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Ministry of Magic goes mad

  • Jan 2, 2010
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+3
is another great installment in the Harry Potter series (and, in my opinion, much better than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Widescreen Edition)). It features the internal dissension in the wizard world between those fear Lord Voldemort versus the bureaucrats who fear losing power. Imelda Staunton as the Ministry of Magic bureaucrat Prof. Umbridge plays her part well. Often funny, always perky, she steals the movie. She has a great soundtrack theme as well. Nicholas Hooper's theme for Prof. Umbridge is a perfect mix of control-freak and 1950s female streotype.

I took off one star because, as a movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can't stand alone. It tells the story of the book well enough. However, at the end of the day, it seems too transitional, too much a gap-filler between the return of Voldemort and the final battle. It never really develops into a compelling enough story in its own right. If you're not a Harry Potter fan, this movie won't hook you onto the series. If you like the other Harry Potter movies, I think you'll like this one.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film directed by David Yates and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, and is written by Michael Goldenberg and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. The story followsHarry Potter, a teen wizard in his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the Ministry of Magic refuses to believe the return of the Dark Lord Voldemort, and so appoints bureaucrat Dolores Umbridgeas a teacher at the magical school. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint andEmma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The supporting cast featuresRalph FiennesMichael GambonImelda StauntonGary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter.

Live-action filming took place in England and Scotland for exterior locations and Leavesden Film Studios inWatford for interior locations from February to November 2006, with a one-month break in June. Post-production on the film continued for several months afterwards to add in visual effects. The film's budget was reportedly between £75 and 100 million ($150–200 million).[2][3] Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, released it in the ...

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