“Order of the Phoenix” Review Round Up

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Jul 08, 2007

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The first review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released via The Times little more than a week ago, and now more papers are following, publishing their reviews of the film.

A three and a half (out of four) star review comes from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine who writes an excellent review of the film, remarking:

All the actors excel, notably Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, but it’s the tale itself that hurtles the movie along. That momentum carries you over the film’s few rough patches. Order of the Phoenix, the best of the series so far, has the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry.

Empire Online also recently released their review of the film, giving it four out of five stars.

The Telegraph posted a further review of the film which comments on the “brilliant performance” of Imelda Staunton and of the somewhat condensed nature of Phoenix.

Finally, Newsweek is publishing their review in the upcoming July 16th issue of their magazine, but you can read it now. The review highlights the performances of Imelda Staunton and Gary Oldman, Dolores Umbridge and Sirius Black respectively, by saying:

Staunton as the horridly cheerful, scarily funny Umbridge and newcomer Evanna Lynch, who plays the blonde, ethereal Luna Lovegood, a new ally of Harry’s, with just the right off-kilter spaciness. Another standout is Gary Oldman as Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, whose hidden London digs are headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix, a secret underground organization devoted to fighting Voldemort’s growing army of darkness. And, as always, Stuart Craig’s production design offers endless visual delights: perhaps the most notable addition being the vast, black-tiled Ministry of Magic buried deep below London, where Harry is summoned to go on trial.

More reviews are sure to be published in the coming weeks and we will bring them to you when they come online. Order of the Phoenix will be released in theaters July 11th.





46 Responses to “Order of the Phoenix” Review Round Up

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Did anyone see Behind the Magic on ITV last night?! It was fantastic! Evannah is a star! She is soooo funny!! Absolutly perfect-”They asked me not to shave my eyebrows. WHY WOULD I SHAVE MY EYEBROWS?!” ROFL It was geat-they showed lots of new footage!!

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ONLY 3 MORE DAYS!

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woooooooooowwwwwww…. at last alan rickman’s talents have been recognised in this potter movie….. great… :)

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that’s great news from empire they usually give the movies 3 stars this is their 1st 4. Things are definetly lookin up for this film

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I just read the Telegraph’s review, and that’s the second time I’ve read someone saying(by general consensus) that Phoenix was the worst book. Perhaps this chick just didn’t like the idea of reading an 800+ page book to her kids…I’d like to know who the “general consensus” is/was, because everyone I know (12 member Harry Potter Book Club, plus others) loves Phoenix. Unfortunately, there was nowhere to reply to her comments… -B

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people who liked gof seem to not like order. that is good news for me since I can’t say gof had passion or heart at all. it was all expanded, disconnected scenes that didn’t fit or felt real. So these bad reviews are actually good rewiews. Now if someone liked poa alot and hated this movie then I would be worried. Can’t wait to judge it for myself.

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Cool, only 3 days. I’m a bit annoyed at the fact that they didn’t mention Helena Bonham Carter. I’m really looking forward to her scenes.

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btw the new york daily news give it 4/4 stars.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2007/07/08/2007-07-08_phoenix_hot_for_harry.html

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OOTP was a great book!!!

But some people would prefer Mozart distort his work.

The best review for the OOTp film will be for me is the one I will give it personally when I see on July 13th. That is all that really matters.:D

I don’t think some of the reviewers have any idea,or care for that matter, what is going on in HP books or films for that matter. Because you can really tell a difference.

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I find it absurd how most critics almost say nothing about Emma’s Hermione except how pretty she’s becoming! It kind of ruins (IMHO) the whole message JK was trying to send through our old brainy plain-looking Hermione.

sigh Hollywood.

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Interesting how one reviewer thought it action packed while another found it tedious. To each his or her own, I suppose.

“The fifth volume of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was by common consent the worst book to emerge from the pen of J K Rowling.”

Common consent among whom, I wonder. Did the world do a poll or something? If so, I missed it!

Personally I felt that Order of the Phoenix is the most exciting of them all. Half-Blood Prince is a bunch of flashbacks ending with a big fight against an army of zombies. THAT one will be hard to pull off as a movie.

