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Exclusive: Order of the Phoenix News
The cast talk Harry Potter 5

14 March 2006  |  Written by   

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With filming on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix now over five weeks in, we talked to the three stars and producer David Heyman about the film, and the franchise’s latest director, David Yates, at last night’s Sony Ericsson Empire Awards, and they’re promising great things for the fifth film.
 
“We’re doing the fifth Harry Potter at the moment, which is going really really well,” gushed Daniel Radcliffe. “The new director’s fantastic. I’ve never been quite this pushed before, so regularly. He’s really pushing Harry’s emotional and psychological journey. But he also seems to have an incredible eye for sets and shoots and things.”
 
Rupert Grint is similarly cheery about new guy Yates. “Yeah, he’s really cool. We’re really getting on well. He’s a lot different from the other directors though. He’s a bit calmer, and he doesn’t really get stressed out at all, and he’s just a really nice bloke.”
 
Producer David Heyman told us what they’ve filmed to date. “We’ve done a little bit of action so far. We’ve done some stuff involving centaurs and Grawp, who is Hagrid’s 16ft brother. The kids have to act against a lot of blue screen for characters like Grawp, but thankfully they’re used to that by now.”
 
Heyman also talked a little about the challenge of adapting the mammoth fifth book. “Inevitably with every book you make choices and there are certain things you have to leave out, so there are things that are left out on this. It always kills me, but you have to do it. We showed the script to Jo a couple of months ago, and she was very happy with it, so I think it’s a good adaptation.”
 
The fifth book is not universally popular (Emma Watson said she “really didn’t like” it, relative to the other ones), but Daniel Radcliffe is going against the flow. “It’s actually my favourite. The third and the fifth are my favourites, which is a very uncommonly held opinion.”
 
“I think the problem is that Harry can be seen to come across as quite petulant in the book, and I don’t actually think that’s the case,” he explained. “I think when JK Rowling puts things in capital letters I don’t think that necessarily means he’s shouting. It could just refer to the sort of energy behind what he’s saying. I think that’s one of the things that people object to about the book, is that they don’t want a manic-depressive superhero.” Both he and Heyman assure us that Harry will not be just a petulant teen in the film version.
 
Meanwhile, we spoke to Jason Isaacs to ask if he'd be back as Lucius Malfoy. "I hope so - you'll have to ask David. I can't bear the idea that somebody else would get to wear my Paris Hilton wig, but you never know."
 
So how much longer is filming going to take? “We’re actually shooting until the middle of May,” said Heyman, “and then we break up for two months so the kids can do exams. Then we pick up in July and we shoot until October or November.” Wish Watson and Radcliffe luck with those exams in the middle, and with any luck we’ll see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by November 2007.
 
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dumledores rage
ive been irritated over he's rage since the first harry potter film where Michael Gambon acted. In the books Dumbledore is calm and would never attac harry or other students on Hogwarts wich Gambon actually does..he has made me almost hate the movie character dumbledore and hope he gets better or else i am looking forward to book 6..if you know what i mean! but i still love the books character dumbledore! MICHAEL GAMBON get a grip!!!!! More

Posted by Albertine at 00:24 on 18 November 2006 | Report This Post

I agree here with many of the people who posted. I agree that Dumbledore should not be as aggressive for lack of a better word towards Harry or any of the other characters as he was particularly in Goblet of Fire. I also liked the 5th book, and it is probably my favorite. I like it because I find it to have so much depth, most likely because it is a long book so there is a lot of space to put things into it. For Harry and his yelling, I find it understandable. He has went through a lot, more tha More

Posted by mikosangeleyes at 08:41 on 14 July 2006 | Report This Post

I agree here with many of the people who posted. I agree that Dumbledore should not be as aggressive for lack of a better word towards Harry or any of the other characters as he was particularly in Goblet of Fire. I also liked the 5th book, and it is probably my favorite. I like it because I find it to have so much depth, most likely because it is a long book so there is a lot of space to put things into it. For Harry and his yelling, I find it understandable. He has went through a lot, more tha More

