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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Production Year: 2007

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      23.02.2013 14:45
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      Follow Harry as he has one of the most important years of his life.

      Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix is a film released in 2007 based on J.K. Rowlings book of the same name, released in 2003. This is film and book 5 in the franchise, following the adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as they enter their 5th year of education at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.

      We join Harry in the summer holidays where he is severely depressed about events that happened in the previous school year. Harry witnessed a horrible murder, but only those within the school community believe his story. In the wider wizarding community, we see the Ministry for Magic take the stance that nothing happened, and they place a member of their staff in the teaching staff at Hogwarts to try and control the atmosphere.

      That member of staff is Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) and she becomes the teacher for Defence Against the Dark Arts. Umbridge is a strange character who is always dressed in pink and has a love of decorative cat plates, yet is rather evil. She believes in archaic punishments, so we see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) punished by writing lines with a quill which uses his own blood to write with.

      In the absence of any formal defensive training, Harry sets up his own class where fellow students can learn spells that may help them in the war to come.

      This is the first film in the franchise that I felt was dark in mood from the outset. Harry is tormented by bad dreams throughout the film, and Harry's headmaster, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), a man who has been rather paternal and protective towards Harry in the past is now being rather elusive and deliberately avoiding Harry, leaving Harry feeling alone and scared.

      The locations used in this film add to the sombre mood. We see the people who believe Harry's version of events, a group called The Order of the Phoenix, make their headquarters at Grimwauld Place. A house which is protected by magic, and unseen to most people, but very dark in appearance thanks to the history of the residents. I loved seeing this house appear for the first time seemingly from nowhere through special effects.

      We also see a lot of the inside of the Ministry of Magic buildings, firstly through Harry's dreams, but then in a dramatic fight sequence between good and evil.

      There are also some interesting insights into the characters during this film. We see a lot more of Luna Lovegood, a character who I love due to her extreme honesty. I also liked seeing Harry's blossoming relationship with Cho Chang and a first onscreen kiss. But most of all, I really liked Professor Snape giving Harry lessons in Occlumency - a skill designed to stop evil Lord Voldemort reading Harry's mind and using what he finds against him. We see some flashbacks to Snape's own school days and why Snape has had a hatred for Harry throughout the series. I feel for the first time I understand Snape as a character, and don't see him as someone who is purely to despise.

      The special effects within this series just keeps getting better and better. You almost start taking for granted things like the owls, the moving people in photographs, and the ghosts and moving walkways within Hogwarts. Here, as the film progresses, I was amazed by the stunning exit of Fred and George Weasley from Hogwarts - their act of rebellion is stunning to watch and the sort of thing you would only want to film once. Similarly, the fight within the prophecy room in the Ministry for Magic is rather breathtaking.

      I also quite liked the character of Gawp - gamekeeper Hagrid's giant half brother. I thought the animation looked a bit fake like it was obviously an animated character rather than more human like, but he adds an interesting bit of back history to Hagrid's character.h

      The actors no longer look like little children. They are fully developed in their acting skill, and portray a range of emotions appropriate to the dark happenings within the plot, and even the soundtrack takes a more sombre note to emphasise the on screen action.

      This for me is a turning point within the series - a point where people need to start making a choice between good and evil, and whether they want to back Harry or not. Interesting, the Slytherin house characters who will play a more serious role later in the series such as Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and his accomplices Crabbe and Goyle are still quite immature for me. They are running round acting like prefects trying to get Harry into trouble within school without thought to the things happening outside the castle walls. They have not changed from the bullies they have been throughout the series, but Harry and his friends have all grown up tremendously thanks to the grown up events happening to them.

      This is a grown up film with dark themes that entirely deserves its 12 rating. I have let my children watch films one and two in the series, but I will not let them watch any more than this due to the dark themes and the scary looking characters like Voldemort and the dementors. I also don't feel the need to explaining death and grief to them until they are bigger.

      As an adult watcher, this is a strong piece of dramatic work, and I highly recommend it on all aspects as it works so well at progressing the story and developing the characters I know and love. I did notice that there were some hospital scenes in the book which I found really developed the character of Neville Longbottom, and although it was kind of mentioned in a conversation in the film, I did miss seeing his parents in real life. I can understand this would have added time to the already long length of the film as well as needing more actors and another set, but I would have liked it.

