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Trivia / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Umbridge in the books is described as looking like a toad. Imelda Staunton does not match that description at all. But it makes her all the more impressive as Umbridge, the sweet grandmotherly appearance contrasting nicely with her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing nature. Staunton was also the first choice for the role.
    • Luna's nationality was never stated at first, but the audio books gave her an English accent (since she lives near the Weasleys). Evanna Lynch however captured Luna so perfectly that the character became Irish (as did her father when he appears in the seventh film). JK Rowling even confessed to writing Luna with Evanna in mind as soon as she got to the last book.
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  • Acting for Two: Warwick Davis also plays the man who gets into the Ministry elevator with Harry.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Daniel Radcliffe suggested that the clothes Harry wears during the DA sessions be a Shout-Out to Professor Lupin - Harry's favourite teacher.
    • Evanna Lynch made the radish earrings Luna wears herself.
  • Blooper: In the American audio book, after Harry arrives at 12 Grimmauld Place after witnessing Nagini attack Arthur Weasley in his dream, Jim Dale says the line "Back again, the blood-traitor brats! Is it true their father's dying?" in the voice of the portrait of Sirius Black's mother. However, as Sirius orders Kreacher out of the room immediately afterwards, this was clearly meant to said by Kreacher.
  • B-Team Sequel: Mike Newell decided not to return as director.
  • Deleted Scene: There's a lot (far too many to list), only a few have which have been currently released (although there are petitions to release the rest). Then there are the ones so many people claim they saw.
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  • Enforced Method Acting: Accidental example. Matthew Lewis moved his head while filming the Department of Mysteries scene - and Helena Bonham Carter accidentally popped his eardrum with the wand. This explains the look on his face.
  • Identical Grandson: James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George, also appeared in a blink and you'll miss it scene as their uncles Fabian and Gideon Prewett in the photograph of the original Order of the Phoenix that is shown to Harry.
  • Jossed: In Fanon, the blood quill is often portrayed as a means for executing magical contracts, which Umbridge perverted for her own uses. While this would certainly make sense, given the well-known Blood Oath trope, Word of God stated via Pottermore that, no, Umbridge in fact invented the quill as a torture device.
  • Missing Episode: Until 2017 in the United States, Freeform usually skipped this film during their "Harry Potter Weekend" marathons, going from Goblet of Fire to Half-Blood Prince. This was because at the time, the broadcast rights to the film were instead owned by HBO. Ultimately averted with a post-Thanksgiving November 2017 marathon, in which Freeform aired all eight films.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • Dumbledore's line "Don't fight him Harry. You can't win." was in every trailer and TV spot - but does not appear in the final film.
    • During a montage of the adult wizards shown when Harry says "every great wizard started out as nothing more than we are today...mere students", there are shots of Lupin and Moody that were never shown.
    • A rather heartwarming moment of Ron supporting Harry during a Dumbledore's Army meeting.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Subverted. Emma Watson considered leaving after this film, but ultimately couldn't bear to see anyone else as Hermione. The reason she considered leaving was - amusingly enough - worrying about not being able to keep up with schoolwork. She later joked about what a Hermione-ish thing to do it was.
    • Played with. Nigel is essentially created to be a replacement for Colin Creevey, as Colin's original actor had undergone a growth spurt - and was no longer believable as the Tag Along Kid. They simply created a new (younger!) character to fill his role rather than recasting.
  • The Other Marty: Helen McCrory was cast as Bellatrix but had to drop out due to becoming pregnant. She later got to play Bellatrix's sister Narcissa in the next three films.
  • Promoted Fanboy: It's well-documented that Evanna Lynch was a huge fan of the books. J. K. Rowling even said that after she was cast, she wrote Luna with Evanna's voice in her mind.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Emma Watson had to dye her hair blonde for the film adaptation of Ballet Shoes, and as a result Hermione is blonde.
  • Screwed by the Network: For all its love of the Harry Potter series at large, Freeform has been skipping over the film for several months.
  • Throw It In!: The trio bursting out laughing after Hermione's line "just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon" was an actual case of them Corpsing and they decided to leave it in.
  • Trope Namer: Tyrant Takes the Helm used to be called The Umbridge.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The producers considered cutting Kreacher from the film entirely, but when consulted about it J. K. Rowling warned them that this would create problems with the seventh film due to his important role there.
    • The St Mungo's sequence was originally going to be included, complete with an appearance by Kenneth Branagh reprising his role as Gilderoy Lockhart. It was scrapped, because it would have meant building a new set. Instead Neville tells Harry about his parents personally in the Room of Requirement.
    • Anna Friel lobbied hard for the role of Tonks, hoping to work with her husband David Thewlis. She was turned down and Natalia Tena was cast.
    • English footballer Theo Walcott was meant to have a cameo, but he wasn't able to make it due to commitments with Arsenal FC.
    • Saoirse Ronan auditioned for Luna.
    • Sirius' death scene was filmed as it happened in the books, if the original script is to go by (this was confirmed by Helena). The battle scene was, along with so many other scenes, removed (and never released), and the shot of Bellatrix appearing was bizarrely mirrored, as well as dubbing Helena saying Avada Kedavra. And Harry's scream was supposed to be heard.
    • Guillermo del Toro was approached to direct, but he was busy with Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Matthew Vaughn was also considered.
    • The movie was originally 3 hours long. Only a tiny bit of that footage has been released to date.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Katie Leung suffered horrible attacks from jealous fans over Cho's kiss with Harry - even seeing 'I Hate Katie' websites set up to mock her. This caused her to quit acting for a few years, though she returned in The New '10s.
  • Working Title: Tip-Top was used as a codename for the movie.


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