|Jul. 10th, 2007 11:25 pm Pivotal Book 5 on the Big Screen: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"|
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At 870 pages, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is most bloated of J.K. Rowling's seven books. It is the pivotal book of the series, but features more detail, plot exposition and back story than the other six books. The hardest thing to accept about this story is that the hero is in a bad mood most of the time. Fortunately with the IMAX technology, the final climax is recreated on the big screen in 3 D splendor at the IMAX Museum of Discovery.
Now in his 5th year at Hogwarts (the American equivalent of being in 10th grade) Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is spending another miserable summer with his relatives, the Dursleys. When he finally returns to school, Harry is treated like an outcast by his classmates. With the exception of his best friends Ron (Rupert Gint), Hermonie (Emma Watson) and Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), no one believes that the evil Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned.
In fact, the Ministry of Magic wants to ignore the issue of Voldermont's terrorism and with bureaucratic arrogance, finds a way to put the blame of the threat on student actions. This is symbolized by new teacher, Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), a career bureaucrat blind to the evils of Voldermort. Caught in a trap, Harry does what any brave person in history must do, he rebels against authority.
Daniel Radcliffe is excellent as the leading man with a tortured soul. Harry Potter really gets lumps in this motion picture, especially in mind duel with Professor Snape (Alan Rickman). While Rubert Gint and Emma Watson have less to do in this motion picture, the three leading actors have real chemistry with each other and seem to enjoy each other's company in the quiet scenes during study hall.
Melodramatically, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was going to be the hardest film to adapt to the big screen. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" contains some of the darkest imagery. There are flashcuts of Harry Potter's nightmares mixed with the equal pain of being the target of hallway peer pressure. Harry also loses somebody very close to him. Unlike the first four "Harry Potter" which had smooth narrative flow, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is choppy and merely moves from one set piece to another one.
While "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" does not hold up as well as the other movies, the film will provide a fine review before the release of J.K. Rowling's final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." According to Rowling, the magical showdown between Dumbledore and Voldermort heed special attention. According to some internet interviews, Rowling raised speculation with a question relating to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and her final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
“Why Dumbledore did not kill or try to kill Voldermort in the scene in the ministry?”
The answer to this and many other hair raising "Harry Potter" questions can be answered in eight days at a bookstore or Broward County Library near you! "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is now in your local movie theatres and at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theatre.