      I also am not fond of Bellatrix LeStrange as a character. She becomes quite a presence from here on in, and I don't think she is quite convincing enough for me. Crazy, but not quite crazy enough if that is possible.

      Essential to watch if you are following Potter's progress in the fight against Evil.

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      07.07.2011 14:05
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      Harry Potter pulls it off again in his best outing yet!

      Order Of The Phoenix is the fifth in the Harry Potter series of films, based on the best-selling books by J.K.Rowling, and is one of the darkest adventures yet for our gang of wizardly friends. Voldemort, or He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, has returned with plans to overthrow the current Magical Order but the Ministry Of Magic is in denial and refusing to give any credence to what they see as simply vicious and unfounded rumour. Harry Potter is denounced publically in the Press as being a liar and finds relations at Hogwarts this year initially strained. But Harry has been brought into the confidence of the secret Order Of The Phoenix and soon realises that, with Ministry red-tape and offialdom stifling their education, he is the only one who can prepare his fellow students for the battle ahead......

      This is one of my favourite films of the series as events begin to take a very dark and sinister tone! The way that The Ministry continually deny any possibility of Voldemort's return can be compared to Chamberlain's refusal to see Hitler as a threat at the very beginning of the Second World War and the way that they attempt to cover everything up and sweep it all under the carpet also has plenty of connotations for real-life events in our own recent history. Rowling has slowly built on her inital premise, first seen in The Philosopher's Stone, to create a highly believable world that quickly sucks you in and, by this film, you cannot help but begin to associate with the characters you are watching. All of the main stars put in sterling performances as usual, but extra points must go to Imelda Staunton, who is introduced here as a very sinister Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher with a novel idea of punishment for those who disobey her rules, and Helena Bonham Carter who here is every bit as nasty and evil as we have come to expect from her performances in recent years!

      There are plenty of signs in this film that the plot and stories are rapidly maturing along with their fans and there are a few choice moments here that may well put the willies up slightly younger children. But for those who have grown with the series, they will not be disappointed as this is the best film yet in one of the greatest movie franchises ever to be made!

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        25.11.2010 09:28
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        Great film

        As any regular readers of my reviews will know, I went to see the new Harry Potter film yesterday! I wanted to remind myself of the story before I went along so one of the films that I watched to catch up was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Although I did watch this on DVD this is a film only review because I never bother with any of the extras.

        *Plot*
        Harry Potter is in two minds about returning to Hogwarts, he cant wait to see his friends and to get away from his aunt and uncle however nobody will believe him that Voldemort really is back for good.

        There is a new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher and she immediately hates Harry, punishing him for things that she wouldn't punish others for. Harry doesn't know why she hates him so much but he will soon find out...

        *Opinion*
        I love all Harry Potter films and therefore I really enjoyed this one! I do think this is one of the stronger Harry Potter films.

        The plot flowed really well and it was interesting, keeping my attention well. There was always plenty going on and also plenty of action which meant there was always something to focus on.

        The acting in this film is brilliant, the three main actors have really matured in this film and do an excellent job. I feel as though they know their characters inside out which really helps the chemistry between them.

        I did really enjoy this film. I love all Harry Potter films but I felt this one was much better for adults as there was so much more to focus on. I also think men will like it because there is a lot of action. I do think this is suited to the whole family as there is something for everyone to focus on.

        *Additional Information*
        The film was released in 2007.
        It was directed by David Yates.
        It stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes.
        It is rated a 12 in the UK.
        It runs for 138 minutes.
        IMDB give it an overall rating of 7.3/10 (107,073 votes).

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        22.05.2010 12:34

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        Worth watching!

        This for me, was the best film yet. The Order of The Phoenix is the longest book, a monster of a book, and is still my favourite. I really feel it's the best written. So for me, I thought the film wouldn't live up to the book. However I was wrong.

        The film features another new director, this time David Yates. And he really does a great job with the film.

