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During filming, Alan Rickman banned Matthew Lewis and Rupert Grint from being within five meters of his new BMW, because during the making of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), they spilled a milkshake in his car.
Daniel Radcliffe came up with the idea that, as a gesture of respect to a teacher, up to whom Harry most certainly looked, he would wear a certain type of clothing that resembled the outfit worn by Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) in his lessons from Prisoner of Azkaban during his teachings. Director David Yates liked the suggestion, so that became the basis for his look during those scenes.
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Evanna Lynch beat 15,000 girls for the role of Luna Lovegood. She was ninth in a line of thirty finalists, and when it came to viewing the audition videos, producer David Barron stopped viewing after her audition, saying, "She is Luna." Unknown to them, Lynch had written a letter directly to J.K. Rowling.
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Helen McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange, but due to her pregnancy, she had to be replaced by Helena Bonham Carter (according to her, the insurance wouldn't cover "pregnant witches"). McCrory was later invited back and cast as Narcissa Malfoy, who is Bellatrix's sister, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
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J.K. Rowling provided more than seventy names for the Black family tree tapestry, complete with details of relations between each member.
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(At around twenty-six minutes) James Phelps (Fred) and Oliver Phelps (George) make a cameo appearance in the picture of the original Order of the Phoenix as their deceased uncles, Fabian and Gideon Prewett.
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(At around one hour and thirteen minutes) Several members of the Black family are named after astronomical objects. You can see some of the names in the scene when Sirius and Harry are in the family tree room. Sirius, Regulus, Andromeda, Arcturus, Bellatrix, and Cygnus are the ones that can be seen.
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(At around fifty-eight minutes) When they discover the Room of Requirement, Ron asks if it could become a bathroom if the user really needed it. This is a reference to the novel "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" in which the Room of Requirement is described for the first time by professor Dumbledore. Although the name of the room is not specified, Dumbledore mentions taking a wrong turn while looking for a lavatory, and finding himself in one he didn't know existed. He was unable to find it again later, making him wonder if the room only appears when the person entering it has an exceptionally full bladder.
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Emma Watson was seriously thinking whether or not to keep acting in the franchise after this installment, but decided to stay after considering that it would be uncomfortable to watch the movies being made with someone else as Hermione.
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Imelda Staunton was the producers' only choice for the role of Professor Dolores Umbridge. She and costume designer Jany Temime came up with the idea of making her dress more padded and more saturated as the movie progresses. The novel describes her being physically chubby, and like a toad.
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Since this movie would include wand duelling at an elite level, a specific "wand choreographer" (Paul Harris, who is actually a professional dance choreographer) was brought in to design the style and technique of this highly unorthodox way of fighting. The result consists of five basic spell-casting moves, which each of the actors and actresses were then allowed to adapt slightly to fit his or her own character. So, for instance, Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) would have a very formal and somewhat "stiff" fighting style, while Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) used a snappy and more spontaneous "street fight" style.
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The radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) were made by Lynch.
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Dumbledore's line "Don't fight him, Harry, you can't win.", was featured prominently in just about every trailer and television spot, yet it is nowhere in the final version of this movie, nor in the DVD's extended scenes.
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Stephen King said the character of Dolores Umbridge was the "greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter."
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Katie Leung was nervous about kissing Daniel Radcliffe on-screen, and spent several weeks preparing herself for it. On the planned day for the shooting of the scene, Radcliffe came down with an illness, and filming had to be postponed while he recovered.
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Tonks' hair was kept purple instead of pink (like in the books) because the filmmakers felt that the color pink was associated with Professor Dolores Umbridge.
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Sir Kenneth Branagh was originally set to return as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in a brief cameo. Harry was to encounter his former Defense against the Dark Arts professor while visiting Ron's dad, Arthur Weasley, at the wizard hospital St. Mungo's. The scene was meant to establish Lockhart as having irrevocable amnesia from his backfired curse in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), as well as the insanity of Neville's parents after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange. The scene was cut for pacing and budget issues, as it would have necessitated building a new set.
