We're all about "Harry Potter" this week at MTV Movies Blog, and we figure there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of the end of the beloved franchise than by looking back at the six previous films.
So each day this week we've been providing recaps of the earlier "Harry Potter" movies. Consider them a kind of affectionate Cliff's Notes and a much-need refresher to prepare for the November 19 release of "Deathly Hallows: Part 1." We've already brought you up to speed on "Sorcerer's Stone," "Chamber of Secrets," "Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Goblet of Fire," so we suggest you catch up before diving into the fifth installment of the "Potter" saga, "Order of the Phoenix," also known as "Harry Potter Goes Through Puberty."
"Order of the Phoenix" is one of the darkest films (and novels) in the entire series, and part of that comes from the fact that it includes the first major death in the series (no offense, Cedric) as well as the fact that 15-year-old Harry Potter is dealing with all the drama and trouble that comes with transforming into an adult at the same time that he's rebelling against the responsibilities that entails.
The Order of the Phoenix
Harry gets rescued pretty early on from the drudgery that is life with the Dursley's after Dementors attack him and his cousin Dudley. After using magic (the Patronus charm we learned about back in "Prisoner of Azkaban" days), he is whisked away by his godfather, Sirius Black, and brought to Sirius's family home at 10 Grimmauld Place. There he finds his best friends, Ron and Hermione, the rest of the Weasley family, a newcomer named Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape, and two of Harry's previous Defense Against Dark Arts professors, Mad-Eye Moody and Remus Lupin. They explain that they are part of a reorganized Order of the Phoenix, brought together by Dumbledore to combat Voldemort. The original Order of the Phoenix included Harry's parents Lily and James, Neville Longbottom's parents (who were tortured to insanity for their role in the anti-Voldemort movement), Peter Pettigrew, Minerva McGonagall, Hagrid and several others.
Once Harry gets to Hogwarts, he is introduced to kooky Ravenclaw (and fan favorite) Luna Lovegood. She is the daughter of Xenophilius Lovegood, the editor of the Quibbler, who will serve a greater purpose in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Soon, Luna, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville and Ginny Weasley become inseparable friends.
The fifth Defense Against Dark Arts professor that we meet is hands down the most evil of them all (yes, even more than Quirrell, who teamed up with Voldemort to try to kill Harry in "Sorcerer's Stone"!). She is sent to Hogwarts by the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge, who refuses to accept that Voldemort has returned to power and believes it is all just a ploy for Dumbledore to steal his position at the Ministry. Umbridge, in all her pink, kitteny glory, refuses to teach the students anything useful, and teaches them theoretical magic out of a textbook instead of through experience. This is especially disconcerting because the O.W.L.S., major wizarding exams that decide what career a young wizard will take, are coming up and the students seemingly won't be prepared for them.
As a response to this, Harry and his friends decide to create their own version of an Order of the Phoenix, which they call Dumbledore's Army. They all swear a pact that they will not give up those in the group or the location where it's held (a magical room called the Room of Requirement which turns itself into whatever the person in its desires). Harry ends up teaching 28 students -- including Katie Bell, Lee Jordan, the Creevey brothers and Patil sisters, as well as his crush, Cho Chang -- the most effective defense-against-dark-arts spells he has learned in his years fighting Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
"I Must Not Tell Lies"
However, this rebellion does not go over well with Umbridge, especially after Harry declares in her class that Voldemort has indeed returned. She sentences him to detention, in which he is forced to write lines of "I must not tell lies" with a magical quill that carved the words into his hand. In an effort to find out what Harry and his friends are up to, Umbridge names herself High Inquisitor and begins to rule over Hogwarts with an iron fist.
It is while he is teaching Dumbledore's Army that Harry becomes closer with Cho Chang. They end up kissing during Christmas season, and start dating soon after. However, she is so distracted with the death of her previous boyfriend, Cedric Diggory, that the relationship peters out before the end of the year. Meanwhile, Ginny Weasley, who has had a crush on Harry since she first met him, finally gives up on her hopes of romance with the Boy Who Lived.
By the time O.W.L.S. come around, Umbridge has Hogwarts under full lock-down. In a final act of defiance, George and Fred Weasley set off many of their magical joke objects and wreak havoc during the exams, and then fly off to leave Hogwarts forever. They use the money Harry gave them at the end of "Goblet of Fire" to open the joke shop Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley.
Harry discovers during "Order of the Phoenix" that he and Voldemort have some sort of telepathic connection where Harry can see what Voldemort is up to. Ron and Hermione caution Harry not to rely too heavily on it, but when he sees a vision of Voldemort torturing Sirius Black in the Ministry of Magic he, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Ginny and Neville rush to Sirius's defense. However, they first must find a way out of Hogwarts, and that is blocked by Umbridge, who finally got Cho Chang's friend Marietta Edgecomb to confess the details of Dumbledore's Army to her. Harry and his friends manage to evade Umbridge, though, and end up at the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.
There they find themselves in a trap set by Voldemort and 12 of his Death Eaters. But while in the Department of Mysteries, Harry discovers the prophecy (made by Sybill Trelawney many years before) that had caused Voldemort to seek Harry's death in the first place. Voldemort had been seeking thie prophecy throughout the book, but it is destroyed before he can get his hands on it. Still, it's pretty important, so I'll include it here:
"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches...Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies...and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not...and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives...The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."
Ironically, the prophecy could have meant either Harry or Neville Longbottom, who fits the circumstances as well, but Voldemort ultimately chooses Harry as the one destined to destroy him, for reasons that will be revealed in "Deathly Hallows: Part 2." What Voldemort doesn't know, though, is that "neither could live while the other survives."
Farewell, Sirius Black
The members of the Order of the Phoenix arrive soon after and defend the six Hogwarts students from the Death Eaters that are attacking them. It is during this time that Bellatrix Lestrange sends a killing curse at Sirius Black, sending him through a magical curtain hanging in the middle of the room and causing his death. Voldemort finally makes his appearance at the entrance hall of the Ministry, but Dumbledore arrives and fights the Dark Lord off before he can kill Harry. Before Voldemort and some of his Death Eaters (including Bellatrix) can escape, Cornelius Fudge and some other members of the Ministry arrive and confirm Voldemort's return with their own eyes, thus proving that Harry had been right the whole time. Needless to say, Fudge's reign at the Ministry is at its end.
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