        The story surrounds the return of Voldemort, and the Ministry of Magic's refusal to believe it. Thus, a frustrated and angry Harry is whisked away by The Order of the Phoenix, headed by Dumbledore this secret group of resistance are actively combating Voldemort's plans. The key to the film however lies in the appearance of Dolores Umbridge at school. Played by Imelda Staunton. She has sensational performance and captures the essence of the sickly sweet Umbridge. She is positively evil in this role. The audience really can hate her and her actions.

        Harry is once again thrown into an exciting plot, where Voldemort truly begins to show his power. The epic duel at the end of the film is really fantastically choreographed and designed.

        This film gets 5 stars. It's really superb and gives a great story as well as (for me) delivering on the special effects side.

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        21.04.2010 08:11
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        see review

        This review is about the film its self not the dvds as I watched it on the tv.

        The film came out in 2007 and was the 5th in the series. It comes when Harry and his friends are about 14 years old. Harry is at home from Hogwarts and goes out to the park where some boys start to pick on him. He loses his patience with them and goes to fight them when suddenly some dark creatures come down and chase after them. The other boys get away but Harry and his cousin are stopped by the creatures which start to suck their souls out of their bodies but Harry manages to do a spell to get rid of the creatures but then his problems become worse as he is accused of using a spell whilst in the company of a muggle and this is against the rules.

        I thought this film wasn't as good as the other films before it mainly because there didn't seem to be as much magic and the whole film had a darker mood to it which was proper for the story but made it less interesting and enjoyable as the others. I watched it with my daughter and two grandsons, they all enjoyed it but in parts I found they were losing interest as some of the bits went on a bit without any action happening. Once the action started again they carried on watching it. There wasn't many funny bits in the film so they didn't have much to laugh at but there was the odd moment.

        All the normal stars from the other films are in this one, I thought the best actor in it was Imelda Staunton who played the part of Dolores Umbridge who was a member of the Ministry and comes to Hogwarts to find out what is going on. She was really good as the sugary evil tyrant who wanted to take over Hogwarts.

        The film is directed by David Yates and it runs for 138 minutes. It is rated a 12a in the UK.

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          29.12.2009 15:47
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          A great film - Film Only Review.

          Hi. I'm Charby, and I'm a Harry Potter geek.

          Ever since the first book in the series was published, Harry Potter has been a worldwide phenomenon whose popularity has grown and grown with each new book and each film adaptation. I've been obsessed with Harry since I was ten years old and my mam bought me The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets paperbacks, and since then the release date of each new book was an event bigger than my birthday and Christmas rolled into one. The seventh and final book in the series was released in 2007, so to satisfy my thirst for more Harry I have been reading translations of the novels in different languages, and have also gotten quite into the films. Despite the fact that each film has a four star rating here on Dooyoo, I feel that each film has been better than the last, with this year's offering of The Half-Blood Prince being one of my favourite films of 2009. Before that though, The Order of the Phoenix was the best film so far, and on finding the DVD in my drawer yesterday I decided that I would watch it again.

          For the sake of this review I am going to assume that you all know at least the basics of the Harry Potter story, as I don't know how anyone could have managed to live in this country for the last ten years without picking up at least a few things about it. If you don't know anything about Harry Potter, then please go and buy all seven books immediately and don't stop reading 'til you've finished them all. The Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book/film of the series, as takes place during Harry's fifth year at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Following the traumatic events of the previous summer, Harry and Dumbledore spread the news that the evil Voldemort has returned and poses a new threat, but the Ministry of Magic and most of the wizarding world refuses to believe them. This leads to a difficult year for Harry and his friends, feeling isolated and afraid of the evil out there waiting for them. In an attempt to keep Harry quiet, a Ministry member Dolores Umbridge becomes the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at the school, and quashes anything that the Ministry deems a threat to their authority.

