Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Director: David Yates Year: 2007 Run time: 2hrs 18m
“Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth - including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decide to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters.”
11:12 - Extending terrace is awesome. Also Dora’s hair. 14:19 - The eavesdropping ear things are also excellent, but I think would not get past Mad Eye Moody. 19:04 - So far, of all the sets, I think the ministry is the one I haven’t wanted to see because I like my imagination better. 19:36 - It’s alright though. 24:29 - How does Dumbledore get through his days with jingly things attached to his beard? 28:19 - “Potter plotter.” Wizard headline writers as good as Muggles. 35:07 - Best paper aeroplane ever. 36:46 - “…will get you through your examinations, which after all is what school is all about.” GAH. 45:48 - Umbridge is so vile. 55:43 - The Weasly twins look better with shorter hair. 1:02:20 - Love that they’re running out of wall for her decrees. 1:07:28 - “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon.” 1:11:36 - Santa on a broomstick. That explains a lot. 1:14:30 - The sprawling family tree around the wallpaper is kinda cool. 1:25:53 - “You may not like it but Dumbledore’s got style.” 1:27:53 - “I tried so hard to help and all I’ve done is make things worse.” Tell me about it, Potter. 1:36:28 - The big pendulum is pretty intimidating for an exam. 1:44:51 - Her surprise at his clever scheme, brilliant. “Has been known to happen.” 1:52:24 - That’s a lot of broken prophecies. 2:04:10 - “He’s back.”
In all honesty, it’s at this point that our binge-watching of the Harry Potter films makes them start to blur together. It doesn’t help that this one didn’t stand out anyway, it’s very much setting everything up for the future films to come.
Notable highlights include the training of Dumbledore’s Army, the growing relationship between Ron and Hermione, and the sheer carnage at the Ministry towards the end. As with the last one, I feel like it’s going to be totally confusing for someone who hasn’t read the book, and the pace of information coming at you gets faster and faster.
I did think Sirius’ death scene made a lot more sense, though, rather than the unfathomable Death Curtain thing from the novels. This way, it’s just a plain spell and even more reason to hate Bellatrix.