Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Name: Harry Potter 5-Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Year: 2007
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 138
Description: After a lonely summer on Privet Drive, Harry returns to a Hogwarts full of ill-fortune. Few of students and parents believe him or Dumbledore that Voldemort is really back. The ministry had decided to step in by appointing a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher that proves to be the nastiest person Harry has ever encountered. Harry also can’t help stealing glances at the beautiful Cho Chang. To top it off are dreams that Harry can’t explain, and a mystery behind something Voldemort is searching for. With these many things Harry begins one of his toughest years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

And so the violent decline of the franchise beigns.

The story is told rather well. I especially liked the humour this time, particularly the fireworks scene. Two things really bother me, though: it is mentioned that Cho betrayed the DA because of Veritaserum. So why did Harry forget all about her in the film world? Did he just decide over the summer she was totally useless or what? Also, the prophecy plot really is handled clumsily, a terrible mistake given its importance.

And the score… Hooper’s work really annoyed me from beginning to end. He clearly feels very comfortable writing upbeat music, which is kind of problematic if you’re working with a director who doesn’t seem to understand words such as joy, emotion and happiness. Someone once wrote that Hooper’s music ‘fills space’. I think that’s a huge compliment. At times, his music is just counterintuiitive: Harry’s expulsion from Hogwarts receives comical music and the flight sequence is scored in such a way you’d think Harry and co were going on holiday. Also, Yates really, really doesn’t understand the function of music, no matter its mood. So much stuff that has musical potential is left unscored, maybe because they realised Hooper just wasn’t up to it:
– Harry sulking at the Dursleys’
– Harry seeing Voldemort at the station (rejected) and as Hermione is looking concerned, cheerful Hedwig’s Theme variations kick in, seriously?
– Harry being rushed to Dumbledore after the snake vision
Also, about this so-called possession idea. It’s introduced during Harry’s final vision (one reference was rejected). Great establishment of a theme, that is. Williams, Doyle and Desplat’s themes all registered immediately when I first watched the films, but Hooper’s possession idea never did. Granted, Possession isn’t bad, but its setup is the huge problem. Finally, Hooper’s one true stroke of brilliance, the electric guitar in Fireworks, was deleted from the film. Why? Why did WB approve Hooper? Or Yates for that matter?


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