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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is the latest in the franchise of boy-wizard related cinema, and it pleases well. Surprisingly not really scary, but easy to explain to children, it serves as good entertainment for older kids.

Our generation of kiddies is built out of tougher stuff than to be afeared of even the evil Voldemort's sinister appearance in renewed form for the second time in the franchise, frankly I was baffled to notice that none of the juniors in the cinema I saw this in were afraid at all. Perhaps, like Harry Potter, they've learned that even a Dark Lord whose name must not be mentioned can be overcome by courage.

The latest Potter offering will please fans, that is, most of them. Gone are the Quidditch scenes, Hagrid and Dumbeldore are barely present in the movie, however we now get a villain that is far scarier that Old Mouldy-Voldymort ever was, the Margaret Thatcher/Queen Victoria like Dolores Umbridge. This ice queen makes Harry Potter's nemesis whimper in comparison, with cold, old fashioned ways that patronise every one of her students, much satire of the education system is made in her character, and the actress who plays her does a superb job at it.

The pace of this film rushes through the lengthy source material's plot, but in the end you're too entertained by the Weasley Brothers antics and Dumbeldore's Army to care.

Like the film's characters, the fans are growing up, and as we are reminded of what Harry has to face by this movie, you can better appreciate what Harry's ultimate destiny is, Neither Harry nor Voldemort can live while the other survives, as the prophecy goes. A perfect lead up to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book.

I give this film Eight "Harry Potter Spectacles" out of Ten.

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