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After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry knows he is about to become Voldemort’s next target. Although many are denying the Dark Lord’s return, Harry is not alone, and a secret order is gathering at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Meanwhile, Voldemort’s savage assaults on Harry’s mind are growing stronger every day. He must allow Professor Sna After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry knows he is about to become Voldemort’s next target. Although many are denying the Dark Lord’s return, Harry is not alone, and a secret order is gathering at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Meanwhile, Voldemort’s savage assaults on Harry’s mind are growing stronger every day. He must allow Professor Snape to teach him to protect himself before he runs out of time. Source: jkrowling.com


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After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry knows he is about to become Voldemort’s next target. Although many are denying the Dark Lord’s return, Harry is not alone, and a secret order is gathering at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Meanwhile, Voldemort’s savage assaults on Harry’s mind are growing stronger every day. He must allow Professor Sna After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry knows he is about to become Voldemort’s next target. Although many are denying the Dark Lord’s return, Harry is not alone, and a secret order is gathering at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Meanwhile, Voldemort’s savage assaults on Harry’s mind are growing stronger every day. He must allow Professor Snape to teach him to protect himself before he runs out of time. Source: jkrowling.com

30 review for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

    Interview with JK Rowling... Stephen Fry: Can we settle an important question? JK Rowling: Yes. Stephen Fry: How do you pronounce your last name? JK Rowling: It is Row-ling. As in rolling pin. Stephen Fry: So if any of you hear someone pronounce her name “Rohw-ling”, you have my permission to hit them over the head with — not with Order of the Phoenix, that would be cruel. Something smaller, like a fridge.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    (obviously a reread) *cries*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Alsberg

    I finished this book with tears in my eyes and laughter on my lips. Just wow, excellent book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lily C

    It only took me 7 months, but at least i've FINALLY finished the damn book! Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzB8h...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I had to re read it. I was in such a nostalgic mood.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Navessa

    Seriously, don't read this review if you haven't read the books. The biggest compliment I can think to give an 870 page book is that I wish it had been longer. I wish this had been longer. This book has always been my favorite in the series. Up until it, Harry’s story had been filled with light. Sure, there were some tough parts earlier on, and while it's true that some darkness crept into the ending of the previous installment, for the most part, that was a pretty happy book compared to this. R Seriously, don't read this review if you haven't read the books. The biggest compliment I can think to give an 870 page book is that I wish it had been longer. I wish this had been longer. This book has always been my favorite in the series. Up until it, Harry’s story had been filled with light. Sure, there were some tough parts earlier on, and while it's true that some darkness crept into the ending of the previous installment, for the most part, that was a pretty happy book compared to this. Ron got over his jealousy, the school eventually got behind Harry as a Champion, and good still triumphed over evil. Our hero surmounted impossible odds in the Triwizard Tournament and then managed to escape Voldemort, yet again, and warn the wizarding world of his return. And then BAM! The beginning of this book hits you in the face. Where you expect Harry to be in the know, he’s in the dark, where you expect The Daily Prophet to be filled with stories about the ministry pursuing Voldemort, there’s only silence, where you expect excitement about returning to Hogwarts there is only frustration and angst. And you know what? You get it, you frigging get it, man. Because you were with Harry when he faced Voldemort and his Death Eaters alone, you stood beside him as the shades of his parents appeared from the tip of his enemy’s wand and helped save his life. And when he made it back to safety, you were just as dumbfounded as he was when the minister of magic refused to believe him, refused to believe Dumbledore. So how dare they? How dare they let him rot, alone, in a house full of people who hate and ridicule him, while the murderer of his parents begins to rebuild his army? How dare they feed him snippets like “We can’t tell you anything about what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been doing A LOT. But don’t worry, we’ll see you soon, we just can’t tell you when”? As if he hasn’t been through enough. If anyone has the right to know what’s going on, it’s Harry. Doesn’t anyone KNOW him like we do? Or do they just think that they know what’s best for him better than he does? And that’s part of the genius of this installment. This book grows up. Where the previous four could be labeled as children’s stories, this one cannot. There are so many hard lessons and difficult themes in this, ones that a child’s mind cannot fully grasp. Gone are the heroes, gone are the happy endings. This book teaches you that adults aren’t the perfect protectors you thought they were. Sirius isn’t infallible. James Potter isn’t infallible. Albus frigging Dumbledore isn’t infallible. None of them are. None of them are even fully good. And come to find out, those you thought were fully evil might not be either. This book introduces you to shades of grey, and each revelation seems to hit you harder than the last. Normally, I hate angst. This is mostly because I find the vast majority of what I see these days to be a sorry excuse to lengthen a story or a shoddy attempt to distract a reader from glaring issues. Trying to cover up weak characterization? Add some angst! Want to hide those holes in your plot? Add some angst! The only type of angst I can stand is believable angst. Rowling delivers on this. And that’s one of the many reasons that I love this book. There are a lot of other reasons, Fred and George’s badassery, Ginny Weasley finding her voice and becoming a character in her own right, the undiluted rage that coursed through my body every time I read a scene that included Delores Umbridge, the incredible courage and honesty of Hermione Granger, the loyalty of Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom coming into his own, the failed Occlumency lessons (I WILL ALWAYS HATE SNAPE) and the way the entire school ended up doing exactly what the sorting hat suggested at the beginning of the year and banded together as one against the ministry’s interference. I even loved the ending. YES, I SAID IT! And do you know why? Because life isn’t sunshine and roses and you don’t always get to say goodbye to those you love. You don’t get the sense that Sirius’s death was a righteous one. You don’t get resolution. He didn’t make some grand sacrifice to save the lives of many others. He died taunting the bad guys, smiling at them, egging them on as though he was still that ego-inflated teenager you glimpsed through the pensieve. And then you find out that it was all for nothing. That there were so many ways that it could have been avoided. How do you deal with that? The best you can, I guess. So while I don’t necessarily "enjoy" this book as much as I do the others, it remains my favorite in the series for the reasons I listed above. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    “Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?" "Yes." "You called her a liar?" "Yes." "You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?" "Yes." "Have a biscuit, Potter.” This is my favourite book in my favourite series of all time. It's so rich of detail, so full of mysterious and often dark magic. So much character development, so many brave people sticking up for their friends. It's also the book that introduces us to my most hated fictional character ever. Never have I hated anyone as much as Um “Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?" "Yes." "You called her a liar?" "Yes." "You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?" "Yes." "Have a biscuit, Potter.” This is my favourite book in my favourite series of all time. It's so rich of detail, so full of mysterious and often dark magic. So much character development, so many brave people sticking up for their friends. It's also the book that introduces us to my most hated fictional character ever. Never have I hated anyone as much as Umbrige. And being able to create such deep anger and loathing in me, with only words!, shows again what a fantastic writer Mrs. Rowling is. Here are some of my favourite scenes, characters and details: 1. Mrs. Figg beating up Mundungus and cursing Dudley 2. Grimmauld Place and the Order 3. Thestrals 4. McGonagall vs. Umbrige (Harry's Career Advice appointment is one of the funniest scenes in the whole series) 5. McGonagall and Trelawney vs. Umbrige 6. The Teachers vs. Umbrige 7. Peeves giving Umbrige hell 8. Hermione setting up a meeting with Luna & Rita Skeeter 9. Dumbledore's Army meetings 10. Ginny dating whoever she likes and not giving a damn 11. St. Mungo's 12. The Department of Mysteries 13. "Have a biscuit, Potter." 14. Professor Sprout giving Harry 20 points for Gryffindor for handing her a watering can Find more of my books on Instagram

