Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 
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Release Date: June 28, 2007

Based on: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003 novel by J. K. Rowling)

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Jason Isaacs

Budget: $150 million

Box office: $939.9 million

 

The Ministry of Magic denies Voldemort’s return and an obstructive bureaucrat takes control Hogwarts.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a good film, presenting audiences with a sort of calm before the storm, putting the final pieces in place before the second war for good and evil begins. As such, the tension is palpable in the film, giving off the feeling of anything being able to happen at any moment. Much of this is seen through visions and dreams Harry has throughout the story, serving as a connection between him and Voldemort. Further, Umbridge’s presence at Hogwarts, acting as a stumbling block to the staff and students, evokes an uneasy feeling of knowing something is about to happen, though nobody will be equipped to handle what will occur.

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As a character, Umbridge is a fascinating complement to the overt villainy the viewers have seen through Voldemort and those acting on his behalf over the course of the series. Hiding behind a façade of pleasantness, smiling and talking down to everyone around her, she insists what she does is for their own good while plotting to bury her enemies in a slew of bureaucratic rules and torturous detentions. She is also a much more realistic villain, embodying the incompetence and corruptness of authority figures who have become driven by whatever amount of power they have held within their lives.

The acting within the film is good, most notably with Radcliffe who does quite well in his body language and facial expressions whenever Umbridge is either mentioned or physically around him. His rage and hatred come off as entirely believable along with the bewilderment surrounding the dreams plaguing him. Additionally, Radcliffe has a monologue in the latter half of the film, spelling out exactly why Voldemort is weak and will eventually lose. It’s easy to see not only the growth he has had throughout these films, but also the heart and acting he’s putting into these specific lines.

This is an enjoyable entry into the franchise worth seeing at least once.

Awards

Won

AFI Awards, USA

  • Special award (for the Harry Potter series)

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Director

European Film Awards

  • Audience Award

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family TV Spot (For “Great Wizards”)

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Art Direction

National Movie Awards, UK

  • Best Family

  • Best Performance by a Male (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Performance by a Female (Emma Watson)

People’s Choice Awards USA

  • Favorite Movie Drama

SyFy Portal Genre Awards

  • Best Actress in a Movie (Emma Watson)

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Summer Movie – Drama/Action Adventure

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture

Nominated

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film

  • Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton)

  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Director

  • Best Writing

  • Best Costume

  • Best Make-Up

  • Best Music

  • Best Special Effects

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Production Design Award

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Special Visual Effects

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Film Critics Association Awards

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Fantasy Film

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Film

  • Best Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Actress (Emma Watson)

  • Best Soundtrack

  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Gold Derby Awards

  • Art Direction

  • Visual Effects

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Sci-Fi Movie of the Year

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

Kids’ Choice Awards, Australia Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

London Critics Circle Film Awards

  • British Supporting Actress of the Year (Imelda Staunton)

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR in a Foreign Feature Film

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Kiss (Daniel Radcliffe & Katie Leung)

  • Best Summer Movie You Haven’t Seen

MTV Movie Awards, Russia

  • Best International Movie

National Movie Awards, UK

  • Best Performance by a Male (Rupert Grint)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

People’s Choice Awards USA

  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (Potterheads)

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

  • Best Movie

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth DVD (Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection)

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Visual/Special Effects

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture (For the Hall of Prophecy)

  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture (For the Hogwarts School)

  • Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture (For the Hall of Prophecy and comp shots)