Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix—the fifth installment in the Harry Potter series was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was released in the US on July 11th, 2007 and in the UK on July 12th, 2007. With a running time of 138 minutes, the movie was directed by David Yates and produced by David Heyman in assistance with David Barron. It is the only movie in the Harry Potter series that was written by Michael Goldenberg—the others being written by Steve Kloves. The aesthetic music of the film was provided by Nicholas Hooper while the cinematography was done by Slawomir Idziak. Just like the other installments of the Harry Potter series, the fans were anxiously for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix film since the release of its book in 2003. The movie turned out to be a huge success and was hugely applauded by the public.
ORDER OF PHOENIX CAST
Other than the previous cast, some new actors and actresses were appointed keeping in mind the requirements of the Order of Phoenix movie. Some these newcomers include Helena Bonham as Bellatrix Lestrange, Alec Hopkins as the childhood character of Professor Snape, Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.
ORDER OF PHOENIX FILMING
When Mike Newell, the director of the Goblet of Fire turned down the offer to direct the next part, David Yates was appointed for the left seat of Newell. Yates personally believed that he was selected for his ability to balance sentiments, emotions, and politics because of his experience in movies like State of Play and Sex Traffic. Heyman also approved Yates because he believed Yates to be perfect for the depiction of teen rebellion and power manipulation. The actual filming began on January 27, 2006, and ended in December 2006. However, it took a two months gapfrom May 2006 to June 2006 so that Radcliff could pass his A/S levels and Watson could take her GCSE exam. Jany Temime was appointed as the costume designer for the movie.
ORDER OF PHOENIX BOOK VS MOVIE
The first difference lies in the beginnings of both the book and the movie. The books start with Harry sneakily listening to the news on the television by hiding outside the window. The movie, on the other hand, takes a start with Harry on a swing at a park. In the book when Harry and Dudley were attacked by the Dementors, Harry failed two times while trying out his spell and calling patrons for help. In the movie, however, Harry succeeded in casting the spell in his very first try. One of the important characters mentioned in the book but left out in the movie includes Mundungus who was a member of the Order of Phoenix. In the book, As Harry performed magic in the muggle world, he received many letters regarding his expulsion from school. He finally got a letter that announced his hearing about the charges put upon him. On the other hand, he received only one letter in the movie that informed him about his expulsion from Hogwarts. In the book, it was Ginny who introduced Luna—Hermione never knew about her. On contrary to this, the movie showed that Hermione introduced Luna. Another interesting difference is that Neville could see the Thestrals in the book but couldn’t see them in the movie. Similarly, Dobby informed Harry about the site of the room of requirements but in the movie, Neville somehow discovered it accidentally.
In the book, Padma Patil belonged to the house Ravenclaw but in the movie, both she and her twin sister were placed in house Gryffindor. In the book, Umbridge learned about Dumbledore’s army when Cho’s friends told Umbridge about it. In the movie, Umbridge gave Veritaserum to Cho and then interrogated her about the army. While Umbridge along with Harry and Hermione went to the Forbidden Forest, a Centaur attacked all of them, but in the movie, it only attacked Umbridge. In the book, Bellatrix was stuck under a statue and Voldemort must have saved herfrom there. In the movie, however, she wasn't stuck and used the Floo network for her escape. In the book, Harry and Cho’s chemistry build up a little as they kissed and later went out for a dateon Valentine's Day. In the movie, there is no significant development of the romance between them. They walked together a little on Christmas but after that, there is nothing much between them. In the book, Headmistress Umbridge told Harry that she was the one who sent a Dementorafter him. In the book, nothing like this happens. As Harry had a vision from Voldemort, he started his Occlumency lessons on Dumbledore's orders after the Christmas holidays. In the movie, he started lessons soon after his vision. In the book, the argument between Harry and Sheamus took place in Gryffindor's boys' dormitory in the presence of Neville and Dean Thomas. The same argument in the movie took place in the Gryffindor common room while the whole Gryffindor watched. Finally, Sirius was cursed by Bellatrix and fell back into the veil. In the movie, Bellatrix cast a killing curse on him and he went flying through the veil.
ORDER OF PHOENIX BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE
Made around the budget of $ 150 million, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix earned $ 939 million worldwide. The movie turned out to be a huge commercial success as it is the 48thhighest grossing film of all times. The movie had a worldwide five-day opening during which it earned around $ 333 million. With the commercial success it earned all around the globe, the movie comes second to Pirates of Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) in terms of revenue it generated. The movie was nominated for several awards like Scream Awards 2007, BAFTA Awards, 13th Empire Awards, Hugo Awards et cetera. The movie was also nominated in a category of 2007 MTV Movie Awards under the name of Best Summer Movie You Haven’t Seen Yet. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone praised Radcliff by saying, ‘one of the joys of this film is watching Daniel Radcliffe grow so impressively into the role of Harry.’