I loved this installment of Harry Potter! The Order of the Phoenix focuses on the fight against Voldemort. I don't think its as dark as the Goblet of Fire, but you do see Harry and his friends finding themselves as teenagers (lots of angst!!!). It's one of the best books in the series.
I will be honest and I think I have said this before I started reading Harry Potter because my friend harped on me about it. I also started reading it because I love Jason Issacs. And he plays Lucius Malfoy, and I am a weird person who wont watch a movie if I haven't read the book. Therefore, I began to read Harry Potter. In addition, low and behold as the books have gone on I find myself admitting I like them. Moreover, I say this grudgingly so when you hear me say I like it you know I speak the truth.
Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix is the best book that I have read from the series. It gets darker and we get closer as always to lord Voldemort but he is always just out of reach. Ah but not to worry Hogwarts has another horrible evil doer to keep us occupied and cheesed off. The ministry of magic gives you there very own evil of Dolores Umbridge.
So simply said, well done J.K Rowling, even if there is one part in which I physically tossed the book across the room. If you have read the book, I think you know which part I am talking about. If not well, I will not ruin it for you. However, truly when I think about it the fact that I was so emotionally involved that I tossed the book means I was attached. This is the mark of a good book.
I'm finally trying to catch up with the HP books so I can read 7 when it comes out and hopefully not have the ending spoiled. I really didn't care for book 4, so some of the "magic" had gone out of the series for me, but book 5 has redeemed the series for me. I feel like the author is finally moving the story forward again.
It's weird, I guess I've seen the movies too much now because when I am reading certain parts I hear that theme music in my head... no, I'm not crazy... much.
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With Voldemort on the loose again, and The Order trying to protect everyone, while working under the nose of the Ministry in denial this proves to be an exciting, and nerve wracking read. Harry will never look at the world the same.
A good read as always, but not the best in the series. Climactic scenes are well done. Drags quite a bit. Not enough storyline to justify the length of the novel. It could have been 100 pages shorter. Film adaption was better than the book.
I felt great rage and anger while reading this book due solely to a character by the name of Umbridge. I wanted to scream and beat on her! I was very proud of Harry for controlling his temper with her better then I was! Fred and George are PRICELESS in this story and I cheered out loud with their grand exit. Well worth the anger and frustration to get through this story.
When Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year at the school for Wizards, many people do not believe his claim that evil Lord Voldemort is back. Cornelius Fudge is in staunch denial about Voldemort's return. He sends Dolores Umbridge to Hogwarts to bring it under the control of the Ministry of Magic. As the school year progresses under Umbridge's rule, things go from bad to worse when Harry repeatedly has bad dreams that cause the scar on his forehead to ache. He knows that means that Voldemort is growing stronger. With only a few friends and a group calling themselves the Order of the Phoenix believing his claims, Harry must study for his Ordinary Wizarding Level (OWL) exams and put up with Professor Umbridge making his life miserable.
Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, the fifth installment tops them all. Rowlings characters grow with each book in the series. Many of the supporting characters we've met in previous books are back in this one. The new characters are fun, especially Professor Umbridge and her persistent "Hem, Hem" whenever she wants to interrupt a conversation or get someone's attention. I listened to the audiobook. Jim Dale does an outstanding job as the narrator. My rating: 5 Stars.
I will first say that Im probably going to offend some fans of the series with this review, cuz I have some complaints against some fan favorite characters. Which well get to in a bit.
I get the impression that of the books in the series, people dont love this one as much, and I certainly dont hear as much about it as I do some of the others. However, I think that so many key things happen in this book that its very important to the rest of the series. Ive seen the movies about the next two books, so Ive seen whats to come, and I knew that this was going to be an action packed book where a lot of serious stuff comes to light.
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As Harry faces his upcoming fifth year at Hogwarts Academy, there are increasing rumors of dark times coming and of Lord Voldemort's return to power, and a secret anti-Voldemort society, The Order of the Phoenix, begins meeting again.