Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixAs a huge Harry Potter fan, I was predestined to be disappointed with the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. That this was the longest book coupled with the fact that it had less of a tangible plot than any of the other books made it a difficult episode to film. David Yates mastered the psychological aspects of Harry’s coming of age, but unfortunately he failed to craft a cohesive story out of the parts of the book that actually had a plot. The whole film moved at a breakneck pace that it was impossible to absorb everything that was happening even for someone well-seasoned with the plotline. Why were there dementors in Surrey any way? Why was Dumbledore avoiding Harry throughout the whole movie? Did Sirius really die? Most importantly, the fifth chapter of the series had two purposes: to show Harry as an emotional youth and to introduce the prophecy that would define the rest of the series. As mentioned earlier, the former goal was met with astounding deft as Radcliffe earns his title as an actor. In one film, he believably portrays anger, love, friendship and grief. However, the focus on the prophecy is practically non-existent and without it, the movie has no plot other than evading Dolores Umbridge (brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton). The gravity of the prophecy, including who made it, how Voldemort interpreted it, and what it means for Harry’s future is left virtually unexplored. A common trend among all of the Harry Potter movies, the director greatly abbreviates the expository scene at the end of every book in which Dumbledore explains everything to Harry. Generally, in a visual medium, it is indeed better to show something rather than have a character tell it, but one way or the other, the message never reached the audience. Finally, one pivotal plot change is that Harry never hears the full prophecy from Dumbledore where he is told that Voldemort marked him as his equal, thus creating his own enemy. These are all subtle plot points, but the subtlety is what added to the magical allure of the novels, not the sheer force of plot points succeeding one another.

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3 responses to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

  1. Well, i dissapointed with fourth book (order of phoenix, if i am not wrongly stated) about the Brazil Hogwarts (read below from Wiki). C’mon man, if there is a “hoghwarts” at Brazil. It is possible to have others on Australia (made by former english prisoner), on Indonesia (ha ha ha … I am from this country) or othet english spoken language country (include India and South Africa). For me it is big surprised may be the same if you read that Harry Potter is Jew or Moslem.

    http://harrypottersouthpark.wordpress.com/

    Quote from Wiki:

    ther forms of wizarding education

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogwarts

    There are two other schools of magic mentioned by name in the Harry Potter novels: one, Beauxbatons Academy of

    Magic, is located in France, while the Durmstrang Magical Institute is assumed to be located in Northern Europe

    (since its uniform includes thick furs, and since the students found the British climate more appealing). The name

    of a possible school, the Salem Witches’ Institute, is only mentioned in relation to a number of middle-aged

    witches in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Rowling has not confirmed if it is indeed a school of magic in

    the United States. Fans have suggested a possible North American location for this school due to speculation that

    its name is a reference to the Salem witch trials and Salem College, a quaint and traditional United States college

    for women that shares many elements of student life with Hogwarts. Goblet of Fire also mentions an unnamed school

    in Brazil.

    It is also possible for adults to study magic by distance learning, a method attempted by Argus Filch, as Harry

    inadvertently discovered in his second year that Filch was attempting to teach himself basic magic from a

    “KWIKSPELL” correspondence course in beginners’ magic [HP2], and also by homeschooling.[HP7]

  2. wontstopbelievin

    I have no idea what you are talking about. What do other magical schools in other countries have anything to do with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which is the fifth movie by the way)?

    No one ever said that there were not other magical schools. We know for a fact that there are ones in Germany and France, so it is quite possible that there are lesser known ones in Brazil or wherever it is that you live. However, this does not preclude the possibility that there could be several different races congregating at Hogwarts. London is a very diverse place in case you’ve never been there…

  3. I have no idea what you are talking about. What do other magical schools in other countries have anything to do with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which is the fifth movie by the way)?
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    Sorry man, it should be the Goblet of Fire. Well, I just share my dissapointment. If you dissapointed with the movie, I with the fourth book. Other magic school at brazil? For me that is a big surprise!

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