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"If Voldemort's raising an army, then I want to fight."
"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. You understand? Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We have all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the power we choose to act on. That's who we really are."
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.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contains examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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. She does at least have bad teeth and is quite pale, but still much more attractive than her book version.invoked
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    • 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 Badass:
    • Dolores Umbridge, in support of her Adaptational Villainy. In the book, the Hogwarts staff use copious amounts of Bothering by the Book, along with occasional outright defiance, to make her job more difficult, and her tenure as Hogwarts' Headmistress practically impossible. Even the students get in on the act, with jokes, pranks, and other cleverness running Umbridge ragged despite her best efforts, which causes that she ultimately doesn't actually accomplish much in the book. In the film, her reign of terror at Hogwarts is basically unimpeded until her final Humiliation Conga.
    • In the book, Moody is the first member of the Order to go down during the final battle, to the point we don't see him actually trade hits on page. In the film, we see him casually stun a Death Eater with his staff and later holding his own against two others at once (which in the book was done by Kingsley).
    • Lucius also shows his aggressive dueling prowess in the aforementioned scene with Moody, while in the book he's too focused on getting the prophecy to do much dueling.
  • 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. In the movie, when Umbridge discovers Dumbledore's Army, the group is unwillingly revealed by Cho herself, who has been clearly forced to show its location given that she is shown dragged along by Malfoy. However, rather jarringly, the rest of the school seems to alienate her for this, and Harry himself just rather coldly pushes past her as well without a word. It's unclear if he believes she willingly did so, or if it's because of various elements like the pain in his hand post-punishment, an impulsive, hormonal spur-of-the-moment decision, or a combination of all.
  • Adaptational Super Power Change:
    • Ginny's specialty in the books is the Bat Bogey Hex. Here in the film it's the Reductor Curse - which she casts in the Hall of Prophecy and causes Disaster Dominoes.
    • Levicorpus was a nonverbal spell created by the Half-Blood Prince, and it wasn't introduced until the sixth book. In this film, Luna verbally casts it in the Ministry, with nothing suggesting it is not a regular, public domain spell like any other. (Although, to be fair, the way Lupin described it in the sixth book implies that this particular spell may have gone public at some point, as using its effects was a vogue prank around Hogwarts for a while.)
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Amazingly, the movie takes Umbridge, who is quite possibly 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.
    • The movie also makes Fudge even more corrupt by changing the context of one of his book lines during Harry's hearing: "Laws can be changed". In the book, he says this in response to Dumbledore pointing out that at the time of the trial, it's not within the wizengamot's jurisdiction to expel the students of a school. In the movie, however, he says this in response to Dumbledore pointing out that minors are allowed to use magic in self-defense, as if he's actually of a mind to make that illegal just because it's inconvenient for convicting Harry.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Dumbledore gets noticeably depowered for his duel with Voldemort. In the book, he almost toyed with the dark wizard during their battle, taunting him and generally making it look easy, and at the end he forced Voldemort to flee from the battle in order to escape from a decisive water binding spell. In stark contrast, the film's duel has Dumbledore struggling to barely hold his own, even ending up floored at one point, and the battle ends in a stalemate when Voldemort decides to withdraw freely after a glass storm spell of his is parried. This ending even suggests that unlike the book, Voldemort comes out the stronger man here, as he still looks energized before departing, while Harry and Dumbledore are visibly weary and seem in awe of his power.
    • In the book, members of the Dumbledore's Army were able to hold their own against the Death Eaters when ambushed by them in Department of Mysteries. Although ultimately overwhelmed and defeated by more experienced and numerous wizards, they did put up a fight and incapacitated a few of them. In the movie, however, they are quickly captured one by one in something which is hardly a battle — more like rounding up inept kids. This is partially because instead of duelling with the DA members, like in the book, the Death Eaters just take some ghost-esque forms which literally came out of nowhere and which suddenly make this whole combat spells business (the staple of the series, you know) completely pointless.
    • There's also Bellatrix Lestrange, who is not only extremely goofy and over-the-top compared to her novel counterpart (as if her faux-childish facade which she took just to mock Harry — and which she dropped immediately after he used Cruciatus Curse on her — was interpreted as a genuine character trait), but not nearly as dangerous in combat. In the book, she defeated three members of the Order in quick succession (Tonks, Black, and Kingsley of all people), and excluding the brief instance of being hit by the Cruciatus Curse, it was not until Dumbledore's arrival that she was shown struggling. In the movie, meanwhile, she only manages to kill Black via a lucky shot when he was distracted. Later, when subjected to aforementioned Cruciatus Curse by Harry, in the book she quickly shrugged it off and stopped fooling around, while in the movie she is instantly reduced to a pathetic, whimpering mass on the floor at Harry's mercy.
  • 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. Somewhat justified as other characters changed their hair style throughout the series - Harry Potter himself sported a much longer hair cut in the previous film.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • 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.
    • 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 her eventual Humiliation Conga - where Fred and George cause them all to fall and come crashing down around her.
    • The breakout of Azkaban happens offscreen in the book, but we get to see it in the film.
