Book Review//Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Since starting my re-read of the Harry Potter series, the author (who I am not naming) has expressed certain views which I do not share. I am separating her views from reviewing these books. Her opinions are being held separately from my re-reading and reviewing of these books. I will never support anything else this author publishes, and I refuse to buy any Harry Potter products again — I am not going to give this author more money. This author doesn’t deserve any royalties from any Harry Potter licensed product or book. Now onto the review!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.

My Thoughts

I was caught up in nostalgia in this one; I could vividly remember reading this book for the first time in 2004. I was also feeling emotional and wanting to take my time and enjoy reading this book because it’s my last time reading this copy. It’s well loved with the binding separating, I’m afraid it won’t last another re-read. There’s also a lot of chocolate stains on the pages… Oops.  

I firmly believe that this book did NOT need to be 700+ pages. I had lengthy discussions about this and the finer plot details with my ex. I still think that Grawp did not need a full chapter of explanations and perhaps another plot device could have been used to get Hermione and Harry out of the Forest towards the end of the book. Perhaps more concise sentences would have been more beneficial in this instance. I also hated the ending in Dumbledore’s office. I remember feeling confused as a kid at the bad explanation. The conversation felt forced and so unnatural. What I DID like about the ending, was the depiction of Harry’s guilt and his grief; that was believable to me. The ending also solidified my thoughts that Dumbledore is a manipulative old man. The author tried to write him as being a wise old man, but he’s just manipulative and he knew Harry wasn’t going to a great home with his Aunt and Uncle but sent him there anyway… It just annoys me.

Sirius related to me in this book, especially given the COVID circumstances we’re in now. As a kid I always thought he was acting reckless, but as an adult I get it. He’s stuck inside his childhood house probably filled with awful memories of being abused and he can’t leave. I would want to take risks and leave the house even if it meant being recognized, and my heart absolutely went out to him. I still think the author shouldn’t have killed him off… I was shocked when I read it the first time and I still get upset and emotional over it. I had to eat some chocolate to get me through it, like I did the other times when I read this book over the years. Harry’s reaction gets me every time.

I love character development, and there was a lot in this book! We also FINALLY get to see more Ginny. She was and still is, my favourite character in this series. I remember wanting to be a combination of her and Hermione when I first read these books. I’m still such a fan of Book Ginny, I have been since the start.

So, since this book is over 700 pages according my first Canadian hardcover edition, I’ll mentioned a few points that really resonated with me apart from the above.

  • Harry and Sirius’ relationship
    • There wasn’t enough of their relationship here! The author did us dirty with this one, and I will be forever upset over this — hence my eating of copious amounts of chocolate. Absolutely gutted when I first read this and cried, and still not over it.
    • I love how Sirius encourages them to form the DA, he also wants Harry to know what exactly is going on, as would I.
    •  Being kept in the dark about everything happening just adds to Harry’s frustration and angst, Harry honestly just wants his Godfather to be safe and not do anything reckless. I also think that if Harry knew everything that was happening, his stupid choices and decisions later could be avoided. Which is where I start to blame old Dumbles.
  • Dumbledore’s Army      
    • I loved seeing the secondary characters more.
    •  Harry is also such a great teacher/leader that this just makes sense.
    •  Having a secret club where they can actually learn spells and basically stick it to Umbridge made me so happy.
  • SPEW
    • Hermione takes it up a notch and starts knitting scarves and hats for these poor elves. Her intentions are good and well placed, but like the first time I read this my eyes glossed over, and I wanted to get to the more ‘exciting’ bits. I also feel like there wasn’t enough of SPEW at the same time, like once again, it was briefly mentioned and used more of a plot device than anything else.
  • Shift in tone
    • This book is where things actually get dark, I know I’ve been saying this since Prisoner of Azkaban, but in this one Sirius dies and it gets freaking personal for Harry.
    • It gave me all the dark and foreboding feels!
    • It just got real for these kids I think.
  • Umbridge
    • I hate her and I was so frustrated the entire time with her, which I think this speaks to how she’s written.
    • I think I hated her more during this re-read than when I first read this book.
    • I felt for Harry in this entire book, she just makes his life even more miserable than it already was — the cherry on top if you will. He has every right to be that angsty 15-year-old, totally understandable. I would be upset and angsty if I were in Harry’s place!
  • Snape
    • Still hate him. I think he was even worse than the Marauders were in school.
    • He’s petty, called his best friend a dirty racial slur… really?
    • I’m just not a fan of his.
    • No redemption for him, should have given that to Malfoy.

Let me know you’re thoughts on this one! See you on the next post!

Cups of Tea: ☕☕☕☕

4 thoughts on “Book Review//Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  1. ah yes all umbridge did was make harry’s life miserable. I’d have payed to see Umbridge go to jail(i forgot what the jail is called, it’s been a year since I read Harry Potter). I never really liked Snape, I feel like all his disgustingness is excused so easily in the fandom:( all SPEW was act like a plot catalyst while the series was prolonged. And yes, the character development>>>
    Great review, and I agree with every point you mentioned<3


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