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessika

    I cried like a little baby. J.K. Rowling really starts taking the series down a darker road in this book. She is so talented at character development, and it really shines in this book. Here, Harry is 15 years old, and for most of the book, he's whiny and self-centered, just like a typical teenager. I also adore Dumbledore's role in this book--his conversation at the end with Harry put me to tears. Rowling did an amazing job with the character of Umbridge...never have I hated a fictional charact I cried like a little baby. J.K. Rowling really starts taking the series down a darker road in this book. She is so talented at character development, and it really shines in this book. Here, Harry is 15 years old, and for most of the book, he's whiny and self-centered, just like a typical teenager. I also adore Dumbledore's role in this book--his conversation at the end with Harry put me to tears. Rowling did an amazing job with the character of Umbridge...never have I hated a fictional character more than I hated her. I do have to admit, I'm curious to see whether she makes any more appearances or not. For me, this book was stronger for character development than plot. Yes, this is a key book for the series, but I felt like most of the book was spent with characters' internal issues and development rather than the plot. I love how Harry and the crew are dealing with more adult issues now, such as relationships and death. As with all of her books, I have a really difficult time putting these books down, but especially within the last 100 pages, I physically could not separate the book from my hands. Overall, another outstanding addition from J.K. Rowling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    re-read August 2018 it had seriously been too long since I read this book! I love angsty Harry and all of the crazy drama that this book contains. Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas To You ok. I will start by saying that this is one of my least favorite books in the series, and that isn't because it's bad, BECAUSE IT IS DEFINITELY NOT. It's mainly due to the fact that I hate Umbridge more than words can translate, and having to read about her so much just infuriates me, rather than givin re-read August 2018 it had seriously been too long since I read this book! I love angsty Harry and all of the crazy drama that this book contains. Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas To You ok. I will start by saying that this is one of my least favorite books in the series, and that isn't because it's bad, BECAUSE IT IS DEFINITELY NOT. It's mainly due to the fact that I hate Umbridge more than words can translate, and having to read about her so much just infuriates me, rather than giving me warm fuzzies the entire time I'm reading. That being said, here are some of my thoughts on the book: -mention of Regulus Black near the beginning of this book. I've noticed particularly during this re-read that J.K. Rowling tends to mention characters a book or two before they will have any importance to the story. She seriously knew what she was doing while writing these books. -it's so weird to think that Sirius is related to Narcissa and Bellatrix! Sirius is such an amazing human, and he was born into a terrible family, which is pretty true of a lot of people. Just because you come from something/somewhere terrible, that doesn't mean you can't be different and be good. -Ron and Hermione becoming prefects is just so great. Surely there would be a better candidate in their year to be the male prefect, yet Dumbledore chose Ron. Why? Because Dumbledore knows that Ron always feels worthless in comparison to his five older brothers, and him becoming prefect was enough to make him feel like a winner at something. Dumbledore is cool like that. -Quite often I forget that St. Mungo's exists since it's not in the movies at all. Here, we get to see Neville's parents, as well as Gilderoy Lockhart (who is adorable now and not at all annoying), and I WISH THAT WAS IN THE MOVIES. -it sucks that Harry was banned from playing Quidditch this year, as I LOVE Quidditch. and Harry was so sad because of it, which made him cranky and quite insane. HOWEVER, I love that Ginny took over for him as Seeker. I feel like Ginny has grown up so much already, and it's particularly in this book that I grew to really like her. She's so much better in the books than in the movies. -In the epic fight near the end of the book, NEVILLE IS SO BADASS. If you ever think that Neville isn't brave until the last book, you are wrong. He was throwing himself at Death Eaters and Stunning the shit out of everybody. It was awesome. -As usual, lots of information was revealed in the last couple of chapters of the book. This particular book reveals A LOT of stuff that most people were probably wondering about whilst reading the other four books, as well as information that you probably didn't even think of. I love how many answers we get in this one. I THINK THAT'S IT FOR NOW. I have a lot of feelings, so I might add more later.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A) 86% | Extraordinary Notes: It’s a transitional book, which holds back its potential, but it adds greatly to its mythos with excellent new characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Despite this being the longest book in the series, I read it quicker than all the others. Here’s three things I really loved about it: 1. Harry and Sirius- they never had much time together but the time they did have really influenced Harry’s development, a few wise words from a sincere friend (or godfather) can go a real long way. And this scene was perhaps the most powerfully written in the series for me, we all know what happens next: 2. Dumbledore’s Army- Harry, Ron and Hermione have always Despite this being the longest book in the series, I read it quicker than all the others. Here’s three things I really loved about it: 1. Harry and Sirius- they never had much time together but the time they did have really influenced Harry’s development, a few wise words from a sincere friend (or godfather) can go a real long way. And this scene was perhaps the most powerfully written in the series for me, we all know what happens next: 2. Dumbledore’s Army- Harry, Ron and Hermione have always taken matters into their own hands; they’ve never waited for someone to come along and save them. And here they have got so many great characters involved in their heroics, which leads me onto my next point. 3. Luna Lovegood- because the weird people are always the best people. Luna’s by far my favourite character because she is so completely herself in all her colourfulness; she’s often ignored, avoided and even ridiculed as a result but secretly she is brilliant. The world needs more Luna Lovegoods. I always thought she had far more chemistry with Harry than Ginny ever did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Silvera

