Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Series: Harry Potter #5
Also in this series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Genres: Children's Books
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Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...
Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.
I finally started to continue my re-read of the Harry Potter series that I started back in 2013. I think I put off reading the fifth book because it is the longest but also my favorite of the series. I didn’t want to be let down by what I always considered to be the best Harry Potter book in the series.
I have to say I don’t know if it was because I was rushing to read this or because I’ve read it the most out of all the Harry Potter books but I just wasn’t that impressed this time with this novel. I still have a great love of this book but this re-read felt a little stale to me. I felt like I knew/remembered too much of what exactly was going to happen to really be all that surprised when it did happen. I guess this is just a case of knowing this book too well. There were a few surprises along the way that I didn’t remember but for the most part this one felt a little old to me.
I still do love the story of this one though. I always enjoyed all of the angst and drama that unfolds in this book. After all everyone is against Harry in this book and not many people want to believe the signs that the Dark Lord is back. It takes the teamwork of our three favorite characters in literature to pull together when things are the worst they have been in the whole series. I do love the friendship and all of the battles Harry has to fight in this one. He has to try to close his mind, prove that Voldemort is back, fight against the Ministry and their lies, and try to ride the teenage hormone waves. I do love all of this and yes I even love Dolores in this book because she adds that feeling of hatred to the book, that feeling of everyone being so against Harry that we can’t help but want him to win in the end.
Overall, I still have a great love for this book. This time around I just felt that I wasn’t as impressed because I know the story a little too well to be shocked and awed by it. I still will forever call this my favorite in the series but for now I’m giving it a slightly lower rating because I wanted just a touch more from it.