Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review

This is the 5th book in the Harry Potter series. There are many reasons why I was looking forward to this one and many reasons why I wasn’t. There are lots at stake in this one due to You-Know-Who being back, which causes Harry to have these terrible nightmares thanks to the connection between the two. He needs to rely on his friends more than ever- not just his best friends.

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?

It’s not just the upcoming O.W.L. exams; a new teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a venomous, disgruntled house-elf; or even the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Now Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Characters (new and old)- possible spoilers

Umbridge- well, like several Harry Potter fans, I despise her. She is so evil in many ways- her rules at Hogwarts make it a totally different school in a way. Her detentions are brutal. Even her methods of teaching and inspecting other teacher- not nice one bit.

Bellatrix- my least favorite Death Eater and I have a deep dislike towards her. She finally enters in this novel. Both Harry and Neville have tragic pasts. Neville’s parents got tortured by Bellatrix a while back, and you saw part of the result in this book during one of the Mungo’s chapters. Plus, killing Sirius- Harry has seen enough horror already.

Luna- finally, she is in the series. She is actually one of the characters I love. Love her quirkiness and her loyalty to Harry. Member of the D.A. Anyone who went with Harry to London sacrificed a lot, but love their courage. Harry can easily open to her due to her past- after all, both lost people important to them- these two can see the thestrals.

Neville- he really develops a lot more in this book, as seen in D.A. chapters. Especially after Bellatrix escaped- it should have almost made him worse (due to probably being angry), but made him better. As well as the battle at Department of Mysteries. So also was loyal and brave when it came to Harry.

Ron and Hermione- of course, I always love Harry’s best friends; they remain loyal towards him in many ways- by helping set up the D.A. or going to London. The Golden Trio will always be one of my favorite literary friendships.

One of the several things I love about Order of the Phoenix is the D.A, a secret society where students learn Defense Against the Dark Arts. Harry has to teach them due to his previous experiences with the Dark Arts. All started because Umbridge is unwilling to teach them. I even love the scenes in Mungo’s Hospital, which shows a different side to the Wizarding Community. Even hearing about the prophecy is incredible; it explains a whole lot= so glad Voldermort didn’t get a hold of it. In many ways, the book made the “Department of Mysteries” even more mysterious due to how confusing it is and the dangers of it along with all the doors.

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