Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
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  1. Thanks to the top-notch production values, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the books or movies.
  2. The magic system is fun, but grows dull after a while since there are only so many motions and limited number of spells.
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's as close to the Potter world as you're likely to get in a videogame an dis fun to play too. [Aug 2007, p.74]
  4. 80
    Does the motion control work? Absolutely. Granted, casting spells with the Wii Remote isn't a perfect affair, but the interactive nature easily pushes the Wii version above the others, despite its higher-resolution console brothers.
  5. The extreme care taken with reproducing the world, characters, and story of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix results in certainly the best Harry Potter game yet and a perfect counterpart to the film.
  6. 80
    Fans will get a huge kick over how well it recreates Harry's world. I know a lot of multiple system owners are wondering if they should get this version of the game or go for the "prettier" versions. It's a tough call, really. The Wii controls are quite a bit of fun, but the 360 and PS3 versions looks quite a bit better (although the Wii version certainly doesn't look bad).
  7. Joking aside, this is the Harry Potter game. If you have multiple systems, the Wii is the version to get. Young and old will enjoy.
  8. 80
    The Wii version is graphically inferior to the 360 and PS3; Ron and Hermione have a nasty way of blocking your path in tight quarters; and there are the aforementioned, seemingly endless fetch-quests. Even with all that, this is easily the best Harry Potter game to date, and it’s simply one of the most entertaining movie tie-ins on the market.
  9. Maybe it is not the best game in the Wii library, but it is definitely the best Harry Potter game yet released.
  10. Order of the Phoenix is without a doubt the best entry in the Harry Potter game series to date.
  11. 78
    It is by far the most immersive journey to Hogwarts to date thanks to the realization of a truly enormous, often-beautiful world that is wholly connected without any load times and also thanks to new Wii remote controls that effectively enable you to use Nintendo's controllers as Harry's wand.
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has a gigantic amount of things to offer gamers, whether you're a dedicated follower of the series, or simply one wanting to experience a different way to use the Wii's motion controls.
  13. 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.
  14. It really shows that EA not only took notes from the films and books, but listened to the fans to give them what they want.
  15. 'll summarize this way: If you're a Harry Potter geek then this is a must have. If you're just a gaming geek then you may want to pass.
  16. Harry's fifth go-round is tailor-made for the Wii-Mote's ability to mimic a magic wand, but despite extensive efforts to bring Hogwart's to life, boring play and uninterruptible cut-scenes cast an ominous cloud.
  17. Nintendo Power
    While the Potter faithful will likely love Order of the Phoenix nonetheless, players who don't know Reducto from Reducio may want to wait for a more-satisfying Potter game. [Aug 2007, p.89]
  18. Unlike the control system (on Wii at least), the camera is far from responsive and ultimately becomes one of the letdowns of the game, nullifying all of the solid work EA UK has managed to do with the gesture-controlled spells.
  19. As you may have heard, this is the best Harry Potter videogame yet. But that's like saying "Bloodrayne" is the best Uwe Boll movie yet -- it might be true, but it doesn't mean much.
  20. AceGamez
    When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes to a close, it's really hard to hold a grudge or feel disappointment, as there is no denying the energy, dedication and money EA have put into creating the greatest Harry Potter game yet.
  21. Overall an enjoyable title for most, and definite must-have for Potter fans. Some more casual gamers may find the game boring after only a short time.
  22. 65
    For diehard Potter fans and those who walk away from the movie with stars in their eyes, the game will hold some value, especially in the unlockable videos and interviews with the cast and staff members of the movie and games. However, the rest of you Muggles should definitely stick to the novels and the power of your imagination to get you in a magical state of mind.
  23. Harry Potter’s latest adventure may be light on action, but it does replicate the Hogwartian life better than any game before it. 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.
  24. As far as move tie-ins go it’s better than some of them without actually having much innovative about it besides the Wii controls.
  25. 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.
  26. While it will easily thrill Potter fans, it also provides an above average distraction for those curious about the series, or looking for a release that integrates the Wii remote with some reasonable success.
  27. Nintendo Gamer
    Lots of places to go but not much to do when you get there. [Sept 2007, p.42]
  28. 60
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was on the right track but needed more time to be great. Only fans will find any enjoyment.
  29. The way the Wii version handles spell casting is a bit more complicated and a bit more entertaining.
  30. The game should be played by everyone, simply so players can take in the impressive environment and the feeling of casting spells, but the game is worth little more than a rental to all except Dumbledore's dearest devotees, whose experience may certainly be worth a collectible.
  31. The video game version of Order of the Phoenix captures none of the magic in the Harry Potter books or films.
  32. While the core mechanics of Order of the Phoenix are verging on excellent, the game that's been built around them is basically a series of chores in disguise.
  33. And that¹s what this rapidly descends into, a series of unappealing tasks.
  34. Order of the Pheonix is all about homework and chores, and feels harder to take in than a whole book - those are poor marks for a video game.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. harry_potterdumbleldor
    Aug 7, 2007
    Very poor game, there is no magic in doing chores and homework.
  2. williamluo
    Jun 23, 2009
    This game was really boring when you do things for different people and just walking around.There was no magic in doing chores andThis game was really boring when you do things for different people and just walking around.There was no magic in doing chores and homework.The good things about this game was that you can almost go anywhere in the school and that describes it more in the game than the movie.This was a very poor game and i didn't enjoy it as much as i thought it would be like. Full Review »
  3. EmilyFitch
    May 10, 2008
    The game itself was OK and the features with the wand were cool, but it was way too short and VERY predictable. Since I am a Harry Potter fanThe game itself was OK and the features with the wand were cool, but it was way too short and VERY predictable. Since I am a Harry Potter fan and have read the books I always knew what was coming next which ruined the game for me. Also the wii remote reacted too slow, it would be three moves behind me in a battle. Overall...not worth the time or money. Full Review »