Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
After three teeny steps and one big leap forward the Harry Potter movie franchise starts to get down to business. Wrapping up all the agony of teenage angst (the anger, the alienation, the rebellion against authority, the confusion) into the conventions of a political thriller is a brilliant stroke by new Potter scribe Michael Goldenberg (the previous where penned by the overly literal minded Steve Kloves) . The growing awareness of Harry’s real part in the world now is starting to take on tragic and almost Shakespearean dimensions. And Daniel Radcliffe is growing into Potter: his face and body assuming a handsome nobility, a touch of grim majesty. For the first time in this series it begins to seem possible that Harry can pull this off. Stuck in the middle between childhood and looming adulthood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, appropriately feels unfinished and rough, a work in progress like all the teen years are. It gets a B+.
The Plot: (from IMDB.com)
After returning to Hogwarts to begin his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter discovers that much of the wizarding world, including the Ministry of Magic, is in denial about Lord Voldemort’s return. The Order of the Phoenix, a group sworn against Voldemort, is using its vast array of wizards and witches magical abilities to combat Voldemort. Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic, suspects that Dumbledore is using these claims of The Dark Lord’s return as a means to over-throw Fudge as Minister. In retaliation, a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is appointed by the Ministry in order to keep an eye on Hogwarts. This new teacher, Professor Umbridge, implies strict new teachings and rules, forcing a group of students, under the tutelage of Harry, to form a club, by the name of Dumbledore’s ArmyThe Credits (from The New York Times)
Directed by David Yates; written by Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling; director of photography, Slawomir Idziak; edited by Mark Day; music by Nicholas Hooper; production designer, Stuart Craig; visual effects supervisor, Tim Burke; produced by David Heyman and David Barron; released by Warner Brothers Pictures. Running time: 138 minutes.
WITH: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge), David Bradley (Argus Filch), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Katie Leung (Cho Chang) and Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley).