Here are some of the costumed folks I mentioned earlier, waiting in line for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
As I said, I thought the movie was great. Given the inherent time constraints, I thought director David Yates and screenwriter Michael Goldenberg did a wonderful job. They took what looked, on paper, like the most difficult book to adapt into a movie, and turned it into the best movie of the series so far. I also felt the film was made with a level of care and attention to detail that was missing in Goblet of Fire. Whereas I was bitterly disappointed in what I felt were missed opportunities to do something truly awesome with several of Goblet’s crucial scenes, I didn’t feel that way at all about Phoenix. This time around, the stuff that should have been awesome, was awesome. Also, Daniel Radcliffe was much, much better (in part, I think, because Yates recognized the actor’s limits and adapted accordingly). Nothing in the movie made me cringe, and a number of things made me want to squeal with delight. It wasn’t perfect, but it was very good. Bravo.
And now, for the next big countdown: