Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. (IMDb)

Harry’s intriguing inner demons that become a refreshing character-focused theme here instigate Radcliffe’s first standout turn of the series (“I just feel so angry, all the time”), as he leads the cast through a juicy rebellion-tinged plot (Staunton shines as the distasteful antagonist) marked by a couple well-crafted montages. On the down side, the final act is a bit lame (the spell-casting action still feels awkward), its climactic duel aside, and the prophecy bit is puzzlingly breezed over.

7.2/10

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