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Film / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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"If Voldemort's raising an army, then I want to fight."
"You're a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything."
Lord Voldemort

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:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. Harry doesn't fly into frequent ALL CAPS rants of rage at his friends nor does he Rage Against the Mentor with Dumbledore during the final scenes as in the book; the movie instead portrays his inner struggle throughout the plot as one of bleak isolation because of his tribulations rather than angry frustration from feeling like he's treated with kid gloves too often. Likewise, the moment where he punches Draco for insulting his mother and his expulsion from Quidditch is removed.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Sort of. 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: Has its own page.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: Has its own page.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • In the book, Bellatrix Lestrange is mentioned as having been very attractive before her stay in Azkaban, but not in the present. Here she's played by Helena Bonham-Carter, who personifies Evil Is Sexy.
    • 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 from 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.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In both the book and the movie, Fudge thinks Dumbledore is planning to turn the Hogwarts students against him. To prevent this, he forbids them from learning practical defensive magic and sends Umbridge to Hogwarts to enforce this prohibition. Harry and his friends start an illegal study group named Dumbledore's Army, secretly teaching the students how to cast defensive spells without Umbridge knowing. In the book, Dumbledore's Army is willingly revealed by the best friend of Harry's love interest Cho, followed by Harry and Cho having a fight about this in which both sides actually have a point. When Umbridge discovers Dumbledore's Army in the movie, the group is unwillingly revealed by Cho, who has been obviously forced to show its location, as she was dragged along by Malfoy. Yet Harry seems to treat it as if Cho willingly did so and alienates her like the rest of the school does, making him look like a bit of a jerk to her.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Amazingly, the movie takes Umbridge, maybe the most evil of Harry's antagonists outside of Voldemort himself, and makes her even more evil. In the book, the punishment bit where Umbridge makes Harry write lines which carve themselves into his hand is a punishment only for Harry and later Lee Jordan. In the movie, Umbridge makes all the kids caught in the Room of Requirement suffer this, even a little first-year. The book mentions that Umbridge put four successive classes in detention for using Skiving Snackboxes to feign "Umbridge-itis", but it isn't explained how she gave them this punishment.
  • Age Lift: Other way round for Cho. She's a year above Harry in the books, but a line from Hermione about Cho being afraid she'll fail her OWL exams, puts her in the same year in the films' continuity.
  • Artistic License History: At one point the protagonists journey on the London Underground, where Mr. Weasley is fascinated by an Oyster card reader - even though the film's meant to be set in 1995-1996, while the Oyster card only first appeared in 2003.
  • 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.
    Sirius: Get away from my godson. *POW*
  • Catapult Nightmare: Justified as Harry's nightmares are actually depictions of reality brought to him by the unique bond between him and Voldemort. Potter still doesn't fling himself up from lying down, though the camera just shows him opening his eyes and waking up all sweaty and nervous.
  • 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.
  • Droste Image: The cover of the textbook Dark Arts Defence - Basics for Beginners (which replaces Defensive Magical Theory from the original book) features a young witch and wizard surrounded by black cats and reading a copy of the book with the cover facing out.
  • 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. Same with Kreacher, who was almost left out of the film.
  • Entitled Bitch: Even though Umbridge sadistically tortured Harry and many other students by making them carve words into their own skin, took over Hogwarts, and forced students to follow increasingly inane rules, she is genuinely shocked when Harry refuses to save her from a herd of centaurs that she pissed off.
  • 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!
    Harry: I'm sorry, professor, but I must not tell lies.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: At the very beginning, when Dudley taunts Harry about this dead mother, he snaps a little and threatens his cousin with his wand... Dudley's gang, not knowing a thing about magic or wands, just laugh at this 'pathetic' display. Dudley himself, on the other hand, knows enough to realize he's being threatened, and for once has the presence of mind not to make another move.
  • Floating Water: In the climatic battle, Dumbledore momentarily nabs Voldermort inside a sphere of water and levitates it into the air.
  • Freudian Slip: Sirius telling Harry "Nice one, James!"
  • Gonna Fly Now Montage: Room of Requirement scene reminds the viewers of Rocky's gonna fly now.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Snape's past as a bullied kid, which is the apparent reason of him picking on Harry since the beginning of the story.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Death Eaters can't seem to hit a panicked teenager with a spell even from behind.
  • Implied Death Threat: When Bellatrix taunts Neville by asking how his parents are, he simply answers "Better, now they're about to be avenged."
  • Ironic Echo: Earlier in the movie, Umbridge forces Harry to write "I must not tell lies." on a piece of parchment with a quill that carves those same words into his hand. Later, when she is accosted by a herd of centaurs that she pissed off, Harry utters those same words to her when she asks him to lie and get her out of the mess.
  • 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.
  • Laughing Mad: Bellatrix has a habit of cackling madly.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Snape to Harry:
    Snape: Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn't fair.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Every Death Eater except for Bellatrix Lestrange shows up in the Department of Mysteries wearing a creepy mask.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Averted. Luna has many of the quirks associated with this character in her early interactions with Harry Potter, but never serves to liven up any boring aspects of Harry's (or any other male character's) life, so she's more just an individual who marches to the beat of her own drummer.
  • Match Cut: From a baby thestral devouring a hunk of raw meat, to Ron Weasley devouring some sort of fried meat pastry, much to Hermione's disgust.
  • Moment of Silence: After Sirius' death.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Fred and George comforting a crying first year who's been made to carve lines into his own hand is a very sobering moment from two normally joking characters.
  • 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 the Rules, I Make Them!: Fudge and the Ministry attempt to do this to Harry, expelling him from Hogwarts before he even has a chance to defend himself, however Dumbledore is able to get them to reconsider.
  • 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.
    • After the Ministry attack, Fudge is said to have resigned in disgrace. This is in contrast to the book where he stays on for a couple more months, before he's unanimously sacked.
  • Secret Government Warehouse: Who would have thought something innocuously named the Department of Mysteries would have one of these?
  • 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 and allows for easy scene transitions.
  • 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!: Bellatrix voices her displeasure with Harry's lack of fear of Voldemort rather loudly.
    Bellatrix: 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.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Mrs. Figg refers to Cedric's death as happening "last year" - as in during Harry's fourth year. Except the death only happened a couple of months ago in June, when the Dementor Attack happens in August.
  • 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!"