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WHY DO we love Harry Potter? It's a tough question — we know we just do, he's addictive. Seeing Harry, Hermione, Ron, and especially Neville Longbottom, who seems to have grown the most in size since the last picture, was like catching up with old friends.

By Enid Parker (Staff Reporter)

Published: Wed 18 Jul 2007, 10:19 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:11 AM

Unfortunately there's no time to relax over a cup of tea and chat. Harry leaves his guardians' house, number 4, Privet Drive in a hurry after performing underage magic that earns him a letter to appear before the Ministry of Magic in a hearing.

He arrives along with friends at the headquarters of 'The Order of The Phoenix', a secret society of witches and wizards dedicated to fighting the dark lord, Voldemort. The fifth year at Hogwarts starts out less than pleasantly, as the Ministry in their bid to unseat Headmaster Dumbledore, 'plants' Dolores Umbridge as a teacher, a move that draws flak from students and teachers alike at Hogwarts. The movie equals its predecessor in its special effects, that culminate in a mesmerising (not to mention very loud) climax. The duels are spectacular as always. Those expecting romance may be a little disappointed as the movie cuts down on Harry's crush, Cho Chang's screen time as compared to the book.

Hagrid, true to character, brings an unexpected, (and large!) guest from his travels and hides him in the Forbidden Forest. The Weasley twins, Fred and George, as always, have some unique pranks up their sleeve — watch out for 'Skiving Snackboxes'. They're as interesting as they sound. A pleasant, refreshing surprise is the girl who plays Luna Lovegood, though she comes across more as sweet and innocent than loony. Her brief verbal encounters with Harry add that touch of thoughtfulness that showcase the characters' growing maturity. Emma Watson (Hermione) proves her acting mettle and looks set for a promising career in films.

Two kids were chatting animatedly after the movie. "Do you really think Harry will defeat Voldemort in the end?" The other answered, waving his paper wand in a matter-of-fact manner, "Of course he will. He's the coolest."

I couldn't agree more.

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