Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

This is not exactly a scary movie (it's subjectively scary), but I picked it anyway because I'm not a big fan of horror films. But then again, it has witches in it, which are among the symbols of Halloween.





Next to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and the very recent Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, this is one of my favorite Harry Potter movies. The movie continues with the story of Harry Potter as he and his cousin Dudley Dursley are attacked by Dementors, but Harry drives them off with a Patronus charm. The Ministry of Magic detects the underage wizardry and expels Harry from Hogwarts, but this is modified to a trial later in the summer. Harry is later awoken by the arrival of a number of wizards who escort him to the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organization founded by Dumbledore. Harry learns that under the Ministry's influence The Daily Prophet has launched a campaign against anyone who claims that Lord Voldemort has returned. Harry and his friend's father Arthur Weasley, who works for the Ministry, head to the court through a structure that is supposed to resemble a London Underground station for Harry's trial. With the help of Dumbledore and Harry's neighbor, Mrs. Figg, Harry is cleared of all charges and returns to school. Upon arrival, Harry sees creatures pulling the carriages to Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville share a carriage with Luna Lovegood, an odd but kind girl who claims she can also see the creatures. The Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge, a senior Ministry official and a bitch (excuse my language) who refuses to teach practical magic, as the Ministry fears Dumbledore will organize his own wizard army. For claiming Voldemort has returned, Harry is forced to write, "I must not tell lies," repeatedly in his own blood, creating a scar on his hand. As the "bitch" Umbridge begins to exert her dictatorial powers over the school, Ron and Hermione aid Harry in forming a secret group to train students in defensive spells, calling themselves "Dumbledore's Army". The Slytherin students are recruited by Umbridge to uncover the group. Meanwhile, Harry and Cho develop romantic feelings for each other.






Skip ahead a few scenes: During an exam the Weasley twins revolt and set off fireworks in the Great Hall, causing chaos for Umbridge. Harry has a vision of Sirius being tortured by Voldemort within the Department of Mysteries. Harry, Ron, and Hermione rush to search for Sirius, but Umbridge catches them and begins interrogating Harry, where she slaps him across the face when he claims that he was not trying to reach Dumbledore. Hermione deceives Umbridge into entering the Forbidden Forest along with Harry and her in search of a weapon, leading her to the hiding place of Grawp only to find him missing. Centaurs, who have their own issues with the Ministry, emerge and carry the Headmistress into the darkness after she attacks them. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville and Ginny fly to the Ministry of Magic on the Thestrals' backs to save Sirius. The six enter the Department of Mysteries, where they uncover a prophecy involving Harry and Voldemort, but are ambushed by Death Eaters including Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. Lucius reveals that Sirius isn't in any danger and that Harry only saw what Voldemort wanted him to see. Lucius attempts to persuade Harry to give him the prophecy, telling him it will reveal why Voldemort tried to kill him when he was an infant. Harry refuses and a fight between Dumbledore's Army and the Death Eaters ensues. The Death Eaters take everyone except Harry as hostages, threatening to kill them if he does not surrender the prophecy. The Order of the Phoenix appears and attacks the Death Eaters. Lucius drops the prophecy, destroying it. A battle erupts and Bellatrix kills Sirius. Harry corners Bellatrix in the Atrium and attempts to torture her with the Cruciatus Curse, but to no avail. Voldemort appears, tempting Harry to give in to his hatred for Bellatrix. Harry turns his wand on Voldemort who disarms him. Before Voldemort can kill Harry, Dumbledore emerges.
A duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore ensues. After it ends in a stalemate, Voldemort attempts to possess Harry but is repelled by the love Harry has for his friends and Sirius. Ministry officials arrive via the Floo Network moments before Voldemort disapparates. Fudge is forced to admit that Voldemort has returned. Harry is vindicated, Umbridge is suspended, and Dumbledore returns as headmaster. The cast of this movie includes Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy; Gary Oldman as Sirius Black; Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall; Michael Gambon as Professor Dumbledore; Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, etc.

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7 comments:

  1. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and this was my favorite so far too. I was disappointed in The Half Blood Prince. I hope they do real justice to the Deadly Hallows.

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  2. I like this film, too. I especially enjoyed Helen Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange.

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  3. I LOVE the Harry Potter books! Thanks for adding a review of one of the movies. As far as the Deathly Hallows film, I heard they are breaking it into 2 movies. I just miss Richard Harris, he WAS Dumbledore!

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  4. Cagney, The Harry Potter series has always been fun to follow. wonderful review.

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  5. Alright so I will say it, I have never seen one Harry Potter film. I thought this was a Christmas film? Just kidding! You know ABC Family always plays this during there Christmas weeks. Since your a Harry Potter fan...... Have ya read about the land they are building in Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios?

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  6. No, DP, I have not heard about the land they're putting in Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios. What about it? And it's okay if you haven't seen one Harry Potter film. I haven't really seen a Chronicles of Narnia film.

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  7. Hi,I like this article but..last night i went to the midnight premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn't feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don't get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don't know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

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