The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit theaters 10 years ago Tuesday, on July 11, 2007. Check out some of the magical props from the fifth installment in the Harry Potter film saga, ahead.
When ministry stooge Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) is appointed to the Defense Against the Dark Arts professorship, she designs a non-practical, purely theoretical curriculum and assigns this utterly useless textbook, Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners.
“There’s nothing in here about using defensive spells,” Hermione points out on the first day of class. “Using spells? I can’t imagine why you would need to use spells in my classroom,” Umbridge replies. “It is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations — which, after all, is what school is all about.”
The design of the Death Eaters’ masks evolved between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In the fourth film, they were only half-masks, but for the fifth, concept artist Rob Bliss “thought it would be creepy to cover the whole face.”
Neither can live while the other survives. The prophecy Voldemort is after, foretold by Professor Trelawney and stored in the Department of Mysteries, explains the connection between Voldemort and Harry. Though, based on its description of the Dark Lord’s nemesis — a child “born as the seventh month dies” whose parents “have thrice defied” Voldemort — it might have been about Neville Longbottom, had Voldemort not targeted baby Harry and inadvertently “marked him as his equal.”