With Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson

Directed by David Yates

With Radcliffe growing up at a rapid pace, so is the now legendary saga of Harry Potter, the dark elements becoming more and more adult. Lord Voldemort has returned and is infiltrating Harry’s mind, leading to a face-off with the evil powers and the Order of the Phoenix. But first Hogwarts is in the process of being taken over by subversive elements within the Ministry of Magic, and a new teacher, Dolores Jane Umbridge is sent to administer new discipline. The object of this is to render the students defenseless against evil magic. Harry starts a covert operation to teach those brave enough to join the rebellion. Where other adolescents of their age rebel by sneaking out, smoking, getting drunk, or fooling around, Harry and his chums play with magic wands in a secret chamber (a metaphor perhaps?). With the literary chapter of Harry Potter apparently at an end, we’ll have to wait and see if writer Rowling decides to end it on a high, or milk it for some more, diluting the charm in the process. After all, Harry cannot remain a kid forever.
If you’ve missed out on a few of the previous movies, it may be a little jarring, the long running time not helping either.

4 / C
- Paul Blom

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5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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