Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Good lord, I’ve not reviewed a single book I’ve read this year & it’s already February. *deep breath* Here goes…

I continued enjoying the series with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. To me it had an added depth, although with that came more dark aspects. Now that I have finished, I think this is probably my favorite book in the series. The book begins with Harry saving his corpulent cousin from a dementor his subsequent trial for using magic while still underage as well as using magic in front of a Muggle. During this trial, we meet Dolores Umbridge, a women who truly deserves to be slapped then locked far away from any children. I risk turning this into a book report, so I am going to go back to my thoughts on the book itself.

This is the book in which the kids move from childhood into adolescence. Unfortunately, I did not find this transition to be particularly well-written. I repeatedly found myself wondering what on earth the children were doing hardcore making out. I think their thought processes and actions did not change sufficiently in other areas to make them seem their actual ages. I repeatedly forgot that they were teenagers.

Perhaps my favorite thing about the book was the atmosphere that developed at Hogwart’s, and to some extent in the rest of the world of magic. I found this to be an excellent depiction of the ways in which power is gained and lost, as well as how resistances are founded. The parallels between the core group of kids at Hogwart’s and the titular organization was well done.
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