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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A rather more straightforward Potter than we've been used to, The Order of the Phoenix is directed by David Yates, who will also be in charge of The Half-Blood Prince and, following the darker take of Mike Newell and Alfonso Cuarón, this seems a little less fraught and shadowy.

It's also a little more thoughtful and less whizzbang, but these are minor changes of degree in a series that has continuity as a primary strength, and has yet to dole out Verb 1. dole out - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"  a disappointing episode. As much as JK Rowling has been a godsend god·send  
Something wanted or needed that comes or happens unexpectedly.

[Alteration of Middle English goddes sand, God's message : goddes, genitive of God, God
 for child literacy, Equity too should offer up prayers to the novelist nightly. Its members have benefited mightily from the series and here, I counted 16 who might routinely expect to headline elsewhere, so many indeed that many of Emma Thompson's best scenes appear in the DVD's "additional scenes". The might of thespian eccentricity and ingenuity can make Harry James Potter For the Harry Potter character, see .

James Potter (1729–1789), was a soldier, farmer and politician from Colonial- and Revolutionary-era Pennsylvania.
 seem a little dull by comparison at times, but the target audience needs someone they can relate to and Daniel Radcliffe, with his hints of Baldrick and Adrian Mole, makes a very British hero, growing up rather stolidly stol·id  
adj. stol·id·er, stol·id·est
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive: "the incredibly massive and stolid bureaucracy of the Soviet system" 
 and taking the "flirty Harry" moment in his stride.

His faithful sidekicks get rather less to do than usual, though Emma Watson This article is about the actress. For other people named Emma Watson, see Emma Watson (disambiguation).

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[1] (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress.
 does enjoy an imperious im·pe·ri·ous  
1. Arrogantly domineering or overbearing. See Synonyms at dictatorial.

2. Urgent; pressing.

3. Obsolete Regal; imperial.
 scene ordering about Hagrid's giant brother from his hand, which visually echoes a famous King Kong moment. But the miniature star this time out is an adult: Imelda Staunton, all five foot of her, spouting spout·ing  
n. Chiefly Pennsylvania & New Jersey
See gutter. See Regional Note at gutter.


 reams of believably awful politician-speak, rules and regulations as Dolores Dolores (or Delores) was a common given name (until the 1960s in the USA); it is cognate with the English word "dolorous" (meaning sorrowful) and equivalent in meaning.  Umbridge, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, a fine example of the over-fussy female who is part of many an early education.

She speaks the line "I really hate children," in a wonderfully quiet, matter-of-fact way that makes it all the more chilling. It's a major plus that the series always seems to come up with another memorable character-star (next time Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn) and it would be unthinkable to do without most of them: by now the cast of important characters is reaching Simpsons-esque proportions.

The raft of double-disc extras includes an educational half-hour with director Yates, who did TV's memorable State of Play (soon to be movieised with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) and his regular editor Mark Day. This teaches you very practically how to be your own editor. And, December being not too far off, you might want to know that the five existing Potters are available as a simultaneously released box-set.
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