HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
COMMENCES PRODUCTION FOR WARNER BROS. PICTURES
~ Young Cast Returns and Welcomes New Members to the Ensemble ~
BURBANK, CA, February 2, 2006 – Principal photography will commence
February 6 at England’s Leavesden Studios on Harry Potter and
the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s
beloved Harry Potter novel series.
Directed by award winning British filmmaker David Yates (The Girl in
the Café, Sex Traffic, State of Play), Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix is produced by Harry Potter film series producer David
Heyman and David Barron, from a screenplay by Michael Goldenberg (Where
the Wild Things Are, Peter Pan, Contact).
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as
close-knit teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
The production also welcomes back production designer Stuart Craig,
costume designer Jany Temime, creature effects supervisor Nick Dudman,
special effects supervisor John Richardson and visual effects supervisor
Tim Burke. The director of photography is Slawomir Idziak (King
Arthur, Black Hawk Down) and the editor is Mark Day (The Girl in the
Café, State of Play).
Joining the stellar cast are Imelda Staunton (Nanny McPhee, Vera Drake)
as Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher;
George Harris (The Interpreter, Black Hawk Down) as Kingsley Shacklebolt;
Helen McCrory (Casanova, Enduring Love) as Bellatrix Lestrange; Natalia
Tena (Mrs. Henderson Presents, About a Boy) as Nymphadora Tonks; Kathryn
Hunter (All or Nothing, Orlando) as Mrs. Figg; and 14 year-old newcomer
Evanna Lynch, who beat over 15,000 hopefuls at an open casting call
to win the role of Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw student who becomes an
important ally of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his
fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding
community is in denial about the teenager’s recent encounter with
the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news
that Voldemort has returned. Fearing that Hogwarts’ venerable
Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort’s return
in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic,
Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher
to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor
Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course of defensive magic
leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against
the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community,
so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters
into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students
who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches
them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous
young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released in 2007.