          The plot of the film is thankfully the same as the book; as if they'd tried to make any major changes I wouldn't have enjoyed the film very much at all. I try to avoid watching adaptations of my favourite books (so am giving The Time Traveller's Wife and The Lovely Bones adaptations a miss) as if they are done badly then they tarnish my love of the book. The main problem I have with most adaptations is when they change a plot point that I loved in the book to make it more 'Hollywood', and in my opinion make it sh*t in the progress. I was worried that lots would have to be changed for the screen with this film, as with The Order of the Phoenix being the longest book in the series, there was a lot to squeeze into one film. Fortunately the film makers did very well, and succeeded in cutting out a lot of redundancy and making sure that all of the important events are included in the film. The story in the book was absolutely excellent, and it was great to see that this wasn't lost on transition to film.

          I'll try not to talk too much about how much I loved the acting in this film, but I will say quite a lot as so much of it was superb. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (as Harry, Ron and Hermione respectively) have all greatly improved as actors since the first film in 2001, with Grint being a particular joy to watch. Emma Watson seems to have shed the image of being annoying and a too exaggerated version of Hermione from the book, and seems to fit much better into the character now, and Radcliffe becomes more and more Harry with each film.
          The Harry Potter series has been able to get excellent actors right from the beginning, with big names such as Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes on the cast from the very first film, and more and more actors seem to want to be a part of the series as it goes. Imelda Staunton is definitely one of the stars of this film, playing the part of Umbridge to perfection down to the last evil detail. Along with Alan Rickman as Snape, Staunton's Umbridge is actually better than the way that I pictured the character in my head, and I'm sure that the next time I read the book I will picture her as the character in my mind. As my favourite actor in every one of the films, Alan Rickman unfortunately has too small a part in this film, but then I am slightly obsessed with his amazingly sexy voice, so I'd probably still feel that his being in every scene wouldn't even be enough. Another star performance to mention is Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, who plays the part in a deliciously evil and gothic way.

          I really am a fan of this film, and feel that it is the second best Potter film after The Half Blood Prince. Unfortunately, none of the films will ever truly encapsulate the 'magic' of the books, as even with their good special effects and great acting there is still always something missing. One main criticism that I have of the films compared to the books is that all the children and teenagers in the film wear normal clothes almost all of the time, whereas in the books they only ever wore 'muggle' clothing when they were out in public. For me anyway, I feel that having the characters wearing typical school uniform and jeans and hoodies takes away some of the realism for me, and it surely couldn't have been too difficult to have everyone wearing black robes for most of the film. That said, I do feel that this was a good film version of an excellent book, especially due to its superb acting.

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            16.12.2009 08:39
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            Harry and Dumbledore have to prove the Dark Lord has returned

            Harry finds himself back once again at Privet Drive but has found peace at the playground where he likes to be by himself, that is until Dudley and his gang arrive. A storm is fast approaching so the boys start to run home. Disaster strikes for Harry when he is forced to use magic to fight off the Dementors which are attacking him and Dudley. As a result of the use of magic he is expelled from Hogwarts and soon finds himself at a strange house after being rescued by a group of old teachers and wizards. Harry soon learns that this house is the control base for the Order of the Phoenix who are trying to fight of Lord Voldermort.

            Luckily for Harry he is given a trial and as he wins he is allowed back to Hogwarts. Things start to change at school though when the Ministry but in and soon they are trying to make out Harry and Dumbledore made up the whole story of Voldermort being back. Harry and a group of students who do believe him set up a new group which want to learn how to fight off the dark spells which they are not learning in their Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons no Professors Umbridge has taken over.

            Will Harry and his friends be able to prove Voldemort is indeed back, will Dumbledore be able to prove he is not trying to take over as Minister of Magic and what will the consequences be for the Order of the Phoenix if Voldemort sets his Death Eaters loose?

            I have only given a very brief outline of the plot to this film and there really is so much more to the storyline but I just feel that it would spoil it for those who have not yet watched if I give any more details out.

            For me this has to be the best of the films so far. I really enjoyed the last one but for me this outdid it as the story got a lot darker and it was in fact a bit scary at times. I found the storyline was very good if you take the book out of the equation and followed on excellently from the previous film. The way the characters had again all grown and matured really did work well and made the story so much more believable.

