Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Jason Isaacs, Imelda Staunton, Jamie Waylett, Julie Walters, George Harris, Robbie Jarvis
Director: David Yates

U.S. Opening Date: 13 July 2007


They say

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

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We say

Another year, another Harry Potter movie.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth Potter movie adaptation thus far. The previous ones were: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone in the States, in 2001), Chamber of Secrets (2002), Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Goblet of Fire (2005).

Five down, and two to go: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is scheduled for release next year and the final book in the series, the as-yet-to-be-published Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will see the light of cinema projectors in 2010. Of course the big story right now isn’t the Order of the Phoenix movie adaptation, but the final Potter book, due to be released on 21 July of this year.

From the start author JK Rowling has intended the Harry Potter series to be limited to seven books one book for each year Harry spends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After all, as she has stated in many interviews, we’re talking about Harry Potter – the Boy Wizard here. What is she supposed to write about one day then? Harry Potter and the Mid-Life Crisis? Of course, one way to make sure that a franchise dies and stays dead is to kill off the lead character. And this has led to mass speculation whether Harry Potter will actually survive the ending of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Will this be the end for Harry Potter? Will he survive his next confrontation with Lord Voldemort? One thing is sure though, this sort of hype can’t be bad for book sales . . .

Authors often become bored with their most famous literary creations. Most famously Arthur Conan Doyle wanted arch villain Moriarity to kill off Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles, but couldn’t get it over his heart. But this sort of thing doesn’t always depend on the author. In Stephen King’s Misery, a deranged fan kidnapped a famous writer of best-sellers and forced him to write a book in which the heroine of a beloved series is brought back to life again. Death also isn’t what it used to be, and didn’t prove to be the end of the likes of Superman, Spock and the Spice Girls. Like a bad cheque they all bounced back . . .

Only time will tell if the literary Harry Potter will survive to make it to any superfluous sequels years from now when author JK Rowling will probably discover that all the world wants from her is another Harry Potter book, and not any other literary property she might dream up pretty much in the way that TV stars discover that people aren’t really interested in what they do outside that particular television show (which is why rumours are rife about David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both wanting to do another X-Files big screen movie even though Duchovny famously left the franchise years ago to let them wobble on without FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder).

Except for a few minor changes, the key creative personnel responsible for the previous four films in the franchise are pretty much on board for this sequel (Richard Harris, the original Dumbledore, is still sadly missed though).

Let’s face up to it: the Harry Potter movie franchise has thus far been quite blessed in that it had been of a consistently high quality throughout its six years existence thus far. Most movie franchises seldom survive this long without an obvious dip in quality and interest. Think of how the whole Planet of the Apes series for instance had pretty much gone ape shit by the second film already (Beneath the Planet of the Apes) never mind all five of them! Or what about the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th movies? By the fifth film in the big screen Star Trek series, poor Trek fans had to cope with the abomination that was Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Potter fans have had it lucky thus far and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues the trend . . . mostly.




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  • Dario Marianelli (of V for Vendetta fame) was considered as a possible composer for this film. TV music composer Nicholas Hooper got the gig of reworking John Williams' original Harry Potter music instead. 

  • Evanna Lynch beat over 15,000 girls for the role of Luna Lovegood.

  • The carpet in Professor Umbridge's office cost £50,000 to make.

  • Helen McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange, but due to pregnancy she had to be replaced by Helena Bonham Carter.

  • Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and more of the cast and crew were spotted filming on the Westminster Underground Tube station in London. This is thought to be the filming of the St. Mungo's scene.

  • Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!) was offered the chance to direct this film.

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