Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Director: David Yates (2007)

Poor The Harry Potter. His mate Cedric Diggory was recently murdered...he's still all upset about his parents being killed by the same 'dark lord'...and now his hormones are going wacko too. This is Emo Angst Potter and the best of the series so far. It shows a promising vision of the darkness to come. And he loses yet another family member. Oh boy! Potter isn't blessed with luck.

Harry Potter movies are a 'who's who?' of the UK film industry; in this, the fifth film of the series to date, we get Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton as well as the HP regulars of Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman (oh...), Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman...need I go on? It should be seen just for that amount of credibility.

The plot looks further into the Ministry of Magic and that Voldemort has returned. Imelda Staunton as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts tutor Dolores Umbridge is delightfully evil, zapping students who are 'playing up' or giving them old fashioned punishment by making them write lines out which are etched painfully onto their hands at the same time.

Harry also gets his first snog with the slightly irritating Cho Chang (Katie Leung) which plunges him into even more angst which he doesn't really need when everyone seems to hate him and plenty want to do harm to him. He later finds out that either he or Voldemort has to die; that is the prophecy. Really, things don't look very bright for him at all...

The most 'adult' and enjoyable of the Potter films to date.