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During the breakfast scene in the Great Hall, boxes of cereal can be seen with the names Cheeri-Owls and Pixie-Puffs, with color schemes similar to those of Cheerios and Sugar Puffs boxes, respectively.
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Although based on the longest book in the seven book series, this is the second shortest movie in the Harry Potter film franchise. The longest movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), is based on the second shortest book.
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The most expensive set was the two hundred-foot long hallway in the Ministry of Magic.
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This movie reveals several characters to be related to Sirius Black, most notably his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange, whose sister (Narcissa) is Draco Malfoy's mother. One connection that is not mentioned in this movie is that Nymphadora Tonks is family as well (first cousin, once removed), as her mother (Andromeda) is sister to Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy. Andromeda's name can be seen on the tapestry in Sirius' house, but her portrait has been burned off; the book explains that her family disowned her for marrying the Muggle-born wizard Ted Tonks. Tonks' name is also on the tapestry, but doesn't feature as prominently, so one has to really look for it. Between the three sisters, as in the 1995/96 timeline canon, Bellatrix is the oldest at the age of forty-four, with Narcissa is the youngest at forty. Andromeda is the middle sister (forty-two).
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Over thirty thousand individually placed tiles were used to create the Ministry of Magic sets. As real ceramic tiles would have been far too expensive to produce, they were instead made out of heavily-painted cardboard.
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All of the interior Hogwarts scenes were filmed on studio sets, making this the first Harry Potter movie to not utilize any of Britain's castles and cathedrals for filming locations.
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The Department of Mysteries was the first completely computer-generated set used in the franchise. Building the set practically was too expensive, since an estimated fifteen thousand crystal balls would have been needed, and it would have taken a lot of time to clean, and set them up again between takes.
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(At around fifty-three minutes) When Dumbledore's Army first meets at the Hog's Head Inn, there is a bartender accompanied by a goat, played by Jim McManus, and credited as "Barman". This character is later identified as Aberforth Dumbledore, the Professor's younger brother. This character returned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), and was played by Ciarán Hinds.
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J.K. Rowling had been a schoolteacher before writing the books, and this movie featured some references to the British educational system. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, students at age sixteen were given Ordinary Level (O-Level) exams in all of their major subjects, for which they can receive their General Certificates of Education. This corresponds to the Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) exams given at Hogwarts. Students who planned to go on to university stayed on two more years to take their Advanced (A-Level) Exams, which roughly correspond to N.E.W.T. (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test) Exams.
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In the novel, Professor Dolores Umbridge releases at least twenty-five educational decrees. In this movie, she releases over one hundred of them.
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The Room of Requirement was described as a room with no beginning or end. To achieve the sense of infinity, the visual effects crew spent five months designing the room by having rotatable mirrors installed that would minimize camera and crew reflection as well as to avoid the Hall of Mirrors effect (a common term in CGI). Also, the lighting underneath the grille was quite bright to generate reflection, so the floor had to be in black, cast members had to have black velvet covering their shoe soles, while the crew had to wear surgical shoes to prevent treading dust onto the floor set.
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Even though they play enemies in this movie, Dame Emma Thompson (professor Trelawny) and Imelda Staunton (professor Umbridge) are very good friends, have appeared together in many movies, and even live opposite each other.
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J.K. Rowling revealed that the character of Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person whom she "disliked intensely on sight", and who "returned (her) antipathy with interest", even though she honestly could not explain why they hated each other so much.
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Since Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody (Brendan Gleeson) has a prosthetic leg, he could not balance properly on a broomstick, being unable to use the stirrups. Instead, his broom has posts at the front where he rests his legs, a seat which allows him to lean backwards, and a control stick for his hands. The arrangement is very similar to automobiles made for double-amputees, which have hand controls instead of pedals.
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Filming was put on a two-month hiatus starting in May 2006 so Daniel Radcliffe could take his A/S Levels, and Emma Watson could take her GCSE exams.
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(At around eight minutes) In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), when Ron is rescuing Harry from the Dursleys', Ron tells Harry that they were "rescuing you, of course!" In this movie, Moody says the same thing when he rescues Harry.