Posted by mikosangeleyes at 08:40 on 14 July 2006 | Report This Post

disha
nov 07?making us wait so long huh?neway buk 5 is not one of my favourites but still i really do hope dat dey include all the important stuff n dumbledore is not shown all violent like he is shown in the 4th movie bcoz dumbledore was never like dat he is simply calm n takes things wid real tenderness so i hope he is shown the way he is in the buk! More

Posted by disha at 09:51 on 03 July 2006 | Report This Post

book 5
book 5 i have to say is my favourite mainly because you see a different side to Harry which you dont see i the other books and i think that is what makes the 5th book so different and more better for me (for me) then the other book. and i really hope Gary Oldman is in this film because i dont think the film would be the wright with out him and David Thewlis. November!!!! Why make us wait that long!!!!! More

Posted by fari at 23:21 on 22 April 2006 | Report This Post

Arrgh!
My heart actually sank when I read the bit about Grawp and the Centaurs. Would much rather they were ditched altogether (except for Firenze. Would be nice if he got his five minutes. Hope the director leaves in the Fred and George stuff, they were great in the book. And someone have a wet fish ready. No offence to Katie Leung, but there are a couple of points in the book where Cho REALLY needs a good slap... More

Posted by cassius335 at 14:23 on 21 March 2006 | Report This Post

Nov 2007!
Thats almost 2008, what the heck are they doing when i thought they were filming it now? even though they're breaking to take their exams should it still not be ready at least spring/summer 2007. Merlin's beard! EIGHTEEN MONTHS and counting..... More

Posted by Grover at 23:12 on 20 March 2006 | Report This Post

i think that...
i think that the fifth book is very exciting and important. i could say that the fifth book is my favorite one. i've read the book 5 times and i could read it ten more times. i have many friends that have the same idea....dan you're right! the third the fifth book are the best! More

Posted by dayanahp at 15:15 on 18 March 2006 | Report This Post

Book 5 Not Popular ???
I never heard this either. I loved Book 5 and Book 6. The darker and more complex the better. I think Daniel likes to be the odd one out. He's so much in the spotlight, he's determined to stay there. I know, I know... he's placed there because of his huge popularity in the films and with girls especially. It's not in this artilce but he also likes being coy about kissing in the movies. He did a kissing scene in December Boys and he's acting as if the scene in Order of the Phoenix is some big de More

Posted by basmithj at 01:28 on 16 March 2006 | Report This Post

Harry Potter Favorites
I'm surprised to hear Dan say that most people don't like Book 5. I actually know a lot of people who love it. Myself, I love 3 the best with 6 coming in a very VERY close second. However, I've definitely read 5 the most times of all the books. It is the turning point. So much happens and the things you find out are so important for the rest of the series (I'm sure a lot more so than we even know yet as the end is still a mystery). It's a large book and so I think people feel like it's hard to g More

Posted by ladyamanda123 at 18:18 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

Harry Potter Favorites
I'm surprised to hear Dan say that most people don't like Book 5. I actually know a lot of people who love it. Myself, I love 3 the best with 6 coming in a very VERY close second. However, I've definitely read 5 the most times of all the books. It is the turning point. So much happens and the things you find out are so important for the rest of the series (I'm sure a lot more so than we even know yet as the end is still a mystery). It's a large book and so I think people feel like it's hard to g More

Posted by ladyamanda123 at 16:50 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

Just some thoughts for the sake of argument...
mpcdaly - Just because Harry, Ron and/or Hermione get angry in book 5 it doesn't mean JKR is saying all teenagers are angry. Having been through everything Harry has can you blame the kid? I know plenty of teenagers that get angry over a lot more trivial things than having just discovered your mentor is a fraud who's been plotting to kill you, watching a classmate murdered, and your worst nightmare be reborn from a cauldron using your blood...think you might be a bit angry and emotional? red More

