Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie

While true-blue Harry Potter fans were probably locked up in their own homes reading the final book in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), we finally managed to catch the 5th movie installment in the series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Ye-hey. Dalawang sine na lang and the series will be over. =)

The movies, are to a certain extent, entertaining but I guess it will be a relief to finally see how the story will end.

I must admit that I have not read a single Harry Potter book. Yes, people like me do exist. The only one in our house who has read at least the first 5 books in the series is my 10-year old son Adi. Every time a movie shows, I attempt to read the next book. Each time though, I get bored within the first few pages or chapters and decide to wait for the movie instead. What can I say? JK Rowling appeals to a lot of people worldwide but I guess it is impossible to appeal to everyone. Even if I haven't read any of her books though, I am amazed at and awed by her "story-telling abilities" -- and at how she has managed to capture the world's imagination by storm and even by tornado. Haha.

The movie was alright. As in most Harry Potter movies -- the conflicts are most of the time anti-climactic and quite bitin that they leave you saying: "Tapos na? Ganoon lang?" Still, it provides good escape material for an hour or so. The fifth movie though, wasn't as visually appealing in terms of effects as the previous ones.

I did like some of the lines in this latest Harry Potter movie. Like how things you lose have a way of coming back to you in a way you least expect. Or how someone who has never known love or friendship is seen as weak and that we should feel sorry for them.

We took Ali, my 5-year old along after we found out that the movie had a GP or General Patronage rating. She got a bit scared by some of the scenes (and sounds) but she was generally alright. Before the movie, this is how our conversation went:

Mommy: Ali, what if the movie Harry Potter is scary. Do you still like to come?

Ali: Just hold my hand when I feel scared.

Mommy: But what if Mommy's also scared? What will you do? (I was expecting her to say that she will hold my hand too.)

Ali: But Mommy, you're an adult!

So I guess Mommies and adults have no right to feel fear. =)

[By Angelica Viloria | Wednesday, July 25, 2007]

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