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I don’t think some of the reviewers from newspapers are actual fans of the books, they just do it because it is just their job. So, in a nutshell, I am completely ignoring all the bad things said about it, because to me, the Harry Potter films are magical in their own, unique rights and only fans are the people who truly know this.

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The reviewer who makes grand pronouncements about Order of the Phoenix being, by common consent, JK Rowling’s worst writing. I doubt (many) people would agree with that. Certainly it was long, but it’s such a deeply political, psychologically deep, and complex work that I was enthralled. Maybe cutting down a bit on a few of the subplots would have done some good, but it was hardly terrible.

Her writing was loads better than in the first two books anyways.

As for the Newsweek review, it’s pretty scathing, “Kiss, Kiss, Blah, Blah” is the title, but I like how the good part of the review will be picked. I enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban more than Goblet of Fire, which I felt was a bland and uninspired, but this looks promising! I can’t wait.

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I vote for OooP as MY favourite book by far. I almost literally (apart from the Grawp chapter) couldn’t put it down.

I find it hard to trust reviews when they diverge so far from one another as some of these seem to.

At the UK Premiere JKR was asked by one interviewer about the film and her verdict is that she’s really happy that they preserved angry Harry as written in the book and Dan plays it superbly well, that Imelda steals the show and that Evanna is fantastic and IS Luna, and she also really liked the centaur/giant forest scene.

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I always take reviews with a grain of salt. Seriously, even “Oscar recognition” doesn’t mean a film is great.

There were lots of positive comments. David Yates appears to be a hit. The trio is “growing up” (I personally loved what Rolling Stone said about Emma’s Hermione and they didn’t undervalue Rupert like most.) Imelda is a hit. Finally—kuddos for Alan Rickman! Evanna is a hit. (Which, you have to wonder if she looks at her self in the posters & the film & thinks “Holy Cow…that is really me!!! Woot!”)

Yea, I think I am going to love this one. It was my favorite book. (According to Sarah Crompton, I am not a general “consenter”...woo hoo to that as well. Thinks: Idiot. Didn’t do her research. Puh-lease!)

Can’t wait to see it. Thankfully we got our first showing at the IMAX tickets early. Have to go & pick them up…then get ourselves to the theater at the crack of down to get kick-butt seats. Again, woo hoo.

I hope the Pottercast trio has an outstanding time today! :)

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Emma is getting good reviews, not just for her looks. One review said she beautifully played Hermione. But I do understand where reviewers are coming from. Emma looks beautiful in this movie. One critic said she was striking, one called her glamourous. I can’t remember all of them but emma is looking good and I think they are dressing her down but it’s not helping. The problem is that Rupert and Hermione are there in the movie but everybody’s role outside of Harry is cut down. Which is why people are complaining about the underuse of the cast and that the movie can get tedious. But most liked it so that’s good.

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Well, I also find it all wrong that now Hermione is recognized mostly for her beauty! And the excuse that Emma is just too pretty to cover it up, is (I’m sorry) pathetically feeble. I mean come one, this’s Hollywood make-up we’re talking about here, they can (if they want) make you look so different your own mother wouldn’t recognize you! Look at all the films that handle the story of a plain looking girl suddenly turning pretty, how do you think they made them plain in the first half?

Just give Emma some really BIG BUSHY hair, dress her up in big loose school robes, and you’ve got half the job done.

But they actually market the films by selling out Emma’s beauty and sexing it up more and more with each new film, which like someone mentioned, really destroys JK’s message.

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Two more good reviews here

Cole Smithey http://filmcritic1963.typepad.com/reviews/2007/07/harry-potter-an.html

New York Movies http://nymag.com/listings/movie/harry-potter-and-the-ord/

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I’m with Anne and Kris. OotP was my favorite book. I love Harry’s emotional journey, and I’m glad Yates appears to have “gotten” it. This is Jo at her best, really understanding the teenage mind, with all its crazy tangents; ahppy one minute, angry the next. Throw in a dark wizard invading your mind, and I really feel for Harry.

