Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Review)

Book cover for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling.Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 2003

Pages: 872

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: From the bookshelf in my classroom

From the cover:

As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It’s been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero’s non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief…or will it?

(This is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, after The Philosopher’s StoneThe Chamber of SecretsThe Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Goblet of Fire.)

So far, this has been my least favourite of the books in the series.

It all comes down to this: I spent most of my reading time being annoyed with one character or another, to the umpteenth degree. Not the kind of annoyed that I’d been when, say, the Dursleys were locking Harry in the cupboard, or when Malfoy was getting away with doing horrible things to other students. No … this was the kind of irritation that almost made me want to throw the book across the room.

It wasn’t even all directed at the “bad guys”, either! I spent a lot of time shaking my fist at Harry and the adults like Dumbledore; they just kept acting in ways that seemed obviously horrible for their cause.

What I did like about this book, though, was the continuation into “older”, more mature topics. I’m really starting to look forward to finishing up the last two books of the series now, because then I’ll be all caught up and be able to watch the final movies that are coming out!


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