18 March, 2012

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The Order of the Phoenix”, a secret organization founded by Dumbledore to combat the Death-Eaters, informs Harry on the Ministry of Magic’s actions and how it is refusing to recognise Voldemort’s return and has used its influence on The Daily Prophet to vilify Harry and Dumbledore.  Upon arriving at Hogwarts, our trio learns that the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed Hogwarts a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge—a loyal follower of the minister; supposedly a sweet lady, she has some rather unorthodox punishment methods and refuses to teach practical magic because of her belief that Dumbledore is trying to overthrow the minister.  She also recruits some Slytherin students as part of an Inquisitorial Squad—punishment force—to keep an eye on students.  With Umbridge’s not teaching the students how to protect themselves, they turn to Harry to teach them because he is the one person who has practical experience in fighting dark arts.  Thus “Dumbledore’s Army” is formed, a new organization wherein a number of students learn from Harry how to protect themselves.
This is very important book and movie in the series because it seems that JK Rowling was becoming bored with the series and continued writing them only because of a sense of obligation or from just wanting more money or whatever.  From this book on, the series gets more dark and hard to follow as she begins to kill off characters aimlessly and screw what was turning out more or less to be a good series.  Now, this may be what she really did plan but, in my opinion, she just rushes these last books too much and sacrifices too much—especially in books six and seven.
Considering how good the first three movies were it is a real shame how this one turned out.

4 out of 10

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