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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Can't wait for the final installment
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter is Back in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
OPENING WEEKEND: $95,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $275,000,000
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March 19th, 2007: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy), appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's (Imelda Staunton) Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore's Army, Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

What to Expect: It is hard to discuss the fifth Harry Potter movie without mentioning the seventh (and final) book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which just set the record for the most copies printed in the US. The book, which is released on July 21st, will be backed by a multimillion dollar marketing campaign and is expected to be one of the biggest publishing events in recent years. And all of this will happen just 8 days after Order of the Phoenix is released in theaters.

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In the tradition of most of the previous installments, a new director has been brought on for this one. This time it is David Yates, whose work consists mostly of TV shows, and made-for-TV movies. His resume is very unimpressive when compared to the other directors that have helmed Harry Potter films, and his lack of experience has even worried many die hard fans. Passing on the torch to Yates are Chris Columbus, who has helmed Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, Alfonso Cuarón, who has helmed Y tu mamá también and Children of Men, and Mike Newell, who has helmed Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco. Out of all these directors, Columbus was the only one that has held the honor of helming two Harry Potter films. Although there are rumors that Yates might be directing The Half-Blood Prince as well, even though Cuaron has expressed interest.

The new film will feature Harry growing up and will even show his very first kiss with his classmate Cho (Katie Leung). It took the 17 year old Radcliffe thirty takes to get the kiss right with his 18 year old co-star. Radcliffe claims that it was lots of fun and even the director said that the entire crew gathered around the monitor to watch this very tender and loving moment, as the first kiss should be.

But it wasn't all fun, as the goal of any movie based on a book is to squeeze in the many pages into a two hour story. The book happens to be near 900 pages long and in order to make things make sense, there had to be some deep cuts. Some of the main characters from the past films are limited in screen-time, and many plot points are cut out altogether. But the root of the story is still said to be well represented. One character that will make a strong appearance is Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaac), who will be involved in a wand-to-wand fight with Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). Unfortunately, this is the end of Malfoy, since his character is not included in the sixth or the seventh book.

Early screenings revealed the story to be a little slow at times, but mostly this film will not disappoint. There are plenty of great fights, revealing flashbacks and even during several training sequences involving Dumbledore's Army, we get to see Harry at his best, showing off his magical abilities. These are the kind of scenes that make fans of the book happy to go to the theaters, since no matter how great the author may describe them, it is still exciting to finally see the stories play out on the big screen.

Author J.K. Rowling has mentioned that she plans on killing off Harry in the seventh book, so no other writer can take over after her own death. But Rupert Grint who plays Ron Weasley said it best when asked how he would feel if he was the one killed. "It's all right because you can always come back as a ghost, so it's not too bad," said Grint. And that is the main problem with these movies, nobody ever has to die and anyone can come back anytime for any reason. This makes the stories unimportant and hard to relate to, which has bothered me since the very first installment was released.


Similar to the endings of the previous films, in The Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort is not completely defeated, which leaves an opening for a return in The Half-Blood Prince.


In Conclusion: It is a no-brainer that Order of the Phoenix will do well at the theaters, and director's lack of experience will probably not be noticeable. But at this point, these movies are all just foreplay leading up to the big finally in the last book, for which the movie will be released only in 2010.

Similar Titles: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
July 11th, 2007 (wide)
December 11th, 2007 (DVD)

Warner Bros. Pictures

David Yates

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, David Bradley, Robert Hardy, Mark Williams, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, George Harris, Natalia Tena, Kathryn Hunter, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Katie Leung

Total: 563 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Kids & Family

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.

138 min





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