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Nov

22

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By pcurd

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was looking forward to this book as to me, this is when the story starts. The scene setting is out of the way and the last main character (I think) is introduced. I was strangely saddened when I finished it, as it really sags in the middle. The first 1/3 flew by, the last 1/3 I pretty much read in one night, but the middle 1/3… I lost all enthusiasm for it.

Umbridge is a potent character and her presence in this book is not as extreme as it was in the film, which I think captured the repressive atmosphere better, but she is still unlikable. It felt like she is intentionally over-evil to make Dumbledore all the more over-good by comparison. His flaws and his attitude feel very different to the previous books in which he was all-knowing.

I believe this is intentional, it shows Harry growing up and realising he has to stand for himself, etc, but it’s heavy handed. The film again covers this better.

There is some foreshadowing echoing Fred and George to Harry, Hermione, and Ron which I missed the first read through but I’m not convinced it’s intentional!

It’s OK, but not as good as I remembered sadly.

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