I had a cup of white wine shoved in my hand and a plate of sea food entrées. I wasn’t finished with the food (which was excellent by the way) when he gave me a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and that was another moment when I was sure this guy will make JulieAnn a happy woman (thus I wanted to call a priest and marry them there). Then we started walking towards the line to get in the theater and there I was not admitted because I had my camera. I hadn’t read the rules in tiny letters in my ticket. My bad.
When we got in we got ready with enough wine for JJ to watch 3 super bowls, packs of low fat baked potatoes and cheetos, soda and even magazines that Jose provided. The movie was suppose to start at 8:30pm. At 9pm people started to get REALLY upset because all we were seeing was a black monitor. Someone came in to tell us they were having issues with the film strip (that’s the word he used issues, as if the strip was discussing conditions with the technician or something) and everyone looked at their wine cups, sitting there, anticipating the drunkenness that was imminent now.
We talked a little, but for the most of it we were there sitting and waiting.
Then the previews started and I screamed so bad JulieAnn wanted to slap me sane.
Then the movie started and from this moment on I chanted a constant “Oh my God” softly, it was both a prayer and a praise.
This is when it gets Potter:
I loved Luna. Luna was PERFECT. Everything about her, from her looks to her delivery was just as I had her in my mind and I’m glad to know JK said that too.
Umbridge was spot on; she was pink and endlessly polite and God we hated her.
Regarding her, I thought it was completely unnecessary to make a scene were she made all the students have the I must not tell lies punishment. It didn’t added one thing to the plot, except for the fact that they could all hate her more for themselves instead of hating them for Harry and last time I checked that’s what the book is about, the friends behind Harry.
I was extremely disappointed that Harry was not angry. He is suppose to flip out in this one, he is suppose to loose it and we only see him screaming ONCE. Not nearly enough.I didn’t get:
- why they made the Black Portrait a room. It was bigger… so? they could’ve had a portrait and it’s would’ve been just as cool.
- why Neville finds the room of requirement and the prophecy. Again it could’ve been done like in the books.
- the elevator to the ministry had no security? that makes no sense. was it too much asking to make Mr. Weasley talk to an operator for 4 seconds?
- why couldn’t they fight closer to the fountains so that one of them could hold Harry?
- why Grawp had to grab Hermione? They could’ve done it canon (like in the books) and she would’ve looked just as poised.
I was surprise at how many lines were quoted from the book with fidelity. Hermione specially was almost all quoted, except for the rebellious thing, in other movies she had more lines from Ron and other characters, in this one she’s all her and she’s perfect.
I liked the flashbacks. They added nostalgia.
I liked Fred and George’s escape, Peeves line was so necessary, but since we don’t have them in the movies, it was good enough.
They corrected the head-floo thing of Sirius (the other time he was the flames, in this one he is floating in the flames, like in canon) and that was brave and cool.
Over all, this is an AWESOME movie. There’s a line that’s marked with that possession that says “that was for children, this is for young adults” and the effects are cool, I liked the detail of sand they gave to the ones that apparated in battle… everything was so… pretty.
I cried half the movie, for obvious reasons, I mean Harry is having so much in this one and for the whole movie I had a part of me thinking I’m sitting in the Harry Potter premier!! That part of me was really happy.