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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix | Potterthon #5


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Like the fact that the person Sirius cared for the most about in the world was you,” said Dumbledore quietly.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Joanne Kathleen Rowling ( pen names-J.K Rowling, Robert Galbraith) is a British author who was born on 31 July, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England. Besides being an author, she is also well known as a philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for the Harry Potter series which having sold more than 500 million copies, is the best selling book series in history. Her life as both an author and an individual is an inspiration and continues to be a beacon of hope for all. She is undoubtedly, my favourite author of all time.


Fantasy fiction, young adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, bildungsroman. [Courtesy of Google]

( According to Wikipedia, Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is important.)


Welcome to the fifth day of Potterthon! Today’s review will be of the fifth Harry Potter book. Given below are the links to the first four books’ reviews!

Here are a few traits common to the first 7 books:
➡Highly imaginative and vivid descriptions.
➡Sarcastic and casual language.
➡Suspenseful and captivating read.
➡In depth descriptions of each and every character.
➡Wise quotes and values making every book fit for adults and children.
➡ Every character is super sassy in their own way(or audacious, if you prefer a more formal word).

Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth installment in the Harry Potter series. The book picks off from where it ended in the Goblet of Fire and Harry is at the Dursleys awaiting his return to Hogwarts when something extremely unusual and dangerous occurs. This leads to The Ministry of Magic’s intervention and Harry’s near expulsion from Hogwarts. Fortunately, this also causes an early departure from the Dursleys to the headquarters of The Order Of The Phoenix, an organisation founded by Dumbledore to battle Voldemort. Here, we get to see a see a more delicate side of Harry who is angry with everyone for failing to keep him up to date with the happenings in the Wizarding World. There is a significant change in the storyline after the events of the fourth book and this is evident in the subsequent books.

You don’t want to bottle up your anger like that, Harry, let it all out,” said Fred, also beaming. “There might be a couple of people fifty miles away who didn’t hear you.

Soon after, we begin to experience a change in the general aura, especially as we begin to realise that Dumbledore is avoiding Harry. We also get to see a lot of Dobby, Sirius and Lupin as they are members of the Order. Unlike the first four books, we get to see Sirius developing into more of a father figure to Harry and the reader also feels Sirius’ anger at having to keep himself hidden which means he can’t do much for the Order as most jobs include spying. Lupin’s love for Harry is also evident through the protective nature he exhibits around Harry. In a rather peculiar twist, Snape is also seen as a member of the Order and the enemity between him and Sirius is more than evident.

There is no shame in what you are feeling, Harry,’ said Dumbledore’s voice. ‘On the contrary… the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix introduces quite a lot of new characters. Kingsley Shacklebolt and Nymphadora Tonks who are both Ministry officials, Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw student and Kreacher, a house elf are some characters that are given a vague introduction. It is indeed intersesting to see them all grow as the story progresses, they are also characters that we’ll see a lot more in the following books. We also get to see Neville as a more confident boy with a strong will and a brave heart, exemplifying the perfect Gryffindor. And we meet rather peculiar creatures called Thestrals who end up being of great help towards the end of the story.

You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?

And Dolores Umbridge. I wanted to just skip her completely but then this review would be biased. To give you an idea, some readers hate her more than they hate Voldemort. She is an absolutely nightmarish nuisance to the students and teachers of Hogwarts, especially considering the fact that she has considerable leverage over them being a minstry official. And the fact that she is this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher comes as even more annoying news. Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts makes for a captivating read as the drama between Umbridge and the students unfold gradually. Professors McGonagall and Snape add an element of sarcasm to this with their witty and sharp replies. We see Harry along with the twins being hit with a lifelong ban from Quidditch by Umbridge and the Slytherins, especially Malfoy being shown favoritism by her. Mr.Filch’s appeal towards Umbridge is also evident.

Special discounts to Hogwarts students who swear they’re going to use our products to get rid of this old bat,’ added George, pointing at Professor Umbridge.