I can’t wait to see the film. I also agree that hearing that people who liked the POA movie better than GoF like this one has got me hopeful. Please let Cuaron back for DH!

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I agree with what some of you said, It’s really annoying that OotP the Book is always getting so much hate. Personnally there’s not one book I didn’t like and I like all the movies despite their flaws. Some of them I walked out of the theater a bit disapointed, but when watching them on dvd, I always come to enjoy them. So really, for me those critic’s opinions are stupid and I’m begginning to think I shouldn’t care about them at all,because no matter what they say I still enjoy the movies and I love all the books… I tell myself that but they still annoy me though =(

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I’m with Anne and Kris. OotP was my favorite book. I love Harry’s emotional journey, and I’m glad Yates appears to have “gotten” it. This is Jo at her best, really understanding the teenage mind, with all its crazy tangents; ahppy one minute, angry the next. Throw in a dark wizard invading your mind, and I really feel for Harry.

I can’t wait to see the film. I also agree that hearing that people who liked the POA movie better than GoF like this one has got me hopeful. Please let Cuaron back for DH!

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“Just give Emma some really BIG BUSHY hair, dress her up in big loose school robes, and you’ve got half the job done.”

good comment Mike- I was going to say the same but this site is waaaaay tooooo sloooooww and it took me almost an hour just to post the previous comment!

They manage it with Neville don’t they?

well, it was a cracking Wimbledon final- sadly Nadal didn’t quite pull it off but he was close :( Maybe next year.

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missed one

Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1640397,00.html

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Yeah, but it’s ok for a guy to be less than handsome; he can still be cool. But a girl gotta be pretty. Yay for double standards!

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Of course it also depends on what you mean by handsome. I think me and Hollywood are often at odds with that ;)

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I agree, OotP book is one of my favorites, don’t know why they say that.

Anyways, all the reviews I’m reading are very positive. I’m specially happy to read Harry is so well portrayed in the movie, because we all know his character is so complex in this book. Jo said at the premiere that Daniel has done it superbly.

Most of the critics have not read the books, but they describe Harry exactly like he is in the book after wathing the movie and that means he is like they book describes him. Because for example, I’m a little scared after reading them describe Hermione as “increasingly glamorous”. WHAT?

I better wait to watch the movie. So about Harry they say:

“One of the joys of this film is watching Daniel Radcliffe, 17, grow so impressively into the role of Harry. He digs deep into the character and into Harry’s nightmares. It’s a sensational performance, touching all the bases from tender (Harry’s kiss with Cho Chang, played by the lovely Katie Leung) to fearful (the dreams of death that wake him up in a cold sweat).”

“Radcliffe measures up to his character; his bold shadings reveal Harry as both a tortured adolescent and an epic hero ready to do battle. All of which makes Potter 5 not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story.”

It’s sad to see that this is all thanks to Daniel and the script, like always, doesn’t help much: “Radcliffe is clearly willing and able to take Harry to deeper, darker places, but the screenplay doesn’t give him enough to play off of”.

There are more reviews, for example: http://www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyArticle.aspx?intStoryID=33405

“Shorn of his childlike mop of hair, Radcliffe effectively transitions Harry from goody-two-shoes to inwardly conflicted young adult. He spends much of the film brooding, snapping and shouting and it is to his credit that the character remains sympathetic without becoming boorish.”

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Many of these reveiews have been published since last week. The bestplace to go to for all Reviews is www.rottentomatoes.com – then select Harry Potter. Currently the overall critic rating is an great 86% (12 positives and only 2 negatives). This is a great critic result so far.

I soooo cant wait to watch this movie!!

By the way – I uploaded the excellent Harry Potter: Behind the Magic shown on ITV in UK on Saturday. 1 hr show with so much clips and interviews and Luna for me is the highlight – such an angel.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/77q3v9
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OoTP was my favorite book in the series.

This movie has a lot to live up to in my opinion.

How can that reviewer say that Order was the worst of the series? Did she even read it? Or was the reviewer unable to read 800+ pages.

In my opinion GoF was the worst film in the series, as it did not have the magic that the book had. It also added scenes while deleting scenes from the book.

