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Review of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

by - May 31, 2018

Series: Harry Potter #5
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 800
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 21/06/2003
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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...

I can't write a 'proper' review of Harry Potter. I'm 26, so when Harry Potter was released I was right at the age it was marketed towards. I remember starting to notice the hype around Harry Potter when the third book was released (I was 8) and I bought all three books for my holiday. I didn't have a great childhood to be honest and these books were very much my escape. I would beg and beg to get a copy on the release date and my Gran would literally have to fight crowds to get them, I've never seen so much hype around any other book since. So basically, I can't review something that was my entire childhood - here's everything I loved during this re-read (the rating for this one is lower, explained above) instead (also I'm presuming that you've read the book, so potential spoilers)

  •  Harry giving Fred and George his Triwizard winnings - it was wonderful to see something so happy come out of such a tragedy.
  • 'Listening to the news,' said Harry in a resigned voice. His aunt and uncle exchanged looks of outrage. 'Listening to the news! Again?' 'Well, it changes every day, you see,' said Harry.
  • It took me 15 years to get that Grimmauld Place means Grim Old Place and on top of that, Trelawney kept calling Sirius The Grim.
  • 'Kreacher lives to serve the Noble House of Black -' 'And it's getting blacker every day, it's filthy,' said Sirius.
  • Just how related everyone is in this is crazy.
  • Tonk's constant clumsiness is something I can 100% relate to.
  • Mrs Weasley attacking Harry's hair with a wet comb. I'm almost convinced that my daughter is somehow related, I can never get her hair to lie flat.
  • Mr Weasley being delighted that the stile swallowed his ticket - I'd love to go shopping with him and show him all the Muggle things.
  • 'Ron held up his badge. Mrs Weasley let out a shriek just like Hermione's. 'I don't believe it! I don't believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful! A prefect! That's everyone in the family!' 'What are Fred and I, next door neighbours?' said George indignantly...'
  • Sirius in dog form, chasing pigeons and his own tail.
  • 'You see I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.' 'Yeah,' said Harry, 'but you, unlike me, are a git, so get out and leave us alone.'
  • McGonagall aggressively forcing biscuits on Harry after finding out he had a go at Umbridge.
  • BOWTRUCKLES! I remember seeing one in FBAWTFT.
  • 'Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher,' said Harry loudly, 'there was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head.'
  • '...two figures shrouded in hoods sat at a table in one of the windows; Harry might have thought them Dementors if they had not been talking in strong Yorkshire accents.' MY PEOPLE
  • Ginny being a rather excellent Quidditch player
  • 'He never managed to get all the words out,' said Fred, 'due to the fact that we forced him head-first into that Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor' - *screeching noises* *aggressive pointing* IT'S THE BLOODY CABINET
  • McGonagall's constant shade to Umbridge is everything.
  • 'Hagrid gave a great sniff and patted Harry wordlessly on the shoulder with such force Harry was knocked sideways into a tree.'
  • 'I doubt it,' shouted tiny Professor Marchbanks, 'not if Dumbledore doesn't want to be found! I should know... examined him personally in Tranfiguration and Charms when he did N.E.W.T.s...' - How bloody old is this woman
  • 'Well, we were always going to fail that one,' said Ron gloomily as they ascended the marble staircase. He had just made Harry feel rather better by telling him how he had told the examiner in detail about the ugly man with a wart on his nose in his crystal ball, only to look up and realise he had been describing his examiner's reflection. 

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  1. you were a kid when they came out huh??? wow it is amazing how long these books have been around! Every time I read them they feel so fresh! The order of the Phoenix is one of my favs :) Great review Vee!


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