On Friday, I watched Harry Potter 1. Saturday, 2. On Monday, I watched part of 3, but passed out halfway through, so i had to watch half of 3 and all of 4 last night, all of course leading up to the midnight release of 5. It's been a good run. I've gotten involved in the story and have a general familiarity of the characters and all that. (No, I haven't read the books and yes, I'm starting 6 now and will read 7 when it comes out.) But watching them all in order like this was a fun way to learn quick. I liked following the progression of the beginning stories, which stand up on their own (albeit relatively shallowly,) to the third, which is a beautiful departure that really takes a step outside the Voldemort story for the most part, then back to 4, which starts off center but really picks up the pace at the end, leading right into 5, which is pretty heavy all the way through.
Even taking itself out of its cult series, Order of the Phoenix was a good enough movie as it is. When you've got nearly 10 hours of character development preceding it, however, it only helps matters, and that's impossible to take out. But while the continuing story is great and getting better, the highlight for me was Dolores Umbridge, who was just about the most effective villain I could imagine. She was the perfect representative of every subtle political undertone brought up throughout the movie. Passive aggressive and self righteous evil with a pink coat and a smile. The absolute worst. It makes my skin crawl just thinking about her.
Anyway, my analysis of the story and placing it within the worlds the books created is worthless since I'm a noob in all his stuff. The best I can offer is that It's a good enough movie standing on it's own. Removed from any context or expectation, it was nothing if not thoroughly enjoyable.