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MTV: Identity of Character in OotP too Important to Cut Revealed

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Posted by: sue
June 25, 2007, 08:31 PM

A few days ago during the press junket, there was a mention about a character that faced the possibility of being written out of the script for the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film. However, when producers were discussing this possibility with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, she said if this character were to be removed and they were to work on the film for book seven, the omission would "have them tied in knots," when time came to make the film of "Deathly Hallows." Much ado and speculation resulted as the identity of this character was not revealed...until now. MTV has received official confirmation of this character from OotP director David Yates, and has a quote about this as well. Please note that this is not a Book Seven spoiler as there is much mention of the character from Book Six, however if you are wishing to avoid anything about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, plus a mention of a missing plot point from OotP stop reading now.

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  • The character in question is that of Black family House elf, Kreacher. "Order of the Phoenix" director David Yates remarked on what J.K. Rowling's reaction was to the possible omission and the article notes:
    “It was Kreacher, actually,” director David Yates confirmed to MTV News on Sunday. “We took Kreacher out, and Jo said, ‘Listen guys, you don’t have to put Kreacher back, but I’m just telling you, if you want to kind of keep a thread going for six and seven, you might want Kreacher to come back.’ She basically told us Kreacher plays a role in Seven, in a sense. She hinted. We thought about it for five seconds, and he came back.” What you won’t see in the Kreacher scenes, however, is him squirreling away any artifacts such as, say, a mysterious locket no one can open (see “Elf’s Absence From Next ‘Harry Potter’ Flick Opens Up Plot Questions“). “Bad David!” Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, teased his director about the locket’s absence. “It was kind of tricky to raise that in our story, because it’s for so much later,” Yates said. “We figured we can probably introduce it later, and that’s the approach we took.”

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