Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2013

Re-Read: Sept 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

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Review: So with this book we have started our fifth year at Hogwarts. By now if you have read the first four books you are already in love with this series and have a good idea on how the books are written, laid out and the great characters in between.

You meet Harry like always mid summer at his uncle and aunts. About half way through he goes to the head quarters of the Order of the Phoenix. Now you would think this would be great but nope he’s treated like a teenager, and one of the things I really liked about this book, acts like a moody teenager. From there he heads to school where he meets Professor Umbridge and compared to Lord Voldemort is the next runner-up for the most evil in this world. She makes life there miserable and takes over everything. With a hatred for Harry Potter from the beginning she makes is really hard for him taking away what he loves and trying to get him thrown out left right and centre. He also keeps dreaming about a place where he thinks that Lord Voldemort has been keeping a weapon. In good old Harry Potter fashion near the end of the book he finds himself and his friends in trouble and must help.

With the same action you are used too this is another book that is a bit darker than the previous. There is another death…no spoiler here…but it’s a meaningful one and if you are really invested in these books will be a bit of a tearful one. You learn more about Voldemort and other characters and of course we get to meet Luna Lovegood. She is amazing and funny character and seems to be the comic releif of the whole thing. And as I said earlier you see the kids grow. They are more like teens now with crushes and confusion about the opposite sex.

This is one of the best books of the series. It really moves the story along and makes you want to read more.  It’s well written just like the rest and you really see J.K. Rowling getting her groove with this. It also sets up for the next two books.

For the young ones, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s a harder read a bigger book. Plus with the deaths it’s got some heavy content.

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