Potter and the
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter continues in this custom-made film series with another pleasant but unremarkable entry. This time, chances are that fans of the books will be more disappointed than those who approach The Half-Blood Prince unknowing of the action (for reasons I will not discuss further here), but all viewers will leave the cinema with too many unanswered questions concerning the film’s ending. Up until then, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint give charming, insightful performances centered around teenage life, and the film is at its best when farthest from the action. Not for the first time in the series, the enigmas and characterological relations (ie. the comprehensiveness of Rowling’s universe) is more interesting than the realization of the action. I wanted to know more about Harry Potter while watching The Half Blood-Prince, but I realize now that I'd rather pick up the books. The performances are solid all over, with Alan Rickman and Jim Broadbent standing out.