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Trivia / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Dolores Umbridge in the books is described as looking like a toad. Imelda Staunton looks more like a sweet grandmother. Of course, Tropes Are Tools comes into play, as this dissonance between her appearance and her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing nature serves to make her an even better villain. Staunton was also the first choice for the role.
    • Luna Lovegood's nationality was never stated in the books, but the audiobooks gave her an English accent (since she lives near the Weasleys). Evanna Lynch however captured Luna so perfectly that the character became Irish in the movies (as did her father when he appears in the seventh film). J. K. Rowling even confessed to writing Luna with Evanna in mind as soon as she got to the last book.
  • Accent Depundent: The sorting hat's song rhymes "Gryffindor" with "Ravenclaw" twice. This works perfectly well in non-rhotic accents (like most accents of J. K. Rowling's native England), but not at all in rhotic accents (like most American accents).
  • Acting for Two:
    • Warwick Davis also plays the man who gets into the Ministry lift with Harry.
    • James and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George, also appeared in a blink and you'll miss it scene as their uncles Fabian and Gideon Prewett in the photograph that Moody shows to Harry of the original Order of the Phoenix.
  • 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.
  • Anachronism Stew: When Harry and Arthur Weasley are travelling to the Ministry of Magic meeting, they are in a tube station, with passengers passing through the ticket gates using Oyster cardsnote . J. K. Rowling has gone on record as saying that Harry Potter was born in 1980, therefore meaning the book was set in 1995/96. Oyster cards weren't introduced until 2003. However, all the films tended to subtly update the setting to the time of shooting, with the first film even featuring 2001 on a newspaper.
  • 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. This was also the only film in the series to not be scripted by Steve Kloves, who was temporarily replaced by Michael Goldenberg.
  • Creator's Favourite: This is Dan Radcliffe's favourite of the films, since it's the one where he got to spend the most amount of time with Gary Oldman.
  • 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.
  • Early Draft Tie-In: One of the deleted scenes is of Umbridge delivering a Motive Rant in the Forbidden Forest, which the final cut pared down to just one line: "You know, I really hate children." The tie-in video game includes a couple more lines from said rant.
  • 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.
  • 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. Avoided 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.
  • Orphaned Reference:
    • One to the original plan to break into Umbridge's office after Harry's vision - where Luna, Ginny and Neville are brought in because they helped. In the film it's just Harry, Ron and Hermione breaking in.
    • Percy Weasley is shown restraining Harry in Dumbledore's office. The movie cut down his subplot that he got a job at the Ministry and disowned his family.
  • 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 Wolpert 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.
    • For the French audiobook, Dominique Collignon-Maurin replaced the late Bernard Giraudeau (who died in 2010) at the narration.
  • The Other Marty: Helen McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix but had to drop out due to becoming pregnant, so she ended up playing Bellatrix's sister, and Draco's mother, Narcissa Malfoy in the next three films once her maternity leave was over.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Gap: The Order of the Phoenix was released just over three years after The Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000 to 21 June 2003), even though the book and its title had been announced shortly after the latter's release. That's not a massive gap in the grand scheme of things, but until then the Harry Potter books had been released on a consistent one-year schedule. This "Three-Year Summer", as it came to be known, was arguably a massive factor in the growth of the series' fanbase, as the growth of early internet fandom spaces combined with the lack of things to do during this wait led to a boom in fanfics and discussions about the series online.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page here.
  • 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.