Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Common Sense Media says

Cast magic with a Wii remote in best Potter yet.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are Harry Potter who is trying to teach 28 other students magic in order to protect themselves.

Violence

Intense wizard dueling portrayed where one character is killed. If you lose a duel, you fall down, pass out, and wake up in the hospital ward.

Sex

Harry kisses Cho under the mistletoe.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is part of the Harry Potter franchise and is based on the movie of the same title.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is available across all platforms, but is truly spectacular when played on the Wii. The always-scary Dementors do appear at the beginning of the game. Later, you duel the Death Eaters and Voldemort: Both are long, intense battles, thus triggering the E+10 rating. But the fantasy violence is a small part of this game. Instead the focus is on exploration, solving fetch tasks, and immersing yourself in the world of Harry Potter.

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Kids say

What's it about?

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX closely follows the story of J.K. Rowling's book and is based on the movie version. Most of the time, you play as Harry Potter, but occasionally, you become the Weasley twins, Sirius Black, and even Headmaster Dumbledore. The game incorporates a series of missions (tasks) into the story line, which is moved forward at various times by video sequences known as cut-scenes. But this is not a linear game. You are free to explore the castle and grounds of Hogwarts and pick up or change tasks at will. The first part of the game is spent finding and helping the 28 students who signed up to take a secret class from Harry about Defense Against the Dark Arts. Only when you have assembled all 28 members can you move on in the game.

Is it any good?

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While the past four Harry Potter games have been great, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix far exceeds those built-up expectations. Available in a number of versions but best played on the Nintendo Wii, this enormous game gives us the Hogwarts the previous games made us long for, with a sprawling layout and endless nooks and crannies to explore. A fully orchestrated soundtrack, realistic animation, and original voices from the movie all add to the rich experience.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a vast, gorgeous, and superb game. It creates a powerful gaming experience by immersing kids into the world of Harry Potter. It delivers the wish that many kids share: the ability to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and do magic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how playing this version stacks up to the book or movie. How did it feel to be a wizard? Can you imagine how you would use this kind of magic and how that would change your life? Did you feel like you got a better sense of the Harry Potter world by experiencing it firsthand? Was this what you had imagined when you were reading the books?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 27, 2007
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E10+ for fantasy violence (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2009
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Alright game i think that they could have improved it by making spells easier. I reccomend not getting unless you really like a challenge it is not clear at all to know what you do in the game.
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Great role models
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