Melissa Anelli from The Leaky Cauldron caught up with Michael Goldenberg, the screenwriter for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and cleared up some issues after an untrue report surfaced online recently claiming that the screenwriter had said that the fifth Harry Potter film would suffer for its plot cuts, and that J.K. Rowling was so dissatisfied with Warner Bros.' work that she wanted to join the scriptwriting team for the last films.
Goldenberg dismisses these rumors and here is a snipped of what he said:
Melissa Anelli: How did you attempt to cut a screenplay out of that 900-page book?
Michael Goldenberg: You know, it's funny. A few people asked that.
Even though the book is the longest book, as far as the actual amount of narrative material and story, it's not that much different than the other books; there's just a lot more detail and some sub-plots and digressions, but in terms of the main story, it seemed pretty manageable. I mean, the heartbreak is always, "What do you have to lose? What can't you find room for?"
But David Yates and I worked from the beginning--we both like really dense films which are very generous in the same way the books are so generous, and looked for every opportunity to get everything we could in there. And where we couldn't, to sort of pay homage to it, to have it somewhere in the background or to feel like it could be taking place off-screen. Because we both grew up with those kinds of films where you can watch them again and again and see the details and we're both pretty hard-core geeks, ourselves.
Melissa Anelli: Can you give me an example of a cut you had to make that you just really had hoped would stay?
Michael Goldenberg: I know there was some controversy about the Ron-Quidditch sub-plot. I hated to cut anything. But in that case, because it wasn't really central to the story and there's so much else to deal with, we all felt pretty early that was something that might not make the film. But by the same token, the spirit of that story, and Ron growing as a character and Ron facing challenges and coming into his own in the same way that Harry is, we tried to get that into the film in other ways, as much as possible. So, you feel like, if not the details of that story, at least the spirit of it is present in the film. I feel like we've done that.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix arrives in conventional theatres and IMAX on July 13.