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  • Summary: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry's integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Umbridge's "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take 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. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Colin Bertram
    It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
  2. 88
    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
  3. Yet, as good as it is in so many ways, there's no getting around the fact that this briefest Harry and first directed by an unknown filmmaker (David Yates) is the least substantial of the bunch.
  4. Given a choice between this and the navel-gazing of the novel, I'll take the short ride on a fast machine.
  5. 70
    A sleek, swift and exciting adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s longest novel to date.
  6. 63
    Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the "Harry Potter" series? As the characters grow up, the stories grow, too, leaving the innocence behind and confusing us with plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D from Hogwarts to figure them out.
  7. Less magic also means less fun and discovery, as Harry battles depression and a hostile press; this is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.

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  1. Negative: 45 out of 243
  1. Mar 21, 2011
    My personal favorite of the movies, the one I believe is most faithful to the books (while taking into consideration the changes made in the previous movies as well). The final battle between Voldemort and Dumbledore is one of my favorite moments fom the whole Harry Potter franchise. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2010
    Director David Yates takes control of the currently one of the world's most successful franchises, and he does it well. Well written, great acting, amazing production, and a moving emotional plot that fans will be pleased with. It wasn't perfect, but it's the closest movie in the entire franchise up to this point that was close to perfection. As for every Harry Potter movie, every character has a unique role and every actor plays their part well. The film like all the others, has a natural tendency to not be perfect. David Yates has put the franchise where it needs to be, and where fans want it. He has adapted the 5th book in the best way possible and with the technology that stands as of 2007, the effects are impressive. This movie stands out more than any other film up to this point, and I hope the fans feel the same thing. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    It was always going to be difficult to adapt the longest book in the Harry Potter franchise, but new director David Yates and screenwriter Michael Goldenberg have managed to inject some nostalgic feel to the fifth entry, while also making it quite a real and standalone film, and also the longest book to the shortest film.
    We could be safe in assuming that after the events of the fourth instalment, the wizarding world would be in turmoil after the return of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). But it’s in fact quite the opposite, the Ministry of Magic, the governing body of the magical world, deny the Dark Lords return, and have therefore branded Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) liars.
    But from the opening scenes of the film, it’s clear the Ministry are very wrong indeed, Dementors are roaming the Muggle world, and Harry has been called for a jury within the Ministry, the same one smearing his name, for using magic to defend himself against the horrific creatures.
    Other than that, Harry has quite the ordinary build up to Hogwarts that has been missing in previous years, until he meets Ministry-influenced Professor Dolores Umbridge, played with a love/hate aura of elegance by Imelda Staunton, who not only causes problems for Harry, but for the rest of Hogwarts as well.
    But this is very much a journey for Harry, who is the real centre of everything going on, he’s having bad dreams but is also being recognised for all his near misses across the years, to the point where he asked by an abundance of students to help them defend themselves.
    The title comes from the organisation who attempt to fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters, consisting of the likes of Dumbledore, Snape (Alan Rickman) and Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), forming the Order of the Phoenix.
    As a more singular film, this is a welcome adjustment to the tone of the franchise, and with spectacular effects, especially a battle between two powerful wizards, this is one of them most visually pleasing entries to date. The children or teens really have their moment to shine in the fifth instalment, taking matters into their own hands not only to protect themselves, but to protect Harry as well.
    Love continues to be in the air, Harry and his friends truly are growing, and being around the same age as the actors I can’t help but look back at the fact that I’ve grown up with them.
    In terms of the book to film discussion, more and more sacrifices have obviously been made to cut the book down dramatically to adapt it for the screen, but Yates and Goldenberg have did the almost impossible.
    Many questions have yet to be answered but we are left with the tragic knowledge that things can only get worse for the Boy Who Lived.
  4. Jan 28, 2012
    David Yates shows why he was choosen to director the rest of the films because he isnt afraid to make the films his own, He did an excellent job and its one of my favorite films in the series. Only 2 problems I had with it is that it was a little too boring at times (a good part of the film is of the DA training and its rather boring) and Tonks (tied as my favorite character next to Luna) only had a small part in the film and didnt get the respect her character deserves. Its still a good film though and a turn for the better for this struggling series. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    With newbie director David Yates in control of the Harry Potter franchise, the movie's 'order' has been severely complex, making the wonderful acting from the potter trio & the marvelous CGI kinda hard to follow. Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2013
    Repetitive is perhaps the most accurate to describe 'Order of the Phoenix'. I could find hardly anything to enjoy apart from Umbridge. The trio are no longer so cute, only grown up but not getting any more interesting. Now it's more predictable. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2012
    What is this. Director David Yates (new to Harry Potter) has messed up this chapter in Harry Potter so badly it would take me a year to write out. The worst part was it is the longest book and the shortest movie which means Yates and his team are misisng vital information in the story. Nice way to start off David Yates. Expand

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