Film: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

"I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to."
Sirius Black

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth film in the Harry Potter series, released in 2007. It marks the in-series debut of director David Yates, who would go on to direct the rest of the series.

Voldemort's back, but the Ministry of Magic is in denial, so they decide the best solution is to start a Government Conspiracy and cover up all the evidence. Then they send one of their own, Dolores Umbridge, to Hogwarts to take over. Meanwhile, Harry has been haunted by strange dreams...

Amusingly, this movie takes the longest book and compresses it into the second-shortest movie.

Followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Tropes exclusive to this film:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Of a sort. Tonks can change her hair at will and usually favors it pink in the book. In the film it's mostly purple (but turns red when she gets angry, and white when she apparates), which is only at the start of the book. The reason for the change was because pink was already associated with Umbridge in the film.
    • Luna is said to have dirty blonde hair in the book. It's platinum blonde in the film.
    • Hermione's hair is blonde for this film, because Emma Watson had dyed it that way for Ballet Shoes.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • In the book, the Ministry simply passes various decrees. In the film, each decree is nailed to the wall outside the Great Hall as Umbridge gradually seizes control of the school. This is also a set up for Umbridge's eventual Humiliation Conga - where Fred and George cause them all to fall crashing around her.
    • Umbridge's inspection of the teachers is shown in a bit more detail in the film than the book, additionally showing her enforcing various rules around the school.
    • The breakout of Azkaban happens offscreen in the book but we get to see it in the film.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • The film keeps the plot point that no-one believes Harry about Voldemort, since that is part of the Anthropic Principle for that particular book. But, because some points were edited out of Goblet of Fire and never reinstated, viewers never know why no-one believes him beyond Fudge's complete denial of the facts and using Sirius as The Scapegoat.
    • Any scene pertaining to the introduction of the two-way mirrors is left out, leaving it to turn up apparently randomly at various points in the last few films. Its function is given an "explanation" in Deathly Hallows Part 2, but you are never told why Harry has it.
    • In the previous film, Barty Crouch, Jr. was mentioned as the person behind the torture and insanity of Neville's parents, with no other accomplices mentioned. In this film, Neville states that it was solely Bellatrix.
    • Snape's worst memory is reduced to a few quick, shaky shots of Snape being bullied by the Marauders, leaving out Lily's appearance and Snape calling her a Mudblood and ending their friendship. While this has no effect on the events of this film (Harry, like in the book, thinks it's the bullying at James' hands Snape is so embarrassed of), but in Deathly Hallows, Part 2, when Snape's memories are shown, there is no explanation for why Snape ended up as an Unlucky Childhood Friend of Lily and his main motivation for everything he does namely, regret for driving Lily away and indirectly causing her death).
    • Minor one. Tonks explains in the book that she has a rare ability to change her appearance at will because she's a Metamorphmagus. She doesn't say this in the film, so it's not really explained why she can change her hair and nose.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Umbridge in the book is described as looking like a toad. Imelda Staunton's portrayal of her is far more attractive, creating a huge contrast between her sweet grandmotherly appearance and the evil deeds she does.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A small case. The centaurs have it in for Hagrid after he stops them killing Firenze in the book - and Harry and Hermione suffer from guilt-by-association after they carry off Umbridge. This is left out of the film and the centaurs don't go after Harry and Hermione, merely carrying off Umbridge.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The film makes good use of this in sequences throughout, especially at the end when Voldemort attempts to possess Harry. Voldemort imprints Harry with the memories of all the loved ones he has seen die by that point at Voldemort's hands, before Harry turns it back on him by noting that he truly pities him for his inability to feel love or the joy of friendship.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the climax when Harry's friends all been captured and he's forced to hand over the prophecy orb, suddenly a flash of light appears behind Malfoy.
    Siruis: Get away from my godson. *POW*
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: This film features the first and only appearance of Grawp, and the last appearances of the centaurs and Fudge (whose role in the story ended here anyway, so no true major change).