            I found the three main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione were all again excellent and I loved how they had changed. Hermione was a lot more relaxed in this film and less stuck up, she came across much better and normal in this film. I loved the chemistry which is starting to show between her and Ron and think this really works well with them both and gives the viewer something else to think about instead of them just being friends to Harry. Daniel Radcliff who played the lead role of Harry was excellent and I loved seeing how much older he is now looking and how much more comfortable he seemed in the role. He really came across as a much more mature and less scared boy in this film who was not prepared to give up without a fight.

            The supporting actors were great in this film but for me I would have liked to have seen more of the character Hagrid, in the book he was featured more and especially when he returned from his mission but for some reason this was only glanced over in the film and I have to say I did miss the slight humour he bought to the previous films. The return of previous characters such as Dumbledore, Snape and Sirius Black was good and I loved how they all seemed to be getting on better and showing Harry more trust and support in this film. I loved the relationship which started to blossom between Harry and Black and thought this was a nice addition to the storyline.

            One character which I did not enjoy seeing was Lord Voldemort as he looked quite scary but I have to say that Ralph Fiennes played the role very well and really managed to give him a menacing streak. Helena Bonham Carter was also an new and excellent addition to the cast.

            The effects in the film were all amazing and even hubby commented on how well they all looked. They all seemed to fit effortlessly into the film and none of them looked out of place. I found the duelling scenes were by far the best and loved how realistic they looked. The music was also very good and I loved the familiarity again in this film.

            As I read the books before watching any of the film I have to say that there was so much missing in the film. Whole storyline shad been removed and just left out which for me was a big disappointment as I was looking forward to seeing some of them. Despite missing large parts of the book the film is still very easy to follow and indeed very good but for me I would have liked it to have been slightly truer to the book.

            The DVD which we have does not have any bonus features but this was no loss to me as I am not a fan of them. The running time of the film is 132 minutes which I found to be a great length and the certificate is a 12. I do definitely agree with this rate as there are a lot of scary parts to the film and for me the Dementors are scary and certainly not suitable for younger viewers. The DVD is available to buy in Tesco for just £3 which I felt to be a great price.

            Overall I am highly recommending this film as it has a great story, older and matured actors which really make the film great viewing and it is also packed full of excellent magical effects.

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              07.12.2009 15:48
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              Another good entry

              note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

              I enjoy the Harry Potter films, although I do find them a touch overrated, I will admit. However, the third film, directed by the brilliant Alfonso Cuaron, showed that they don't have to be all fluffy and quintessentialyl English; they can have a bit of dark edge to them, and this is a tone that continues with the Order of the Phoenix, a film that brings Harry closer to the darker fate that awaits him.

              We begin year four for Harry at Hogwarts, and after an uneventful and lengthy Summer, Harry is quite dispirited and not eager to see what is waiting for him back at school. Despite his and Dumbledore's protestations that the evil Lord Voldemort has rematerialised and is coming back, most people dismiss it as sordid rumours. Harry also sees his hormones catching up with him, as he is enticed by the alluring new girl, Cho Chang. What's more, Harry keeps having strange dreams, that somehow link him to Voldermort, given that Voldermort is in active search of something. If Harry is to make the grade and keep his relationships strong, this is going to be his most testing year yet.

              Another highly entertaining addition to the series, The Order of the Phoenix follows in the dark footsteps of its predecessor, furthering a more mature mythology. The second best of the films behind the third, this entry has a dark, foreboding tone throughout, and while Voldermort doesn't show up until very late in the film, and his appearance is very short, this is a very solid film overall. The effects are spectacular, the plot highly intruiging, and as always it's great to see Rickman and Oldman light up the screen.

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              17.09.2009 23:02
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              Harry Potter on his fifth adventure...

              i've just finished watching the film and i would say that it's definately setting things up nicely for the final three films. i didnt find it particularly amazing - it was a good film but there were a few flaws that some of the potter fans would have noticed.

              It is difficult to sum up a film as a film when you're talking about a huge franchise with an even bigger mythology but I think this film could have had a few tweaks that would have satisfied both fans and regular film watchers.

              gone are the humourous scenes with dudley, uncle vernon and aunt petunia, gone is the excitement of returning to hogwarts, gone is children's feel to the film. and rightly so, this is more of an adult film with a dark moody feel and the omnipresent feeling of something dark and big building up which reflects the book perfectly.

