The fifith book is by far the longest Harry Potter book. It is a book of information. The book was wonderful showing the transition of children into adoloscents, Voldmemort’s rise and Harry’s resolve to fight him. But the movie was lacking in many respects. I mainly went to watch the movie for two reasons:
1. I am a Harry Potter books fan
2. I like to see the special effects they make for such movies in Hollywood.
The main character in Harry Potter movie 5 is Umbridge. One needs to get irritated on seeing her and on seeing the character perform, one needs to dislike her. Character selection was not good enough. I took an instant dislike to Alan Rickman when he was chosen for Snape because the actor fit the character to perfection. Seeing Umbridge on screen evoked laughter in the theatre. She was too pink to be Umbridge. She made me hate her, but she made me laugh which was not expected. The DA getting caught was also not exciting enough. It was rather comical. There was no quidditch, but that was not a mandatory bit. They could have shown the DA practices better and Voldemort’s presence could not be felt. Even Sirius’s death was too sudden to leave an impact. The Black House and the Black Family Tree were not well portrayed. The young Snape scene was also not impactful enough. Critical details like information about Regulus Black and Mundungus stealing stuff from the Black House, Aberforth Dumbledore were missing. Dumbledore was shown as though he was getting scared in some scenes which was very bad. Also, the fight sequence between Voldemort and Dumbledore were not good enough. They could have shown more of Hagrid and the giant scenes.
The scenes in the Forbidden Forest, especially the Centaurs were very well taken and Grawp picturization was good. The Weasely’s exit was perfect and very well done. Harry moving with the Order from Privet Drive was good and Dumbledore’s stylish escape was cool. The Ministry of Magic building was an interesting bit of CG and set, so was the breaking down of the time turners in the ministry. Bellatrix Lestrange’s escape from Azkaban was fantastic. The other effects shown were ordinary including the last fight at the ministry. Radcliffe performed his best in the final scene and I did not expect that much out of him. It was good. The subtle chemistry between Ron and Hermione was shown well. Luna Lovegood was portrayed well. Hagrid’s dialogues though small were finely done by Robbie Coltrane.
On the whole, the movie was not strong enough, had some unnecessary bits and was an hour short. It did not feel like a fight from within school. It felt more like a full transformation of characters – Harry, Ron and Hermione had taken place. The best in the series still reamins in the order they were made – 1, 2, 3, 4 and then 5. I hope they dont make a mess out of the sixth book.