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(At around twenty-five minutes) Padfoot, Sirius Black's canine form (animagus), was played by a Scottish Deerhound named Cleod.
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According to Daniel Radcliffe, Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan) had the record of most prop wands broken on-set, with ten at the time of filming. It was since surpassed by Daniel, by a wide margin.
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The character of Nigel was created strictly for the movie; he does not appear in the books. However, he combines elements of Colin Creevey and Dennis Creevey.
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Though not seen in the movie, the code to enter the Ministry of Magic from the street is 62442, which spells out the word MAGIC.
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(At around one hour and fifty minutes) The only spell Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) used successfully against an enemy, Petrificus Totalus, is the same spell Hermione (Emma Watson) used on him in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001).
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This movie was released ten days before the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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Much of the Ministry of Magic Atrium set design was based on the designs of the London Underground.
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Professor Umbridge's (Imelda Staunton's) clothing becomes darker shades of pink as she gains more and more power throughout the movie.
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In the book, Ron Weasley is selected to join Harry's Quidditch team, and starts training for the Quidditch cup. Rupert Grint was disappointed that the Quidditch subplot was removed from this movie as he was looking forward to it, but these scenes were later scripted into the next movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
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While it doesn't specify in the books, Luna Lovegood was originally going to be barefoot the whole time in this movie, but director David Yates later called this idea silly.
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In the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic, many offices are seen layered upon each other. In reality, there are only two layers (floors), but at different times, different people were filmed doing different things in the offices, and later with the help of computer animation, put together to get the illusion of several layers of offices.
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(At around one hour and eight minutes) The portrait in Dumbledore's (Sir Michael Gambon's) office that he addresses as "Phineas" is in fact Phineas Nigellus Black, great-grandfather of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) and, by extension, Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Narcissa Malfoy (Helen McCrory); as well as being great-great-grandfather to Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena).
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Professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), though she teaches in a classroom that has appeared in movies two through four, inhabits an office vastly different from those of her predecessors. The set was redressed with "fluffy, pink filigree", including a carpet that cost fifty thousand pounds sterling to make, and several plates, upon which moving kittens were animated in post-production. A twenty-four-hour photo shoot was held to photograph and film the kittens for use on these plates. Even the elegant quill, which Umbridge gives Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) to write lines, using his own blood, was designed by the set designers.
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One of only two Harry Potter movies not to be nominated for an Academy Award in some category. The other one was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
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Had the biggest first-day gross of a Harry Potter movie.
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(At around fifty-six minutes) Harry's, Ron's, and Hermione's signatures for the Dumbledore's Army roster are the same signatures seen in the U.S. version of the books.
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(At around one hour and thirteen minutes) When Sirius (Gary Oldman) joins Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) in the room with the Black family tree, to the lower left of the door is the Yoruban goddess Yemoje (Yemaya) which has been made popular by Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks. She is regarded as a deity and mother of all things. She has been stylized to be in keeping with the decor of the room, wearing a crown and holding both her fins aloft like the Starbucks logo.
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The only Harry Potter screenplay not written by Steve Kloves, as he had other commitments. Michael Goldenberg, who was considered to pen the first movie in the franchise, filled in and wrote the script.
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The character of Grawp was done by using a recent breakthrough in filming technology, developed by Image Metrics, which allows a computer to map an actor's performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead. The result is said to be far superior to standard hand-drawn computer graphics which are very costly and time-consuming.
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David Yates believed he was approached to direct because the studio saw him fit to handle an "edgy and emotional" movie with a "political backstory", which some of his previous television projects including State of Play (2003), Sex Traffic (2004), and The Girl in the Café (2005) demonstrated. Producer David Heyman supported Yates' comments about this movie's political theme, stating that "(Order of the Phoenix) is a political film, not with a capital P, but it's about teen rebellion and the abuse of power. David has made films in the U.K. about politics without being heavy-handed." On this movie's political and social aspects, Emma Watson stated that "somehow it talks about life after July 7th, the way people behave when they're scared, the way truth is often denied, and all of the things our society has to face. Facing the fact that the authority is corrupted means having a non-conformist approach to reality and power."