              Ever since Prisoner of Azkaban the books and in turn the films have given the viewer the feeling that this series had a direction and a pace. The Goblet of Fire brilliantly showed us Voldermort's return but film lacked what I thought was an important of setting us up for the next film. In a few short speeches by Dumbledore in the book we're told that Giants will feature at some point, the ministry would lose control of Azkaban and Hagrid, Snape etc etc will form what is now known as the order of the phoenix.

              I've noticed on a few other reviews that despite the film name, the actual order of the phoenix itself is barely mentioned. I felt a Mrs Weasley or Sirius explanation of who is in it etc would have been easily effective and set up the viewer for the rest of the film. We're not actually told Snape is in the order and this could confuse a non fan in a later scene.

              The big climatic fight scene at the end of the film was a little disappointing with the Aurors, I cant remember seeing any of Mad Eye Moody there and you barely get to see what Tonks and Shacklebolt can do with a wand! The setting was brilliant and in the book I struggled to visualise the archway (of which importance im yet to know of..) but it was done so brilliantly, also I thought the prophecy was handled a little light heartedly. Plus the book paid a lot of attention to Percy and Neville. I'm pretty sure Percy was that ginger haired guy in the suit but no reference was made to confirm it, or perhaps I missed it, also there was no St Mungo's or in depth reference to Bellatrix Lestrange - to non fans she just comes across as a weird old lady yet in the book we know that she must play a bigger part.

              However on the plus side, I was much more convinced with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore - still no Richard Harris but not a bad show! It was great to see Lupin but Sirius could have had a bit more screen time. The centaur scene was great and left me wanting more, I hope they come up again in other books.

              This book and film for me was always going to be a build up film - one that will lead to another climatic confrontation between Harry and Voldermort. The film was described as "the war is coming..." and indeed it is, but nothing resembling a war takes place in this film. Best bit for me - Dumbledore's fight scene with Voldermort - brilliant in everyway!

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                A must for Harry Potter fans

                After just watching the latest Harry Potter movie at the Cinema ( A review of that to come later ) I decided to re-visit this movie on DVD before heading off to the Movies.
                Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure film based off the novel of the same name and is a continuation of the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise, currently it stands as the 7th highest grossing movie of all time.

                The Plot :

                On his summer break from Hogwarts Harry Potter ( Daniel Radcliffe ) and his cousin Dudley ( Harry Melling ) are attacked by two Dementors, Harry manages to drive them away using a Patronus charm.
                The Ministry of Magic detects the usage of underage wizardry outside of Hogwarts and summons Harry to the Ministry for a hearing with the goal of having Harry expelled from Hogwarts.
                Harry is later woken up by an advanced guard of Aurors ( Not mentioned in the film ) who escort him to the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organisation founded by Dumbledore ( Michael Gambon ), while at the Order Harry learns of a smear campaign against him and anyone else who suggests that Voldemort ( Ralph Fiennes ) has returned, the smear campaign is being executed by the Daily Prophet, under the influence of the Ministry.
                Harry attends his trial at the Ministry with Arthur Weasley ( Mark Williams ) , with the help of Dumbledore and Harry's neighbour Mrs Figg, Harry is cleared of all charges and allowed to return to Hogwarts.
                At the beginning of the School year Harry, Ron ( Rupert Grint ) and Hermione ( Emma Watson ) find that the Ministry has inserted Dolores Umbridge ( Imelda Staunton ) as the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher, and soon find that the reason for this is the Ministry is worried that Dumbledore is forming an army using the students at Hogwarts and as such they are not taught much by umbridge.
                Without giving away the rest of the movie we see Harry and friends battling not only the Dark forces that are threatening the students and life at Hogwarts, but also battling to make the wizarding world realise that Voldemort has indeed returned.