I hope that this film can resurect my opinion of the movie portrayal of JK’s work because as of right now it is very low.

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OOTP is my favorite HP book as well. I don’t see why it is some people’s least favorite. I loved it from the beginning, particularly the Dementor scene. I think that the battle at the Ministry near the end is the best climax out of all the HP books so far. And Neville, Ginny, and Luna get their chance to shine! From what I’ve seen of this film, it looks great. I saw a commercial that showed Sirius’s head in the fire, and I think it looks WAY better than how it looked in GoF. I’ve seen footage of Helena as Bellatrix, and she is perfect. The same goes for Evanna and Imelda as their roles. btw, my favorite film so far is PoA. It had its weak points (particularly the “He was their friend!” scene), but I think it is the best. It was the first film that was faithful to the book without being an exact illustration of it. It also showed more emotion in the characters than the first two films, which focused too much on the adventure and mystery part of the plots. I think that David Thewlis did a fine job as Lupin, and the Gary Oldman was wonderful as Sirius Black. He didn’t look much like I imagine Sirius to look, but he acted the part perfectly. The main bright side of GoF to me was Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye. He did a terrific job.

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Dear anne: I’m glad you didn’t like the Grawp chapter as well :)

Excellent reviews. They deserve all those stars.

I get to watch the movie Tuesday night (the joys of working for a movie theater =]) so I can’t wait!

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Dumblemort, please tell me in which commercial did you see Sirius’ head in the fire? I reaaly want to see it, how they did it this time. Can you give me a link?

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Great reviews. Dan’s getting unprecedented praise for his performance and he deserves it. This film is already the most critically acclaimed blockbuster to be released this year and there are still more reviews to come. Heat Magazine will have their review of OOTP in the next issue of the magazine which is released tomorrow.

And I’ve seen that “Behind the Magic” show on ITV 1 as well and it was great. Dan was really funny.

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I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Behind the Magic’ but I’m going to wait til after I’ve seen the film as there are a lot of film clips in the programme. I’ve forced myself not to watch any before the film.

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Thats weird- I always thought OotP was the most popular book after PoA. Maybe I was wrong :/ My favourite is GoF but OotP is close behind.

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WOW! I love Peter Travers…he is usually so tough when it comes to certain films (especially HP). His review was wonderful! It gave me goose bumps….EEEEE! I have never been so excited for an Harry Potter film(besides POA). Now…finally, I can say that I am happy that Yates is coming back for HBP. I didn’t fancy Mike Newell that much.

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ok people! stop complaining that emma is too pretty! its not her fault. would you prefer they make her an ugly troll? she is never described as “ugly” she looks fine! she has to be marginally pretyy or ron wouldnt want her. some people just will never be happy with the movies, and that makes me wonder why they bother posting. they will never match exactly what you think they should look like, so get over it. those of us who appreciate all the actors for their ACTING, not their looks, will love her acting. i went to a premiere, her acting is superb and that is all that matters.

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There was another making of Harry Potter on TMF in the UK yesterday – not as good as the “behind the Magic” and is half hour shorter but still has new clips and interviews. I uploaded this too (60mb):

http://www.sendspace.com/file/3s7n63

“Behind the Magic” – the 1 hour show (158mb):

http://www.sendspace.com/file/77q3v9

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Maybe I’m picky, or maybe I can’t let the books go when I watch the movies, but I thought PoA and GoF were both pretty bad. If OotP is drastically different from them, it can only be good news.

To those who say they liked PoA but not GoF, do you mind providing examples as to what you liked/didn’t like? I only ask because I found them to be pretty similar. PoA was especially bad for mixing up key plot points (Harry getting the Firebolt at the end of the movie- lol) or leaving them out completely (scene with Snape freaking out after Sirius escaped)

Plus they both added cheesy scenes that didn’t add to the movie in any way like the grand entrance of the foreign students and in PoA where the choir(??) was singing before the feast. Those made me shake my head in disgust.

