Harry Potter And The Order Of The Pheonix (2007)

Come and see the previous Harry Potter posts.

Introduction

Philosophers Stone

Chamber Of Secrets

Prisoner Of Azkaban

Goblet Of Fire

For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.

Dumbledore forms a secret organisation called the Order Of The Pheonix which aims to fight against Voldemort and his death eaters. The Ministry Of Magic has influenced the wizarding world into believing that Harry and Dumbledore has lied about Voldemorts return. Sirius mentions that Voldemort is after “something he didn’t have last time.”

The Minister of Magic assigns Dolores Umbridge to teach Defence Against The Dark Arts who is a senior ministry official and refuses to practically teach students as she is under the impression that Dumbledore is forming a wizard army. As she gains greater control of the school, Harry forms with a group of students to rebel against Umbridge and teaches them defensive and attacking spells, naming themselves Dumbledores Army.

Harry has a vision of Voldemorts snake Nagini attacking Mr Weasley. Dumbledore is concerned about Harry’s dream and sends Professer Snape to teach him Occlumency which allows him to block out his mind from Voldemorts influence. After Christmas, several death eaters, including Sirius’s cousin Bellatrix Lestrange. After interogating Harry’s new girlfriend Cho Chang, Umbridge discovers the location and the organistion of Dumbledores army. Dumbledore covers for Harry and escapes before he is arrested. With Dumbledore gone, Dolores becomes the headmaster of Hogwarts.

During an exam, Fred and George set off fireworks in the Great Hall, during which Harry has a vision of Voldemort torchering Sirius. He tries to find Sirius by going into Umbridges fireplace but she catches them in the act. Hermione deceives her before Umbridge uses the cruciatus curse on Harry and leads her into the forest where she is kidnapped by centaurs.

Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna all travel to London to rescue Sirius in the Department Of Mysteries. When they arrive in the hall of prophecy, Harry finds that Sirius isn’t there. They find the prophecy which Voldemort is after. They are then ambushed by the death eaters including Bellatrix Lestrange and Lucius Malfoy. Harry eventually hands the prophecy to Lucius Malfoy in return to keeping his friends safe. However the order members including Sirius, Remus, Tonks, Kingsley and Mad Eye arrive and duel the death eaters. Lucius ends up dropping the prophecy and therefore destroying it. During the battle, Bellatrix kills her cousin Sirius Black.

Out of anger, Harry casts the cruciatus curse on her but with little effect. Voldemort appears and so does Dumbledore and this begins an epic battle between the two great wizards. After Dumbledore overpowers him, Voldemort attempts to penetrate Harry’s mind, but Harry repells him with the love he has for his friends and family. The Ministry officials arrive and they see Voldemort just before he escapes. Fudge is forced to admit that Voldemort has returned and then resigns. Dumbledore and Harry are vindicated and Dumbledore is back as Headmaster of Hogwarts. Dumbledore reveals to Harry the meaning of the prophecy, saying he or Voldemort are destined kill the other in the end.

The fifth film of the series is the longest book but also the shortest movie. I was dissapointed knowing this as I thought they could’ve included an extra ten or fifteen minutes which would’ve allowed time for other scenes in the book. More should’ve been focused on developing Nevilles character. His story was too brief in the film and really only mentioned. They should’ve at least made a flashback of Bellatrix Lestrange torchering them just like in the first movie with Voldemort and Harry’s parents. Snapes memory was also for me, among the best scenes in the movie, but was way too brief. We didn’t see Lily defending him. One that really ticked off many loyal fans was the absence of quidditch. In my opinion, the film really didn’t need it, though we would have more involvement from Ron if it had been included.

I didn’t enjoy the first few minutes in the film. The cornfields made me feel like I was in the wrong movie. I also don’t like how they seem to find themselves in what looks like a New York subway when the dementors attack. The whole scene just didn’t flow. I found the first half of the movie pretty slow for my liking. Harry is also annoyingly whiny in this film.

To the positives, one of the things that make a great villain is its actor. Who could forget Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in this film. Everyone in the theatre despised her and wanted her dead. She was more hated then Voldemort himself. The fireworks scene and the forest scene where she gets kidnapped are among the best scenes of the whole franchise. I also like the additions of Luna Lovegood and Bellatrix Lestrange. Luna seems to be the one that understands Harry the most as she knows what it feels like to be an outcast. Helena Bonham Carter was a great choice for Bellatrix Lestrange, I love her line “I killed Sirius Black” because of the way she said it.

The battle scene in the Department Of Mysteries was epic! Though we can expect it to be forgotten after the new movie comes out. This is what I expect from a wizard battle, not Voldemort talking when he had plenty of opportunity and time to kill Harry and talking about killing him. The kiss between Harry and Cho was beautiful and followed by a completely hilarious line by Ron and Hermione. I did feel for her when it was changed to be her fault. I would’ve loved to see the pimples on her friends face.

I rank this film fifth overall. It’s quite a low ranking then expected, but it does have some flaws in the movie. As my favourite book, I can’t help but feel dissapointed that it’s the shortest movie. Though I did enjoy the film in general. The actors, the battles, the fireworks, Umbridge and Dumbledores Army is why I enjoy this film. The slow start is what ruins it for me and would most likely put any non Harry Potter fan to sleep.

As always, we’ll end with some memorable quotes.

Lucius Malfoy: [walking with Bellatrix slowly up to Harry] Haven’t you always wondered what was the reason for the connection between you and the Dark Lord. Why he was unable to kill you when you were just an infant. Don’t you want to know the secret, of your scar. All of the answers are there, Potter, in your hand. All you have to do is give it to me, I can show you everything.
[all of the death eaters start closing in around them]
Harry Potter: I’ve waited fourteen years…
Lucius Malfoy: I know.
Harry Potter: Think I can wait a little longer. NOW!
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom: STUPEFY!
Lord Voldemort: You’re a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything.

Dolores Umbridge: Please, tell them I mean no harm.
Harry Potter: Sorry, Professor, but I must not tell lies.Ron Weasley: [about Harry’s first kiss] Well? How was it?
Harry Potter: Wet. I mean, she was sort of crying.
Ron Weasley: [laughs] That bad at it, are you?

Cornelius Fudge: [referring to Lord Voldemort] He’s back!

Theatre: DUH!

Kingsley Shacklebolt: You may not like him, Minister, but you can’t deny: Dumbledore’s got style.

That ends our journey into the Order Of The Pheonix, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Half Blood Prince. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.