Published in: 2003
Edition read: Hardcover
book #: Book 5 in the Harry Potter series
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…
I remember this book from the first time I read it as a 13 year old. I was shocked that Harry had his first kiss (remember, 13 years old. That’s scandalous to a 13 year old). I hatred Umbridge so so very much, she was and still is considered worse than Voldermort (at least, in this book).
Compared to the previous book, this one isn’t as much fun. There is no real quest or adventure, but there is a mischief of a childish variety that resonates with you. The idea of them creating the DA in spite of Umbridge, that’s the kind of thing that makes this book really great, which is different to what made the previous book great. It’s a damn long book though, the longest of the series, and it takes forever to get through. Not to mention the fact that I was reading a hardcover book… my hand kept cramping from holding open the book. Ah well.
It was a good book to read, even with the super anger moments directed at Umbridge, but it felt like it dragged on in parts and perhaps could have been a little shorter. It also felt a little dreary, like since the events of the last book all the lightness of the series (and that characters) has been taken away, so the book feels a little dreary, a little grey, compared to earlier books. Maybe that’s just me? But looking back, books 1-4 are vibrant and colourful, book 5 onwards is dull dark colours and less happy feelings. There is still funny moments though, there is a moment in the start of this book that involves the Weasley twins and Ginny doing some sort of tribal chant and dance in the kitchen at the burrow. That’s the weird kind of humour I rather enjoy!
Order of the Phoenix rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Yeah I would
Who would I recommend it to? It is for people who enjoy this series (either book or movie), otherwise children will enjoy the book/series.
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