Book: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

JK Rowlings
Young Adult
Scholastic / 2003
Hard Back / 870 Pages
Series Harry Potter #5

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few of the things on Harry's mind:

• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

. . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

In the richest installment yet of J.K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

I picked this book up because Series

What I liked the Most? LUNA!!!!

What I liked the Least? Harry Potter himself - brat

Review:This was by far & away the most disappointed I’ve ever been in a book. I know that the story has to move to the darker side, but really this just took the cake.

Marks against Harry:
  • The rant against his friends a the secret lair
  • His outright anger that Ron is made Prefect over him
  • His pouting that he’s not allowed to join the adults but then actively choses to ignore Occlumency
  • His constant whining – it’s distracting
  • Oh yeah – his totally & complete Mary Sue quality

Marks against the book in general:
  • The fractured plot points
  • Covering up inconsistency with magic
  • Umm I do believe Umbridge was a damn fine runner up for being scarier than any other villain in any other book.

Recommended to: This is my least favorite of the series, and almost borders on the "don't bother".

Best Quote:

(not a quote but still really good) 'I was never a prefect myself, My Head of House said I lacked certain necessary qualities.' said Tonks.
'Like what?' asked Ginny.
'Like the ability to behave myself,' said Tonks.

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