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When filming her barefoot scene, Evanna Lynch went barefoot for most of the day. She said she thought it would be a Luna thing to do.
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First movie in the franchise to make extensive use of archive footage from the previous movies, a trend which carried on through the remainder of the movies.
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Imelda Staunton admitted that her character was a "bloody monster".
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In late 2005, Anna Friel lobbied for the role of Tonks, so that she can work with her then real-life partner David Thewlis. She was turned down by the producers.
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Theatrical movie debut of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).
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The first Harry Potter movie to be released in IMAX 3-D.
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According to director David Yates, he had originally shot a three-hour movie. However, some material had to be cut out in the final edit, as the movie was forty-five minutes too long. Therefore, several locations which were used for various scenes do not appear in the final cut. In Virginia Water, scenes were shot where Professor McGonagall (Dame Maggie Smith) recovers from Stunning Spells she received during a violent altercation with the Ministery of Magic coming to apprehend Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). Burnham Beeches was used for filming a scene where Hagrid introduces his fifth-year Care of Magical Creatures class to Thestrals. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) skips stones in front of the Glenfinnan Monument in Glenfinnan in another cut scene.
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Stuart Craig's design of the Ministry of Magic was inspired by early London Underground stations, where, he said, architects "tried to imitate classical architecture but they used ceramic tile", as well as a Burger King on Tottenham Court Road in London, where "there's a fantastic Victorian façade which just embodies the age".
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During the premiere of this movie, around twenty wooden and leather-bound Hogwarts journals were given to a selected few contest winners, along with a gold tip fountain pen and inkwell, which came boxed. On the box, it said "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (s07) representing the year of its release. Inside the journal, the paper appears to be parchment paper with the title water stamped on each page. The gold-tipped fountain pen also had the title stamped on it.
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(At around thirty-eight minutes) The walls of Professor Dolores Umbridge's office are covered with kitten plates. In the image on one of the plates, the wall behind the kitten has a kitten plate on it.
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In the scene where Luna Lovegood is barefoot in the forest, Evanna Lynch said that it was fifty degrees during filming, so her feet were really cold. She said the director offered to have a stunt double be barefoot for her, but she declined.
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The studio considered moving the entire production from Leavesden to Barrandov in Prague to take advantage of its incentives, but the move was vetoed by Daniel Radcliffe's father, Alan, and producer David Heyman, primarily on security issues.
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Had the biggest IMAX opening ever, pulling in $1.9 million.
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Rose Windsor, a member of the British Royal Family, worked, and is credited as, an art department assistant on this movie. Her wedding to a member of the Royal Family was featured in OK! Magazine, largely due to Prince William's girlfriend Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attending her wedding. She specifically asked to be credited in this movie as "Rose Windsor", rather than her full Royal title.
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Saoirse Ronan and Juno Temple were considered for the role of Luna Lovegood. Scarlett Hefner, who later played Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), also auditioned for the role.
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It is stated at the start of the book that Dudley has taken up boxing. While this is not revealed in the movie, there is a picture of Dudley in his boxing gear on the wall of the Dursleys' living room.
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The set used for Igor Karkaroff's trial scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) was doubled in size for Harry's trial in this movie, while still protecting its symmetry.
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The phoenix is J.K. Rowling's favorite magical creature.
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Was released in 4,181 U.S. theaters, a record for a Warner Brothers release.
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Broke the Wednesday opening day record previously held by Spider-Man 2 (2004) with a domestic gross of $44.2 million.
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Final theatrical movie of Timothy Bateson (Kreacher).
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Tiana Benjamin was scheduled to return for this movie, in the role of Angelina Johnson, the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, but she had to withdraw due to a commitment to playing Chelsea Fox on EastEnders (1985). The character, as well as the entire Quidditch subplot, was ultimately cut from this movie. She did, however, record sound clips for the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) video game.
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A year after this movie's release, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch said that her feet had become more popular on the website wiki feet because of her scene where Luna is barefoot.
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The family of English footballer Theo Walcott made a cameo in this movie. Theo was due to appear, but his commitments to Arsenal Football Club made it impossible.
