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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

-Made in 2007
-5th movie

-The Order of the Phoenix, a secret organization founded by Albus Dumbledore, inform the 15 year old Harry Potter that the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort's return. Under the Ministry influence, The Daily Prophet has launched a campaign against Harry and Dumbledore, due to his encounter with Voldemort at the end of his 4th year. That encounter has had a hugh psychological effect on Harry- having nightmares about not only what happened in the graveyard but also about the Department of Mysteries. While at the Order's headquarters, 12 Grimmauld Place, Harry's godfather, Sirius Black, mentions that Voldemort is after an object of great power.

-Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Harry learns that the Ministry has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher: Dolores Umbridge, a senioe Ministry official who refuses to teach magic due to her belief that Dumbledore is rebelling against the Ministry. Umbridge and Harry immediately butt heads, as she refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned. And for detention one night, she forces him to write 'I Must Not Tell Lies' over and over until it finally is carved into his hand from a lethal quill she gives him. When Ron and Hermione discover the scars, they are angered, but Harry refuses to go to Dumbledore as he has distanced himself from him over the summer. As Umbridge's control over the school increases, Ron and Hermione help Harry in forming a secret group to train students in defensive spells, calling themselves Dumbledore's Army. The Slytherin students are recruited by Umbridge to uncover the group. Meanwhile, Harry and fellow student Cho Chang start becoming more attracted to each other.

-One night, Harry has a nightmare involving an attack on Arthur Weasley in the Department of Mysteries. Fearing Voldemort will use his connection to Harry, Dumbledore asks Professor Snape to give Harry Occluemency lessons to block his mind from Voldemort's power. These lessons increase Harry's psychological problems, as he is forced to relive everything bad that has ever happened. This connection between Harry and Voldemort leads to Harry distancing himself from everyone, because he feels angry all the time. At the same time, Bellatrix LeStrange, Sirius's deranged cousin, escapes from Azkaban along with 9 other Death Eaters. At Hogwarts, Umbridge and her Inquisitorial Squad uncover Dumbledore's Army after illegally interrogating Cho Chang with Veritaserum, a truth serum. Dumbledore covers up for Harry, but escapes as Fudge orders his arrest. With the headmaster gone, Umbridge becomes the new Headmistress.

-During an exam, the Weasley Twins set off fireworks in the Great hall, causing chaos for Umbridge. During this, Harry has a vision of Sirius being tortured by Voldemort within the Department of Mysteries. Harry, Ron and Hermione rush to Umbridge's office to use the fireplace to alert the Order via the Floo Network, but Umbridge stops them before they can do so. When she threatens to use the Cruciatus Curse to get info out of Harry, Hermione intercedes Umbridge and tricks her into going into the Forbidden Forest because there is a "secret weapon" there. She and Harry lead her to the hiding place of Hagrid's half-gaint brother Grawp, only to be confronted by centaurs who kidnap Umbridge after she attacks them. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville and Ginny fly to the Ministry of Magic in downtown London on Thestrals(bony, ghostly, skinless, skeletal horses) to save Sirius.

-The 6 of them enter the Department of Mysteries where they uncover a prophecy involving Harry and Voldemort, the object he was looking for. They are ambushed by Death Eaters, including Bellatrix LeStrange and Lucius Malfoy. Lucius reveals that Harry only saw a dream of Sirius being tortured; it was not actuality. It was a trap to get Harry into the Death Eaters grasp. Lucius attempts to persuade Harry into giving him the prophecy, telling him that it will reveal why Voldemort tried to kill him when he was a baby. Harry refuses and a fight between the students and the Death Eaters ensues, threatening death if they don't comply. Harry obliges just as Sirius, and Remus Lupin arrive, along with other Order members Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shackelbolt, Alastor Moody. They attack the Death Eaters and Lucius Malfoy drops the prophecy, shattering it. Just as Sirius defeats Lucius, Bellatrix kills Sirius. Harry comes after  her in the Atrium and attempts to torture her with the Cruciatus Curse, but nothing. Voldemort appears, but Dumbledore arrives through the Floo Network moments before Voldemort can kill Harry.

-A fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort ensues, while Bellatrix escapes. After Dumbledore defeats him, Voldemort possesses Harry in order to try and get Dumbledore to sacrifice Harry in the hope of killing him. But the power of good and the love for Sirius and his friends that Harry has weakens Voldemort. He disappears and the Ministry head Cornelius Fudge is forced to admit Voldemort has returned and resigns as Minister. Dumbledore returns to school after he and Harry are pronounced innocent. Dumbledore explains that he has distanced himself from Harry all year hoping it would lessen the risk of Voldemort using their connection. Harry comes to terms with the prophecy; that he or Voldemort are destined to kill the other.


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