Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Review

After the return of Lord Voldemort at the end of the Goblet of Fire. We are wondering how the wizarding world are going to react to it all. Well the answer to that is badly, as the minister of magic tries to claim that Dumbledore and Harry are making it all up. But we all know that is not the case . . .

Another year and another terrible start for Harry, as he is attacked by a deatheater when with his cousin Dudley. Something so shocking as deatheaters are not meant to leave Azkaban or at least supposed to take orders from the ministry. On his trial hearing one witch stands out Umbridge. It is not long until we see her again, when she is revealed as the new defence against the dark arts teacher at Hogwarts.

But what does that mean? That the ministry is interfering at Hogwarts and trying to control it! Umbridge does not allow the students to use magic in her lessons and they must copy from books. Hermione is the one who takes this the worst and therefore decides that they need a proper teacher to help them learn to defend themselves. This leads to the creation of Dumbledore’s Army, the students rebelling against the ministry and learning to master spells which could help them in combat. Harry is the teacher of theses classes and really does manage to help the other students. After they realise that he is not mad and is telling the truth about Lord Voldemort returning.

While we have this going on Dumbledore will not speak to Harry and does his best to avoid him, he also seems to be travelling a lot. The Order of the Phoenix is trying to recruit other wizards, witches and magical creates to find against Voldemort but again a struggle as everyone seems to be in denial that he is actually back.

I always find this the most difficult film to watch, as it seems to feel split more into three parts rather than flow as a well rounded film. Obviously they had quite a struggle with the length and depth of the book. But I do love the last half hour as think its non-stop and edge of your seat kind of stuff. But does feel totally different to the rest of the film. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy it just find it the most difficult to focus on.

We also get a small glimpse into the past of Severus Snape and a few scenes with him and Harry alone when he must teach him how to block his mind. With the connection to Lord Voldemort, being able to see what he is doing. They are unsure whether it works both ways or not. I find these scenes to be a taste of what is to come further in the series but we all know what a brilliant character Snape is and how amazing Rickman is in that black cape!

I actually find the best part about this when the minister for magic sees Voldemort and can no longer call Harry and Dumbledore liars. He has to believe them now and must act, but is that all too late after he should have believed them from the start and acted long before that? I guess that is something we just have to wait and see.

I really do think that whilst this one is difficult in terms of films the Potter series really does get stronger and stronger each time. Performance wise everyone improves and are truly believable as the characters they portray.

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