Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP #5)

Author: J.K. Rowling
Started reading: February 26th 2018
Finished the book: March 9th 2018
Pages: 800
Genres: Fantasy
Published: September 1st 2014
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.47
My score:
"You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord."
Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time...

My thoughts
4 stars is still pretty good for a book. I'm sure I'll never rate a Harry Potter book lower than that, but this book just wasn't my favorite. A lot of parts in this book contain a angry, sulky, whiny Harry Potter and it annoyed me so much... The story is still good and the other characters are enjoyable. I sped through pretty fast for a book with 800 pages and me working 40 hours a week.

  • Umbridge: I LOVE to have a very evil person that you can just hate with all your gut's and be fine with it. I love how she is so evil and in the power to do everything she wants. It makes her a serious threat. The punishments she chooses are serious as well. It's so cool to have the other teachers not choose her side and the whole school hating her but they can't really do anything about it.
  • Fred and George: Every part in this book that contains Fred and George is tha best. I've always loved them. How they finish eachothers sentences and how no one can tell them apart. It's nice to learn more about their futures and how they just don't care about Umbridge at all and do whatever they want. They made the book have some humour as well.
  • O.W.L.s: Since the students in Hogwarts are now in their fifth year, it's time to think about the future. It's fun to learn what a person can do with the right subjects in school and to learn more about the world around Hogwarts and all the studies and courses that are available. It matches with the age of 15 in real life, when you usually have to decide what subjects to drop in school.
  • Harry Potter: Okay, so I just have to get this of my chest, don't get mad at me. I was so annoyed with Harry in this book. He's sulky, angry, whiny and acting like he's all alone in the world. He has such good friends and people who do everything in their might to keep him safe, all he does is whine. Look at me, being all alone with no one who understands me. He's mad with everyone all the time. I was so happy when at some point Ginny finally told him off and made him feel embarrassed. This behavior seriously reduced some of the fun reading this book. Harry never was my favorite, Hermione is, but he's outright stupid in this book.
It's such a talent that J.K. Rowling can have you love a lot of characters in a book and you still know all the names by heart. The wide variety of characters is what is so strong in the books. Everyone has someone they love and a house that they feel a connection with. The wizarding world is seriously in danger in this book and people are doing all they can to stand together and fight it off. I like that things are getting a lot more serious, but Harry does have to contain is temper in the next books.

Memorable quotes from this book
"Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have."

"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike."

"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."

Thanks for reading!
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