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(At around twenty-six minutes) Edgar Bones, the wizard standing to the left of Dumbledore and directly behind James Potter and Sirius Black, was played by first assistant director Cliff Lanning (wearing a false mustache).
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After Mike Newell declined to return as director, Mira Nair, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillermo del Toro, and Matthew Vaughn were approached to direct this movie. Jeunet prefers projects that allow him more creative influence, while del Toro was busy with Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).
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Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) played a crucial part in the book, but as in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), none of his scenes made it into the finished movie. In the book, it is Dobby who suggests to Harry to use the Room of Requirement as a training room for Dumbledore's Army, and Dobby later warns the group (to no avail) to flee the room when professor Umbridge finds out about the Army.
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(At around five minutes) Miles Jupp, famous for playing the role of Archie the Inventor in the British children's show Balamory (2002), portrayed a television weatherman towards the start of the movie. The cameo only lasts six seconds.
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"Tip-Top" was this movie's fake working title used for secrecy.
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This movie required over one thousand four hundred visual effects shots, and the London-based company Double Negative created more than nine hundred fifty of them.
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The book had a Care of Magical Creatures class where Hagrid would introduce Harry's class to Thestrals, explaining that only people who have witnessed a person dying can see them. It is revealed there that Neville can also see them, because he was once present when his grandfather passed away. This scene was actually shot for the movie but deleted due to pacing issues. It is unclear if it would have revealed this information about Neville, because in the scene where Harry sees the Thestrals for the first time, there is no indication given that Neville can also see them.
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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "The Raven". Coincidentally, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) appeared in The Raven (2012).
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The very first scene to be filmed was where Hagrid introduces Grawp.
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Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) has a scar on his forehead in a similar location to Harry Potter's.
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Luna Lovegood's birthday is February 13, 1981, which makes her six months older than her friend Ginny Weasley (August 11, 1981). By contrast, Evanna Lynch (August 16, 1991) is six months younger than Bonnie Wright (February 11, 1991).
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The first movie where Argus Filch's cat Mrs Norris has green eyes, whereas in previous films they were red.
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Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter movies, was amazed how beautifully Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint matured over the franchise, compared to some child actors and actresses who start out adorable and then either lose that or become bad actors and actresses as they grow older.
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(At around twenty-six minutes) In the picture of the original members of the title group (which Gary Oldman shows Daniel Radcliffe), Neville Longbottom's father, Frank, was portrayed by James Payton. Neville's mother, Alice, was portrayed by Lisa Wood (in what may be the actress' only screen role).
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Persistent rumors linked Elizabeth Hurley to the role of Bellatrix Lestrange, although Warner Brothers asserted there was "no truth whatsoever" to reports that she had been cast.
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Dario Marianelli was considered as a possible composer for this movie.
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The second Harry Potter film to be rated PG-13 by the MPAA, after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
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Not counting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), which is the second movie based on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows novel, this is the shortest movie in the franchise, despite the fact that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest novel in the series.
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In this movie, Richard Bremmer and Saunders Triplets appeared briefly (and uncredited) in the montage of archive footage when Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) temporarily possesses Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe).
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Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter previously appeared together in Howard's End. This is the first time they have worked together since Thompson's divorce from fellow Harry Potter cast member Kenneth Branagh, who subsequently was in a relationship with Carter.
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In the Room of Requirement, Ron asks if it could become a bathroom if the user really needs one. In the Dutch translation of the books and the movies, the Room of Requirement is called 'Kamer van Hoge Nood', which can be interpreted as Room of Extreme Requirement, but more colloquially as Room of Extreme (Urinary) Urgency.
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History might have repeated itself in the film "Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix" during Dumbledore's Michael Gambon fight against Voldemort Ralph Fiennes. In the Wizarding World, in 1945 Albus Dumbledore fought Gellert Grindelwald, who at the time was the master and owner of the Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hollows, and the most powerful wand in all existence. Yet, even so; odds were against Albus, he was victorious against Grindelwald & the Elder Wand; thus making him the new owner of the Deathly Hollow & being recognized as the world's most powerful wizard. During Albus & Voldemort's fight, although at the end of the battle which neither was victorious against the other, if you pay close attention to the fight you can see how Voldemort slightly overwhelmed Albus even as he is in possession of the Elder Wand. History shows how yet another wizard has now achieved to stand against the Elder Wand.
