Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP5) is the fifth movie installment of the popular Harry Potter series. As you may know the last book was published recently and devoured by millions who are now turning their attention to other books. Or so I think.
HP5 starts off with a bleak scene featuring dementors who attack Harry and his cousin. Harry manages to ward them off with a spell, but because he’s used his spell against regulations, he’s suspended from Hogwarts by the Ministry of Magic. (Yes, magicians have their bureaucracy too.)
Members of a secret society, called The Order of the Phoenix, escort Harry to a safe place and to a hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Harry is cleared of the charges but the ministry refuses to believe that you-know-who has returned. The movie is nicely set up with Harry and his friends returning to Hogwarts for their next term.
The actors who play Harry and his friends are all grown up and it’s hard to believe that they’re this big. Harry has visions and nightmares and life at Hogwarts and everywhere seems to have been permeated by some darkness, a dark, evil force perhaps. The movie is gripping and it probably marks the turning of the series to a more mature audience.
You also get a clearer picture of the good and bad guys and in a couple of places, the back story was handled well. This is the first of the movies that made me want to pick up the books and read them, in part because the story gets more intricate and in part because it seems more adult-ish now. I like what David Yates, the director, and Michael Goldenberg, the script writer brought to this movie.
You’ve probably already watched the movie if you’re a Potter fan but even if you haven’t read the books (like me) you’ll enjoy the movie. Of course, you will need a little bit of an idea of what happened in the previous 4 editions, but I figure you can manage if you go with someone who knows their way around.
HP5 is the best movie of the series so far and I can’t wait for the next one.