Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

Order of the Phoenix, year 5 for Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me! Despite there being some extra fluff in this book, it’s still an easy 5-stars from me. We pick back up at a pretty rough spot in the series. Voldemort has returned and the rest of the Wizarding World is in denial. Plus, Harry faces the threat of expulsion yet again for using magic (warranted, as it may have been) outside of school. Tons of things are happening and people are meeting in secrecy at Grimmauld Place to oppose the Dark Lord.

I loved starting out at Grimmauld Place, the Black’s family house was wonderful! Upon returning to Hogwarts we meet one of the most dreadful characters in the series thus far, Dolores Umbridge. What an evil woman, but I think she brought a great element to this one. Now, I try to let it roll off my shoulders because I know Harry is facing tough times but his anger had him throwing temper tantrums left and right! I realize he is at that annoying/awkward stage in his life but his attitude and weird love interest with Cho Chang had me cringing a lot of the book. I LOVED Dumbledore’s Army! This was so much fun to read about, and it helped redeem some of Harry’s bad attitude in my eyes. It was really one of my favorite parts of the book, and it plays a crucial role in the awesome ending.

The ending thankfully makes up for the drag felt throughout the book but as great as it is, it’s also heartbreaking. Serious tears were shed…  At this point in the series, I have taken a step back to look at the in-depth world that Rowling has created. It’s really an amazing character-driven story that pulls you in as you develop deep connections with each character, and watch them grow. It’s unfortunate that the movies do little justice for the books, and they cut out so much. I won’t be too hard on the movies because the visuals they provide really help bring the world to life but they definitely can’t even hold a candle to the books. I can’t believe the end is approaching, just two more books! I’m anxious to see how the story unfolds…

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