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Imelda Staunton (Umbridge) plays a frighteningly similar character in the 2007 film Freedom Writers.
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Branko Tomovic auditioned for the part of the Azkaban Death Eater, after he was seen in the Serbian-German movie, Love of Fate (2005), opposite Predrag Bjelac who played Igor Karkaroff in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Branko was not cast in this movie, but he was later given the lead part in the British short Inbetween (2008), which was also produced by David Barron.
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Throughout the eight-movie series, five actresses played "Pansy Parkinson": 1-Katherine Nicholson (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)', uncredited in both), 2-Genevieve Gaunt (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)), 3-Charlotte Ritchie (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), originally listed as "Student" and uncredited), 4-Lauren Shotton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (again uncredited as Pansy), and, 5-Scarlett Hefner (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)).
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Cameo 

Warwick Davis: (At around nineteen minutes) Because Warwick Davis has so little screentime in his usual Flitwick role, he was allowed to do an uncredited cameo as an unnamed Ministry personnel. He's the bald guy who joins Harry in the elevator heading to the hearing.
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Timothy Spall: (At around twenty-six minutes) Reprising his role of Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), seen only in the moving photograph of the original Order.
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Director Cameo 

David Yates: Near the end of the movie, he appears in a portrait in the room with the moving stairs.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

(At around one hour and seven minutes) When Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are discussing Harry's kiss with Cho (Katie Leung), the three begin to crack up near the end of the scene. This was all real laughter from the three. Director David Yates thought it was good for the scene, and kept rolling.
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According to the original script, the character of Kreacher was not intended to be in this movie at all. But after J.K. Rowling read the script, she more or less insisted on him needing to be there to avoid some serious problems with future installments of the franchise. Though Kreacher has no noticeable impact on the plot or story as it's presented in this movie, a couple of scenes with him were added at the last minute based on this request.
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In the original outline for the novel, the character of Arthur Weasley was to be killed off by Voldemort to entice Harry to the Department of Mysteries. J.K. Rowling couldn't go through with killing off such a beloved character, so Weasley was allowed to survive, albeit gravely injured, and Sirius was instead killed off as a way to maintain the theme of a father figure dying. Interestingly, Arthur Weasley was again considered to be killed off in the final novel (later adapted as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)), but Rowling again changed her mind.
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Sirius' death was foreshadowed in the third book, "The Prisoner of Azkaban", where Professor Trelawney refused to join a party of thirteen people fearing as she believed that with a table of thirteen people, "the first one to stand up is the first one to die." During dinner at Grimmauld Place, there are thirteen people, and Sirius is seen standing up first before Molly. Additional clues in the movie hinting that fate include the prefix of the street name, Grim, and Lucius Malfoy's taunting to Harry that Sirius would not be able to save him.
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(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) Harry's scream at the Department of Mysteries was muted because it was too agonizing. David Yates muted the scream as an homage to Michael Corleone's outcry in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
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While filming the stand-off scene in the Ministry of Magic, Matthew Lewis suffered a perforated eardrum after tilting his head while Helena Bonham Carter had improvised sticking her wand in his ear "as a sort of Q-Tip...(to) sort of torture (his ear)", Bonham Carter said. Lewis was deaf in that ear for a few days afterward, though he laughed about the incident in later interviews. Initially, Bonham Carter had no idea she had injured Lewis, and when she found out several days later, she immediately regretted doing so, and apologized profusely to Lewis, whom she described as "such a nice young man."
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Many fans were critical of the scene where Harry sees Voldemort at the train station dressed in a Muggle suit, saying it was out of character for Voldemort to do such a thing. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman defended the scene, though each had different takes on it. Yates explained that it was Voldemort's way of taunting Harry, that Voldemort could appear in plain sight, in a crowd of Muggles, who would not realize how dangerous he is. Heyman, on the other hand, said that it's a figment of Harry's imagination, symbolizing Voldemort taking control of Harry's mind.
