Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #5
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This review contains unmarked spoilers
This review like the other four are going to be all over the place. It is also a reread.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest book in the series with over 800 pages.
Now before anyone asks yes I hate Umbridge more than Voldemort. Let's just start of the review by talking about Umbridge. Umbridge is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts and later becomes the High Inquisitor and Headmistress. Umbridge suck. Even the teachers hate her. My favourite part of the entire book was when Fred and George set off the fireworks and when they created a swamp. I always forget about the swamp. Anyway Fred and George are like Hogwarts heroes now. The Fireworks an swamp drive Umbridge crazy. Even she (Umbridge cannot get rid of the swamp so it's sits there most of the book.) I loved Harry, Ron and Hermione kind of knew that Professor Flitwick and McGonagall would be able to get rid of the swamp and Flitwick did in to seconds after Umbridge left and even left a bit of the swamp as sort of a token of Fred and George's grand escape.
Peeves also obey's the twin's orders to give Umbrige hell. It says in the book that Peeves never took an order from a student before. This proves that even Peeves hate Umbridge.
Okay back to the beginning of the story. Harry is basically kept in the dark about all the information in the Wizarding world. He hates it. He eventually gets trapped by Dementors along side his cousin Dudley, produces a protronus, we all know what happens and now he has to go to a hearing.
Harry is rescued from Private Drive by a group from the Order of the Phoenix and is taken to Sirius's home. There he sees the Weasley Family again and Sirius as well and catches up on whats going on. Fudge is and idiot. Why would Dumbledore take over the Ministry of Magic. He loves his job as Headmaster and if he wanted to be the Minister of Magic he would of taken the position before Fudge.
In #12 Grimmauld place we learn that Sirius owns a House Elf named Kreacher. Hermione of course hates the way they treat Kreacher. Kreacher plays a major part in the story. If Kreacher would of simply told Harry the truth that Sirius was still at his house, Sirius would of still been alive. If Kreacher never told people vital information, Sirius may of still been alive. It is crazy to think how one minor character can have such a big influence on what happens in the books. Take Cho's friend for example. She rats out Dumbledore's army. If she didn't there is a chance that Dumbledore would of never let the school. One thing is still clear though and that is if none of this happened it is still very possible that Fudge thinks that Voldemort is still not back.
Ron joins the Quidditch team and most people think he sucks. Harry, Fred, and George got banned from playing Quidditch. Now here is the thing, it makes no sense that Fred got banned from playing. George and Harry attacked Malfoy and I can see it but Fred did nothing. He tried to but people held him back but he didn't even touch Malfoy so he did nothing wrong. Therefore it proves the point that Umbridge is a big jerk. Okay IF he called Malfoy bad names it is wrong but during Quidditch people call each other foul names all the time. Ron helps Griffindor win the final game and Harry and Hermione miss it because they were meeting Grawp.
Hagrid wasn't teaching in the beginning of the story and the trio had no idea where he is. Later they discover he was on a mission to befriend giants with Madame Maxine. Of course things went wrong. Hagrid and Madame Maxine are all okay though.
Firenze is a centaur that now teaches at Hogwarts and is banned from his herd. Umbridge who hates half breeds of course hates him. This is something we don't see in the movie. Anyway after class he tells Harry to tell Hagrid something that makes no sense to Harry but he tells Hagrid anyway. Hagrid chooses to ignore the warning. Harry, Hermione, and later Ron, learn that Hargrid took Grawp to the forest. A giant and his half brother which will later give Hermione the idea to tell Umbridge that Dumbledore's secret weapon is in the forest.
This is the book where my all time favourite Harry Potter character is introduced. Luna Lovegood. This is also the book where Dumbledore's Army forms. I feel like Harry is a fantastic Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and of course along with Ron and Harry, I was a bit surprised it was Hermione to have suggested the idea. Many people join Dumbledore's army and learn many defensive skills and all sorts of jinxes which they would use on Malfoy and his gang at the end of the book on the train.
Harry is having dreams associated with Voldemort and now has to take occlumency with Snape and learns that his father and Sirius use to bully him. I am pretty sure that Harry was not expecting that at all. Even his mother hated James at that time. During Christmas time Harry dreams that Arthur Wealsey was attacked by a snake and sure enough he was. Arthur goes to St. Mungo's hospital and is expected and does survive. I love that Arthur allowed the doctor to use stitches on him. When visiting Mr. Wealsey we learn that Neville's parents are still alive but are not the same after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange and Lockhart is there as well and still thinks he is famous and offering them his autograph.
Harry's eventually dreams that Sirius is being tortured and manages to go to the Ministry of Magic with the help of some of the members of Dumbledore's army. This part of the story is a lot different. The doors rotate, Ron is attacked by brains and it was just Harry and Neville, the two possible chosen ones against the Death Eaters. Hermione was attacked as well as Luna and Ginny broke her ankle. The scene just felt more action packed.
O.W.L.S are taken by all fifth years and we actually get a bit more of an inside of what goes on during the tests. Harry did very well in his O.W.L.S in Defense Against the Dark Arts and to no one's surprise probably failed Divination and History Of Magic. I loved it when Ron said that he was describing a man in the crystal ball only to look up an see he was describing the man grading him.
Those are just some of my thoughts and I will Probably update it next time I reread it.
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