Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Posted on: July 12, 2007

The fifth movie based on J.K Rowling’s 7-book Magical Series, Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry goes back to school to hostile surroundings. The Daily Prophet, under the influence of the Ministry, has been discrediting Harry and Dumbledore for their claims on The Dark Lord’s return. Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, denies the return of The Dark Lord as he thinks Dumbledore is using this to overthrow him. Dolores Umbridge comes to Hogwarts as the new DADA teacher and continuously widens her job scope with the backing of the Ministry.

The Dark Lord is back and it is to the students’ interest that they are equipped with magical skills to defend themselves. However, Dolores bans all practical magic at school. Harry and friends, under the unreasonable Dolores regime, forms the DA (Dumbledore’s Army) and trains in the Room of Requirement. The DA got discovered and Fudge eventually dismisses Dumbledore from Headmaster office and appoints Dolores Umbridge as Headmistress of Hogwarts.

Harry constantly gets nightmares in the Dark Lord’s perspective. The Dark Lord learns of it and tricked Harry and the DA into the Ministry of Mysteries where the battle between the good and evil begins… A war that will bring us to the end of the series…

I think this movie would make more impact on Harry Potter readers than non-readers. The movie, based on the thickest book in the series, is very fast-paced. It shows only crucial parts contributing to the main plot and went on. Cut and go, cut and go. There were many details that were left out but it still makes a good visual supplement to the book itself.

I thought Gary Oldman portrayed Sirius Black well as such a loveable, charming and charismatic character. It is sad that he couldn’t stay longer… Helena Bonham Carter also portrayed Bellatrix LeStrange so well, the look, dressing and behaviour… Evanna Lynch deserves some mention for her portrayal of the very eccentric, luny yet wise Luna Lovegood.

The script was brilliant. Many funny dialogues and many lessons to be learnt too.

Sirius Black: Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and death eaters. We have all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the power we chose to act on. That’s who we really are.

4 / 5 for battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort, the script, acting and fine adaptation of the book as we can’t possibly see everything on screen…

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5 Responses to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

So high rating ah.. Everyone was telling me it’s disappointing as compared to the book. *shrugs*

i heard some one stole the last book that is not yet out and took foto of every page and post on net!

r3g> It is disappointing that’s why I say it will be a good visual supplement to readers… Also, we got to be objective, we cannot expect to see everything from that thickest book in the series…

kelvin> Yeah, it’s leaked but no confirmation that it’s the authentic one. Seems authentic though… Now all this spoilers about so-so is going to die just makes me want to jump into Popular to preorder my copy! Should I?

i dunno leh.. the book is so thick i think i will go nuts trying to finish it. ha!

i have seen the movie.. not really a disappointment neither is it a big hoo ha over it.. so i will rate 3/5..

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