Posted by ladyamanda123 at 16:41 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

100% agree
I believe also the the third and fifth books are my favourite-- I was actually surprised to find out that this is not a widespread opinion. However I do have something to say to these other people who are complaining. As to whoever said the movies weren't wonderful-- They are as wonderful as they are going to get at the moment. Im sure that every extent is put to the test during these movies. I mean, this is one of the most celebrated books in history...Now as to the person who was complaining a More

Posted by graciesable at 02:00 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

07? isn't that, like a year later than usual? More

Posted by billythehick at 22:02 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Harry in book 5 and Gary Oldman
Ok. Book 5 isn't my favourite book but it is vital for the series. Harry is really annoying during book 5 but you have to understand that Rona nd Hermione are his family. He has no one else to shout at when he's angry. Oh, and Gary Oldman hasn't been signed up for the next film yet but he IS in negotionations at the moment. He only has afew scenes to shoot and their shootind his scenes at the end of the movie. I LOVE HARRY POTTER and I really hope the next film will live up to my expectations... More

Posted by HermioneHair at 19:54 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

I can't wait
I am a big Potter fan and I can't wait for the new film! November 2007 seems such a long wait!!!!! More

Posted by Memoirs of Maria at 19:00 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Yawn
First film was okay. Second one, rubbish. Third, boring. Fourth, pointless (let's spend the whole film having a competition and then throw in a plot at the end) More

Posted by jcthefirst at 11:58 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

no, the Oldman thing was just a scare-he WILL be back dude
i'm not a Potter fan so perhaps i shouldn't comment but i GUARATEE that in the lead up to this the words "Darker" and "serious" and "deep" will be thrown around as the makers try to make people think that it has some nuance of depth. they're childrens books for Chrissake and seem eerily similar to that thing The Worst Witch on itv from the Potter that i've read. but i wish them the best of luck with their cash cow More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 11:37 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

no, the Oldman thing was just a scare-he WILL be back dude
i'm not a Potter fan so perhaps i shouldn't comment but i GUARATEE that in the lead up to this the words "Darker" and "serious" and "deep" will be thrown around as the makers try to make people think that it has some nuance of depth. they're childrens books for Chrissake and seem eerily similar to that thing The Worst Witch on itv from the Potter that i've read. but i wish them the best of luck with their cash cow More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 11:37 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Harry Potter and the ever increasing ten tons of Magical Cash
I didnt like the 5th book. I got irritated by Rowlings USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS WHEN HARRY AND FRIENDS WERE SHOUTING. NOT ALL TEENAGERS ARE ANGRY. AND NOT ALL OF THEM SHOUT. The beginning was great though. Dolores Umbridge is Rowlings greatest. Imelda Staunton is great actor but like the rest of this humdrum series she will be converbelted all the other actors. It may have made nearly a trillion dollars at the box office so far but it is clear that they are ignoring the Jackson/Walshe rule of scre More

Posted by mpcdaly at 11:35 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Gary Oldman?
I heard a rumour that Gary Oldman had NOT been asked to appear in this film. Is that correct, because Sirius Black is quite important in this story! More

Posted by davidjthomson at 11:01 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

deja vu...
Don't they say the same things every time a new director comes aboard this franchise...? If Daniel Radcliffe gets pushed harder and harder, "emotionally and psychologically" even more every time there's a new director for each film, then surely he'd be the best actor in the world. Which judging by the last film, he clearly isn't. The only decent actor out of the three leads is Emma Watson. But if this director canget Rupert Grint to stop mugging at the camera every time, then this u More

Posted by wolvieware at 10:07 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Agree with daniel
I think "Phoenix" is a great book, full of action and emotion, and clearly a huge step above "Half Blood Prince" (apart from it's still shocking ending of course). More

Posted by oneslayerlover at 08:59 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

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