"Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix" has not Lost Its Magic and Allure

Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Running Time: 2 hr. 18 min.
Release Date:
July 11th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Distributors:Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: David Yates

JJ Rating: B+

Welcome back to Hogwarts. Harry Potter has been expelled for using magic in the presents of a muggle. Things of danger from “he that must not be named” are a foot. People believe and people do not believe “he that must not be named” is back. He is playing in Potter’s mind. His friends stand by him even though he is angrier over things than has been in the past. He does learn of the Order of the Phoenix, hence the name Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

I am not a Harry Potter fan. I’m not a fan in the sense of I have to get the books and read them and wait in line to get the new book and read that. I’m just interested in knowing about the story via the movies. I think the world that J.K. Rowling has created is by far one of the best worlds anyone has ever created. There is so much life in every character that even if they are not in this new movie as much, you can still see it. I believe that her world translates well from book to movie. Of course I’m not a book whore who thinks that the movie has to take every single thing from the book. I mean I love Jurassic Park the movie and book, but that movie was so different from the book that to even compare the two was just stupid. The central idea of cloning the dinosaurs was the only thing similar…that and the name of the characters. But it was still good.

I think that people who enjoy the Harry Potter books need to give leeway to things being different in the movie. This is the fifth film so people should already know what to expect and what most likely will be cut out of the story. But of course there are those that just never-ever learn.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is fun to say just like the other titles of the other books/movies. Just thought I’d mention that bit.

I love the names of the characters. They are just as creative as the characters personalities and the story lines. Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) is one of those characters. She made the movie. Oh I could not stand her and every time I saw her I wanted them to waste her away with magic. She was just so obnoxiously good. Her villainy was pushed so slightly with her condescending attitude and I loved to hate it. She wore pink and looked like a caring grandmother type until she started to talk. She was a great villain. Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) was awesome too with his no nosed face and his creepy manner of walking and moving. They showed him every so often but it felt like he was there throughout the entire movie even though he really wasn’t. Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) was a crazy character whose introduction is every bit as haunting as her final words spoken loud and clear. New student is Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and let me say what a fantastic add on she is, so loony but in a very huggable kind of way. She was the needed balance against Umbridge.

The returning cast was, as always, very good. We get to see a different side of Harry Potter. We get to see his frustration and Daniel Radcliffe handles that most awesomely. His two friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) are great. I love Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawney. I was glad she was in the movie and I was even almost heartbroken in one scene but I just lover her. She is one of my favorite actresses.

Story wise I think that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is more along the lines of a bridge of sorts in the Harry Potter series. It did not seem to have a beginning like any other movie and it didn’t have an ending that solved the trouble that was going on in the movie. It just seemed to pick up and just drop off. Some people might find that annoying but it doesn’t bother me in the least. I just noticed it.

I like how they introduce certain aspects in the movie just to introduce them but they don’t touch on them. Like Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and his seemingly self fueled disgust over Harry Potter. Why is he that way? None of the movies fully explained that until now. I liked that. Everyone has a reason for doing something the way in which they do it and it makes them more understandable once that is revealed even though they really don’t wanna reveal it.

I really did like this movie over all. I just don’t love it like others because I’m just not the Harry Potter fan and it has nothing to do with me thinking it would be childish to do so it’s just one of those things. I am not into the magical world or the fantasy type world in which she chose to base her books on. The same thing with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy I love the movies but the books I could never get into and it has nothing to do with bad writing and everything to do with interest. I cannot deny either writers ability to create worlds for they both did a marvelous job.

I would think that those who liked the previous movies will find Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a nice edition to the movies that are already in existence. I think Harry Potter is more than just magic. Magic just so happens to be what is in the story but that is not what the story itself is about. Each movie grows darker and darker and it does so as the students grow older. They encounter more and more things that challenge their thinking and moral stance and each time they are tested they try their best to do what they consider correct. The world kids venture into today is no different than the world that is there in the Harry Potter books. People are there to help and then there are those that are there to cause more problems. You might not be magical like Harry Potter but Harry isn’t all that powerful in magic. He’s survived because of how he thinks more than the power he welds.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is magical in its own right and a great movie to add to the rest that are already on shelves everywhere. Potter is just as magical now as his movie conception was then.

P.S. I have the same middle name as Harry Potter. Naner-naner-naner!

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