Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Movie Stats & Links
||Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint, Natalia Tena, Imelda Staunton
||Not any more.
||If she's a fan of
||Lots of wands are
being pointed at people.
||A chuckle here and
||Every scene with
Dolores Umbridge - She is wickedly mean.
||"You cannot deny
he's got style."
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was the first
Harry Potter book I actually bought. At the time I bought it
I thought about reading it, but figured I would wait until
after the "Goblet of Fire" movie that way Iíll be in
chronological order when I read the book. Did I read the
book yet? Of course not. Why would I do something silly like
that when they made a movie version? Hell, I even bought
"the Half-Blood Prince" book, will probably buy "the Deathly
Hallows" book when it comes out, and probably wonít read
either of them before their respective movies come out. But
after watching "the Order of the Phoenix" I am tempted to
read said book because either I missed it, or it isnít
explained yet, but what in the hell happened to Harryís
would-be main squeeze, Cho Chang?
Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix
A Movie Review
Anyway, letís get to the movieÖ
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Hermoine (Emma
Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are growing up. Harry is
still reeling from the death in "Goblet of Fire," is being
spooked by visions, and gets booted from Hogwarts for saving
his life and the life of Dudley. But strange things are
afoot at the Ministry of Magic, namely being in denial about
Voldermortís return and a possible conspiracy against
Dumbledore. Harry gets reinstated at school, but most of the
kids are now leery of him after Cedric Diggoryís death. With
the head of the Ministry in paranoia mode that Dumbledore is
looking for his job, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) gets
instituted into Hogwarts to both attempt to dispel the
rumors about good olí Voldy, and also squash Dumbledore and
take over the school.
Her curriculum for the Defense of the Dark Arts isnít so
much teaching how to defend, but to inform that there are
defenses against bad wizards, but there is no reason to
actually teach you how to defend yourself because there
isnít anything bad out there to hurt you anyway. You can
kind of take that as something like you can read all you
want about karate, but if you are in a fight with someone
who actually knows karate pretty much all you can do is
throw your book at them and run. She also institutes many
prudish rules, much to the dismay of the students, and
disciplines her students through torture.
But Harry, Hermoine, and Ron know they must actually
learn spells and stuff to save them from their imminent
deaths, and together with a group of underground students
they find a secret room and establish "Dumbledoreís Army"
(which it might have actually been nice if they actually
told good ol' Albus of his Army), learn basic defense moves from
Harry, get caught, get in trouble with Umbridge, but their
movement is already in motion, and none too soon.
Why in the hell, or better yet, how in the hell am I
trying to give a synopsis in under a page about a book that
is hundreds of pages long, and really, for the movie, all
you need to know is that Harry is back and more tormented,
while Lord Voldermort is working to build a new Army.
But is the movie any good?
Hereís the thing(s), at least as I sat there in the
theater: As Harry is growing up, so are the stories of
Potter and his friends. Things are getting more political,
things are getting more adult, and unlike some of the fun of
magic in the first couple of installments, things are
getting real, or as Harry sort of puts it, in class if you
screw up you just try again, but in the real world, if you
screw up, you can die. The fighting is more intense, itís
not just about Harry anymore but also his friends, and even
the sort of goofy characters, i.e. Hagridís half-brother,
Grawp (Tony Maudsley), seem more menacing than goofy. A lot
of the comedy is gone, and in its place is a hell of a lot
more drama, and although not really a bad thing, we start to
see that being a wizard or a witch isnít just about fun
spells and fixing eye-glasses: Itís a hell of a lot more
about people with power who are good versus people with
power who are evil.
Now, not having kids I canít say this is actually the
case, but whereas I think you could have easily introduced a
seven or eight year old to the world of Harry Potter with
"the Sorcererís Stone" movie and let them grow up into the
adult nature the Harry Potter franchise has turned into, I
would not recommend "the Order of the Phoenix" as the place
to now introduce your youngin to the world of wizards and
witches. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,"
although still dealing with teenagers growing up, really
ratchets things up in the "needing to be older to get it
and not be freaked by it" category. Itís a much different
Harry Potter than we used to know and love Ė Now we really
have to take sides if we like Harry and the good, or prefer
Lord Voldermort and the evil.
I liked "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,"
although have to admit, probably because I didnít read the
book I own, that the series is getting a tad darker and it
took a little while for me to sit back and relax with it. I
also have one concern, and maybe I should read the books I
own to find out, but I hope Nymphdora Tonks (Natalia Tena)
didnít die because I found her very
hot, and want to see her with a much larger role in the next
No longer a kidís movie, Harry Potter has grown up, so I
suppose we should be ready for that as the series begins to
come to a close. Itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix." The seriousness of evil
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!