    Finished this one last week and forgot to mark, but I loved it. I ended up taking a massive break for several months because I'm such a mood reader but I really have always loved this one. I remember missing the magic as a teen since Umbridge was being Umbridge but the last act remains one of the most exciting in the series. And I was really happy to get to revisit the scene where Harry talks to Nearly Headless Nick about why some wizards become ghosts and why most don't. I always wanted that sc Finished this one last week and forgot to mark, but I loved it. I ended up taking a massive break for several months because I'm such a mood reader but I really have always loved this one. I remember missing the magic as a teen since Umbridge was being Umbridge but the last act remains one of the most exciting in the series. And I was really happy to get to revisit the scene where Harry talks to Nearly Headless Nick about why some wizards become ghosts and why most don't. I always wanted that scene in the movie, but it's beautifully done in the book. Also loved the extensive conversation between Harry and Dumbledore, which was also reasonably shortened in the film. #AdamRereadsHP

  13. 4 out of 5

    Inge

    Dear Dolores Umbridge, (view spoiler)[R.I.P. Sirius Black. Best friend, godfather, member of the Order. The injustice of it all hurts me every time I read this book. You will never be forgotten. <3 (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Polis

    I DID IT! 5 DOWN 2 TO GO! I loved this one even though it was so sad at the end. So many new nuggets of info.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luca Ambrosino

