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Harry Potter casts his spell over audiences once more
Harry Potter casts his spell over audiences once more
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Harry Potter, And the Order Of The Phoenix
Directed by David Yates
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, and many more!
Opens July 11th


There are many reasons to see the new Harry Potter film, including the fact that once again audiences get to cheer for and sympathize with the 'boy wizard' who is constantly trying to understand his role in two complex worlds: wizardry and muggle. But there are so many other things to like about Harry Potter, And The Order Of The Phoenix that, even if you're not already a fan, you should give this one a chance.

Once again young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), is being taunted by schoolmates and Dudley Dursley (Harry Melling). Even though he saves Dudley from danger at the hands of the dark and mysterious Dementors, the incident left Dudley a bit 'wiggy,' something his muggle foster parents blame him for. He also nearly gets expelled from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because of the incident. The charges brought against him by the Ministry of Magic as a result and a series of disturbing dreams, begins the film on a very energetic note.

Also, back to thrill audiences who loved the first three films, are favorite characters 'Dumbledore' (Michael Gambon), head of Hogwarts; 'Snape' (Alan Rickman), and Gary Oldman as the former Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black, (who is also part of a secret society, 'The Order Of The Phoenix,' that fights the evil 'Lord Voldemort' (Ralph Fiennes, playing a bad guy again). The wonderful Helena Bonham-Carter plays a mad and wicked sorceress who teams up with Voldemort and company to try and bring all that Harry and his friends hold dear, including Hogwarts School to an end. But the best turn in the film, is Imelda Staunton's character, Dolores Umbridge, a perky, but evil school mistress, who also works for the Ministry of Magic and who reeks havoc on Harry, his friends and all those at Hogwarts.

Perhaps, the best part of the Harry Potter series of films is our ability to see the characters grow up. The level of maturity and depth of the characters increases exponentially during each new installment. In Order of the Pheonix, Harry, now a teenager, gets his first crush on a young Asian, female wizard-in-training, Cho Chang (Katie Leung) and, later, shares an intimate kiss with the same girl.

In the end, Harry and his friends see to it Voldemort and the Ministry of Magic fail in their devious plans. You'll have to see the film in order to see how it happens and, believe me, this film, with all of its quirky magical creatures, intrigue and breakneck action, is worth a viewing on the big screen.

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