This is a review of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling. It is the fifth book in the Harry Potter Series and follows on from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.
Harry is back in the Muggle world and he’s in a pretty foul mood. And no wonder. He is isolated from the wizarding world, from his friends (whom aren’t even writing him useful letters about what’s going on) and from his godfather, infamous fugitive Sirius Black. His relatives, the Dursleys are just as awful as ever.
Harry finds himself in a bizarre and extremely dangerous situation and escapes, saving his cousin Dudley’s life in the process. Soon after, he is contacted via owl by the Ministry of Magic and removed from the Privet Drive residence by a group of Aurors.
He makes his way not to The Burrow (home of the Weasleys) but to number twelve Grimmauld Place, headquarters of the highly secretive Order of the Phoenix. Here he is updated a little more of goings on, but to his chagrin, he is still not told everything as he is not yet of age.
It’s on to a disciplinary hearing for Harry (in regards to the events that occurred back in Privet Drive) where to his relief he escapes expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But Hogwarts won’t be the same this year. There’s a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and she’s a real piece of work…
Harry’s dreams of Lord Voldemort are stronger than ever, and they’re very intriguing. Harry has to attend Occlumency lessons with Professor Snape to close his mind to Voldemort and his influence.
This is the longest novel in the Harry Potter Series, and it covers a lot. It is one of my favourites, and the movie adaptation for this one was quite good. They did leave a lot out, but of course they did! Harry is older and seems to be going through puberty. He’s moody, angry, hormonal and into girls. No one in the Ministry believes his story of Voldemort’s return, and he and Dumbledore are slandered and made fun of in the wizarding paper. Poor Harry is doing it tough in this one, but he has his friends. And he’s grateful for that.
I really enjoyed this one.