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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - 2007

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Shannon OnstotHARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

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Harry Potter has had a face lift. With new direction and better special effects, the latest installment of the beloved series has a much more adult and artistic feel. The acting and writing remains pretty similar to the previous films, so many of the same problems remain too. This series is going to be popular no matter what because fans of the books turn out in droves, but for those unfamiliar with the boy wizard, this film can be confusing at times.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is entering his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this year he is facing some intense problems with staff and other students. After the death of a beloved student in the previous year, Harry has had to deal with bad press and flurries of rumors surrounding the circumstances of that boy’s death. It doesn’t help that only a handful of people actually believe that Lord Voldemort (excuse me… “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”) is back and gaining strength. Only Headmaster Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and The Order of the Phoenix understand the brevity of the situation and are fighting to make the rest of the wizard world and the Ministry of Magic believe.

When Harry is forced to use magic illegally to save his life, he has to go to trial in front of the ministry to contest his expulsion from Hogwarts. After this encounter, it is clear that the ministry wants to take the “ignore the problem until it goes away” approach with the issue of Lord Voldemort. So they send Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) to fill in as defense against the dark arts professor, in order to keep an eye on the school, and especially Harry. Umbridge sets forth hundreds of proclamations to prevent Harry from teaching his friends about the spells that she refuses to teach in her classroom, but he feels are necessary for everyone to protect themselves. She punishes him and others every chance she gets, but they persist and create “Dumbledore’s Army.”

In the tradition of the previous films, this installment takes quite a while to get really interesting. There were a few scary moments in the beginning, but then the next hour is extremely slow and a little confusing. I’ve read all of the books and love them of course, but I have never liked the movies. I think they’re boring and over-hyped. Since I haven’t read the books in quite a while, I forgot a lot of the plot and names of certain characters. Nobody ever bothers to say the characters’ names, and they don’t explain a lot of strange things that happen. I forgot what The Order of the Phoenix does, and no one ever discussed it or really explained who’s a part of it and who is fighting against it.

Despite my dislike of the first three films (and mild distaste for the fourth), this is my favorite so far. There are a lot of problems with the plot, and a lot of holes that were never filled, but I thought that the screenwriter (Michael Goldenberg) did a good job of choosing which parts of the plot were important, and which parts could be left out for the sake of time.

A lot of the actors have really grown into their roles, and they were much more natural and believable than they have been in the past. To my dismay, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) didn’t have a very large role in this film, but Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), who has a larger role in the next film, continues to be one of my favorite characters. He has really changed from being the dopey klutz to a very loyal friend and troubled soul. A lot of the other characters are poorly acted though, and they’re as stuff as they were in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

My favorite part of this film, and one of the only things that kept me from completely hating it, was the special effects. In the past, the effects have been very unrealistic and even crude at some points (with some good moments), but this time around they have become very artistic and beautiful. The cinematography and the effects mesh together seamlessly, and I was never distracted by any CGI that stood out strangely from the background.

I don’t think I’ll ever be convinced into liking the movies, and people are always going to be upset about their favorite part being left out. As a film that stands alone though, The Order of the Phoenix is beautifully done, and has matured quite a bit from the early days of Harry’s adventures.

A warning to those who haven’t read or re-read the books: brush up on some Harry history, because there are some major plot points and characters that will leave you confused and lost at a few points during the 138 minute epic.

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