J.K Rowling has considerably focussed on school life and makes up for the lack thereof in the previous book. We see Harry keeping in touch with Sirius secretly, his (disastrous) romance with Cho, the twins experimenting joke products of their own invention on first and second years, much to the dismay of Hermione who is seen as a prefect along with Ron. Speaking of Ron, it comes as a delightful news to any reader when they learn that Ron tries out for the Keeper position and gets it. So, now we get to see him in every Quidditch match alongside Harry. We get to see more of Ginny and a family rift with Percy. The friendly conversations between the trio add an element of lightness and hope to the entire story. Hermione’s tender love towards house elves and her desperate attempts at obtaining freedom for them would melt anyone’s heart except Ron’s.
The brief but incredibly important span at St.Mungo’s Hospital is an eye opening and sad moment where we meet Lockhart and Neville’s parents.

Ron,” said Hermione in a dignified voice, “you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.”

There is a moment of thrill when Harry, on Hermione’s and Ron’s suggestions forms a students’ organisation called Dumbledore’s Army to teach willing students some defense charms in view of the fact that Umbridge’s classes are worthless. These meetings make for a wonderful and amusing read. Filch’s attempts at catching them red-handed is also fun to read. Unfortunately, the knowledge of this organisation also leads to the departure of Dumbledore from Hogwarts. The subsequent replacement of Umbridge as the headmistress paves the way for a series of humorous incidents in which both the students and the teachers partake in. I really don’t need to mention this over and over. But I really love the twins and their presence in this review is imperative. They add a strong element of humor of and their dramatic departure from Hogwarts and their last performance shows us how deeply loyal they are to Dumbledore.

We won’t be seeing you,’ Fred told Professor Umbridge, swinging his leg over his broomstick.
‘Yeah, don’t bother to keep in touch,’ said George, mounting his own.

Umbridge’s infamous inspections and Hagrid’s moments with her make for an intersesting read as well. On a side note, we get to see a more tender and loving side of Hagrid in this book, with him introducing Harry and Hermione to someone special (I don’t want to spoil it for you).

Are you quite sure you wouldn’t like a cough drop, Dolores?

Harry’s Occlumency classes with Snape shed light on why Snape appears to hate Harry. We get to see Snape reading Harry’s mind without Harry’s permission and his lines/advice during these classes are sharp and deep. But the classes end abruptly after Snape tells Harry to leave after a seriously eye opening incident where the reader gets to explore the relation between Sirius, James(Harry’s dad) and Snape as we are transported back in time to their school days.

Well, it may have escaped your notice,but life isn’t fair.

The characters in this book are basically divided into two parts. The first part is of those who stand with Dumbledore’s and Harry’s version of what happened at the end of the last book. The second part is those who believe the Ministry’s version and consider Harry and Dumbledore to be liars. As the story progresses, we see Dumbledore trying to convince everyone of his version and the Ministry raising absurd allegations against Harry and Dumbledore to make sure the general public is convinced by their false version. At the end, however, Cornelius Fudge realises that Dumbledore was right all along.

Now, it is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be more than sufficient to get you through your examination, which, after all, is what school is all about.

This is also the book we finally get to understand why Professor Trelawney is so important. We also get to know the heartbreaking and troubling secret behind why Neville lives with his Grandma and the close but genrally overlooked similarities he has with Harry. Apart from that, there are so many questions answered and asked at the same time. The reader is finally given the liberty of knowing the true power of Harry’s scar and his relation to Voldemort. The book ends on a terribly heartbreaking note and makes the reader question the fairness of it all. And the moment where he loses hold over his immense grief in Dumbledore’s office shows us how vulnerable yet brave Harry is. But like Snape says, “Life isn’t fair.”

“You do care,” said Dumbledore.

All in all, this book is definitely worth the read. As usual, J.K Rowling has masterfully and seamlessly addressed a lot of questions, included multiple elements and introduced new characters to present a wonderful and enrapturing read. The story ends with the Ministry finally acknowledging the truth and Harry leaving for the Dursleys after yet another eventful year at Hogwarts.

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.


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