Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A midsummer release seems inappropriate for ‘Harry 5’, with its intriguing aura of new-term blues, as a hormonally distracted Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), having escaped expulsion by the intervention of dear head Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), trudges back for a fifth year at Hogwarts carrying a burdensome weight on his more muscularly defined shoulders. But just because he’s paranoid, it doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get ’im. Irritable but resolute Harry knows by physical injury that evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is gathering a new army, but his every step to recruit a rival one is dogged by the morons at the Ministry and their appointee as new headmistress, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), a smiling villain in pink-knit twinset who nails up more interdicts than a riled Robespierre.

There’s a new director on board, and if Chris Columbus was enjoyable, Alfonso Cuarón dark, and Mike Newell aware that for all school sagas, familiarity breeds content, new helmsman David Yates is serious, almost grave. He swathes swiftly through JK Rowling’s doorstopper text with martial efficacy, clocking a crisp 138 minutes, the shortest of the series. He certainly keeps the scenes and action moving, but his no-nonsense approach leaves no time for games – please sir, can’t we play just a little Quidditch? – and the excision of scenes of lolling chat in study rooms will disappoint fans of Bunter and Tom Brown worldwide.

On the plus side, Harry gets his first, sweet screen kiss – to the warrior the spoils – from one of the increased quota of ethnic faces, cherubic new girl Cho (Katie Leung). Also, Evanna Lynch brings new, if blenched, blood with her endearing loony, Luna Lovegood; the production design is again an eclectic wonder, from the adumbrated Georgian mustiness of the secret Order of the Phoenix house to the Bazalgette-burnished tiles of the Victorian Ministry ‘Headquarters’ where stacked rows of jurors deliberate like Doges for Harry’s inquisition; and there are some spectacular CGI effects. Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces – but, please, Mr Yates, don’t let these winds of modernity sweep too many beloved cobwebs away! Let’s hope he casts some more old-fashioned spells in part six, ‘The Half-Blood Prince’.

By: Wally Hammond

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Wednesday June 13 2007
Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Michael Goldenberg
Cast: Jason Isaacs
Michael Gambon
Katie Leung
Tom Felton
Gary Oldman
David Bradley
Maggie Smith
Warwick Davis
Helena Bonham Carter
Brendan Gleeson
Emma Thompson
Evanna Lynch
Harry Melling
Robbie Coltrane
Rupert Grint
Daniel Radcliffe
Fiona Shaw
Mark Williams
Emma Watson
Julie Walters
Imelda Staunton
Matthew Lewis
Ralph Fiennes
Richard Griffiths
David Thewlis
Alan Rickman
Robert Hardy

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  • 2 star:7
  • 1 star:18
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This is probably the favourite of my harry potter books and films. If i am not mistaken, this is probably the thickest book in the series. It is definitely the most action packed and hence it was the most anticipated one of the film series for me. I wished I could have seen this in 3D as it would have been way cool! The acting is of course great (whoever cast these kids is a genius! although they ar eno longer kids anymore and have definitely grown up abit). I think this will always go down as one of the classics of our generation.


It was brilliant, but I didn't cope up with the events. The best scene was the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort.


This film was relly good, but it ended way too quikly :( >:( x They skipped like half the book out but it was probably the best one. x I cant believe thats the last book ever !!!!!!!!! x:( I think she will write another one tho x Cant wait till the next one comes out , itll be ages till it comes out :( x Anywayz anyone who hasent seen it defo go see it . x 9/10***** ending was the only bit that let it down i think and the fact they left half the book out :( xx


One amazing film, could have been better if the line between Harry's dream and the real world was a clear one. Too fully understand the whole storyline it needs to cut out a lot of Harry's dreams, they merge in too easily with reality and makes the story very complex to follow. A very good film though in my opinion!


Good film! Not sure how much is understandable without reading the book though. Think there’s a lot missed out of the film but it is always hard to include all the parts of a book without making the film 10hrs long. Good compromise and enjoyable film! Bring on the next one!!!


it was such a good film. my favourites are the 2nd and 4th but this was still shot well and was brilliant. I can't believe it only scored 3.


gr8 film luved it!!!!!!!!! if it was any shorter it wuld miss like half the book out. hermione is wel fit thou... :P


This Harry Potter film was one of the best ones at present. It was dead good... and can't wait for the next one to be released. :) Well worth the money, saw it on the day it came out. Want to see it again, but am skint.


The best one yet, although the kids all look much older than 14 which I think is how old they're supposed to be! Loved it anyway, going again today!


The best Harry Potter film so far.Too good for kids in fact as very dark and sinister. My two loved it though! A super film!


harry potter was really really really really really really really really good i watched it last week at the cinema's.


harry potter was really really really really good i watched it lastweek and got 2 free ticket's and today me and my mum and going to watch the bratz movie.


