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review 2017-02-28 16:42
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

I found this novel to be the most difficult of the Harry Potter stories to read to date, and the reason was undoubtedly the character of Dolores Umbridge. She is the embodiment of petty authoritarianism backed by government. Though her powers do not begin to approach the evil of the major villains of this universe, her low-key cruelties are somehow more painful. A large part of that is to do with the school setting, where (even with their magical powers, as developed by Dumbledore's Army!) the students are terribly vulnerable. It is fitting that Umbridge is ultimately destroyed (or at least pushed out of power) by elements - the centaurs - which are anarchistic, simply not recognizing the authority that backs her.

 

This novel is also about government authority created and held by the control of information. Rowling clearly depicts an official, state-controlled news medium, and the necessity for the alternative press, however wacky. The crucial event at the end of this novel is not an actual defeat of Voldemort's forces (in fact, an important character dies, a defeat for the good side), but is a breakthrough in the wall of "fake news" which denies Voldemort's return, and thus enables it. Voldemort is also thwarted in his quest for a vital piece of information (the prophecy about himself and a child), while Dumbledore significantly strengthens Harry's position by giving him a great deal more information at the end - information, he regretfully informs us, he wrongfully withheld just out of sheer affection for the boy.

 

The novel reaches a highly cinematic conclusion in the labyrinths of the Ministry of Magic - were the movies in view or even in production by the time this was published? - which manages to be imaginative, gruesome, and occasionally deliberately funny. In the midst of that, we also get to see for the first time a direct Voldemort-Dumbledore battle, in which Voldemort takes advantage of the mysterious synergy between Harry and himself but fails to make Dumbledore destroy Harry as a side-effect of attacking Voldemort. This part of the story also reinforces the elevation of Neville Longbottom from a comic foil to a major character.

 

My goodness, that's a very thematic analysis. Corking good story as usual, but because of Umbridge, I was rather glad to leave it behind and move on.

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review 2017-01-26 14:30
by aashman garg, mind tree school
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

Harry potter and the order of the phoenix

J.K Rowling

 

Protagonist - Harry potter, Hermione granger, Ronald weasley and Sirius black

Antagonist - Voldemort, Bellatrix lestrange

 

Short summary- Poor and immature Harry is continously having bad dreams about his godfather Sirius black that he is being tortured by Voldemort. During summer break he and his cousin were attacked by Dementors in Little Whinging. What could these events mean? Read the book to find out.

 

I recommend this book as it is adventouros and emotional. One must learn to control his emotions while reading this book.

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text 2016-12-01 18:35
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

I made it to the fifth Harry Potter book!

 

This is indeed my first time reading Order of the Phoenix, and I'll admit I remember next to nothing from the film... So this is finally like a new experience for me, and I won't be anticipating much, which will be great. I know a lot of people hate this movie, but I like the book so far. Harry finally has some realistic emotions, and I'm excited to see the effect Cedric's death has on Harry throughout the rest of the books. 

 

Harry is still at home for now, but it's been eventful! What is happening with Aunt Petunia?? 

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review 2016-11-15 04:54
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Year 5) (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Harry angry!! Harry smash!!

 

Oy, vey, the teenage rage hormones. I forgot about that aspect of this book and how often I wanted to smack Harry while reading it the first time. And then Dumbledore does that "you'll understand why I'm being a dick to you later" thing instead of, oh, I don't know, telling Harry exactly why he's taking occulmency lessons? Maybe then he would've taken them seriously? Dumbledore is too old for the Big Misunderstanding. Bad, Dumbledore! Bad! 

 

But damn, Umbridge is absolutely the most perfect "love to hate them" villain ever. Fudge is just irritating and in denial and doesn't want to see the crap hit the fan, but Umbridge is a megalomaniac. She gets high on power and forcing people to do whatever she feels is best for the whole wizarding world. And what really makes it sinister is her obsession with pink and kittens - two harmless and fluffy things - that she ruins just by being her. ... Ok, maybe kittens aren't completely harmless. They do have those super sharp claws and that pesky habit of hiding underneath the couch and jumping out to stab you in the foot with them, but that's instinct. They can't help it. Umbridge can.

 

And that veil is still the creepiest thing that JK Rowlings has ever put to page. No thank you! It's right up there with the barrow-wights in Lord of the Rings. About the only way to make that creepier is to have the barrow-wights hiding behind the veil waiting for you to walk by so they can stab you in the foot with their skeletal claws! I can't believe how badly the movie messed up the veil. Bad, movie! Bad! I could nitpick the hell out of the movie, because even I was confused about what was going on when I went to see it and I'd just finished rereading the book. I can't imagine what a non-reader thought of that nonsense. Would thirty more minutes of screen time really have killed them? Com'n now! But The Dom nitpicks it better than I could, so go check out this playlist on his YT channel:

 

The Dom's Harry Potterathon

 

(I haven't seen them all yet, since I'm watching them as I finish each audiobook. He's currently on DH pt 1 from the looks of it.)

 

While I've enjoyed Jim Dale's narration up to this point and still do, I have to say this is the first time he disappointed me with a character voice, and that's Luna Lovegood. I admit I'm just used to the actress in the movie who is so perfect for the part I can't imagine anyone else in it, but I would've been okay if Dale hadn't been able to capture that same dreamy quality to her voice. I am not okay with him making her sound like a sixty-year old chainsmoker. Umbridge is supposed to be the toad, not Luna. Bad, Jim Dale! Bad!

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review 2016-09-23 00:00
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Mary GrandPré,J.K. Rowling Reread. It's still a great series
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