“Order of the Phoenix” Press Report Videos and Reviews Now Online

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Jun 30, 2007

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A slew of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix press reports, reviews and interviews with the cast by many news outlets from around the world are now online. Our amazing video galleries angels have been hard at work again and the gallery now features no less than a bakers dozen video reports from the past few days. Here is a run down of the latest:

  • Sky News/Channel Five
  • GMTV
  • Nine MSN
  • Sky News 2
  • BBC Breakfast
  • KABC
  • BBC
  • AP
  • CTV
  • Sunrise
  • Insider Show
  • CNN
  • Reuters
  • Along with the video reports, a number of print reviews of the film have been published along with the first Order of the Phoenix review in the Times a few days ago. Stateside, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reviewed the film and while both commenting on its condensed nature, Variety takes a more positive view, noting the stellar acting by, among others, Alan Rickman in his role as Severus Snape. The Telegraph in the UK also touches on similar subjects in its review the film, saying in part:

    Yet the film is dark enough to engage adults, familiar enough to reassure us and fast-paced, as 766 pages are packed into two hours and 18 minutes.

    And who can watch Harry and friends flying in formation along the Thames and not dream of being able to join him?

    Each successive film in the Harry Potter series adds layers of depth while the plot moves into rewarding territory. Existing characters grow richer and more complex while new characters add spice.

    Finally, The Guardian also has a report online from the films premiere in Tokyo which goes into detail of the event and the many fans reactions to seeing the film. Quoteage:

    Momoko Kawai, a 22-year-old student and self-professed Potter addict, said she was pleased the film melded so easily with the previous installment, but identified an added intensity in the actors’ performances.

    “It was very different from the other Harry Potter films. It was more adult than before – in fact I even cried at one of the scenes. Harry is a man now, and you can see that in the way he responds to people.”

    On a related note, two trailers for the now released Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game have been released and can also be seen in our Vid Gals. The trailer for the Nintendo DS game can be found here, and a special trailer for the Mobile version of the OotP game, here.

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be in theaters July 11th in the US and July 12th in the UK.

    Thanks very much to all who mailed!





    35 Responses to “Order of the Phoenix” Press Report Videos and Reviews Now Online

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    Great! Thanks!

    ps first?!

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    Well it is not like the reviews are bad. The only negative things they really said was about trying to condense the longest book into this movie was difficult. Ohter than that, I thought they were pretty positive which is a good thing.

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    I send out love to those in London. Peace.

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    I agree with Colleen. It was pretty obvious that that would be of some concern to fans as well, but I wonder if it will upset average movie goers who don’t read the books if they don’t even know that OotP is based of the longest book of the series.

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    I like that Guardian article. Just the right amount of detail during the premiere. I like this quote: “It has become hackneyed to comment on Radcliffe’s obvious passage into adolescence, but in Phoenix the transformation is about much more than a square jaw and a broken voice.”

    Dan’s passage is more dramtic in Equus so the critics might steer clear of that angle cause they wrote ad nauseam about that during the Equus days.

    And it’s a miracle how Harry POtter is a big hit in Japan considering that they have to read the subtitles while watching the films. That’s so annoying. YOu miss so much cause you keep reading the subtitle. But Japan is a loyal crowd so they are rewarded by these world premieres.

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    I don´t think any of these mention the pensieve scene, or did I miss it?

    I´m just very curious how they handled that…:)

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    Thea, It’s really not that irratating to read subtitles when you’re watching a movie. I’m dutch, so I have to read subtitles all the time. You get used to it and allmost everyone knows some english. I never really notice subititles until they are gone. Then it’s suddenly harder to follow the movie. And I would rather read subtitles, than watch it in my own language like the Germans do. that’s just awful.

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    The Daily Mail gave it a good review. “Verdict: Magical, intelligent and pertinent”

    http://tinyurl.com/2xoat9

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    I was extremely lucky enough to see the movie last night and I have to say it’s absolutely brilliant. Yes the book is very condensed, in fact there’s a lot of stuff there that you wouldn’t really understand if you hadn’t read the book, but some people will be disappointed that it’s not exactly the same. I thought it was wonderful though, really dark and adult and Dan Radcliffe is absolutely magnificent. Certainly not one for the kiddies, I can’t wait to see it again!

