Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007]

With each outing, the cast of Harry Potter grows more and more interesting. Three memorable characters and performances enter the picture: Evanna Lynch as ‘Luna Lovegood’, Imelda Staunton as ‘Dolores Umbridge’ and Helena Bonham Carter as ‘Bellatrix Lestrange’. Staunton is the best of the three, playing the ultimate bitch with gusto. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix is the first Potter movie directed by David Yates, who would remain at the helm of the saga for the remaining three films, bringing his unique, dark vision; a vision that would define the Harry Potter aesthetic for all time. Exciting stuff. Prisoner of Azkaban remains my favorite because it’s closer to my heart, but Phoenix is certainly the one with the strongest writing and the most brilliant acting.

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