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Monday, July 16, 2007
Retraction of a criticism of the OotP movie: Actually the script does have Luna referring to her dad. It was one of several lines that I find I missed the first time.

"They're called thestrals...."

You miss a lot less when you're in the second row of an IMAX theater. The entire Battle of the Ministry sequence -- from Luna's "We fly" to Dumbledore leaning over Harry after he's thrown off Voldemort -- is in 3D. You feel you can scratch the undersides of the shelves in the Hall of Prophecies, and the Dumbledore-Voldemort duel looks like it's on a stage instead of a screen.