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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The rebellion begins 

Year: 2007 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by David Yates 
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane  
An image from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Relive your childhood once again and return to Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione and a whole bunch of teenage hormones.

Starting his fifth year at Hogwarts, things are now much darker and more dangerous for Harry Potter. Well what do you expect after the return of the the Dark Lord?

After the climactic events at the end of the last year, Harry returns to Hogwarts burdened with flashbacks and teenage angst. Tortured and misunderstood, he has to deal with doubting friends, an evil new teacher, terrifying visions and girl problems. There’s tension, fight scenes and emotional turmoil throughout - you’ll have to seriously prepare yourself.

Jess Walker

The saga continues with the fifth edition of the record-breaking blockbuster adaptation of the creative-genius that is the Harry Potter fantasy book. Harry faces his worse challenges yet with his arch-nemesis Voldemort slowly regaining power, and the magical community refusing to acknowledge his, or even Dumbledore’s, warnings. Even worse, the Ministry of Magic has sent a new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Umbridge, to increase the already stressful exam year. Plus there is not to mention the loss of someone very close to him…

Known for its immense following, the Harry Potter films seem to get better and better with every sequel. This could be due to the change of director for every film, and it is certainly true that Yates was a great choice for the fifth part. Unlike his two predecessors, he was chosen to create more than one of the much-loved series (as he is announced to be directing the sixth film) and the movie shows that he is worthy of this honour. He really makes his mark and his new, fresh directing style for this fifth instalment is one that viewers will recognise. As with all the films, the choice of actors for the various roles never disappoints. Helena Bonham Carter was truly an inspired casting decision, playing the newly introduced ruthless role of Bellatrix Lestrange. She gives the character an edge that nicely replicates the effect that the author, J.K. Rowling, was trying to get across in the book. Radcliffe, Grint and Watson, the young stars ever frequent in the films, have continued to improve in acting technique and are really becoming synoptic with their characters.

This film really strides miles forward from its original, and is one fans can be proud of. Even if you already thought it would be good, prepare to be astounded!

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2007/2008 Autumn Term (35mm)
2007/2008 Autumn Term (35mm)
2015/2016 Autumn Term (35mm)