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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Profanity:Some mild language
Nudity/Sex:Kiss
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Extended fantasy violence, characters in peril, sad death
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
Movie Release Date:July 11, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 11, 2007

Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and that he was not an ordinary muggle but a wizard himself, Harry first began to learn that the world was not what he thought. Those lessons become more painful this time as in the fifth chapter of his saga he learns that the father he has idealized may not have been everything he thought, that the girl he has idealized may not be everything he hoped, that sometimes life is not fair and grown-ups can be cruel or unwilling to listen or unable to help him. In other words, Harry is 15 and that means that most of the time he is confused or angry or both.


Oh, and Voldemort is back, and stronger. Harry is getting stronger, too, but is he strong enough?

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  • Anonymous

    harry pottrer not good for any body

  • Johnathan

    Nice bland comment you left there. Care to justify why you feel that way?

  • Vanessa

    I do believe that Harry Potter is not suitable for children. Harry Potter uses witchcraft in his movies which is Biblically wrong. The Bible says in Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, wich are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, v20 Idolatry, WITCHCRAFT, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, hersies, v21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.” I pray for the people that act in this that they would look to the Lord.

  • Vanessa

    Let me clarify..Not for children or even adults…

  • Nell Minow

    Thank you for your comments, Vanessa. I respect and appreciate your point of view.

  • Anne

    Before you start spouting off scripture consider this. If your children are so easily swayed by a fictional character does that not say something about your parenting? The Harry Potter series has convinced many a child to start reading and J.K. Rowling often contributes to charity. Neither the book nor the movies promote “adultry, fornication, uncleanlyness, laviciousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, violence, etc” they present a fictional world in which fictional characters go on fictional adventures. The morals taught by theses books, such as honoesty, honor, friendship, and determination far outweigh any trumped up accusation of the promotion of witchcraft. Do children not dress up on Halloween as demons and witches? Are you suggesting that we not only censor our childrens literature but that we must also eliminate harmless frivolity? Yes, a child may wish to be like Harry Potter, but I honestly think that if they do indeed make the jump from waving a stick to sacrificing animals that the movie is not the one at fault. As an ending note just remember, the Bible started the Crusades, killing thousands if not millions of “heritics and sinners” (many of whom were women and children). So before you so ardently oppose something, take a step back and think about it.

  • Becky

    I would honestly like to know which movies Vanessa allows her children to see…I’ve heard the argument that Harry Potter is witch craft before plenty of times, and I certainly don’t agree with it. But I’d still like to know more about what kinds of people Vanessa and others like her are. Are you that fanatical about violent or vulgar movies, or movies with bad language? Or is this a witch hunt? Honestly, I say keep your standards, as long as you’re consistent. To be frank, to me there is no difference in the Harry Potter fantasy than there is in the Redwall series, or other children’s books where animals speak or princesses and dragons live. My point is this: if you don’t allow your children (or yourself) to watch or read Harry Potter, you should not allow them to watch Beauty and the Beast, or The Little Mermaid (both of which has sorcery of some kind), or even Lady and the Tramp. I would certainly like to know if this is the case.

  • Casey

    Hi, Movie Mum. I’ve always been a fan of your reviews, having read them every time a new movie is released so I could decide whether that movie is good. I have noticed a few minor mistake in this particular review, however:
    In the 2nd and 5th paragraph, you had written ‘and Valdemort is back’ and ‘killed by Valdemort’ respectively. I would like to rectify that the word ‘Valdemort’ is actually spelt as ‘Voldemort’. This spelling mistake is also made in some other paragraphs which I didn’t list out.
    Also, in the 11th paragraph, the correct spelling for ‘Mad-Eye Mooney’ is actually ‘Mad-Eye Moody’.
    I hope you will take a few minutes of your time to correct the above-mentioned mistakes, and keep in mind that I will always remain a fan of your reviews!

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Casey! The rule is that anyone who finds ten mistakes gets a free copy of my book, so you are on your way! Many thanks for the kind words and for helping me keep the site accurate.

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