Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK)
Pages: 766
ISBN: 0747551006

Short Synopsis (Contains Spoilers)

An understandably moody Harry, a villainous new DADA teacher, a snobbish and cowardly Minister for Magic, an aloof Dumbledore, and no Hagrid—sounds ominous already? Tough luck, because Lord Voldemort is at large and Harry’s at Hogwarts attending detentions, cramming for tests, and forcing himself into completing his massive pile of homework … until he starts to learn more about the Ministry, the Order, and Lord Voldemort, which propels the heroic side of him to finally take matters into his own hands.

Review Questions and Ratings (Contains Spoilers)

Plot: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Character development: 5/5

Overallstarratingstarratingstarratingstarratingstarrating (5/5)

The Book

➳ Five words to describe this book?

Serious, funny, interesting, addictive, amazing

➳ Favourite chapters (and why)? (Spoiler Alert!)

  1. St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries: We get to know more about Neville and his parents, as well as about the troublesome but pitiable former DADA teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart.
  2. Dumbledore’s Army: This is when the excitement begins: Harry and his friends finally manage to do something worthwhile, right under Umbridge’s nose!
  3. The Beetle at Bay: A satisfying chapter because of Hermione’s part in cleverly making Rita Skeeter pay for her articles’ defiantly offensive remarks about Harry. Skeeter is propelled to write an honest article, one that is not twisted, conveying stuff that Harry had wanted to clarify all along, which was very satisfying to read (given that the Ministry had been treating Harry and Dumbledore very scornfully).
  4. The Centaur and the Sneak: We finally get rid of Umbridge in this chapter. What more can I say?
  5. The Only One He Ever Feared: We get to REALLY appreciate Dumbledore’s existence … really.
  6. The Lost Prophecy: An amazing chapter, full of interesting plotlines and intriguing answers to important questions.

➳ Stuff you liked? (Spoiler Alert!)

  1. Harry’s wittiness/Harry annoying Dursley in the first chapter
  2. Harry being emotional, confused, angry, etc./Harry being a teenager
  3. Professor McGonagall’s part where she outsmarts Umbridge 😀
  4. Hermione’s smart personality
  5. Ron’s sarcastic remarks
  6. Dumbledore’s Army
  7. Lee Jordan and the Weasley twins’ pranks/stunts
  8. Hermione’s maturity and intelligence
  9. Ginny, Hermione, and Ron trying to help out or console Harry in the chapter Christmas on the Closed Ward
  10. Cho’s unprecedented character development, as well as Luna’s
  11. Dobby
  12. So much character development in this book
  13. The fact that ‘Dumbledore’s got style
  14. Fred and Georges’ fireworks
  15. The intricate plot
  16. Harry and his introspection, especially after Sirius’s death
  17. The ending

➳ Stuff that put you off? (Spoiler Alert!)

  1. Mundungus Fletcher (least favourite character)
  2. The fact that it was Fred and George’s last year at Hogwarts
  3. Darkness that ascends as the book progresses in the first ¼
  4. Cornelius Fudge’s ignorance and denial
  5. Umbridge’s audacity
  6. Harry suffering terribly in academics (especially in the first half of the book): keep up with school, Harry!!!
  7. Harry’s disobedience/lack of calmness
  8. How dreary Sirius’s life had to be
  9. James Potter. I don’t really like his personality. Also Sirius (sorry folks). Although he is a good godfather to Harry.

➳ If given the chance, would you change anything in the book?

Not really.

➳ Favourite characters?

  1. Dumbledore
  2. Hermione
  3. Dobby
  4. Harry
  5. Ron
  6. Ginny
  7. Sirius
  8. Professor McGonagall

➳ Least favourite well-developed characters?

  1. Umbridge
  2. Draco Malfoy
  3. Percy Weasley
  4. Cho Chang was alright

➳ Things that surprised you? (Spoiler Alert!)

  1. Mundungus as the hooded witch at the Hog’s Head
  2. Ginny dating a fellow Ravenclaw (did not expect that)

➳ Favourite quote?

When Dumbledore talks to Harry in The Lost Prophecy (right after returning from the Ministry of Magic)

On the contrary … the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.

– Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Reading Experience

➳ Three words to describe your reading experience?

Consistent, fun, special

➳ Five places you read this book?

My bed, another bed, my study table, the dining table, the WC

➳ How long did it take you to finish this book?

8 days (which is quite a short period of time for me)

Other aspects of the book

➳ Favourite covers of this book?

I have two:

DISCLAIMER: ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED AND WRITINGS INCLUDED ON “SUJANA’S JARGONS AND STORIES” ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

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