For its fifth episode, the Harry Potter saga was to welcome the return of a character well known to fans and who appeared in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, except that this cameo, you will never see him.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was to contain a cameo of a well-known character from the Harry Potter universe: that of Gilderoy Lockhart. Introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this narcissistic, autograph-loving professor might have returned for a short scene that we’ll never see. Explanations.
Quick recap: In The Chamber of Secrets, Lockhart casts an amnesia spell using Ron’s broken wand, causing the spell to be sent to himself. He then forgets everything about his life, even his identity.
Despite this limitation, actor Kenneth Branagh should have resumed his role as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart for a short scene from The Order of the Phoenix. At the time of the first versions of the scenario, the producer David Heyman had announced on a red carpet that we would see this sorcerer full of himself in the 5th film of the saga. However, on the screen, it is not so, but what happened?
As in the novel, the scene was to take place in the Ste Mongoose hospital for magical illnesses and injuries. While Harry was visiting Arthur Weasley, he found that Lockhart was definitely amnesiac. The scene was cut from the script stage for budget reasons. Indeed, it would have been necessary to build the setting of the hospital just for this short moment not advancing the plot.
This sequence is however very popular with fans of the novel, because it not only allows us to take news of Lockhart by noting that he has not really changed despite his amnesia, but also gives depth to the character of Neville. (The following is spoiler).
Passing by to see Lockhart, Harry, Ron and Hermione come across Neville and his grandmother Augusta who are visiting Neville’s parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom. The latter were Aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix. It was following a confrontation with Death Eaters that they were subjected to painful spells to the point of losing their minds.
Would you have found Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix even better with the presence of this touching moment?
In any case, the film was not lacking in false connections, according to Michel and Michel!