Harry Potter's Order acjieves an outstanding O.W.L
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix gets an O for Outstanding. The book to movie translation of Order of the Phoenix was seamless. Daniel,Rupert,and Emma all give their best performances of the 1st 5 films in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. All 3 have settled into their main roles quite nicely by this point and their performance gives the movie a solid foundation. Then the connection between Harry and Voldemort is well done. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is largely a story about the connection between Harry and Voldemort and the film carries this out well. Then the scenes between Harry and Snape provide us with some fantastic acting. I've always liked Alan Rickman's Snape,and those Occlumency scenes,especially in the later ones where Snape is criticizing Harry's father and Harry is defending his father,show some real tension between Harry and Snape. You can truly feel the tension between Harry and Snape in these scenes. And I LOVED Luna Lovegood. Luna is a character who I became a far bigger fan of after the movies came out. Evanna Lynch is a PERFECT Luna. And the movie does a good job of showing you,especially in that scene towards the end in the corridor,that Harry and Luna are true friends and not just "buddy buddy." The harry-Luna friendship is one of my favorites in the Harry Potter series because it transcends age,year,gender,and even house. Luna became the closest friend Harry ever had outside of Gryffindor house and I really appreciate the Harry-Luna friendship for this reason. As for the Dumbledore-Voldemort duel in the Department of Mysteries,well that greatness of that scene speaks for itself. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix does a fantastic job of book to movie translation,as unimportant things such as Qudditch are left out and important things such as Dumbeldore's Army,the battles in the Department of Mysteries,and the prophecy are included. My only criticism is that Marietta Edgecombe should have been in the movie and been the D.A. traitor. Marrieta was the traitor in the book and she should have been the traitor in the movie. Cho Chang should have been cut from the movie herself,not given Marietta's role. Still,I felt so fulfilled and satisfied when I walked out of the theatre for the 1st time after seeing this movie that I can't give it anything less than 5 stars. Parents should be aware that this movie contains scenes where Harry is forced to write in his own blood in a detention,some dark and scary dream scenes that include Harry have a flashback vision to Cedric's murder and a vision of a massive snake bite,and a death that likely will produce varying degrees of emotional reaction from viewers,depending on how much they cared about the character that died. It should also be noted that the Dumbledore-Voldemort duel at the climax of the movie is pretty intense. Like with Goblet of Fire,I'd say that Order of the Phoenix is not for elementary school children. Middle schoolers and high schoolers should be able to cope with Order of the Phoenix and it's an outstanding movie for that age group. Watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 5 star experience.
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Positive role models
Violence & scariness