Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

17347381Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pub Date: August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback, 15th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 870
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): Middlegrade, YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few things on Harry’s mind:
• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

…and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling’s seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.


My review:

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

You guys, I honestly don’t even know why I bother trying to write actual reviews for this series. It is so good. I loved the stories when I was younger. Now I’m in my twenties and I still religiously think of Potter-related thoughts every day. Every whomping day. Please get that reference.

To sum it up:

  • This book is massive.
  • It is the largest of the seven.
  • It is much darker as a direct result of the tragedies that took place in Goblet of Fire.
  • It sets up everything for the final two books.
  • Just read it, okay? Read all the books.

That is all.

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