    English (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) / Italiano «The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing; the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought. Deprived of their usual car-washing and lawn-mowing pursuits, the inhabitants of Privet Drive had retreated into the shade of English (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) / Italiano «The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing; the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought. Deprived of their usual car-washing and lawn-mowing pursuits, the inhabitants of Privet Drive had retreated into the shade of their cool houses, windows thrown wide in the hope of tempting in a nonexistent breeze. The only person left outdoors was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flower bed outside number four»The "big number 5", the longest novel of Harry Potter series, begins... "HolyMadonna, how big is this book?" my daughter says, without fear for the number of pages, she looked more excited for the opening of this new adventure. And it starts with a bang, with two dementors attacking Harry and his cousin Dudley in a muggles area, out in the open. The rules of the usual Rowling's game have definitely changed. . The axiom "before we'll be between the welcoming arms of Hogwarts, and after many things will happen" no longer exists. The previous chapter of the series, also, started in the spirit of this new trend: you're not safe anywhere. Everything is more complicated for Harry Potter, it is difficult even to sleep by now.«There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there»Let's talk frankly, the entire novel revolves around this room and what's on it, and there are numerous signs and things said that make me think that we will be back on the argument in the future. In fact, despite a series of revelations came about this room at the end of the novel, an air of mystery remains.And sadness remains too. So much sadness.Vote: 9 «Il giorno più caldo dell'estate – almeno fino a quel momento – volgeva al termine e un silenzio sonnacchioso gravava sulle grandi case quadrate di Privet Drive. Le automobili di solito scintillanti sostavano impolverate nei vialetti e i prati un tempo verde smeraldo si stendevano incartapecoriti e giallognoli, perché l'irrigazione era stata proibita a causa della siccità. In mancanza delle loro consuete occupazioni – lavare l'auto e falciare il prato – gli abitanti di Privet Drive si erano rintanati nella penombra delle loro case fresche, con le finestre spalancate nella speranza di indurre una brezza inesistente a entrare. La sola persona rimasta all'aperto era un adolescente che giaceva lungo disteso sulla schiena in un'aiuola fuori dal numero quattro»Comincia il "big 5" di Harry Potter, il volume più lungo della serie. "O Madonnamia quanto è gigante", dice mia figlia quando lo vede, per nulla spaventata dalla mole, anzi eccitata da questa nuova avventura che sta per iniziare. E comincia col botto, con due dissennatori che aggrediscono Harry e il cugino Dudlley in piena terra babbana, alla luce del sole. Sono definitivamente cambiate le regole del gioco della Rowling al quale eravamo abituati in precedenza, ossia prima si arriva tra le accoglienti mura di Hogwarts e poi succedono tante cose. Non più. Già il capitolo precedente della saga era iniziato all'insegna del nuovo trend potteriano: non si è più al sicuro da nessuna parte. Per Harry è tutto sempre più complicato, gli riesce difficile perfino dormire in santa pace.«Nell'Ufficio Misteri c'è una stanza che viene tenuta sempre chiusa. Contiene una forza al tempo stesso più meravigliosa e più terribile della morte, dell'intelligenza umana e della natura. E forse il più misterioso fra i molti soggetti che vengono studiati laggiù»Parliamoci francamente, l'intero romanzo ruota attorno a questa stanza e a quello che contiene, e ci sono molteplici indizi e mezze frasi dette che mi fanno pensare che si ritornerà a parlare di essa, tentando di chiarirne l'essenza misteriosa, che però permane nonostante tutta una serie di rivelazioni a fine romanzo.E permane tristezza. Tanta tristezza.Voto: 9

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I know the feeling dear, Harry! 🙁 Happy Potter Reading! Mel 🖤🐾🐺

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)

    Umbridge? More like Umbitch. That woman deserves to die. Painfully.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    This book used to be my least favorite book of the series and after rereading it, I can't understand why... I loved it! So many good things I had forgotten started here like the DA meetings. I still absolutely hate Umbridge and I'm out of my reading slump (hopefully!).