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    Marcie Hatter, did you like what they did with Snape´s Worst Memory? It is in the movie, or isn´t it?

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    The Daily Mail gave it a good review. “Verdict: Magical, intelligent and pertinent”

    http://tinyurl.com/2xoat9 Posted by David on June 30, 2007 @ 06:02 AM

    excellent rewiev…but…uhm…who the HECK is Umbrage ??????

    “looking puzzled”

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    Crikey, so many to watch, and so far many of these reports devote much of the footage to trailer clips, or Dan giving the same answer to the same question (The Kiss in particular). I wouldn’t complain if you guys used your editorial judgement and just posted the ones with new or entertaining info. Or put a star by one that is worth watching. Just a comment.

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    God… I can always tell when a critic isn’t a book fan (and most likely has never read them) ...I know that the movies are ‘supposed to be good on their own, independant of the books’ but really… that’s BS!

    What I’m talking about is of course the Hollywood Reporter’s review. It’s so annoying that, from movies to movies, there are always a critic or two who feel they absolutely must expose just how much they don’t get Harry Potter. They just don’t understand at all. You have to be a book fan for that. Even movie fans who get that HP isn’t just a kiddie movie who should be just fun and special FX can’t really appreciate the universe (that is just my opinion). Yeah, Sure, in an ideal world, the movies would be able to stand on their own, but I am thankful that at least, when seen with a knowledge of the book’s universe, the movies can be truely enjoyable.

    What I’m trying to say, Mr Honeycutt, is that no, Phoenix isn’t supposed to be a kiddy movie with no substance. “full of plot but little fun”.... geez, what an idiot. “Phoenix beging with a glum mood with Harry moping about…” Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because Harry saw someone die just a few weeks ago?! And that Voldemort came back and almost killed him too ??

    Eh.. but why do I bother complaining? Those critics are never happy. Give them a Harry Potter film bloated with special FX and “fun” stuff and they’ll say it has no backbone, no depth … meh.

    ...gonna go see the other reviews in hope some lift my mood up….

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    I guess my biggest qualm with the reviews is that at least three that I have read in a relatively limited crop seem to suggest the magic vanishing. I guess if they see magic in terms of fantastical set pieces and the furniture that the The Times review so horribly described it is, then so be it, it is there flaw! But I, and I think many of the other fans, see it in much deeper (and incidentally dark and/or powerful) forms than the authors of these reviews. The idea of love and blood magic that the The Guardian seemed to mock is one of the most interesting mysteries of the story. And the idea of Occulmency, Legilimens, the Department of Mysteries, etc. is absolutely fascinating and undeniably magical.

    I think that obviously the movie is condensed. But that is the reality of the books and their adaptations. Maybe the movie could have used an extra 15 or 20 minutes but I think that if Jo is happy with the movie, then it’s good enough for me. After all, this is her universe and her creation.

    I am looking forward to it.

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    *Their

    Excuse me, I’ve just recently gotten up, and unfortunately didn’t think to proofread.

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    another review from the sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2007300155,00.html

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    The Daily Mail one was really good. Most of them seem pretty good, only moaning about what we probably all expected, the amount that was cut and the lack of ‘fun’. I’m not sure what they mean by the ‘magic’ going, but the rest I’m pretty happy about.

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    Most film critics are just frustrated film makers,script writers and directors , so why care and bother with most of them. I want to see this film ,that is all that matters to me. If I enjoy it fine if I find I don’t it is up to me ,myself ,and I to deside.

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    or to decide,lol!

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    I rented the new harry potter and the order of the phoenix game, it is so amazing! Hogwarts is so freakin’ huge! You can hear the hustle and bustle of a typical hogwarts school day filled with music from the films. If you have a wii and are a hp fan, you got to try it out!

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    I’m not reading any more reviews, spoilers, I’m just gonna see the film and make my own mind.

    Quite excited again now it’s almost here.

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    I hope Stephen Mulhern interviews the trio for OOTP. He’s a VERY FUNNY guy. His interviews with the kids for POA and GOF were a LOT OF FUN!

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    The vids aren’t working for me, is anyone else having this problem? :(

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    Hey, I just wondering something… they talk so much of “The Kiss” that I started to wonder if Harry and Cho actually break up in this movie… coz they never talk about that!

