watching the latest installment of the Harry
Potter series, I looked over my reviews of the previous four movies and
noted that I said they all have been of a consistently high quality.
hour into Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, I was worried
that the fifth installment would be the one to bring the series down a
came close but the movie redeemed itself in the final act. One thing
is for certain: it's quite obvious that things have taken a darker
turn in the world
J. K. Rowling has
Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
and Rupert Grint
The Order of the Phoenix, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finds
himself in danger of being expelled from Hogwart's School of Witchcraft
using magic in
the presence of a Muggle. Harry is also the target of a smear campaign
by the Ministry of Magic, who feel he is trying to subvert them by spreading
rumors about the return of Lord Voldemort. To keep him under control,
they install Professor Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) as Hogwart's new Defense
Against the Dark Arts teacher. She immediately begins taking over the
school and making life difficult for Harry and his friends.
Harry battles with the Ministry, he's also faced with the internal struggle
caused by his recent encounter with Lord Voldemort.
He increasingly feels alienated from his peers. As they struggle with
puberty, he's coming to grips with the fact that he's the target of
a dark lord.
The Order of the Phoenix is the darkest and most adult of the
Harry Potter movies so far. As the series has progressed, each installment
has descended further into darkness. There has always been an undercurrent
of gloom running through the series but this time out it almost
completely snuffs out the fun. The first
Order of the Phoenix is
painfully unlike any of the other movies, almost to the point of unpleasantness.
Thankfully, things brighten enough to make the film worthwhile.
series' strongest asset remains the cast that has stayed more or less
intact since the first film in 2001. Aside from the unfortunate death
of the original Dumbledore, Richard Harris,
and the inclusion of new characters, the core
cast hasn't changed. The chemistry and familiarity with the
characters that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson each
possess has been reflected onscreen in their portrayal of Harry, Ron,
Potter & The Order of the Phoenix is not the easiest movie of
the series to watch but it still retains the high standards of the previous
Director David Yates, who will also helm the next movie, Harry Potter
& The Half Blood Prince, lacks the artistic flair of previous
directors in the series, but still does a workmanlike job in keeping
the pacing brisk. Screenwriter Michael Goldenberg does an admirable job
the action on the
book, which some feel is the weakest in the series.
one book left to go in the literary series and two movies to go, I remain
hopeful that neither collection collapses under the weight of the hype
being generated by Pottermania. So far, the movies are doing
a great job holding together.
the breakfast scene in the Great Hall, a box of cereal can be seen
with the name Cheeri-Owls with a color scheme similar to that of
a Cheerios box.
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