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  • Summary: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster,In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore’s Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. With the ability to play multiple characters, including Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Sirius Black, the videogame of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix offers fans the opportunity to wield a wand, explore all around Hogwarts, and experience one of the most exciting and dangerous years in the life of the Boy Who Lived. [Electronic Arts / Warner Bros.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Thanks to the top-notch production values, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the books or movies.
  2. A top-notch sandbox adventure and also one of the finest movie tie-ins in years. [Aug 2007, p.100]
  3. The mission objectives are mundane, but all the little secrets littered throughout give it a sense of discover that Harry Potter games have failed to deliver in the past. If you’re a diehard Potter fan then don’t think twice about picking it up, and action gamers will find a lot to like as well.
  4. Order of the Phoenix is the first movie game of the year that would be considered solid for a game, period. For a movie tie-in, it's spectacular.
  5. Out of all of the books, games, and movies, it allows you to get closer to the school than ever before – all at the expense of actually enjoying your stay. It’s boring and tedious, just like a real school is. However, it’s also a place where your Harry Potter knowledge can bloom. On this note, only hardcore Harry Potter nuts should enroll.
  6. Phoenix has an unfinished feel, as though the game’s designers stuck in a placeholder for game play, planning to flesh it out later, only to run out of time.
  7. 32
    It's a boring, sad affair that'll just turn kids off the books. Rubbish. [Issue#155, p.86]

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  1. Tony
    Jul 11, 2007
    9
    Our kids love this game.
  2. JulioY
    Jul 28, 2009
    9
    It's great game for all those Harry Potter fans; however, if you haven't read the books or watched the movies it won't be that It's great game for all those Harry Potter fans; however, if you haven't read the books or watched the movies it won't be that good. A must have for all fans. Expand
  3. May 3, 2013
    9
    This game is by far one of the best Harry Potter games. The story is just like in the movies and as some information from the books that makesThis game is by far one of the best Harry Potter games. The story is just like in the movies and as some information from the books that makes the experience even better. The side quest in this game are interesting and fun to do. Hogwarts is just amazing and you can explore it fully, and even more amazing and innovate is that this game as almost none loading screens. The art design of Hogwarts and the characters is good especially Hogwarts. Expand
  4. KyleW.
    Nov 9, 2008
    8
    Any fan of the series will definitely appreciate this game. The world is expansive, allowing you to fully explore the Hogwarts castle and Any fan of the series will definitely appreciate this game. The world is expansive, allowing you to fully explore the Hogwarts castle and grounds. The graphics are so so, but the over all feel and atmosphere make up for its shortcomings in other areas. The running from area to area can become monotonous, but over all, I had a hard time putting the game down until I beat it. That said, I have not again touched the game since I completed it, as there really is no replay value. If you don't like Harry Potter as a series, this game isn't for you. But for a die hard fan, this game is as true to the series as possible. Expand