harry potter and the order of the phoenix summary
There’s so much to cover in this movie, close to 900 pages of potter’s goodness, that it just starts to work. and so do we.
harry and his cousin dudley are attacked by dementors almost immediately. Harry manages to fight them off (and save the ever obnoxious Dudley), but is later informed that he was expelled from Hogwarts.
more magic, more trouble. er—make mo’ “use magic off hogwarts property while underage”, more trouble.
Later, Harry discovers that he will actually have a trial before he is expelled from school: some wizards come and take him to a safe house in London. They are from the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society that Dumbledore formed when Voldemort was in power. Harry also discovers that the Ministry of Magic has been hiding the truth about Voldemort’s return. Corrupt politicians exist even in the wizarding world, we guess.
At Harry’s trial, Dumbledore successfully defends our favorite wizard boy, the charges are dropped, and surprise surprise, Harry Potter returns for his fifth year at Hogwarts. There he meets the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge. It’s obvious that Umbridge and the Ministry of Magic don’t want Hogwarts students to learn real defensive spells.
When Harry protests that maybe they need to learn to defend against dark magic because, well, you know, Voldemort is back, Umbridge punishes him by making him carve words into his own hand with a devious quill.
yes, she is not a good lady.
Umbridge continues to ruthlessly grasp power at Hogwarts until Hermione comes up with the idea of forming a secret club to practice defense against the dark arts. Harry will be the teacher and they will meet in the room of requirements. they call themselves dumbledore’s army; these budding wizards mean business. Umbridge clearly knows the students are up to something, but she can never catch them in the act, forcing her to take increasingly desperate (and evil) measures.
While all of this is going on, Harry keeps having strange dreams about a strange black hallway. one night, he sees mr. weasley being attacked by a snake, and lo and behold mr. weasley has actually been attacked. It turns out that Harry has a strange connection to Voldemort’s mind. one that you need to learn to turn off immediately. good luck with that, kid.
Meanwhile, Dumbledore’s army is finally caught in the act by Umbridge. he rallies the students and accuses dumbledore of plotting to overthrow the ministry. after all, they are called “dumbledore’s army”. Dumbledore takes the blame for it all to save his students from serious trouble, then escapes before being taken to Azkaban. That leaves Umbridge as Headmistress of Hogwarts. oh-oh.
One day, Harry has a vision of his godfather, Sirius, being tortured by Voldemort. Unfortunately, he, Ron, and Hermione are caught trying to floo at Umbridge’s office. However, Hermione thinks fast and tells Umbridge that Dumbledore is hiding a secret weapon in the Forbidden Forest. There, Umbridge is attacked by a group of centaurs she calls “filthy mongrels.”
She is a cruel and racist tyrant and we don’t feel bad for her. not even a little.
after getting rid of umbridge, harry and his friends head to the ministry of magic, but don’t find sirius there. They come across a mysterious orb named after Harry. The orb turns out to be a prophecy about Harry and Voldemort. Hey. what a coincidence…
At that moment, the Death Eaters come out of hiding and demand the prophecy. it seems that harry was lured there with false visions of voldemort. (those will catch you every time). Harry and his friends manage to fight off the Death Eaters for a bit, but Harry has to deliver the prophecy once the Death Eaters take his friends hostage. so much for his training with dumbledore’s army.
luckily they are saved by the order of the phoenix who shows up and starts kicking some death eaters ass. Unfortunately, Sirius Black is killed right in front of Harry’s eyes by a Death Eater named Bellatrix Lestrange. wow. Harry can’t have anything good, can he?
Harry tries to chase after Bellatrix, but Voldemort and Dumbledore show up and set up an epic wizard duel. we are talking about jets of light, fire snakes, giant water balls and broken glass everywhere. (we really feel bad for the janitor at the ministry of magic).
in the end, voldemort escapes the duel and lives to fight another day, but everyone in the ministry sees him, so they can no longer pretend he hasn’t returned. Harry also learns that she will have to kill Voldemort or else he will be killed by him. journal.
then it’s all on board the hogwarts express until next year… when things will get even more complicated.