Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth movie in the series, hitting screens back in 2007. It was the second biggest blockbuster of the year, with only Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End making more money worldwide. The film, directed by David Yates, fended off Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and Transformers to take the silver medal and is commonly regarded as one of the best movies the Potter series has to offer.
But which characters were prominent in the blockbuster, and who got shelved? We’ll now take a look at five of each.
10 Least: Fawkes (:15)
Fawkes the Phoenix only really stars in the Chamber of Secrets, healing Harry from certain death after he’d been bitten by the Basilisk as he sought to save Ginny Weasley.
In the Order of the Phoenix, Fawkes can be glimpsed when Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, and Percy Weasley try and bring Albus Dumbledore to Azkaban. The trio all appear set to bring the Hogwarts headmaster to the jail but Dumbledore, being the brightest wizard on the planet, is able to get away to safety.
9 Most: Dolores Umbridge (14:15)
Harry never has much luck with Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers during his time at Hogwarts. Professor Quirrell tries to kill him in the Sorcerer’s Stone, Gilderoy Lockhart attempts to wipe his memories, Remus Lupin has to quit because he’s a werewolf, Alastor Moody turns out to be a Death Eater named Barty Crouch Jr and, in the Half-Blood Prince, Severus Snape murders Albus Dumbledore.
But Umbridge is the worst of the lot. Played to perfection by Imelda Staunton, she’s perhaps only second to Voldemort on the list of Harry Potter villains. She bullies Harry and inflicts pain on him throughout the school year but, fortunately, she’s forced out in the end. The very definition of a nasty piece of work.
8 Least: Fang (:15)
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts they’re left shocked and concerned when there’s no sign of Rubeus Hagrid. The Care of Magical Creatures teacher spends most of the year absent, going to the mountains to try and enlist the help of the giants as Lord Voldemort seeks to turn them to his side ahead of the second wizarding war.
He eventually comes back and, in his hut, Fang can be seen lounging around. The dog clearly doesn’t win the affection of the evil Dolores Umbridge, who hates Hagrid and everything he stands for.
7 Most: Luna Lovegood (9:15)
Luna Lovegood is a popular character and makes her first appearance in the series during the Order of the Phoenix. Most students at the school shun her for her weird, wacky, and wonderful ways but Harry, Ron, and Hermione all become friends with her – despite often being astonished by the way she acts and the things she believes.
Luna believes Harry’s version of what happened with Cedric’s death and is one of the only people who can see Thestrals, the skeleton-like horses who are only visible to those who have seen somebody die. To her credit, she fights in the battle at the Department of Mysteries and makes friends for life in the process.
6 Least: Nagini (:15)
Arthur Weasley is guarding the Department of Mysteries when he’s suddenly attacked by Lord Voldemort’s horrible pet snake, Nagini. While it’s fortunate he survives, it’s actually bittersweet. And that’s because JK Rowling later revealed that, by keeping Arthur alive, she had to kill off Fred Weasley instead.
“If there’s one character I couldn’t bear to part with, it’s Arthur Weasley,” she told The Today Show back in 2007. “I think part of the reason for that is there were very few good fathers in the book. In fact, you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series.”
5 Most: Ron Weasley (21)
Inevitably, Ron Weasley is the character with the third-highest amount of screentime in the Order of the Phoenix. Like Hermione, he does his best to try and keep Harry calm and composed throughout the trickiest year of his life to date. And, also like his future love interest, he plays a key role in the creation of Dumbledore’s Army.
Ron accompanies Harry to the Ministry of Magic to rescue Sirius Black, who they wrongly believe Lord Voldemort is holding captive. What isn’t shown in the movie, though, is he nearly dies during the trip. Ron becomes entangled in some brains (yep, human brains) and they nearly strangle him. Fortunately, he survives but the experience leaves him scarred for life.
4 Least: Cedric Diggory (:15)
Cedric Diggory tragically dies in the Goblet of Fire, being wiped out by Peter Pettigrew on the orders of Lord Voldemort. And the Order of the Phoenix does a stellar job at showing Harry’s torment over his death, using flashbacks to bring Cedric into the movie.
Cedric’s moment of passing plays over in Harry’s head time and time again, especially when Voldemort infiltrates his mind towards the end. Fortunately, by thinking about love and friendship, Harry is able to prevent the Dark Lord from corrupting him for good.
3 Most: Hermione Granger (23)
Harry’s partner in crime is definitely Ron Weasley but taking the second on the screentime podium is Hermione Granger instead. She and Ron are both extremely worried about the Boy Who Lived throughout the blockbuster, being fully aware of his struggles following Lord Voldemort’s return to power. And while Harry snaps at them at times, the pair stand by him through thick and thin.
Hermione also plays a key role in the creation of Dumbledore’s Army, giving Harry the courage and confidence needed to teach other pupils Defence Against the Dark Arts. She uses her intelligence to get the better of the loathsome Dolores Umbridge, too, tricking the teacher into entering the Forbidden Forest, where she comes under fire from Centaurs.
2 Least: Lily Potter (:15)
James Potter appears more than wife Lily in the fifth movie of the series due to the fact he’s central in a flashback where he, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew attacked Severus Snape for no reason.
But Lily still makes a brief cameo nonetheless, being glimpsed dancing with James in a photograph by Harry’s bed. This is the second time the photograph appears in a Potter movie, having first been used in the Prisoner of Azkaban. Lily is actually present when James, Sirius, etc humiliate Snape in the book but this was changed for the film of the same name.
1 Most: Harry Potter (61:45)
As you’d expect, Harry is the character with the most screentime in the Order of the Phoenix. The Boy Who Lived begins the movie in a sorry state, still reeling from the death of Cedric Diggory in the previous movie. He also has to contend with a Dementor attack on himself and his cousin Dudley and, when he returns to Hogwarts, finds most of the pupils don’t believe his story about Lord Voldemort’s return.
Things don’t get much better by the end of the school year, with Harry tragically losing godfather Sirius Black. The film does end on a positive note, though, with Harry and his friends vowing to stick together in their fight against Voldemort – regardless of the obstacles that get in the way.
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