Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: Tom Felton brought to life the blonde haired bad boy in the Harry Potter series. On September 22, 1987, the man who would become Draco Malfoy was born. Even though, Tom Felton has been able to maintain a career in acting away from Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy is quite possibly his most memorable role to me. In the 2007 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he brings to life Draco Malfoy as villainous as always.

Harry Potter’s summer vacation ends with him going to trial for illegal use of magic. However, he had no choice when he and his cousin were attacked by dementors. Before the trial, Harry learns that his close friends are a part of The Order of the Phoenix, dedicated to stopping Lord Voldemort and his followers. In the previous film, Voldemort had come back to life with Harry relaying the news to everyone. But, the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, does not believe Harry and Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, leading to a smear campaign. At the top of this vicious campaign is Lucius Malfoy, who’s son Draco spends his time berating Harry. Things get worse for Harry when the ministry places Dolores Umbridge as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Cruel and sadistic, Dolores takes hold of Hogwarts making Harry’s life miserable, firing teachers on a biased basis, and forbidding students from learning spells. During this time, Harry and his friends form a group of students to learn the spells to defend themselves. However, Umbridge has learned about this causing her to create the Inquistorial Squad as a means to catch them. Dumbledore’s Army, the group of students, are able to go undetected for a bit. With Christmas around the corner Harry receives his first kiss, but his joy is overshadowed when he has a vision of Arthur Weasley beign attacked. The father of his best friend Ron is found and brought to the hospital. In the meantime, Dumbledore has become aware of Harry’s psychic link with Voldemort leading him to have Harry learn occlumency through his least favorite teacher Snape. When Harry and his friends return to school, Harry’s occlumency classes are cut short when he views some of Snapes memories. At the same time Dumbledore’s Army is found out when Harry’s crush reveals the truth to Umbridge. During final exams, there are pranks pulled with Harry having a vision of Voldemort holding his godfather, Sirius Black, hostage. Harry alerts Ron and Hermione Granger. But, the trio are caught by Umbridge leading Hermione to create a diversion in the Forbidden Forest that works. Upon return to Hogwarts, Ron with Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley head off to the Ministry of Magic to rescue Sirius. However, Harry learns taht this is a trap when death eaters, including Lucius Malfoy, appear. The group makes a run for it finding refuge in a room with a veil. After the six are attacked, members of the Order of the Phoenix show up including Sirius. Sadly, Sirius is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange causing Harry to chase after her in a fleet of rage. When he encounters her, he finds Voldemort waiting for him. Luckily, Dumbledore arrives leading the two to have a duel. When the duel is over, Voldemort tries to take over Harry’s body, but fails. Voldemort leaves when the Fudge arrives with his advisers being forced to admit the truth. The movie closes with Harry’s name being cleared, the Death Eaters being found out, and Umbridge being forced out as he prepares for the next part in defeating Voldemort.

Tom Felton’s character of Draco Malfoy may have had a smaller role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. However, he was still noticeable in this film. On September 22, 1987, Tom Felton was born with Draco Malfoy in the future.

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