  19. 4 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    I am always ready to pop off on anyone who says they don’t like this book because “Harry is so angsty and annoying in it.” Well, why don’t you go ahead and watch a peer die, Adolf Hitler come back to life, have a trusted adult admit they’ve been lying and manipulating you, and then get sent home for three months to live with people who hate you, all while being ghosted by the people you actually like for weeks AND SEE HOW WELL YOU DEAL WITH IT. On top of all of that, you’ve got a government publi I am always ready to pop off on anyone who says they don’t like this book because “Harry is so angsty and annoying in it.” Well, why don’t you go ahead and watch a peer die, Adolf Hitler come back to life, have a trusted adult admit they’ve been lying and manipulating you, and then get sent home for three months to live with people who hate you, all while being ghosted by the people you actually like for weeks AND SEE HOW WELL YOU DEAL WITH IT. On top of all of that, you’ve got a government publishing daily articles detailing why you’re a crazy person with an overactive imagination and to pay no attention to that 100% alive noseless man behind the curtains. DON’T EVEN WITH ME ON THIS. Also, I still remember reading this book on my bunk bed in 8th grade the day it came out. Never in my life had I experienced so much fiery anger toward a fictional character. Fifteen years later and Delores Umbridge still wins the award for character WHOSE LAUGH COULD ACTUALLY PROVOKE ME, A PACIFIST WHO LOVES CAPS LOCK, TO RAGE PUNCH AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER. Hem hem.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    ❝Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.❞ Rating: ★ ★ ★ I feel like I'm going to get attacked for only rating a Harry Potter book 3.75 stars but Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is probably my LEAST favorite of the series thus far. It went by so slow and I felt like too much went on but at the same time nothing really happened. This book could've easily been made at least 200 pages shorter if J.K. Rowling got rid of all the point ❝Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.❞ Rating: ★ ★ ★ ¾ I feel like I'm going to get attacked for only rating a Harry Potter book 3.75 stars but Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is probably my LEAST favorite of the series thus far. It went by so slow and I felt like too much went on but at the same time nothing really happened. This book could've easily been made at least 200 pages shorter if J.K. Rowling got rid of all the pointless details and chapters that added nothing significant to the storyline. The movie was never really one of my favorites either and that was probably the primary reason it took me more than a month to get through Order of the Phoenix. On top of that, I wasn't a big fan of Harry in this book. I understand that he went through a whole lot after the events of Goblet of Fire but he was moody and a jerk to everyone around him 98% of the time and although I can empathize with him, it became too over the top for me and I got tired of it real fast. He just kept snapping and going off on all the wrong people and it got really annoying. All the constant CAPITALIZED yelling didn't help too much either. Even though Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite movie and book, I LOVED the concept of Dumbledore's Army. I just loved seeing all the students in action and actually putting everything they learned into good use. We finally get to meet Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite Harry Potter characters of all time, and I was so ecstatic every time her name was mentioned. As for Umbridge, she was also the ultimate villain in this book. She was the woman you LOVED to HATE and I felt the movie nailed this portrayal so perfectly. If J.K. Rowling's goal was to make you want to rip your own hair to shreds, she succeeded that and more. Overall, I felt the book was unnecessarily long but the movie itself was not much better. Where the book felt too slow, the film adaptation felt too rushed leaving out key details. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will probably always be my least favorite book and movie in the series, but the worst Harry Potter book is still a whole league better than a lot of other books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    AHHHH I AM FINALLY FINISHD. *collapses in a puddle* Peoples, I usually read a book in a day, two days if it's big, three if it's super huge. THIS BOOK TOOK ME FOREVER. I know there a lot of super-keen Potter fans out there, so, um, you may not want to read this review. But! But! WAIT! The biggest thing you need to know is: I seriously love this series. I do. It's so detailed and thorough and interesting and I totally see why it's captured the world in it's wizarding claws. BUT. I didn't grow up AHHHH I AM FINALLY FINISHD. *collapses in a puddle* Peoples, I usually read a book in a day, two days if it's big, three if it's super huge. THIS BOOK TOOK ME FOREVER. I know there a lot of super-keen Potter fans out there, so, um, you may not want to read this review. But! But! WAIT! The biggest thing you need to know is: I seriously love this series. I do. It's so detailed and thorough and interesting and I totally see why it's captured the world in it's wizarding claws. BUT. I didn't grow up reading it. And now? Reading it? I love a lot of things, but there are so many things that bother me, particularly about The Order of the Phoenix. THINGS THAT BOTHERED ME: + The freaking gargantuan size. This is the most important thing to note. IT IS HUGE AND IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS BIG. The first 100-pages are numbingly boring...they cleaned house? SO WHAT. + Ron/Hermione's bickering drove me nuts. This trio of "friends" act so often NOT like friends, it just really grates on me. I know friends have their ups and downs, but Ron is downright rude. Harry is usually oblivious, but he doesn't help things much either. Of COURSE I'm Team Hermione here, and I know she gets together with Ron...but I ain't shipping it. + The last 50-pages were so intense and interesting...WHY WERE THEY SO SHORT?? It's like the book FINALLY warmed up and got going and got exciting and -- BOOM! -- it's done now. Plus so many interest reveals just come as a Dumbledore info-dump. Um. Seriously? + The characters, in general, drove me nuts. I love Dumbledore, don't get me wrong, but he's awfully passive. There's this whole attitude around like "Awww, well nothing TOO BAD is going badly, so let's just wait until it gets absolutely horrific before we do anything, shall we?" AND ARGHHH YOU STUIPD STUPID WIZARDS. + And Harry's logic...I mean, lack thereof...was frustrating. Like "Omg, a teacher is physically abusing me...I won't tell! I'm a strong brave little melon!" NO YOU'RE A FREAKING IDIOT. Harry's whole mantra of just suffering in silence made me so so angry. + Snape. Because it's a grand idea to have a teacher who abuses and bullies students because he had a crappy childhood. Solid work hiring him, Dumbledore. I HATE SNAPE, BTW. + In general, the book's huge GARGANTUAN themes of "injustice". This one is very very much me, but social injustice and discrimination against children and adults exercising their age as a way to control/lord over younger humans -- I HATE IT WITH THE FIRE AND PASSION OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Sure, yes, it has it's place in books. It's realistic. But every time I pick up a Potter book, I just get smothered with how unjust everything is and it makes me SO ANGRY. And while there are 2 dozen things I love about these books, THAT is what makes me wait, like 9 million years between picking up volumes. There should be more balance. There should be more fighting back instead of passiveness. + And please, someone remind me why Harry still needs to live with the Dursley's? Because I think we've established he doesn't. Another = injustice for no reason. OKAAAAY BUT YOU GUYS PROBABLY THINK I HATE HARRY POTTER NOW AND IT'S NOT TRUE. I also have a list of things I freaking loved. And at the end of the day, I do like this series. I don't "adore" it like a true Potterhead, I 'spose. But I do enjoy it. THINGS I ABSOLUTELY LOVE: + The detail. okay, I do complain that the books are too big (they are) but I have to admit this makes the worlds SO INCREDIBLE DEEP. Like all the food details, the off-handed comments, the descriptions, the subjects. IT'S INSANELY AWESOME. It's not like reading about a bunch of kids going to school...it's like genuinely being there. + The fact that they actually had to DO SCHOOLWORK. So often I read books about characters who are not "geniuses" but still manage to save the world AND score uber well in school without doing a scrap of homework. NO. So I love that Harry Potter makes them save the world AND do their homework. And half the time I think their homework sounds freakishy fascinating. Yes, I'm having a Hermione moment. + HERMIONE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER. She is like one of the biggest reasons I love this series and would even consider rereading (seriously!! I just said that!! Even though I complain!! I'd like to try audios one day...) because she's smart and into equality and rights and I just love her, yes okay?! +...oh and McGongall. I love her too. SO SO MUCH. She does not take a single piece of crap from anyone. SHE IS AMAZING. I love how she fought Umbridge, although I think she could've done more (like stabbed Umbridge in the eye or something) and I love how she's fiercely protective of her students. She's like a super scary mum. + The Weasleys. ALL OF THEM! Even Ginny is getting more a personality now! YAAAY. I particularly love Fred and George and I'm glad they're living their dream. (Oh, but obviously I hate Percy.) Ron is not my favourite person unfortunately, because I think he's very self-obsessed and I do find him irritating at times. BUUUUT MRS. WEASLEY IS SO FEIRCE AND WONDERFUL. + Also Luna...although I wish she had a bigger part. Maybe she will in future books?! I love her and her whimsical attitude. She's totally fascinating. + And Neville is amazing. I particularly love how when Harry was teaching the secret Dark Arts class how Neville was just THRIVING. He didn't feel threatened, and he had one-on-one help with a peer he likes and respect. EQUALS = HIM DOING SO WELL. YAY!! I feel so so annoyed at this book too because I feel Neville has a learning disability and everyone just ignores it. Some teachers do a bit more, but mostly he gets abused - by teachers and students alike. I knoooow stuff like that happens IRL. But we're not reading real life are we??? We're reading about a WIZARD school and I'll be damned if I don't sit here and demand things like learning disabilities should be given respect and help. I love Neville. KEEP FIGHTING NEVILLE. + And no matter how much I complain...I actually lost track of time while reading this!! That's right! I was reading and my eyes were burning at night and I was like "OMG WHAT'S THE TIME?!" so I totally read a lot later than I would usually. A book that absorbs me is definitely a good book. SEE?! I DO LIKE IT. Mostly. (I hated Umbridge of course, but duh. Who doesn't?) Ultimately it was too big and I got a wrist sprain just holding the jolly hardback, BUT! It's intense and magical and intriguing and I want to know what happens next. Also I want to see the movies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kassidy