Again fantastic, loved the others and loved this one, even though it took us 6 attempts to actually see the film!!


FANTASTIC - GO SEE IT! BUT REMEMBER.....the book is over 700pgs long and the film is only 2hrs. So it is NEVER going to be as good as the book, but it is done brilliantly and is a nice refresher if you cant remember what happened in the book or if you've never read the books before. My sister hasn't read any of the books and only seen some of the films and managed to follow it (and enjoy it). The best thing about the film has to be the person who cast the actress playing "LOONEY" Luna Lovegood - she is FANTASTIC...you couldn't have got closer to JK Rowlings character even if she'd played the character herself. Not too long for the younger kids, and there aren't too many bits without action scenes or magical creatures etc. If you're taking really small kids just be careful they're not too easily crept-out as Ralph Fiennes plays a fantastic baddie, and Helena Bonham carter is a bit too convincing as a nutter..


OMG, It Was So Good. I Love Them All, They Are So Funny (: I Can't Wait To See The Next One... Will Deffo Be Going To See It =D XxoxOox


Was told this film was dark and not much fun. What a load of rubbish!! It was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I went again two days later with my kids as it wasn't scary at all and they thought it was great to. Lots of action and humour and we look forward to being able to add it to our collection of DVD's. Well do Harry!!!


i think this is a great follow up to the goblet of fire, however a lot of detail was missed out from the book which was dissapointing, but i think the film would have been too long otherwise. i think the casting was particularly great in this one. xxxx


omg im going to see it!!! i cant wait! all the movies r soooooooooooooo cool lol =)


just about to go and see it looks like a great film but been told its a bit scary (AHHHH) lol nm hope everyone enjoys it Ruth x


This film was awsome it was definately as good as the adverts made it out to be ever since i seen it ive wanted to go back and i cant wait till it comes out on dvd a great MUST SEE film!!!!!


brilliant i wish all that for anyonstuff could be for real it would be a dream come true i have read the last book but i'm not going to spoil the ending e who hasnt read it, definately worth while, recommended to everyone. everything about harry potter is just the best ever!!!!


This was an excellent film. Good effects and storyline. I cant help but feel that if people had entered their star ratings to match their comments then this would be a 6* film!!


THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN . EVEN THOUGH I HAVE READ THE SEVENTH BOOK I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW THE FILM IS DIFFERENT TO THE BOOK


i watched this film last nyt wid a few frends nd i took my sister along with me nd i sat bak in the chair nd watched the hole film without talking it was amazin . . . i will defo buy this on dvd wen it comes out nd i advise eny1 hu hasnt watched it to do so xxxx


Possibly the best HP film to date. The tone has really darkened; there is a real air of gathering menace. The Dementor attack is possibly the most frightening bit of cinema I've ever seen. The only thing I do have a problem with: Helena Bonham Carter's performance. If Bellatrix is to be a credible threat, she ought at least to be coherent...and sane enough to remember how to use a hairbrush.


As a grandmother i make it my duty to keep up with all the Harry Potter books and films, well thats my excuse and im sticking to it!!! when really i love them and think every one should see and read them cant wait for the next film.


Love it! Imaginative, gripping, cleverly mixes all the elements: adventure, comedy, romance and science-fiction. "Something for everyone" as they say. Looking forward to more...


WERE GOING TO SEE THE FILM TONIGHT, WE CANT WAIT WEVE WAITED SO LONG TO SEE THE FILM, WE LOVE HARRY POTTER X X


i had lots of fun when i was meking the film.hoow going to see it tomoro our this week ore next week


ron is so dreemey and ginger like me and i woud like to go on a date with him bye bye xx xx xxx x x x


I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT I,M GOING TOMMOROW I AM THE NUMBER 1 FAN I LOVE RON I WANT TO MARRY HIM


i love harry hes soooo cute ........... he's magic ey mr potter lool cant wait t see the film.. prieviews look brill! :D Sorry about thecomments above got a bit excited and clicked to many times :)


im looking forward to the film tomorrow.I dont think the films are just for kids but the books are a bit better in some cases.Im really looking forward to the last book too.


I CANT WAIT TO SEE THIS NEW FILM , AND I CANNOT BELIEVE ONLY ONE BOOK TO GO !!, I CANT WAIT T READ IT THOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!


I love these films! looks like its going to be a great film yet again- gutted that there is only one book left.


oh my god this looks like the best film yet cant wait to c it im well buzzed up. gutted dat only 1 book 2 go i love HP


My friends grandad plays the great Dumbeldore, so we saw the preview!! ABOLUTLEY AWESOME!!! AND DEFINETLY A MUST SEE!!!


i cant wait 2 go see the nxt film, it will b great, of course it won't b as good as the book but still...

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