  • Decomposite Character: Cho is the one who betrays Dumbledore's Army to Umbridge, albeit under the influence of Veritaserum, taking Marietta's place.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tonks, Kingsley, and Phineas Black, among others.
  • Did You Actually Believe?: Part of Lucius's Trash Talk in the climax.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The production team made sure to cast an actor as Aberforth Dumbledore for a quick cameo, to set up his later relevance to the seventh book and film.
  • Epic Rocking: The 6-minute "Room of Requirement" from the OST.
  • Exact Words: Umbridge catches the wrong end of this from Harry while she is being dragged off by centaurs.
    Umbridge: Harry! Tell them this is all a misunderstanding! Tell them I mean no harm!
  • Floating Water: In the climatic battle, Dumbledore momentarily nabs Voldermort inside a sphere of water and levitates it into the air.
  • Freudian Slip: "Nice one, James!"
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Umbridge, especially to Hagrid and before she gets carried away by a bunch of angry centaurs.
    • She is also shown measuring how tall Professor Flitwick was, to see if he was part goblin. Flitwick is noticeably offended.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Death Eaters can't seem to hit a panicked teenager with a spell even from behind.
  • Ironic Echo: "I must not tell lies." To see how it's played out, see Exact Words.
  • Kick the Dog: EVERYTHING Umbridge does. She can't walk down a hallway without finding a dog to kick. The film makes it worse-they just let the monster run loose, giving her a microphone to broadcast her new rules all over the school, and use a spell to forcibly separate a kissing couple.
    • ...And use others to tuck in someone's shirt surreptitiously, fix another's tie, etc. That sequence is full of Lawful Stupid dog-kicking.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Snape to Harry:
    Snape: Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn't fair.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actress: Imelda Staunton is absolutely nothing like Dolores Umbridge. She claimed that she had to resist the urge to vomit during the scene in which Umbridge forced Harry to cut into his own hand, and that it was "one of the most sickening parts [she] ever filmed."
  • Moment of Silence: After Sirius' death.
  • Montage and Training Montage: Both Tropes are put to good use. (How else could they compress an 870-page book into two and a half hours?)
  • Pet the Dog: The talking howler-style letter that expelled Harry at least hoped he was doing well. It's nice compared to everything else the ministry of Magic does to him and his friends.
  • Practical Voice Over: During the training montage.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Luna's hair length isn't specified in the book but Evanna Lynch's portrayal of her shows it to be well past her hips.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bellatrix as soon as Dumbledore shows up in the Ministry. This is mostly due to circumstances changing; in the book Dumbledore brings the statues to life and one of them keeps Bellatrix trapped there.
  • Secret Government Warehouse: Who would have thought something innocuously named the Department of Mysteries would have one of these?
  • Serkis Folk: Grawp.
  • Shout-Out: A shiny firework (lit by the resident pair of tricksters, no less) turning into a dragon which swoops down and chases someone, then safely blows up in the air, creating a flurry of colorful explosions? Now where have we seen this before?
  • Silence Is Golden: Harry's reaction to Sirius's death is drowned out by the music, with special note going to Harry letting out a scream of anguish that was apparently too agonizing to put in the movie.
  • Sinister Geometry: Places associated with the Ministry Of Magic's more sinister side are rife with these. The hallway to the courtroom, the Department of Mysteries, the Death Chamber and of course Azkaban itself are all cubical or triangular, every angle perfect, clean and sterile. *shudder*
  • Skip of Innocence: Luna does this to reflect her demeanor.
  • Spinning Paper: The movie reinvigorates this Dead Horse Trope, and it's awesome. The moving (and talking) pictures help and are entirely Justified because, well, they're magic, and there's a practical use in that it keeps the movie from being bogged down by exposition.
  • Stock Footage: The fiery serpent Voldemort conjures during the final duel uses the same animation the Basilisk did when it is writhing around.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Hagrid says "There's a storm coming", and this scene is directly followed by the Death Eaters breaking out of Azkaban.
  • Suddenly Shouting: During the mission in the Ministry, Harry and his friends are cornered by Death Eaters. Bellatrix is rather miffed that Potter, a non-pureblood Wizard, isn't afraid to speak Voldemort's name out loud.
    Belatrix: You dare speak his name... YOU FILTHY HALF BLOOD!
  • Would Hit a Girl: During the battle in the prophecy room, one Death Eater hits Luna in the face before she hits him with Levicorpus.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: At one point, Harry is dueling beside his deceased father's best friend, Sirius. When Harry pulls an impressive move, Sirius shouts "Nice one, James!"