And I thought Voldemort was evil! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date:  June 21, 2003
Hardcover, 870 pages
ISBN: 0-439-35806-X

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
Here are just a few of the things on Harry's mind:
• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams
. . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. 

After the last book, Goblet of Fire, this series became darker. The Order of the Phoenix is full on dark. Harry himself is in a dark place as well. He feels forgotten, left out and ostracized. Harry is angry at practically everybody. His relationship with Ron and Hermione has suffered also. In this book Harry is introduced to the Order of the Phoenix, which is a secret group of wizards and witches that are preparing to fight against the Dark Lord. They are in secret because the Minister of Magic refuses to believe Harry or Dumbledore. This sets the ominous tone for this novel. 
J.K. Rowling has brought back many of the characters that I love plus has introduced some new characters. One of my new favorites is Luna Lovegood. She seems like an airhead on the surface but she's much more astute than anyone gives her credit for. The new character that I love to hate is Deloris Umbridge. I think Voldemort might have some competition in a who is more evil contest. 
Some of the students at Hogwarts decide to take matters in their hands and form a secret group called Dumbledore's Army. The plan is to practice some Defense Against the Dark Arts spells themselves because the Ministry refuses. I really like the gumption of the Hogwarts students, especially Neville Longbottom. He has come a long way since the first book. He's still a bit of a klutz but he's also very brave. 
I love the way J.K. Rowling has written these characters. I feel like I'm literally watching them evolve on paper. I think these books are some of the most well written books out there.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


  1. I know, right? Somehow I managed to hate Umbridge even more than Voldemort and Bellatrix. I think it's definitely a sign of the true talent of an author if they can arouse such a strong emotion in the reader about a character, be it a good emotion or a bad one.

  2. absolutely! JK Rowling has some memorable characters.

  3. It's been so long since I read the books (you know I'm one of those moviegoers) that it's refreshing to read reviews of the books.

  4. @LM Preston, I love all the movies! Watching HP7.2 was a total surprise for me since I haven't read the book yet.

  5. Just saw the last movie - and it was AWESOME!!! And now I want to reread the series again. I have a few books waiting for reviews first,but then Harry awaits! It is truly amazing how these books and characters can grab onto your very soul and never let go. Amazing writing. A true gift. :0)


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