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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. The movie was a critical and commercial smash hit, earning critical acclaim and grossing over $930 million. Rowling herself called it "the best one yet". It was the second highest-grossing movie of the year, bested only by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Tropes exclusive to this 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 dwarf (the non-human kind). 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."
  • 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.
  • 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?)
  • Practical Voice Over: During the training montage.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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!"