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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Movies)
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Movies)
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Movies)
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 (12 years ago) fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. Directed by David Yates, produced by David Heyman's company Heyday Films, and written by Michael Goldenberg, it is the fifth movie in the popular Harry Potter movie series. The story follows Harry Potter in his fifth year at the magic school Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic refuses to believe the return of Lord Voldemort and appoints bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge as a teacher at the school.

Live-action filming took place in England and Scotland for exterior locations and Leavesden movie Studios in Watford for interior locations from Feb. to Nov. 2006 (13 years ago), with a one-month break in June. Post-production on the movie continued for several months afterwards to add in visual effects. The film's budget was reportedly between £75 and 100 million ($150–200 million). Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, released it in the UK on 12 Jul. 2007 (12 years ago), and in North America on 11 July, both in conventional and IMAX theatres, and was the first Potter movie to be released in IMAX 3-D.

It is the unadjusted seventh-highest grossing movie of all time, and a critical and commercial success, acclaimed as "the best one yet" by Rowling, who has consistently offered praise for the movie adaptations of her work. The movie opened to a worldwide 5-day opening of $333 million, fourth all-time, and grossed $939 million total, the second to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (27 walls) for the greatest total of 2007 (12 years ago).


Harry Potter and his cousin Dudley Dursley are attacked by two Dementors, but Harry drives them off with a Patronus charm. The Ministry of Magic detects the act of underage wizardry and attempts to have Harry expelled from Hogwarts immediately, but this is modified to a trial later in the summer. Harry is later awoken by the arrival of an advance guard of wizards who escort him to the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organisation founded by Dumbledore. Harry learns that under the Ministry's influence The Daily Prophet has launched a smear campaign against anyone who claims that Lord Voldemort has returned.

Harry and Arthur Weasley head to the court for Harry's trial. With the help of Dumbledore and Harry's neighbour, Mrs. Figg, Harry is cleared of all charges and allowed to return to Hogwarts. Upon arrival, Harry sees creatures pulling the carriages to Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville share a carriage with Luna Lovegood, an odd, but kind girl who claims that she can see the creatures, too. During Harry, Ron and Hermione's fifth year at Hogwarts School, the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge, a senior Ministry official who refuses to teach practical magic, as the Ministry fears Dumbledore will organise his own wizard army. Harry is punished for claiming Voldemort has returned, which according to Ministry policy is a lie. Harry is forced to write, "I must not tell lies," repeatedly as punishment in his own blood, creating a scar of those words on his hand.

Harry sees Luna in the forest with the creatures that pulled the Hogwarts carriages. She tells him that they are called Thestrals and that they can only be seen by those who have seen death, explaining why Ron and Hermione couldn't see them. Luna mentions that the Thestrals are very gentle, but people avoid them because of their evil looks.

As Umbridge's control over the school increases, Ron and Hermione aid Harry in forming a secret group calling themselves "Dumbledore's Army" or D.A. for short. Harry, Ron and Hermione secretly train students in defensive spells. The Slytherin students are recruited by Umbridge to uncover the secretive group. Meanwhile, Harry and Cho begin to develop romantic feelings for each other.

Harry has a nightmare that involves an attack upon Arthur Weasley in the Department of Mysteries that echoes an actual attack. Fearing Voldemort will exploit his connection to Harry, Dumbledore instructs Professor Snape to give Harry Occlumency lessons to block his mind from Voldemort's influence.

Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black's deranged cousin, escapes from Azkaban along with nine other Death Eaters. At Hogwarts Umbridge, Filch and her loyal Inquisitorial Squad uncover Dumbledore's Army after interrogating Cho. Dumbledore is questioned and escapes as Fudge orders his arrest. With Dumbledore gone, Umbridge becomes the new Headmistress and her dominance over the school continues.

With Hagrid likely to be fired by Umbridge due to her prejudice against "half-breeds", he shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione Grawp, his Giant half-brother. Hagrid asks the trio to take care of Grawp if anything should happen to him.

