Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Theatrical Release: July 11, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Dove Review

A war for control of the school takes place in this latest Potter film. A former foe believed to be vanquished returns for more spiritual battles and supremacy. Harry Potter finds himself in the midst of this fight. The special effects are excellent and it was nice to see a traditional holiday like Christmas recognized as several characters wished each other a “Happy Christmas” in the story.

However, as with previous installments of this series, Dove cannot approve the film for family viewing due to the use of witchcraft and sorcery, which is quite frequent in the movie. There are several uses of wands and some of the characters fly on broomsticks. One character is momentarily possessed. We believe this movie could be potentially dangerous for our Dove viewers and therefore cannot award our Seal to this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Harry takes initiative to lead a group to do what is right; Harry finds console in a father figure for a change
Sex: Kissing by couple in a few scenes.
Language: Good Lord-1; G-1; H-1
Violence: Several scuffles; a little blood around the mouth or nose but not much; a spiritual battle here and there between good and evil; teens brag about beating up a ten-year old although it is not shown; a teacher slaps a student on the back of the head; another character is slapped; a character sees another character tortured in a vision.
Drugs: Brief drinking scene.
Nudity: None.
Other: A lot of magic and sorcery; several students attend a witch's school which includes witchcraft and sorcery; a woman wears a witch's hat and some characters fly on brooms; charms and spells; a character is expelled from school for using underage witchcraft; it is mentioned a witch died by an experiment gone awry; a character has a nightmare; a character is momentarily possessed by an evil presence but regains control.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Michael Goldenberg and J.K. Rowling
Director: David Yates
Producer: David Barron
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 138 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter