Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix marked David Yates's debut as a Harry Potter director, and he's the only person in the series who has been honoured with a 'Best Director' award - from Empire magazine - for his role. It was this movie - the first in the series to receive an IMAX 3D release - that won him the accolade.
Helen McCrory was originally cast in the role of Bellatrix Lestrange, but ultimately pulled out on discovering that she was expecting her first child. She was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter, but would later appear in the franchise as Narcissa Malfoy, Draco's mother. The film also saw franchise debuts for Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood and for Imelda Staunton, playing the fearsome Dolores Umbridge for the first time.
Order of the Phoenix premiered in Tokyo on June 28, 2007 ahead of its mid-July release. Its noticeably darker tone was only heightened by the cuts made to the original source material - no Quidditch, no Rita Skeeter and no Dobby. The longest book in the series was reduced to the second shortest film at just 138 minutes. Generating over £16 million on its opening weekend in the UK and $77 million during the same time period in the US, the movie received a positive critical reception, with widespread praise for both Staunton and Bonham Carter's performances.
More Harry Potter retrospectives:
> Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
> Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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