Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 138 minutes

Year: 2007

Boobs: Zero

One Sentence: The books do not even exist as far as I am concerned.

I have read HP1, none of the other books.  I am not looking at this review from a book point of view, what was left out, and what they changed, I don't even care about all that.  I am looking at this from a movie point of view only, and I have been dying to write this since last Friday.  Best Movie Of The Year!

I am a Harry Potter fan in the sense that I like the movies, and really love the idea, the characters, and the stories.  I have never been hit with the electricity of that spell Harry seems to cast on everyone, well that was until I saw Phoenix.  I am not sure what it was, maybe, because they are older now, perhaps the political undertones, and parallels with things that I see going on in our world, or the pure fucking badassedness of everyone in this movie, but Phoenix has made me decide to read 1-7 once The Deathly Hallows comes out in the theater and I have seen it. 

Harry has been great, his movies have had amazing characters, and places, creatures, and magic.  However I never got behind them, there was too much distrust of the kids.  Too much shut up, sit down, don't talk, do as your told, and it drove me nuts.  I could never get behind the children are seen, not heard teachings of Hogwarts and the instructors.   Especially when those kids are the one's saving people's lives.  Well I guess it was finally time for some vindication.  It took a while and I was getting ready to write every authority figure off as a idiot, but we got a little something back in HP5.  This change along with the what I think is a great story, and stellar visual work, really made Harry Potter 5 the best in the movie series, and right now for me the best movie I have seen this year.  

I highly reccomend this movie for theater viewing.  I have heard this review, is a little in disagreement with the book readers out there, so this is just coming from someone who has only seen the movies.  I really enjoyed it though, and would consider seeing it again in the theater.  

5 Stars 

  • I haven’t read the book yet – I’ve decided I like the movies much better if I watch the movie first THEN read the book. I am so excited to read this book now – I thought the movie was really well done – and can’t wait to get all the back story & details that they couldn’t fit into the movie. A++++

  • Jessica

    The movie begins with dementor attacks in a muggle community of Harry and his muggle cousin, Dudley. Harry uses magic to fight them off and is almost expelled from school as a result of using magic outside of school and in front of a muggle. Luckily Dumbledore, the headmaster at Hogwarts, defends Harry at his trial and clears him on charges.

    The Order of the Phoenix, a group of good witches and wizards plotting against Voldemort, rescue Harry and take him to headquarters. Ron and Hermoine, are there along with Harry’s extended wizard family. Harry thinks he has been kept in the dark about what been going on since Voldemorts return and is not too happy.

    At school, there are mixed feelings about Voldemort’s return and many others believe the Minister and the newspapers claims that Voldemort has not returned, that Harry’s a liar and that Dumbledore’s out of his mind.

    Students form a private class to learn defensive magic in the event that Voldemort and his followers attack. Later, their skills are tested when they fight Voldemort’s followers in a battle at the Ministry of Magic and the fighting scenes will have you sitting right on the edge of your seat.

    Harry’s dreams are scary and a few scenes at the end are too. Overall, this movie rocked and everyone who sees it is gonna to love it.

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