One of the most joyous sequences of the fifth Harry Potter film was Dumbledore’s Army training and undermining Dolores Umbridge at every turn. Everything was wonderful about this montage: the Room of Requirement setting, the spirited accompanying music, the cries of Expelliarmus interspersed with Umbridge and Filch’s desperate attempts to catch the illegal society, Harry and Cho flirting, and of course – Neville’s journey that ends in his final successful use of Harry’s favourite Disarming Charm! You go Neville!
Watching Mr Weasley navigating the London Underground brings a moment of joy as Harry makes his way to his Ministry of Magic hearing. Not only do we get to see Arthur attempting to get through the barriers without a ticket, but there’s another treat in store as we’re introduced to the Ministry of Magic visitors’ entrance and the Ministry itself…
Order of the Phoenix is where we first meet Luna Lovegood, so of course we had to include her and the way her character is brought to life by Evanna Lynch. Her calming voice, her whacky statements, all that talk of Nargles – oh Luna, we love you and this film for introducing you to us!
If you enjoyed the awkward post-Cho and Harry kissing chat in the Gryffindor common room when you read the book, the film certainly does that moment justice! A really nice touch for screen though is the cosy common room setting, with the roaring Gryffindor fire behind them and how they adorably get the giggles. We love this moment for its lightness in the darkness that descends on the wizarding world in this film.
We love the moment Dumbledore shows how little control Fudge and Umbridge really have over him – and how he actually tells them he has no intention of going to Azkaban, as though he’s refusing an invitation to dinner! We also get to see the magnificent power of the phoenix in this scene – and listen out for Kingsley Shaklebolt’s hilarious line at the end of the clip, we certainly agree with him!
It starts with the distant sound of bangs interrupting a Charms O.W.L. exam, and ends in complete glorious pandemonium as the Weasley twins show Umbridge exactly how much trouble they can make. We love the music that accompanies the whizzing and fizzing of the fireworks, as well as the look on Dolores Umbridge’s face, of course. Watch out for what happens to those dozens of Ministry Decrees, and Professor Flitwick’s show of support for the troublesome twins…
It’s hard to believe that just two Hogwarts years before, Harry was learning how to cast the Patronus Charm with Professor Lupin. We love it when he teaches his friends this beautiful, protective enchantment, and the moment this film brings all their different Patronuses to life. Oh, and don’t you just love the music in this montage? Remember, you can find out your own Patronus by signing up for the Harry Potter Fan Club here.
‘It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom.’ Albus Dumbledore shows why he is the only wizard Lord Voldemort ever feared as good and evil duel inside the Ministry of Magic. The way their complex spells are brought to life in this scene is truly breath-taking. We particularly love the sound of the magic, particularly when Dumbledore manipulates the water in the fountain – listen out for it!