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“As written by Rowling and played by the magnificent Imelda Staunton, Dolores is the personification of bureaucracy as evil. With her rules, prejudices and steely smile, Dolores is a kind of Dick Cheney in skirts.”

BAHAHA. Yeah that gave me a good laugh. Wow, some good some bad reviews, but I shall only see for my self when midnight tomorrow rolls along! Oh my god I can’t believe it’s actually tommorrow night….which means Deathly Hallows will soon follow…..oh god I’m having a nervous breakdown. Last night at midnight I had an episode where I was like “OMG only 12 days until my life is ending!!” July 21 (after I finish the book) will most definitely be my apocolypse.

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.< ooooh, the tomamometer doesn’t look too good now… it’s at a 71%, ouch…ah, well, I’m watching it no matter how much people hate it! It’s just I’m mentally pleading for it to go up cuz my friends go with critics on movies. Looking at the negativity Pirates 3 got, but still alot of non-critics liked it, i guess Potter will be good enouhgh.

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I saw this movie on June 28th at the Portland premier and I guarantee that Potter fans will enjoy it. Of course some plot lines that all of us treasure in the book have been left out of the movie, but I felt that the essential story lines and characters were very well represented. If you are going to nit pick about details that were left out, you may not enjoy the film as much as you will if you are okay with a few things being axed. Honestly, I think the filmmakers did an excellent job with this movie. It flowed well and the scenes in the movie were all important (unlike in the travesty that was the GoF film). Just try to think about how difficult it is for the screenwriter/director to distill the contents of an 800 something page book down to a story that can be told in just over 2 hours. I think they did the story justice and it was very enjoyable. The only thing I did not like very well was the CG for Grawp. He did not look at all like I imagined and it was the only CG scene that looked fake. The same is not true for Kreacher, who was absolutely perfect. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have done just as well with Grawp. Overall, I enjoyed the movie and think everyone else will.

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Professor Potter! You’re an angel. Thanks for the uploads! :)

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piper> I thought an actor for Grawp was actually cast?

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luna> 74% it’s not bad and it’s only because some of the reviews we’ve just seen have been added to the stock. There’s a couple of new good ones too.

The poorer ones are the reviewers who just don’t seem to get that the story is meant to be darker. And when they talk about magic going I’ve worked out what they mean- one reviewer summed it up- that magic is now a dangerous thing, not cutesy. That’s a good point IMO :D.

I’m especially pleased that the general concensus (except for just the one) is that the young cast’s acting is really good.

“Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint have developed into fine actors.” Reelviews

“The more isolated Harry becomes, the more soulful Radcliffe seems. As Harry grows less sure of himself, Radcliffe becomes more assured in his handling of the character’s complexities.” Newsweek (John Hartl)

And I like this from Edge Boston “technically, the movie completely overshadows its predecessors; digitally and organically, the film is breathtaking in its visuals and soars with a non-derivative musical score. In previous reviews, I would commend the primary teenage actors for great efforts; but here, thanks largely to Yates’ ability to inspire performances, they prove mature, capable thespians willing to dig deeply into their character’s motivations and fears. Radcliffe in particular sells his portrayal of the boy wizard; there is a moment in Dumbledore’s office when Harry stops all conversation with a shout to be heard, and in a sense, it’s Radcliffe asserting his place in the world. Watson, for her part, deftly bridges Hermione’s assertive smart-girl personality with her impending softer side. And Grint, although he has less to do in this film, manages to begin the process of inserting a backbone into Ron’s character. For the adult actors, Gambon reclaims some ground since his somewhat lackluster performance in “Goblet of Fire” – and Staunton will be heralded for her delightful turn as Umbridge. Oddly, I was most impressed by Gary Oldman, who, in a few short scenes with Radcliffe, manages to pull off what J.K. Rowling couldn’t in the book: forge a significant emotional bond between Harry and Sirius Black.”

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Anne – There may well have been an actor cast for Grawp for certain scenes. There were a couple of shots where Grawp was running around and all you could see were his legs, so that could have been real, but I am sure his face could not have been a real person’s. It just looks too fake. Maybe the actor was hired to do the voice of Grawp, though he doesn’t really speak much.

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