Things You Didn't Know About 'The Order of the Phoenix' If You've Only Seen The Movie

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As the longest book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had to be trimmed considerably to be adapted into a movie. The downside to this is that more than dozens of essential points are missing from the film version that only those who have read the novel know about. Some elements that were included are still downplayed or altered in such a way that their impact isn't as great as it is in the source material.

Those who haven't read the book will find it fascinating just how much material there is to the story, so it's best to check out these things that movie fans probably don't know about.


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    The First Appearance Of The Locket Horcrux

    The First Appearance Of The Locket Horcrux
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    An item of the utmost importance later is mentioned in passing when the characters clean out 12 Grimmauld Place. The Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione take it upon themselves to fix the house that is in shoddy condition and look to dispose of anything that appears useless.

    At one point, they find "a heavy locket that none of them could open," which strikes all of them as odd; they challenge each other to pry it open but all are unsuccessful. 

    The locket in question is Voldemort's Horcrux that Regulus Black entrusted to Kreacher. Harry notes the house-elf seems desperately under stress when he spots the others handle the locket and it is implied that he took it when Sirius tosses the locket in the trash.

    288 votes
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    Kreacher Tricks Harry Into Going To The Department Of Mysteries

    Kreacher Tricks Harry Into Going To The Department Of Mysteries
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Kreacher is responsible for Sirius's demise because he tricks Harry into thinking his godfather is captured by Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries.

    Harry breaks into Umbridge's office to use the Floo Network to find Sirius at 12 Grimmauld Place but finds Kreacher; he's told by the house-elf that Sirius will never return from the Ministry. Harry is convinced his vision of Voldemort's torture of Sirius is genuine as a result but this is part of Bellatrix Lestrange's plan.

    Kreacher, like Dobby once had, uses loopholes to reveal about his master and feed information to Bellatrix, who devises the plan to lure Harry to the Ministry by instructing Kreacher to lie to Harry about Sirius's whereabouts.

    295 votes
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    Hermione Blackmails Rita Skeeter To Write An Interview For The Quibbler

    Hermione Blackmails Rita Skeeter To Write An Interview For The Quibbler
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Rita Skeeter makes a reappearance when she's forced to meet Hermione at Hogsmeade. Hermione blackmails Rita with the knowledge of her status as an unregistered Animagus to make Rita write an interview for The Quibbler.

    Hermione's plan is to provide a platform for Harry to tell the story that The Daily Prophet has been denying because it's in the Ministry of Magic's pocket. The Quibbler interview features all the details of what happened in the graveyard the night Voldemort returned, and it has an immediate impact.

    Dolores Umbridge is outraged by Harry's bold move and seeks to punish him; she also threatens to have any student seen with The Quibbler expelled. Umbridge's actions only make things worse for her because students find various ways to read the story anyway, and the Wizarding World has to consider the possibility that Voldemort has indeed returned.

    249 votes
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    Harry Extensively Mourns Sirius 

    Harry Extensively Mourns Sirius 
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    While the movie version showed Harry's immediate reaction to Sirius's demise, the book goes into detail about the sadness he experiences from the loss of his godfather.

    Harry first lashes out at Albus Dumbledore, so much so that he destroys many of Albus's belongings in the latter's office right in front of him. Harry later becomes depressed and unwilling to talk about Sirius's demise; he leaves as soon as someone mentions Sirius's name.

    Harry wishes he could stop feeling altogether because the loss of Sirius is something he can't stop mourning over. He eventually visits the edge of the lake where he had once saved Sirius from the Dementors and spends hours sitting in the spot crying privately.

    Finally, Harry tries to ask Nearly Headless Nick if Sirius can come back as a ghost in a last-ditch hope that they will be reunited - he's disappointed to learn that ghosts get only one chance to move on and Sirius must have accepted the afterlife.

    213 votes
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    221 VOTES

    Ron, Hermione, And Malfoy Become Prefects

    Ron, Hermione, And Malfoy Become Prefects
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fifth-year students are in line to become prefects and are informed if they are appointed shortly before the new school year. Ron and Hermione receive prefect badges in the mail; Ron's appointment shocks Ron himself, as well as Harry and the twins.

    Ron and Hermione's new role as prefects ultimately allows Harry to become closer with Neville, Luna, and Ginny, as he spends time with them when his best friends are on prefect duties.

    In addition, Draco Malfoy is appointed the prefect for Slytherin house, which he likes to flaunt in Harry's face because Harry failed to become one. 

    221 votes
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    Hagrid And Professor McGonagall Are Ousted From The School

    Hagrid And Professor McGonagall Are Ousted From The School
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Just about everything works against Harry's favor by the book's climax, with almost all Order of the Phoenix members ousted. Dolores Umbridge becomes Headmistress after Albus Dumbledore is forced to flee, and one of her orders of business is to forcefully remove Hagrid. 

    Umbridge carries bigoted thinking toward species other than humans and has Aurors from the Ministry present who preemptively attack Hagrid at his home. Hagrid is too durable to be affected by the Aurors' spells, which leads to even more dangerous curses against him.

    Professor McGonagall arrives to defend Hagrid but the Aurors attack her all at once, which causes McGonagall to lose consciousness. An enraged Hagrid attacks the Aurors some more but has to flee to the mountains - McGonagall is sent to St. Mungo's Hospital to recover.

    Harry witnesses all the commotion from the Astronomy Towers as it takes place during his O.W.L. exam, and underperforms because he's too concerned for Hagrid to focus.

    255 votes