    • Characters who weren't shown casting Patronuses do so in the film - such as Ron, Luna and Ginny. Their Patronuses hadn't been revealed in the books yet, and Ginny's never was (though J. K. Rowling confirmed it was a horse, as shown in the film).
    • At the same time, the trope is also inverted in that Order of the Phoenix is the longest of the Potter novels, yet was condensed into the second-shortest of the films. Even Deathly Hallows, which is a shorter novel, was adapted into two films.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Has its own page.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Has its own page.
  • Age Lift: Other way round for Cho. She's a year above Harry in the books, but in the films' continuity, a line from Hermione about Cho being afraid she'll fail her OWL exams puts her in the same year.
  • 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.
  • Beam-O-War: The Wizard Duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore starts with one. It also produces plenty of backscatter that has Harry ducking for cover.
  • 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*
  • Cassandra Truth: Harry keeps telling Umbridge the truth that Voldemort killed Cedric but she keeps accusing him of lying and punishes him with detention.
  • 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).
  • Continuity Snarl: In this movie, Hermione had trouble ultimately saying Voldemort's name while talking to the newly formed DA. However, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione has no problem saying Voldemort's name and even tells Lucius Malfoy that "fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself." Then again, Voldemort was still believed to be more or less gone by the time of the latter film; he's recently returned by the time of this one.
  • Dare to Be Badass: During one of the training sessions in Dumbledore's Army, Harry gives a brief speech regarding this, urging each member to try their very best to reach their full magical potential.
    Harry: Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself. Think of it this way; every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?
  • Darker and Edgier: Although it truly changed with the revival of Voldemort and the death of Cedric in the final act of Goblet of Fire, it is otherwise still a fairly upbeat film. With Order of the Phoenix, the Potter film series becomes noticeably darker and more somber from this point forward.
  • Decomposite Character: Cho is the one who betrays Dumbledore's Army to Umbridge, albeit under the influence of Veritaserum, taking Marietta's place from the book.
  • Deer in the Headlights: The entire DA when Umbridge blows down the door to the Room of Requirement.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tonks, Kingsley, and Phineas Black, among others.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: Part of Lucius's Trash Talk in the climax.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the Forbidden Forest, after calling the centaurs creatures of near-human intelligence, a Ministry designation, one of them fires an arrow at her. While she was a horrible woman, that specific insult didn't call for trying to kill her.
  • Droste Image: The cover of the textbook Dark Arts Defense - 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 soundtrack.
  • 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.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In Occlumency lessons, Snape snaps at Harry that, "You and Black, you’re two of a kind, sentimental children forever whining about how bitterly unfair your lives have been. Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair. Your blessed father knew that, in fact he frequently saw to it!" Right after this, Harry accidentally reverses Snape's Legilimency back on him and sees James bullying Snape when they attended Hogwarts.
  • Floating Water: In the climatic battle, Dumbledore momentarily nabs Voldemort inside a sphere of water and levitates it into the air.
  • Foreshadowing: A couple of times in the film, Ginny is shown getting jealous at Cho's attention to Harry - foreshadowing their relationship in the next installment.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Occurs in the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort during the climax. Voldemort conjures Fiendfyre (fire), then Dumbledore encases him in a sphere of water (water), Voldemort makes an air current and shockwave (air), and finally Dumbledore turns the various glass pieces flying at him and Harry into sand (earth).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Starbucks siren is in the photo Sirius shows Harry of the original Order of the Phoenix. She's stylized in keeping with the decor of the room.
  • Gemstone Assault: In his duel against Dumbledore, Voldemort uses a spell that throws a storm of broken shards of glass against him.
  • 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 declines her offer to lie and get her out of the mess by saying, "I'm sorry, professor, but 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.
  • 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.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Voldemort attempts this during his duel with Dumbledore by sending thousands of glass pieces at him, which Dumbledore counters with turning the pieces into sand.
  • Making a Splash: Dumbledore uses a water binding spell against Voldemort, though unlike the book Voldemort manages to break it.
  • 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: Harry's reaction to Sirius's death is drowned out by music, with special note going to Harry letting out a scream of anguish that was apparently too agonizing to put in the movie.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dumbledore has a brief but visible moment of fear when Voldemort summons Fiendfyre. Fortunately, he's able to dispel the attack while sending some of it back at Voldemort.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Fred and George comforting a crying first year who's been made to carve lines into his own hand, followed by them hitting Umbridge with a Death Glare more potent than Avada Kedavra, 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?
  • 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*invoked
  • 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!
  • Training Montage: The Room of Requirement scenes where Harry teaches the DA various self-defense spells.
  • Visual Pun: Fred and George's dragon firework explodes into numerous sparks that shatter all of Umbridge's educational decrees and cause them to fall around her. That is to say, they literally broke all the rules.
  • 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 (although it's possible that her "last year" was referring to Harry's previous year in school).
  • 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!"
  • You Fool!: As Voldemort is forced out of Harry Potter by the power of his love for others, he tells him, "You're a fool, Harry Potter. And you will lose... everything."


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