                I know the Harry Potter series of movies has its critics amongst the fans of the Books, and I can see their reasoning, the movies do tend to leave things out that are in the books, simply I believe due to time constraints, for instance in this movie one of the biggest absences was the complete lack of any quidditch, whereas in the book it plays a prominent role, also we see the Character of Kreatcher the House elf playing only a very brief part in this movie ( about 2 minutes ) whereas in the Book he plays a larger role.
                I can understand why the filmmakers had to do it, they're guaranteed to not please everyone, I'm a HUGE Fan of the books ( I remember reading this book in 2 days the day it came out, not bad for a book with 766 pages ) but also a HUGE fan of the movies too, especially the later movies as I really feel they have departed from being simply Kids movies and having adopted the darker tone of the later books have become more adult oriented, which I love.

                The Film is beautifully shot, with a fantastic score and the running time of 138 minutes flies by, it segways nicely into the 6th movie which is out now at the Cinema, if you're a fan of the Harry Potter series then this is must see viewing, and even if you're just a movie fan then this is one of the better action adventure movies and I think rivals' such greats as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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                  08.07.2009 14:11
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                  A brilliant tale of good 'v' evil.

                  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth installment of the films based on the best selling books by J.K.Rowling. Harry, Ron and Hermione are back once again at Hogwarts for their fifth year, this is bigger and better than the other films with tonnes more darkness and lots of rebellion!

                  As Harry is back at the Dursley's for the summer, he and his cousin Dudley are attacked by a Dementor and Harry is then expelled from Hogwarts by using magic where Muggles are. He then awaits a trial at the Ministry of Magic. Harry finds out that the Ministry have put up a campaign against himself and Dumbledore in the Daily Prophet that they are mad because they think that Lord Voldemort is back and nobody believes them. Harry later is reunited with his god father, Sirius Black, at 12 Grimmauld Place, where they meet with the rest of the Order.

                  When Harry, Ron and Hermione are back at Hogwarts they are given another new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge (played by Imelda Staunton), who is a Ministry Official. She causes a lot of trouble around Hogwarts which makes most of the students rebell. Harry, Ron, Hermione and a group of their friends decide to make D.A, Dumbledore's Army, which is where they can teach each other to use defensive spells against dark magic. This leads to many events, such as, going to the Department of Mysteries to save Serius, as Harry keeps having nightmares about things happening at the hand of Voldemort. Joining the three friends are; Luna Lovegood (played by Evanna Lynch), Neville Longbottom (played by Matthew Lewis) and Ginny Weasley (played by Bonnie Wright). Here they face the Death Eaters, which one of is Bellatrix Lestrange (played by Helen Bonham Carter) who is Serius's deranged cousin, and have to battle. It is at the Department of Mysteries that everyone finds out that Voldemort is actually back and he and Harry duel...

                  Although this is a very exciting film filled with more adventure and darkness, as we have watched the cast of Harry Potter grow up and change into young adults, there is quite a lot that is missed out of the film that was in the book. I know that they can't include everything but that is a bit of a let down. I would recommend reading the books to get the full appreciation from them!

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                    29.05.2009 11:41
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                    overall a great watch.

                    After being an avid Harry Potter fan from the moment that the first book came out, I was straight in the cinema when each film was released.
                    With each film, I though that it was a decent quality until I saw this film.
                    It was literally the best in the series so far. I thought the casting and direction of the film allowed it to come alive.
                    I found I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. The castings for Lupin, Bellatrix and Sirius were absolutely superb. The exquisite performance given by the actors/actresses make this film. It is inevitable however, that not every aspect of the books are included in the film. This is the only disappointment that a Harry Potter fan may come across.

                    The superb acting makes the story that much more believable, it draws you into the film and makes you feel like anything is possible. It is possible for someone to watch this film without having watched the rest as, although in some places they may find it confusing, the majority of the film will allow for someone to watch it and enjoy.

                    I would recommend for anyone of all ages to watch the film.

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                      16.05.2009 10:17

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                      And okay film

                      Sadly yet again film fails to entertainingly portray the Harry Potter books, the latest film, order of the Phoenix was a disappointment, to say the least.

                      Harry Potter returns to attend his fifth year at Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry, Harry soon discovers that the main non-muggle newspaper, the daily prophet who has portrayed Harry and Professor Dumbledore as traitors who seek to overturn the ministry. This of course is utter tripe and loses Harry many of his friends.

