|Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth - including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. New adventure - more dangerous, more thrilling than ever - is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!|
"It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free...the best "Harry Potter" film yet. Colin Bertram, New York Daily News
"This is the best Harry Potter picture yet. David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Miraculous! A feast for the eyes...magical movie-making! Larry King, CNN
"Once you see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix you'll want to see it again and again. NewsDay 'KidsDay'
"The most successful film series since James Bond continues with another rousing winner...a wild ride all the way. Pete Hammond, Maxim
"...the best of the series so far...has the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteIn the silver-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the fifth chapter in the beloved book series, everyone's favorite wizard-in-training (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself in increasingly perilous situations. Not only is Harry in trouble with the Ministry of Magic for using his abilities outside of school, his trusted mentor, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), has grown distant, and an icy new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), has arrived to bring a frightening level of discipline to Hogwarts. And waiting in the shadows is the demonic Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), an ominous figure whose very existence is questioned by the powerful Ministry, leaving Harry and his friends--most notably Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson)--to form a rebel group, Dumbledore's Army.Helmed by little-known British director David Yates and written by Michael Goldenberg (the first scribe to fill the boots of Steve Kloves), THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX continues the darker tone of the two preceding POTTER installments and deftly follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they face new foes and impending adulthood. While Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson all continue to imbue their characters with vitality and complexity, Staunton steals the show as the strict, merciless Umbridge, though the story, which lacks some of the special-effects-heavy set pieces of past chapters, happily leaves room for other actors to shine, most notably Alan Rickman (as the ever-enigmatic Severus Snape), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange). Another fine offering of POTTER movie magic, PHOENIX may not astound quite the way that THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN did, but it easily stands as one of the best films in the series.
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Ackland-Snow, et. al. - Art Director|
|David Heyman - Producer|
|David Yates - Director|
|J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By|
|Lionel Wigram - Executive Producer|
|Mark Day - Editor|
|Michael Goldenberg - Screenplay|
|Nicholas Hooper - Original Music By|
|Slawomir Idziak - Cinematographer|
|Stuart Craig - Production Designer|
|MTV Award, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet|
Customer Reviews of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2- Disc Special Edition)
Setting the Stage...1/6/2008
Now that Harry has faced down Voldemort twice and lived, and watched friends and family suffer and die, he's making the transition from child to adult more rapidly and with more pain than his peers. And it doesn't help that he's feeling more alone than ever. Another excellent, yet much darker movie than the earlier ones, Order of the Phoenix sets the stage for Harry's emergence as a force for good and a leader - reluctant, to be sure - in his world and that of the Muggles.
DVD finally out!12/28/2007
I enjoyed the movie in the theater, but was looking forward to the DVD. Allowed me to catch the smaller subtle hints and review the dialog. This movie opens new areas, and wraps up some of the open plot items. As some have said there is a lot about nothing, but this movie was needed to bridge the gap from the earlier movies to the next 2 movies. The cast went from kids to adults in how they handle situations, went from playtime to serious issues.
I received the order of Harry Potter movie and came in and arrived little bit late because of the date. It was good movie.
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