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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Family | 11 July 2007 (USA)
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With their warning about Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') return scoffed at, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

Director:

David Yates

Writers:

Michael Goldenberg (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 14 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Jason Boyd Jason Boyd ... Piers
Richard Macklin Richard Macklin ... Malcolm
Kathryn Hunter ... Mrs. Arabella Figg
Miles Jupp ... TV Weatherman
Fiona Shaw ... Petunia Dursley
Richard Griffiths ... Vernon Dursley
Jessica Hynes ... Mafalda Hopkirk (voice) (as Jessica Stevenson)
Adrian Rawlins ... James Potter
Geraldine Somerville ... Lily Potter
Robert Pattinson ... Cedric Diggory (archive footage)
Ralph Fiennes ... Lord Voldemort
Natalia Tena ... Nymphadora Tonks
Brendan Gleeson ... Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
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Storyline

After a lonely summer on Privet Drive, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to a Hogwarts full of ill-fortune. Few of students and parents believe him or Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) that Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is really back. The ministry had decided to step in by appointing a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), who proves to be the nastiest person Harry has ever encountered. Harry also can't help stealing glances with the beautiful Cho Chang (Katie Leung). To top it off are dreams that Harry can't explain, and a mystery behind something for which Voldemort is searching. With these many things, Harry begins one of his toughest years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Written by HPfan

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The rebellion begins. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While filming the stand-off scene in the Ministry of Magic, Matthew Lewis suffered a perforated eardrum after tilting his head while Helena Bonham Carter had improvised sticking her wand in his ear "as a sort of Q-Tip...(to) sort of torture (his ear)", Bonham Carter said. Lewis was deaf in that ear for a few days afterward, though he laughed about the incident in later interviews. Initially, Bonham Carter had no idea she had injured Lewis, and when she found out several days later, she immediately regretted doing so, and apologised profusely to Lewis, whom she described as "such a nice young man." See more »

Goofs

(at around 38 mins) When Harry has to write lines for Umbridge, you clearly see him put his hand on the desk, then when the shot changes to a front view his hand is down by his side, and then when it changes back it is on the table again. See more »

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Radio announcer: I don't know about you, it's just too hot today, isn't it? And it's going to get even worse. Temperatures up in the mid 30's Celsius, that's the mid 90's Fahrenheit, tomorrow maybe even hitting 100. So please, remember to cover up and stay cool with the hottest hits on your FM dial.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits are presented in the same typeface as Professor Umbridge's numerous educational decrees. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the dubbed versions change the names of a few characters, to match their translated novel counterparts in each respective language. One good example is Hermione, who in the German version (of all the Potter films/books) is named Hermine. See more »


Soundtracks

Coming for You
(uncredited)
Written by David O'Brien, Ewan O'Brien & Kevin Browne
Performed by Reactor
Courtesy of Music House
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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JK's biggest book to the screen, mission impossible? Mission accomplished!!!
11 July 2007 | by kingtrio9See all my reviews

For the avid Harry Potter reader the whole suspense leading up to HP Order of the Phoenix can be summed up in the word "how". How are they going to translate a nearly 900 page book to the screen, how are they going to tie together a storyline that in the 5th book breaks into dozens of streams like a mighty river coming to its delta.

This seemingly impossible task is well accomplished by astute summation of plot and concentration of action. Also, the heart and soul of the book, i.e. the thematic spirit of the story and Rowling's shining gift for characterization are given the fullest support in this film more so than in any previous HP movie.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix basically involves Harry being persecuted by the government for telling a truth they refuse to believe all while dealing with the same feelings of teen angst and emerging love that any ordinary teen finds stressful and consuming. Only through the love and dedication of family and especially friends does Harry come across the means to fight back against the government, elude his enemies and make some sense of his emotional turmoil.

Most reader's will come out of the theater saying "I wish they had shown this or that." However, all will leave satisfied that they have been treated to a faithful rendering brilliantly acted and directed. All the HP movies are a "good watch" but in this one we get a great movie.

We have the advantage of going to our HP movies with a non-reader and she was, to say the least, blown away and pronounced it a near classic. My daughter and myself have read and reread the books many times over and came out limp from exhilaration, our keen anticipation very much fulfilled.

A few highlights: The acting is best ever. The three principles push themselves to a new level. My favorite new characters were Imelda Staunton as Delores Umbridge, excellent (you'll love to hate her) and Natalia Tena as Tonks. Natalia is sheer delight. She is the penultimate punk rock witch girl(think Dead Milkmen here). And Helena Bonham Carter is in her medium (she played the witch Morganna in the movie Merlin) as the dangerous and demented Bellatrix LeStrange.

Battle scenes: breathtaking. Commraderie: The only HP that actually caused me to get teary so heartfelt are the portrayals of friendship and family.

See the film knowing that unless you want a 10hour movie some things are going to have to go. Leave having enjoyed a film that takes the beans and water and instead of a nice large coffee treats one to a perfectly concentrated, most artfully brewed and extremely tasty espresso. It has been said before but truth is truth: BEST YET!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Highland, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,108,414, 15 July 2007

Gross USA:

$292,353,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$942,169,210
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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