    SO many feels!!! I really love this book. The plot and world gets so complex, and I'm very happy to get answers and explanations at the end! This one was a crazy, scary, and ... frustrating.. (Umbridge) ride, but still so fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Guys, this was so much better than the movie. I know it's not fair to compare, but because the film version of Order of the Phoenix isn't one of my favorites, coupled with the fact that this is the longest novel in the series, I was really nervous to get to this one. Obviously I was a muggle fool who deserves to be chased around by Peeves for a full 24 hours, because this was such a vital installment that really breathed a mature life into the series. The ending of Goblet of Fire is quite dark, Guys, this was so much better than the movie. I know it's not fair to compare, but because the film version of Order of the Phoenix isn't one of my favorites, coupled with the fact that this is the longest novel in the series, I was really nervous to get to this one. Obviously I was a muggle fool who deserves to be chased around by Peeves for a full 24 hours, because this was such a vital installment that really breathed a mature life into the series. The ending of Goblet of Fire is quite dark, but I felt book #5 is where the series really gets down to business and loses the childlike innocence that it clasped tightly for some long. What a brilliant, hauntingly beautiful way to write a series that grows as the reader does. Only two more to go, which makes me quite sad, but also excited to find out how they compare to the rest!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Full review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription * On a scale from one to ten, how obsessed with Harry Potter are you? me: about 9 Full review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription * On a scale from one to ten, how obsessed with Harry Potter are you? me: about 9¾

