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It's a difficult age. Fifteen-year-old Harry Potter (the ever-improving Daniel Radcliffe) is at the mercy of his hormones. He's having trouble sleeping, his guardians -- the Dursleys -- want no more to do with him, and he's threatened with expulsion from Hogwarts after pulling out his wand in public. It feels like the whole world is against him.

Of course that's far from the case.

Among Muggles, there's no more popular literary hero. And even in his own realm, Harry has an enviable support group of friends and allies, including the so-called Order of the Phoenix, a motley crew of familiar faces that nevertheless remains mysterious for now. If he can bring himself to put his trust in them, perhaps Harry can also learn to trust himself.

At 870 pages, this is J.K. Rowling's longest book, and by consensus, it's not her best. Director David Yates and screenwriter Michael Goldenberg ("Peter Pan") have been more ruthless with the red ink than their predecessors, for which movie fans should certainly be grateful. In fact, at 138 minutes this is the shortest of the Potter movies to date.

It's also the most somber, beginning with a scary Dementors' attack in a dimly lit underpass and ending with an impressively staged battle between the forces of good and evil in the cavernous, black-tiled Department of Mysteries. Read full article »

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