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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 241
Fresh: 190
Rotten: 51

Critics Consensus: It's not easy to take the longest Harry Potter book and streamline it into the shortest HP movie, but director David Yates does a bang up job of it, creating an Order of the Phoenix that's entertaining and action-packed.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: It's not easy to take the longest Harry Potter book and streamline it into the shortest HP movie, but director David Yates does a bang up job of it, creating an Order of the Phoenix that's entertaining and action-packed.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 2,326,299


Movie Info

Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year of studies, only to find that the magical community seems to be in a curious state of denial about his recent encounter with the sinister Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the fifth installment of the popular fantasy film series based on the best-selling books by author J.K. Rowling. Rumor has it that the dreaded Lord Voldemort has returned, but Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy) isn't … More

PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Goldenberg
In Theaters:
Nov 11, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

All Critics (241) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (190) | Rotten (51) | DVD (29)

By focussing the story on Harry (a leaner and slightly meaner Daniel Radcliffe) and his exploits, Yates dispenses with many of the novel's subplots and is able to push the story forward, ominously foreshadowing the dark times to come.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Brought me straight back to one of the most enduring of childhood feelings: boredom.

Full Review… | August 5, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Installment five boosts his [Harry's] rebellion to enjoyable levels of British pique.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

We do get terrific work from the all-star British cast, and the special effects are as seamless as ever.

July 16, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The older these kids get, the darker and more engrossing the Harry Potter movies become.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
People Magazine

It's clear that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has left the dewy-eyed awe of childhood magic and entered the brooding angst of adolescent powerlessness.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

An emotional and involving installment in this hit or miss series

Full Review… | January 13, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Yates leaps into big-budget cinema like a kid in a candy store, packing in nearly every compelling image from the 870-page source material.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Time Out Chicago

Harry's got quite a lot on his plate this time around and that's both the strength and weakness of Order of the Phoenix.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Además de la afortunada dirección, el que este episodio tuviera un buen resultado, era de esperarse. Con un presupuesto elevado, la mayor parte del elenco repitiendo y el talento histriónico de Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Ca

Full Review… | March 11, 2010

The director, Peter Yates, pastes on the chiaroscuro, but under it is the summer-camp flatness that's always been the franchise's trademark

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

The franchise staff (ostensibly led by Brit-TV director David Yates) dive right in, smooshing Rowling's biggest book into the shortest film and treating the rich subtext -- as well as much of the text -- as dispensable.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a gripping, evocative movie. David Yates has two great strengths to apply to the project. He is cinematically adept, and character is a priority for him.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Whether you will enjoy Order of the Phoenix relies, I suspect, largely on whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan to begin with.

Full Review… | August 23, 2008

The Harry Potter movies that are based on J.K. Rowling's novels have gotten progressively darker with each entry, and Order of the Phoenix may quite possibly be the darkest one yet.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

With the supremely evil Valdemort having put in an appearance at the end of the previous film, you might think it would be time to circle the wagons and start planning some defensive strategies ... but you would be wrong.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008

There's a nagging feeling of dad trying to rush the family on a vacation. If you hurry this much, you're bound to miss something and that keeps the Potter films away from greatness.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Though it may be blasphemous to say so, this is one movie that is superior to the book.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Colorado Springs Gazette

The longest and weakest of the Potter novels becomes one of the better film adaptations of the series.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Only true fans of the books will notice many of these shortcomings, but I must hope that this was a fluke or misstep, not a sign of things to come.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008

...not much of a stand-alone picture but, rather, a transition from one major story strand to the next.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Possibly more Dirty Harry than the usual beloved kid bestseller bespectacled wonder wizard, as a dark side kicks in and Harry's soul is on the line.

Full Review… | November 25, 2007

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

OMG. Get a haircut. Not the worst (I'm thinking No. 6), but also not the best despite it's shiny presentation. Character development starts in this film -- at least for the kids -- so it's a "must" for the series lovers.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


This adaptation of Harry Potter's 5th year at Hogwarts marked the start of David Yates's tenure as director for this series, and it's a position he'd have for the rest of this epic story's duration. It's also the second shortest film in the series, which is a troubling thing considering it is based on the longest of the books.

Things are starting to get real, and really series for Harry following the events of the previous outing. The wizarding world is in a curious state about the return of Voldemort, with a lot of people torn about whether it's really going on or not.

As a result, Harry finds himself in a difficult spot as he struggles to deal with these problems, as well as the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. As the bureaucratic powers that be begin to crackdown on growing suspicions about the return of Voldemort, Harry and his loyal friends start taking matters into their own hands, knowing that it's pretty much the only way to get anything accomplished, despite all the risks involved.

This is a bit of a tough one for the series. As I said, this film is the second shortest, and it's based on the longest book. Unfortunately that means that the film is an extremely streamlined adaptation, with few of the subplots, and a fair amount of condensing of the main story. It also continues the tradition of having a darker tone, though there are still some lighter moments and fun things, though not a nice blend of menace and whimsy like previous entries accomplished.

The core cast return and continue to get better and better. New additions like Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton are fantastic additions, and make for some gloriously scene stealing villains that are an absolute joy to watch. The music, though not done by Williams, is decent, though I wish they could have stuck more with the type of scores from other films.

The cinematography however, is something I really don't have any complaints with. It's moody, atmospheric, and gets the job done nicely. I think that Yates is a bit wobbly here at times, but can't get too mad as this was his first crack at the series.

All in all, this is a decent movie, but it could and should have been far better. Honestly, as much as I enjoyed the book, I'm not sue it needed to be as long as it was. That being said though, I can understand why this film had to get some things, though I wished they could have done a better job at selecting what to keep and what to toss.

I should probably hate on this film a little more, but I find that a little hard to do. I mean yeah, it's flawed, but it's also part of an already ambitious series, and it does get a fair amount of stuff right, so I'll let it slide with the slightest possible 3.5/5 possible.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The book was long, dragged on, and certainly a let down compared to the fourth. This movie on the other hand holds its own as one of the most entertaining of the bunch. Its quick, dark, and fun to watch. Good movie, great series. The actors are maturing and so are their performances. Harry Potter is still a thrill ride.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

Equal parts funny and dark, this is one of the best of the series, especially with the inclusion of the hateful Dolores Umbridge. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Quotes

Harry Potter:
We've been at this for hours! If only I could rest.
Severus Snape:
The dark lord isn't resting.
– Submitted by Danny O (9 months ago)
Dolores Umbridge:
Professor Snape, you first applied for the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts, did you not?
Severus Snape:
Dolores Umbridge:
And you were unsuccessful?
Severus Snape:
– Submitted by T R (12 months ago)
Bellatrix Lestrange:
You filthy mudblood.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Albus Dumbledore:
It's Dumbledore's Army, not Potter's.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (21 months ago)
Hermione Granger:
We're not learning how to use magic, we're not passing our O.W.L.s
– Submitted by Baurushan J (21 months ago)
Lucius Malfoy:
We can settle this If we just all calm down.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (21 months ago)

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