Monday, September 25, 2006

They are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take it anymore

Darth Larry (who has been woefully absent of late even considering his recent trip to Denmark) scores big with some of the first released photos from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is due out this coming July. Lots of good pics here, including the first I've seen anywhere of Dolores Umbridge.

But this is the pic that I absolutely love...
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of Dumbledore's Army: the secret group that Harry starts training on his own when the Ministry of Magic clamps down on teaching defense against the dark arts. The little blond girl on the right is Luna Lovegood, who was one of my favorite new characters from the book. But maaaan, just look at the countenance of Neville's face. He looks... I don't know if words can really express it, given what Neville's been through if you know the book. The boy is a seething volcano of rage just waiting to violently explode. So help me I honestly believe Neville is going to actually kill Bellatrix Lestrange if he gets the chance... and hopefully he'll get that before this series is out. The Weasley twins are looking pretty fed-up too: if we don't get to see The Escape - the scene where the twins decide it's finally time to leave Hogwarts for good but not before giving a giant "F--- YOU!" to Umbridge - it will be a cinematic sacrilege.

So far, looking pretty good. I'm starting to get strong vibes out of this next Harry Potter flick. Maybe next time we'll have a picture of Grawp to look at.


Jenna St.Hilaire said...

Three cheers for Neville and Luna! I love those two characters; can not wait to see what they do in the grand finale. I'm planning on posting a list of predictions just before attending the nearest Midnight Madness when book 7 comes out :-D

And yes, Fred and George's scene absolutely has to be in the movie for me to give full approval--one of the best scenes in the books.

The Order of the Phoenix is my favorite book of the series, so the producers have a high standard to hit. So far, I've been only marginally impressed by the movies, but they do seem to get better with each installment. I'll be cautiously optimistic about movie #5. They just better not change too much of the story :-)