During an O.W.L. exam, the Weasley twins revolt and set off a large display of fireworks in the Great Hall, causing chaos for Umbridge. During the applause of Fred and George's escape, Harry has a vision of Sirius being tortured by Voldemort within the Department of Mysteries. Harry, Ron, and Hermione rush to search for Sirius, but Umbridge catches the trio, and begins interrogating Harry. Hermione tricks Umbridge into entering the Forbidden Forest along with Harry and her in search of a faux weapon, leading her to the hiding place of Grawp only to find him missing. A herd of centaurs, who have their own issues with the Ministry, emerge and carry the Headmistress into the darkness after she insults and attacks them. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville and Ginny fly to the Ministry of Magic on the Thestrals' backs to save Sirius.

The six enter the Department of Mysteries, where they uncover a prophecy involving Harry and Voldemort, but are ambushed by Death Eaters, including Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. Lucius reveals to Harry that Sirius isn't in any danger and that he only saw what the Dark Lord wanted him to see. Lucius attempts to sway Harry into giving him the prophecy, telling him that it will reveal why Voldemort tried to kill him when he was an infant. Harry refuses and a fight between the D.A. and the Death Eaters ensues. The Death Eaters take Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville and Ginny as hostages, threatening to kill them if Harry does not surrender the prophecy. The Order of the Phoenix appears and attacks the Death Eaters. Lucius drops the prophecy, destroying it. A battle erupts, resulting in Sirius's death at Bellatrix's hand. Harry, enraged by the loss of his godfather, corners Bellatrix in the Atrium. He attempts to torture her with the Cruciatus Curse, but to no avail. Voldemort himself appears, tempting Harry to give in to his hatred for Bellatrix. Harry then turns his wand on Voldemort who disarms him with ease. Before Voldemort can kill Harry, Dumbledore emerges to face the Dark Lord in battle.

A brief but furious duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore ensues. After the duel ends in a stalemate, Voldemort attempts to possess Harry, however, he is repelled by the love Harry has for his friends and Sirius. Ministry officials including Fudge and Percy Weasley hastily arrive via the Floo Network moments before Voldemort disapparates. Fudge is forced to admit that Voldemort has returned. Harry is vindicated, Umbridge is suspended, and Dumbledore is reinstated as headmaster.

Dumbledore explains that he attempted to distance himself from Harry all year, hoping it would lessen the risk of Voldemort using his connection to Harry. Harry comes to terms with the prophecy: that either he or Voldemort will have to kill the other. With the students going home for the summer, Harry tells his friends that they have one thing Voldemort does not have: love, something worth fighting for.


  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, the protagonist. He has to battle with much of the Wizarding world's denial over Harry's encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort at the end of the previous year. He teaches his friends to defend themselves in duels.
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, one of Harry's best friends. He helps Harry found Dumbledore's Army and accompanies Harry to the Department of Mysteries in the climax of the film.
  • Emma Watson (51 walls) as Hermione Granger, one of Harry's best friends. She helps Harry found Dumbledore's Army and accompanies Harry to the Department of Mysteries in the climax of the film.
  • Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, the antagonist, who lures Harry to the Ministry of Magic and nearly kills him.
  • Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster. He upsets Harry by remaining distant from him throughout the year, but explains at the end of the movie why he isolated himself. He also explains the meaning of the prophecy to Harry after duelling with Lord Voldemort in the climax of the film.
  • Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, a plant from the Ministry of Magic who prevents Harry and his friends from learning practical magic, and refuses to allow Harry to claim that Lord Voldemort has returned.
  • Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry's godfather who, during the battle at the Department of Mysteries, is murdered by his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange, causing Harry great emotional damage.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, one of Lord Voldemort's right-hand Death Eaters who leads the battle at the Department of Mysteries. As early as Aug. 2005 (14 years ago), rumours began linking Helen McCrory to the role of Bellatrix Lestrange. On 2 Feb. 2006 (13 years ago) it was announced that McCrory had indeed been cast as Bellatrix. However, in Apr. 2006 (13 years ago) she revealed that she was three months pregnant and withdrew from the movie because she would not have been able to perform the intense battle sequences in the Ministry of Magic in sep. and Oct. 2006 (13 years ago). The announcement that Bonham Carter had been recast in the role was made on 25 May 2006 (13 years ago).


David Yates was chosen to direct the movie after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (6 walls) director Mike Newell, as well as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Matthew Vaughn and Mira Nair, turned down offers. Yates believed he was approached because the studio saw him fit to handle an "edgy and emotional" movie with a "political backstory", which one of his previous projects, the TV drama Sex Traffic, demonstrated. Steve Kloves, the screenwriter of the first four Potter films, had other commitments, and Michael Goldenberg filled in and wrote the script for the film.

