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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
DIRECTED BY DAVID YATES
RELEASED: 2007

Why's it so good? David Yates took over the directing reins for this fifth film, based on the longest - and, some would say, dullest - book in the series, and knocked it out of the park. Excising large swathes of not much, he cut it down to one of the leanest films and delivered a barnstorming last act in the Ministry of Magic, with the sort of magical duels we'd been waiting four-and-a-half films to see.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
How does it stack up to the original? The first two Potters are nowadays generally dismissed as the weakest of the series (although if you go watch them again they're not bad) but the fans argue about whether the third, fourth or fifth is the best to date (Goblet of Fire got a big boost from Twi-hards returning to watch Cedric Diggory). Still, this is unquestionably up there.

Glaring error: Some of the posters were photoshopped to give the (supposedly 15 year-old) Hermione bigger boobs. Wrong on so many levels!


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 69 MONTHS


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