On Monday night I embarked on my first foray into the world of 3D IMAX. Not only was it my IMAX experience devirginization, but I also watched the fifth Harry Potter movie, The Order of the Phoenix. Suffice it to say, I was very excited. What a way to make an otherwise manic Monday bearable- fun even!
In preparation for this new flick and the soon-to-be-released final book in the series, I reread the fifth HP and reread Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I had become fully immersed in the realm that is Harry, Hogwarts, Hermione, and other words that start with the letter H. I was in alliteration heaven! And I was reminded of why J.K. Rowling is one of my heroes. She truly created a special world with her series- exactly the kind of books I would love to have written. So, I was psyched to absorb more Harry via the new movie on Monday.
In hindsight, rereading the book before the movie may have not been the best plan for me. I felt as if I knew many details of The Order of the Phoenix book intimately. And when the movie altered scenes in what I thought were significant ways, I became disappointed. I recall sitting there and thinking, damn, this is not what I expected. Now don't get me wrong- there were some incredible scenes, particularly shots of the crew flying in the London night sky and the climactic Ministry of Magic duel in 3D. And I can't forget Toby's favorite- Cho Chang, Cho Chang (they had hydroponic love and they smoked it). Ultimately, this movie was quite entertaining. It's understandable that they would have to change some important elements to squeeze the longest book of the series into the shortest Harry Potter movie thus far. But still, not my favorite of the movies (that would probably be Prisoner of Azkaban, by the way).
Now with news that sneak peaks of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been released online, I am determined to patiently wait for my copy of the new book. I am toe-tapping and restless in anticipation, but I will not look at spoilers. Nor am I trying too hard to theorize about the ending. I don't think I can take another disappointment related to my contemporary literary hero. Therefore, I have no expectations.
That's what I keep telling myself anyway...