Rehearsals for Order of the Phoenix began on 27 Jan. 2006 (13 years ago), filming began on 6 February, and finished in the end of Nov. 2006 (13 years ago). Filming was put on a two-month hiatus starting in May 2006 (13 years ago) so that Radcliffe could sit his A/S Levels and Watson could sit her GCSE exams. The film's budget was reportedly between GB£75 and 100 million (US$150–200 million). The largest budget of the other movies in the series has been the £75 million it cost to make Goblet of Fire.

Mark Day was the movie editor, Sławomir Idziak was the cinematographer, and Jany Temime was the costume designer. Choreographer Paul Harris, who has previously worked with David Yates several times, created a physical language for wand combat to choreograph the wand fighting scenes.


The film's reviews were generally positive. The movie currently holds a 77% "Certified Fresh" approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. While this is a positive score, it is the least favourably reviewed of the six Harry Potter movies on the site. It also has a score of 71 out of 100 on Metacritic, the fourth highest rated after Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince. Charles Frederick of The Telegraph headlined their review "Potter movie is the best and darkest yet". Colin Bertram of the New York Daily News gave the movie four out of four stars, calling it the best Potter movie yet and wrote that "die-hard Potter addicts will rejoice that Yates has distilled J. K. Rowling's broad universe with care and reverence". Mark Adams of The Sunday Mirror, while giving the movie four out of five stars, called it "a dark and delicious delight [and] a must-see movie". Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald gave the movie three stars out of four and wrote that the movie "is the first installment in the soon-to-be series-of-seven that doesn't seem like just another spinoff capitalising on the money-minting Harry Potter brand name. Instead, Phoenix feels like a real 'movie'".

Imelda Staunton's performance as Dolores Umbridge and Helena Bonham Carter's as Bellatrix Lestrange were widely acclaimed; Staunton was described as the "perfect choice for the part" and "one of the film's greatest pleasures", "coming close to stealing the show". The Daily Mail described Staunton's portrayal of Umbridge as a "refreshing addition", with the character herself described as "a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Hyacinth Bucket". Bonham Carter was said to be a "shining but underused talent". Variety praised Alan Rickman's portrayal of Severus Snape, writing that he "may have outdone himself; seldom has an actor done more with less than he does here". Newcomer Evanna Lynch, playing Luna Lovegood, also received good word from a number of reviewers including the New York Times who declared her "spellbinding".

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also lauded the three principal actors' achievements, especially Radcliffe: "One of the joys of this movie is watching Daniel Radcliffe grow so impressively into the role of Harry. He digs deep into the character and into Harry's nightmares. It's a sensational performance, touching all the bases from tender to fearful". Rolling Stone's review also classified the movie as better than the previous four instalments in the series, by losing the "candy-ass aspect" of the first two and "raising the bar" from the "heat and resonance" of the third and fourth. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the movie "the best of the series so far, [with] the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry".

Leo Lewis of The Times (London) expressed disappointment that the three main actors were not able to fully advance the emotional sides of their respective characters, weakening the film. The San Francisco Chronicle complained about a "lousy" storyline, alleging that the first twenty minutes of the film, when Harry is put on trial for performing magic outside of school and threatened with expulsion, but is cleared of all charges, did not advance the plot. Kirk Honeycutt of the The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Phoenix is "quite possibly the least enjoyable of the [series] so far", and that despite "several eye-catching moments", "the magic – movie magic, that is – is mostly missing". The review also criticised the under use of the "cream of British acting", noting the brief appearances of Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, David Thewlis, Richard Griffiths, and Julie Walters.

Awards and nominations

  • 2007 MTV Movie Awards
  • 2007 Teen Choice Awards.
  • 2007 Scream Awards
  • 2007 ITV National Movie Awards
  • 2007 Hollywood Movie of the Year
  • 2007 Broadcast movie Critics Association Awards
  • 2007 People's Choice Award
  • 2008 Sony Ericsson Empire Awards
  • 2008 World Soundtrack Discovery Award
  • 2008 London movie Critics Circle Awards
  • 2008 BAFTA Awards
  • 2008 Art Directors Guild
  • 2008 Costume Designers Guild
  • 2008 Visual Effects Society


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