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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.
  • Evanna Lynch beat fifteen thousand 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.
  • Was released in 4,181 U.S. theaters, a record for a Warner Brothers release.
  • (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.
  • 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).
  • Broke the Wednesday opening day record previously held by Spider-Man 2 (2004) with a domestic gross of 44.2 million dollars.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Had the biggest IMAX opening ever, pulling in 1.9 million dollars.
  • (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).
  • 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.
  • The most expensive set was the two hundred-foot long hallway in the Ministry of Magic.
  • (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.
  • The radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) were made by Lynch.
  • The studio considered moving the entire production from Leavesden to Barradov 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.
  • Helen McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange, but due to pregnancy, she had to be replaced by Helena Bonham Carter. McCrory was later cast as Narcissa Malfoy, who is Bellatrix's sister, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
  • 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.
  • Much of the Ministry of Magic Atrium set design was based on the designs of the London Underground.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (At around twenty-five minutes) Padfoot, Sirius Black's canine form (animagus), was played by a Scottish Deerhound named Cleod.
  • (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.
  • In late 2005, Anna Friel lobbied for the role of Tonks, so that she can work with her real-life partner David Thewlis. She was turned down by the producers.
  • Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "The Raven". Coincidentally, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) appeared in The Raven (2012).
  • 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.
  • Dario Marianelli was considered as a possible composer for this movie.
  • 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.
  • J.K. Rowling provided more than seventy names for the Black family tree tapestry, complete with details of relations between each member.
  • Had the biggest first-day gross of a Harry Potter movie.
  • Many Harry Potter fans went to see Happy Feet (2006) just to see a trailer for this movie.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh was originally set to return as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in a brief cameo. Originally, Harry was to encounter his former professor in a wizard hospital while visiting Ron's dad, Arthur Weasley, at St. Mungo's. The scene was meant to establish Lockhart as irrevocably scarred 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.
  • "Tip-Top" was this movie's fake working title used for secrecy.
  • (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).
  • 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 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), during his teachings. Director David Yates liked the suggestion, so that became the basis for his look during those scenes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (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 mentioned for the first time, having become a lavatory for Dumbledore.
  • 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.
  • Even though they play enemies in this movie, Dame Emma Thompson and Imelda Staunton are very good friends, have appeared together in many movies, and even live opposite each other.
  • 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.
  • The first Harry Potter movie to be released in IMAX 3-D.
  • Final theatrical movie of Timothy Bateson (Kreacher).
  • (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.
  • The fifth of eight movies based on the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Cameo) Timothy Spall: (At around twenty-six minutes) Reprising his role of Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), seen only in the moving photograph of the original Order.
  • 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. (A lot like Adolf Hitler and his followers hatred of Jews even though Hitler's mother was Jewish.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 apologised profusely to Lewis, whom she described as "such a nice young man."
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • (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).
  • 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.
  • In the novel, Professor Dolores Umbridge releases at least twenty-five educational decrees. In this movie, she releases over one hundred of them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • DIRECTOR_CAMEO(David Yates): Near the end of the movie, he appears in a portrait in the room with the moving stairs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Saoirse Ronan was considered for the role of Luna.
  • (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 (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.
  • Caio Cesar, a prominent Brazilian voice actor who dubbed Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and in other movies, was also a military cop, and died at the age of twenty-seven in 2015 after being shot in his neck at the Complexo do Alemão slums in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • Theatrical movie debut of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rupert Grint was disappointed that the Quidditch subplot was removed from this movie, as he was looking forward to it.
  • 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.
  • 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, and Burnham Beeches was used for filming the scene where Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) 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.
  • 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."
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • The real reason behind why the dementors were in Little Whinging is never really revealed in this movie. The book provides the answer to this, Professor Dolores Umbridge sends them, as Fudge wanted (according to the book) Harry "silenced". She does this without Fudge's knowledge to provide him with an excuse to get rid of Harry.
  • Stephen King said the character of Dolores Umbridge was the "greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter."
  • (At around one hour and forty-five minutes) Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) references a line from Peter Pan (1953). Wendy asks Peter "but Peter, how do we get to Neverland?" Peter responds "we fly of course." In this movie, Harry asks "how do we get to London?" Luna responds "we fly of course."
  • 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)).
  • (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 Gary Payton. Neville's mother, Alice, was portrayed by Lisa Wood (in what may be the actress' only screen role).
  • Several running gags occur in the film including some people such as Fudge and Umbridge denying Voldermort has returned, Filch putting up new rule notices, Filch and the Slytherins trying to capture Dumbledore's army but failing and Harry seeing into Voldermort's mind.
  • This movie was released ten days before the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • 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).
  • In the scene where Hagrid has returned to his home, one of the windows has a small hole in it. This is a reference to the third installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), where Hermione threw a small rock through the window, hitting Harry on the head.
  • Imelda Staunton admitted that her character was a "bloody monster".
  • 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.
  • The phoenix is J.K. Rowling's favorite magical creature.
  • There is a means of automating the animation of a large number of individual or grouped objects. One aspect of this is referred to as "carrot or stick", meaning that objects can be attracted or repelled by the proximity of other objects or vacant areas. When we see the long zoom-in at the start of the Spring term this can be seen in the movement of the students in the long-distance shot of the courtyard. It is noticeable when one student is walking in a straight line then suddenly changes direction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Professor Umbridge's (Imelda Staunton's) clothing becomes darker shades of pink as she gains more and more power throughout the movie.
  • In a blink and you will miss it moment Griphook makes a couple of cameos in the Ministry when Harry heads for his hearing. So technically this is the second film to star Griphook. And like the other films he is portrayed by Warwick Davis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) has a scar on his forehead in a similar location to Harry Potter's.
  • 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).

Spoilers

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Daniel Radcliffe can't tolerate contact lenses, so in the scene where Harry is possessed, his eyes were digitally changed.
  • (At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) Originally, the death of Sirius Black appeared just as it does in the novel, with Bellatrix hitting him in the chest with an unknown spell (but most likely a Stunning Spell), which causes him to stumble and fall through the death archway after a longer one-on-one duel. Though filmed, the sequence was cut due to time and pacing issues. A portion of this original death scene remains in the final cut: when hit with the killing curse, Sirius seems to stagger, but then gets sucked in through the arch.
  • (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.
  • (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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cho does not intentionally betray the group. While being interrogated, she is given a cup of tea that has Veritaserum in it, a powerful truth potion. In this movie, this was revealed later on during dialogue between Snape and Umbridge.
  • This is the first time Harry uses magic outside of school and is punished for it as a result (he is expelled, but soon after it's sorted out and it was revoked).
  • 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.
  • 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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