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    This book really made my CRY. And it was not just tears, I was CRYING out loud. If you've read it (or at least have seen the movie) you surely know that a very important character dies and GOD, it was heart wrenching, the tears came flowing like a waterfall. I didn't want him to die :(... Overall, I really liked this book, but I think it was way too long, it had some chapters that weren't relevant to the story... BUT THEN... there are some chapters I loved! I think my favorites were "Snape's Wor This book really made my CRY. And it was not just tears, I was CRYING out loud. If you've read it (or at least have seen the movie) you surely know that a very important character dies and GOD, it was heart wrenching, the tears came flowing like a waterfall. I didn't want him to die :(... Overall, I really liked this book, but I think it was way too long, it had some chapters that weren't relevant to the story... BUT THEN... there are some chapters I loved! I think my favorites were "Snape's Worst Memory" (Just... Padfoot, Prongs and Moony, what else can I ask for?) and "The Centaur and the Sneak" (Dumbledore was AWESOME in this one!). ALSO: Characters that kicked ass in this book: - Professor McGonagall (WOW). - Fred and George Weasley. - Dumbledore. - Sirius. - Remus. AND... I hate Umbridge.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *phew* FINALLY I FINISHED READING IT. I mean, I liked this book but wow it's slow and it's not as interesting as the previous books. But still, I liked it. REVIEW TO COME SOON. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'm currently rereading it! I'm both excited and sad you know. I'm excited that I'll meet Luna Lovegood because that girl is so unique and an amazing character! But on the other hand, I'm sad because I AM NOT READY TO LOSE SIRIUS. 😭😭 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Edit *phew* FINALLY I FINISHED READING IT. I mean, I liked this book but wow it's slow and it's not as interesting as the previous books. But still, I liked it. REVIEW TO COME SOON. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'm currently rereading it! I'm both excited and sad you know. I'm excited that I'll meet Luna Lovegood because that girl is so unique and an amazing character! But on the other hand, I'm sad because I AM NOT READY TO LOSE SIRIUS. 😭😭 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Edit : Rounded it up into 5 stars REVIEW TO COME TOMORROW Edit : Guys, I'm sorry that I have to review it on Monday. There's blackout here ;_; 4.9 Stars 'Yeah' said Harry, 'but you, unlike me, are a git, so get out and leave us alone.' I supposed to post the review yesterday but there was a blackout while I was reviewing and you can imagine how pissed I was when suddenly my computer was off and the review was already quite long. I was like this : well, I wasn't screaming because it was midnight but I was really really angry. well let's talk about this book :D *breaths in Breaths out* there were lots of tears, laugh, sadness, happiness and anger while I was reading it and I'm here still can't accept the death of the guy I cared care. I mean, why do I always lose charcters that I love or care?!?! why Sirius?! not Kreacher or anyone, anyone means Cho Chang actually... okay let's begin with Cho Chang. I Ship Harry With Ginny Not Cho Chang I totally HATE this girl. She is a cry baby and she is also weird. one minute she is happy and then suddenly she bursts into tears and she always exaggerate problems. little problem can be big problem with her and I still don't know why Harry had feelings to her. yes, had. because he doesn't like Cho Chang anymore. YAY! finally he opened his eyes! and these scenes made me hate her so much : ➜ He turned to saw Cho standing in the middle of the room, tears pouring down her face. ➜ 'I thought,' she said, tears spattering down on to the table, 'I thought you'd u - u - understand! I need to talk about it! Surely you n - need to talk about it t - too! I mean, you saw it happen, d - didn't you?' ➜ 'I'll see you around, Harry,' she said dramatically , and hiccoughing slightly she dashed to the door, wrenched it open and hurried off into the pouring rain. ➜ 'I'm really, really sorry. That interview was so brave ... it made me cry.' ➜ 'That was a really horrible trick of Hermione Granger's,' said Chp fiercely. 'She should have told us she'd jinxed that list -' 'I think it was brilliant idea,' said harry coldly, Cho flushed and her eyes grew brighter. 'Oh yes, I forgot - of course, if it was darling Hermione's idea -' 'Don't start crying again,' said Harry warningly. 'I wasn't going to! she shouted. 'Yeah ... well ... good,' he said. 'I've got enough to cop with at the moment.' 'Go and cope with it then!' Cho said furiously, turning on her heel and stalking off. ➜ 'Yeah,' said Ron slowly, savouring the words, 'we won. Did you see the look on Cho's face when Ginny got the snitch right out from under her nose?' 'I suppose she cried, did she?' said Harry bitterly, 'Well, yeah - more out of temper than anything, though ...' Ron frowned slightly. 'But you saw her chuck her broom away when she got back to the ground, didn't you?' and she was totally insane, why did she have to ask about Cedric to Harry while they were dating. of course Harry didn't want to talk abou Cedric! and Didn't she have feelings?! I'm sure Harry didn't want to remember that horrible memory. I ship Harry with Ginny because : ❤ Ginny is funny ❤ Ginny is not a crybaby ❤ Ginny is brave ❤ Ginny is more beautiful than Cho ❤ She is basically more perfect than Cho I Don't Like Harry's Temper I know, Harry was having a hard time but that didn't mean he had the rights to be harsh to his best friends. they will always on his side and there was a scene where he snapped at Hermione. 'Been having a nice little chat with her about whether or not I'm a lying, attention-seeking prat, have you?' Harry said loudly. 'No,' said Hermione calmly. 'I told her to keep her big fat mouth shut about you, actually. And it would be quite nice if you stopped jumping down our throats, Harry, because in case you haven't noticed, Ron and I are on your side.' There was a short pause. 'Sorry,' said Harry in a low voice. 'That's quite all right,' said Hermione with dignity. Then she shook her head. 'Don't you remember what Dumbledore said at the last end-of-term feast?' and they continued talking. oh! I also didn't like Harry when he shouted at professor Dumbledore because he just saved his life and he's clearly older than Harry, So Harry had to talk calmly to him even though he was angry and the most annoying thing was that he destroyed Dumbledore's possessions. he was totally rude I know, I know he was sad because Sirius just died and I was sad too! I cried a lot! but I didn't angry with Dumbledore. I was angry with Kreacher, Bellatrix and Voldemort. I still am, actually. how could I forgive them?! they killed Sirius! I Love Sirius Especially Young Sirius With another shock of excitement, Harry saw Sirius give James the thumbs-up. Sirius was lounging in his chair at ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking; his dark hair fell into his eyes with a sort of casual elegance neither James's nor Harry's could ever have achieved, and a girl sitting behind him was eyeing him hopefully, though he didn't seem to have noticed. OH.MY.GOD. HE IS SO HANDSOME. BUT WHY!?! WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?!?! I LIKE SIRIUS SO MUCH!! AND NOW, I WILL NEVER SEE HIM ANYMORE! LIFE IS SO UNFAIR. thank you for reading and liking this review, guys! hope you guys have a great day! ❤❤ P.S. I like Luna so much! she is funny xD

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manny

  28. 4 out of 5

    Saania Zee Jamal ϟ

    I still can't believe my sixth grade self devoured all 870 pages in two sittings. Only you Jo, only you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grace (BURTSBOOKS)

