Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews
I suppose that's also why the writer is the wealthiest fiction writer of all time with a net worth of $2.5 Billion. She knows how to capture the imagination.
Originally Written July 11, 2007--
Now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) learns that many in the wizarding community do not know the truth of his encounter with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy), Minister of Magic, appoints his toady, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, for he fears that Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) will take his job. But Umbridge's teaching is deficient and her methods, cruel, so Harry prepares a group of students to defend the school against a rising tide of evil.
While not as good as "Goblet of Fire," this latest chapter in the Harry Potter saga still amazes. By focusing the story on Harry (a leaner and slightly meaner Radcliffe) and his exploits, director David Yates dispenses with many of the novel's subplots and is able to push the story forward, ominously foreshadowing the dark times to come. "Phoenix" is action-packed, darker, and much more epic. But the biggest problem I had with the film was that it seemed a little off from what we've come to expect from these movies. Three-and-a-half stars.