Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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Critic 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.


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

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Goldenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2007
Box Office: $292.0M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Harry Potter

as Ron Weasley

as Hermione Granger

as Albus Dumbledore

as Lord Voldemort

as Sirius Black

as Remus Lupin

as Severus Snape

as Bellatrix Lestrange

as Rubeus Hagrid

as Sybil Trelawney

as Lucius Malfoy

as Dudley Dursley

as Vernon Dursley

as Alastor `Madeye' Moo...

as Petunia Dursley

as Minerva McGonagall

as Dolores Umbridge

as TV Weatherman

as Argus Filch

as Filius Flitwick

as Draco Malfoy

as Cornelius Fudge

as Mrs. Weasley

as Zacharias Smith

as Arthur Weasley

as Cho Chang

as Nymphadora Tonks

as Neville Longbottom

as Luna Lovegood

as Cedric Diggory

as Elphias Doge

as Ginny Weasley

as Emmeline Vance

as Vincent Crabbe

as George Weasley

as Kingsley Shacklebolt

as Fred Weasley

as Parvati Patil

as Dawlish

as Padma Patil

as Newspaper Vendor

as Percy Weasley

as Seamus Finnigan

as Mafalda Hopkirk

as Lily Potter

as James Potter

as Amelia Bones

as Zacharias Smith

as Arabella Figg

as Gregory Goyle

as Slightly Creepy Boy

as Nigel 2nd Year

as Professor Grubbly-Pl...

as Dean Thomas

as Everard

as Azkaban Death Eater

as Young Severus Snape

as Young James Potter

as Young Sirius Black

as Young Peter Pettigre...

as Young Remus Lupin

as Centaur

as Death Eater

as Death Eater

as Death Eater

as Death Eater
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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

All Critics (241) | Top Critics (48)

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

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
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

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.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

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.

cosmo313
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

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