By IndyKids Staff

The movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth in the series, was released this summer. Sadly, Rowling’s amazing work was chewed up on its way through Hollywood, and important parts of it were left out.

In fact, the filmmakers twisted the contents of the book so much that it was nearly impossible to follow the plot, even for diehard Potter fans. The only way to understand this poorly constructed movie is by picking through snippets from the endless montages.

In this newest installment, Harry and his pals go through the worst year ever at Hogwarts. As the movie begins, Harry is thrust into a predictably bad situation with his cousin Dudley and uses magic to save the day.When the Ministry discovers this, Harry has to go on trial before them. But after this scene the movie almost comes to a halt as you meet the Order of the Phoenix and school begins.

At least new characters such as Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbrage are interesting. Umbrage is a Ministry representative who finds Hogwarts unsuitable and changes rules more frequently than her underwear. Her witlessness causes Harry and friends to form a Voldemort resistance group. Near the end, Harry puts his friends in danger when he tries to stop Voldemort from reaching a prophecy. But it turns out that Voldemort could never have gotten it anyway, so the gloomy ending could have been avoided completely.

Overall, the film was a waste of time, especially for Potter readers. If you must see this movie, save your money and rent it.