    Hello, I think this is my favourite book in the entire series, but also I barely remember what happened because I read most of this over three days while on vacation. All I recall is my parents yelling at me to do something other than read, all that good Sirius, Neville and Ginny content (my three faves), that terribly wonderful frustration that existed every time Umbridge spoke and the introduction of Luna Lovegood. Also, sobbing my eyes out. We remember that very well. *tagging this bc no one Hello, I think this is my favourite book in the entire series, but also I barely remember what happened because I read most of this over three days while on vacation. All I recall is my parents yelling at me to do something other than read, all that good Sirius, Neville and Ginny content (my three faves), that terribly wonderful frustration that existed every time Umbridge spoke and the introduction of Luna Lovegood. Also, sobbing my eyes out. We remember that very well. *tagging this bc no one tags HP spoilers and it's hurt me one too many times, but you know what happened... we all know what happened.* (view spoiler)[ My biggest and only problem with this book was and continues to be Sirius' death. I knew it was coming (bc twitter is a bitch for spoilers) and still it hurt me. AND I'm still not over it three months later even though I've finished the series and I'll never be over it for the rest of my futile existence. (hide spoiler)] But yes, I loved this book just like I love the rest of the series and when I reread it, we're just gonna pretend that shit that happened at the end never actually happened. K, thanks, bye.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)

    Complete 5 Golden Stars! & very much more! such a long year with that old toad! full of ups & downs such an integrity, the mystery unfolds piece by piece (this part is about the whole HP of course *winks*) Perfection! Another Amazing story in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! The most emotional book in Harry Potter series. (all kinds) Harry had hard times (from the first to the last) in different sort of ways; angry, under pressure, mad, sad. I knew how he felt; I was angry with him, at what (v Complete 5 Golden Stars! & very much more! such a long year with that old toad! full of ups & downs such an integrity, the mystery unfolds piece by piece (this part is about the whole HP of course *winks*) Perfection! Another Amazing story in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! The most emotional book in Harry Potter series. (all kinds) Harry had hard times (from the first to the last) in different sort of ways; angry, under pressure, mad, sad. I knew how he felt; I was angry with him, at what (view spoiler)[Umbridge & the ministry's reaction (hide spoiler)] was not fair, at how they treated him. But he stood up for what was the truth, even if he would be punished. He didn't back away from the words he said, just because those idiots didn't like it. (that's why I like the heroes; strong, brave, standing up fr what is right) I was sad with him. My heart was broken for him. World's getting darker slightly. more pressure on Harry. The world we know is changing. How marvelous everything have been designed, described. Magnificent, unique choices of words. & how beautifully (& emotionally) this book ended! I love the whole school year, like every other books, all those lessons, interesting subjects with fun, pressure, sarcasm. ❤ Beside the concept of the story itself, I always love Hogwarts. I'm pretty sure we all do. beside walking in those spectacular corridors, eating in the Great Hall, exploring the castle & wandering on the grounds, all those interesting magical lessons. Many secrets revealed through this book for us & for the characters. just 'the hearing' parts was a bit dull, but re-reading in many years of being a potterhead, made me start to like it. (& by the whole fascinating & breathtaking plot, I could easily ignore that.) - why this book is my favorite too, in details: 🟇 the humor in the first chapters, made by Sassy Harry. (I'm still mad they didn't put in the movie!) ✦-He cheeked me. -Yeah? Did he say you look like a pig that's been taught to walk on its hind legs? 'Cause that's not cheek, Dud, that's true. ✦"I know what day it is," sang Dudley, waddling toward him. "Well done," said Harry. "So you've finally learned the days of the week." 𝓢𝓪𝓻𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓶 fights between Harry & Draco! ✦'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...." These parts are always made me laugh hard. & in the Audiobook, by Stephen Fry I doubled over! that was fantastic! his voice & his pauses & his ups & downs & his changing voice in narrating. brilliant! 🟇 seeing many old lovable characters including (view spoiler)[Sirius & Lupin (hide spoiler)] again! (which I was sure we would see them again, but I didn't know when & looking forward to them to come again & when it happened I was joyful, enthralled!) 🟇 Best moments awards goes to *dramatic pause* D.A.! don't forget, 🟇 Sassy Harry all over the book! "Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?" 'Hmmm, let's think…' said Harry in a mock thoughtful voice. 'Maybe… Lord Voldemort!' 🟇 Weasley twins! "Give her hell from us, Peeves!" 🟇 Jokes along with pressures by every characters. “Ron," said Hermione in a dignified voice, "you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.” 🟇 Grawp! 🟇 Weasley is our King! 🟇 Impressive Professor McGonagall! “Have a biscuit, Potter.” “Are you quite sure you wouldn't like a cough drop, Dolores?” 🟇 Marauders moments! 🟇 Golden & Silver trio! 🟇 the battle at the end of the book! 🟇 heart-breaking, soul-crushing moments! 🟇 aaaaand (view spoiler)[ IG: Potters_Homee (hide spoiler)] 🟇 also O.W.L.s reminded me of the year I studied for the public national exams at 3rd year in high-school or for university, it was hard, but fun too. I loved that in the books too. lesson reviews, important topics & studying, nostalgia of some good memories, realistic & quite brilliant! - World building: ★★★★★/5 Characters: ★★★★★/5 / Characters development: ★★★★★/5 Written style: ★★★★★/5 / fun: ★★★★★/5 (Sassy Harry!) / feelz (heartbreaking, joy, humanity): ★★★★★/5 plot & events: ★★★★★/5 General idea: ★★★★★/5

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