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The real reason behind why the dementors were in Little Whinging is never really revealed in this movie, although it is implied that the Ministery of Magic, who controls the Dementors, is behind it. The book provides the answer to this: Professor Dolores Umbridge had sent them, as Cornelius Fudge wanted Harry "silenced". She did it without Fudge's knowledge to provide him with an excuse to get rid of Harry, while still being able to deny any involvement. She specifically chose Dementors because they rarely venture outside the wizarding world, and Muggles cannot see them, so that no one would believe Harry if he survived the attack.
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(At around one hour and forty-five minutes) Although not addressed in this movie, the voice from the orb making the prophecy belongs to Professor Sibyll Trelawney (Dame Emma Thompson). In the novel, Professor Dumbledore explains that Trelawney got into a state of trance during her job interview and made the original prophecy to him (although completely unaware of it herself). He also adds that Trelawney making such an important prediction was the only reason why Dumbledore hired the otherwise incompetent teacher in the first place.
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Daniel Radcliffe can't tolerate contact lenses, so in the scene where Harry is possessed, his eyes were digitally changed.
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When Sirius (Gary Oldman) dies, Daniel Radcliffe's reaction was so agonizing that it caused Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) to cry.
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The way Sirius Black died in the book was altered a little bit in the movie, probably to make it more easy to understand to viewers. In the book, Bellatrix Lestrange used a spell on him that made him fall back into that veil, which is what killed him, but not really explained how. In the movie, she hits him with Avada Kedavra, the killing curse, and then he topples through the veil.
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Near the beginning of the Ministry of Magic fight scene, when Harry disarms Lucius Malfoy, Sirius says, "Nice one, James." This is exactly what he says to James, Harry's father, in Snape's memory of the time James hangs him upside down and humiliates him.
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Though the Mirror of Erised doesn't appear in the novel, it turned up in the movie. It can be seen during Harry's possession by Voldemort and when Harry draws closer to the mirror his face is shown distorted with some of the Dark Lord's features. Director David Yates and production designer Stuart Craig decided to use it there as one more example of the many appeals to objects and shots from previous movies in the franchise.
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Near the end of the movie, when Voldemort faces off with Dumbledore in a duel, you can clearly see Dumbledore use The Elder Wand. The Elder Wand is the greatest wand ever made. It is also the vital element in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).
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Voldemort and his followers place a great deal of value on blood purity. Ironically, Voldemort is half-blooded, having had a witch for a mother and a muggle father.
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Ginny is seen with Michael Corner, the long-haired student in this movie. He is Ginny's first boyfriend followed by Dean Thomas and Harry Potter in the next movie. Ginny is interestingly the only character to have three love interests in the franchise, although this could be considered four counting Neville Longbottom, who was her date for the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
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Although Harry breaks off contact with Cho Chang because she betrayed Dumbledore's Army, she did not do this intentionally. While being interrogated by Umbridge, she was given a cup of tea that had Veritaserum in it, a powerful truth potion. This is revealed later on in dialogue, when Snape tells Umbridge that he can't provide any more Veritaserum for her to use on Harry, because she used the last on Cho Chang. In the book, things happened a bit differently: during one of her early interrogations, Umbridge puts Veritaserum in Harry's tea. However, he sees through the ruse, throws away the tea but acts like he drank it. Cho then introduces her friend Marietta into the group, who later betrays Dumbledore's Army to Umbridge under duress: Marietta's mother works at the Ministry of Magic, and Umbridge threatens to fire her if Marietta doesn't cooperate. Cho later tries to plead for some sympathy for Marietta with Harry, but this angers him, and they part ways.
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Whenever Harry is with Cho and is flirting with her, Ginny is shown to be jealous. Foreshadowing when they become a couple in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
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During the opening scenes of the movie Neville Longbottom is seen holding a newspaper. The front page has a picture of voldemort and Harry duelling in the final movie and the headline reads neither one can live while the other survives and only one can live. These prophecies aren't found out until later on in the film.
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