                      The extra features disk is not particularly entertaining.

                      Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddel) is seeking a prophecy which will obtained would greatly increase the dark lords monstrous powers. The movie reaches a dramatic climax as Voldemort and Dumbledoor duel inside the ministry of magic, again the producers have missed out key features of the story.
                      This is an OK film however if you wish to be entertained or excited by this tale I suggest you purchase, or borrow from the library, the novel.

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                      05.03.2009 21:03
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                      The best one yet

                      Since Lord Of The Rings came to an end a few years ago, the Harry Potter became the only running fantasy series still going, so, as a self confessed (cool) geek, i have to be a fan right? :) With the latest instalment poised for the cinema, its predecessor, The Order Of The Pheonix, is more of a must see now than ever.

                      Plot- Harry Potter is attacked before returning to Hogwarts for his 5th year, forcing him into using magic. By doing this, he runs into the path of the now dissalusioned minister for magic, Cornerlius Fudge. Fudge tries his best to get Harry expelled, but is unsuccesfull. However, he then appoints Dolores Umbridge as the new defence against the dark arts teacher, so that he has a power hold over Hogwarts, one that may have deadly consequences.......

                      This is so far my favourite Harry Potter film, and for many reasons. It is the darkest yet, as it is set in a time when Voldemorts power is growin, and his dark army spreading, creating a gloomy atmosphere of fear and paranoia in the wizarding world. The acting is also at his best, with most of the cast now with that little bit more acting experience, and it shows. A previously child filled cast is now one of young adults, who convey well the feelings of anxiety, love, anger, and companionship better than ever before.

                      Dalores Umbridge, played by Imelda Staunton, is excellent as the extremely irritating and nasty dark arts teacher, who is full of spite, and clearly gets pleasure from causing pain. Not many actors out there would be able to make this character so irritating that i literally would attack her if seen in public.

                      Though, as ever, it is the set pieces and special effects of Harry Potter that is the star here. From the dark dementors, to the magic deul training, everything is done perfectly, and incredibly convincingly. The ministry of magic being particularly impressive, as the heart of the magic world, and the set for several parts of the movie.

                      The 2 disc edition DVD features not as many extras as you might expect, but there is a fun little clue finding game and a set tour by Nymphonora Tonks, which are pretty cool. Including some deleted scenes and a documentary on editing (not as interesting as it sounds, and it doesn't even SOUND interesting)
                      Though, a film this good never needed extras to sell it.

                      Conclusion- This is a perfect movie for any Harry Potter fan, and fans of fantasy will love it. It is largely a film for the kids, but younger children may find some of the darker scenes a little disturbing, as this is the most mature in the series so far. Though a must see nevertheless.

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                        02.02.2009 16:46
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                        Harry Potter is brill

                        I went to see Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone at the cinema when it was first released all those years ago! I was only about 14 at the time but however I was quite unimpressed and showed no desire to watch any of the ther films. I have also not read any of the seven Harry Potter books. Now im not going to go into details about any of the films, yo will just have to watch them and make up your own minds!

                        I am now 22, and recently was persuaded by my boyfriend to watch all the films in sequence, as he has read the books and seen the films and thought they were brilliant.

                        I did this and to my surprise I now quite like Harry Potter. The first three films did not interest me that much, but the fifth however, I could not stop watching and it even left me in wonder and excitement about the next film due to be released later this year.

                        J.K. Rowling you are a genius!

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                        After a lonely summer on Privet Drive, Harry returns to a Hogwarts full of ill-fortune. Few of students and parents believe him or Dumbledore that Voldemort is really back. The ministry had decided to step in by appointing a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher that proves to be the nastiest person Harry has ever encountered. Harry also can't help stealing glances with the beautiful Cho Chang. To top it off are dreams that Harry can't explain, and a mystery behind something Voldemort is searching for. With these many things Harry begins one of his toughest years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Trouble brews as Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts begins. The authorities are ignoring Harry and Dumbledore's warnings of Voldemort's return, causing his fellow classmates to view him with disdain. Meanwhile, a new witch assumes control at Hogwarts, throwing the entire school into chaos. Will Harry lose everything?