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    Augerey – to answer your question, yes Snape’s worst memory is in the movie, but it’s very quick and not really explained. Snape doesn’t use the pensieve, the memory is still in his head when Harry sees it. I think for people that haven’t read the book it might be a bit confusing, the emotional intensity certainly won’t be there for them. But it’s still a great movie!

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    Screen Daily has an excellent review up!

    www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyArticle.aspx?intstoryID=33405

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    Thanks for the tip radcakesfan. That screendaily review speaks well of Yates’ direction which is good news for me because I so hoped the critics’ won’t give David a harsh judgment for his effort. WB took a big risk with Yates and it would have been bad news for the series if he was given a thumbs down by the critics.

    Dan is also praised here: “Shorn of his childlike mop of hair, Radcliffe effectively transitions Harry from goody-two-shoes to inwardly conflicted young adult. He spends much of the film brooding, snapping and shouting and it is to his credit that the character remains sympathetic without becoming boorish.”

    I was a little unsure about how they treated capslock Harry but looks like Dan came through with a good performance.

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    I just read Screen Daily’s article, did anyone else notice this part?

    This is altogether darker territory than previous instalments. With Voldemort back, the world is faced with a war of good versus evil which will leave many dead. Several of the children in this film are indeed familiar with death – Neville Longbottom’s parents, we discover, were brutally tortured before being killed, Luna Lovegood’s mother died when she was nine, Harry loses Sirius in this film and is constantly facing threats on his own life from Voldemort.

    Tell me they didn’t kill off Neville’s parents in the movie! That would just be WRONG!

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    “Neville Longbottom’s parents, we discover, were brutally tortured before being killed…”.

    Actually Lori, the article is DEAD WRONG!

    Neville’s parents are not dead. The torture curse was used to drive them insane and they are now patients in the psychiatric ward at St. Mungo’s. There is a very touching scene in the OOTP book where the trio meet Neville and his grandmother at St. Mungo’s visiting Neville’s parents. For me, it is one of the most memorable moments in the HP books. I’m sorry to hear that it’s not going to be in the movie.

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    Lori, I just re-read your post. I realize that I misunderstood what you said and that you and I would both be very disappointed if Neville’s parents are killed off in the OOTP movie.

    It would be adding insult to injury…after leaving out the scene with Neville and his parents, Yates and crew cannot kill them off!

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    Have to say I’m worried about this. Not a single reviewer has said they actually like it. And the word on the street is that it’s kind of dull.

    As for the Sun, I doubt that they even saw the film.

    Also, the comments from Yates about HBP on AICN are frighteningly off. It is not “like American Graffiti” or full of “sexual politics”. HBP isn’t about teenagers hanging out, it’s about Dumbledore racing to tell Harry about the Horcruxes before Malfoy assassinates him. Drop whatever filler needs to be dropped and PLEASE get this film right.

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    Orwont, I agree with you. Yes, the romantic tension between Ron and Hermione continues and Harry does “discover” Ginny. But HBP is primarily about the search for the horcruxes and Dumbledore’s death. I’ll be very disappointed if Yates tries to turn it into another “American Graffiti”!

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    HBP is about maybe things, and I’m sure they will give the importance to the Horcruxes that they need. Don’t forget Jo talks with them a lot too and she has to aprove the script.

    will, no-one has seen the movie yet, so people in the street don’t know how the movie is. ;)

    Reading the reviews I’m very happy. Maybe some critics say things trying to criticize it, but actually from a fan point of view, what they say it’s great. We were all wishing it would be a movie more centered in the character’s development and it would show how the book is more mature etc And after reading the reviews it’s obvious tha’s what they have done, so I’m happy.

    Also, all of them agree we see Harry angry, isolated, confused, and then maturing and becoming a leader, which means Harry is perfectly portrayed in the movie. Also, Bellatrix and Umbridge seem to be well portrayed. :) The kiss is perfect too, because Harry and Cho are not supposed to have much chemistry, so they have done that right too.

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    hi, heres a link to the order of the phoenix review, the daily mirror

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/tm_method=full%26objectid=19351311%26siteid=89520-name_page.html

    Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: So many crummy reviews...

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