Rating: ★★★½ 

My review in gifs: http://bit.ly/1941Dxt 

What I have established after finishing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was that: Dumbledore’s got style! 

“Ah" said Dumbledore gently, "Yes I thought we might hit that little snag!"
"Snag?" said Fudge, his voice still vibrating with joy. "I see no snag, Dumbledore!"
"Well," said Dumbledore apologetically, "I'm afraid I do."
"Oh, really?"
"Well it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to -- come quietly. I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course -- but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.” 

Highlights from the Order of the Phoenix:

- Harry becoming an angsty and moody teenager 
- The awkwardness with Harry and Cho’s relationship 
- Luna Lovegood 
- Annoying and conniving Umbridge 
- Forming Dumbledore’s Army 
- Snape’s worst memory 
- Harry selling his story to the Quibbler 
- Weasley is our King
- The Weasley twins leaving Hogwarts with a bang! 
- The action scene at the Department of Mysteries with the Death Eaters
- Dumbledore’s duel with Lord Voldy
- Dumbledore’s confession 

I’m afraid to say that this is my least favourite out of the Harry Potter books (so far), hence the rating. I was so looking forward to reading the fifth instalment after the Goblet of Fire that I decided to put it off and read other books because I wanted to savour the moment when I read it. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous books (Prizoner of Azkaban is my current top favourite). 

I don’t mind that a Harry Potter book being really long, because I know it is worth it, but with this book, there were so many pages with very little happening. When you look at how thick the book is, you’d think there is so much happening but there isn’t (not really). There are a lot of plotholes and info background that was unnecessary, such as the Grawp storyline for instance. There wasn’t enough mystery. I didn’t feel very engaged or enthralled with the story until right at the end of the book! 

Harry has got in touch with his inner-teenaged angst BECAUSE HE’S JUST SO ANGRY WITH EVERYONE AND NEEDS TO TAKE A CHILL PILL. No one likes a moody character, but Harry was really moody. I do understand why he is angry and I emphasise with him. He’s reached that age where about every other teenager becomes moody. Harry’s been left out of the dark with people keeping secrets from him and not telling him anything. What I didn’t understand was why he was jealous of Hermione and Ron becoming prefects. 

I liked the relationship between Harry and Cho. I think it’s realistically written and its very girl-meets-boy-awkwardness. It’s not love at first sight or anything sappy. These two obviously do not have any chemistry. Cho recently lost Cedric, so she’s not exactly in the right place to start a new relationship. She cried too much in this book. I know she’s still grieving over Cedric but it was annoying and she just literally overreacted a lot, especially with her jumping into conclusions. You can tell Harry was losing interest very quickly. 

“Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am.”

Luna Lovegood was my favourite thing about the Order of the Phoenix! I’ve heard a lot about her and she’s a really odd character but there’s a quirk about her that I like. The trio meet her on the train carriage, where she’s got her wand tucked behind her ear, wearing a Butter Beer cork necklace and reading the Quibbler upside down. I like how she doesn’t get angry and that she’s got this really dreamy and serene voice. Evanna Lynch is absolutely perfect for Luna, she’s got that really subtle voice. 

I forgot to mention this in my review on Book 3, but I was so impressed with the way Harry managed to produce the Patronus charm at 13 – this is beyond NEWT level. I loved in the D.A. lessons where he was able to teach everyone it. Funny how everyone said ‘they’re so pretty!’ and Harry’s like ‘they’re not meant to be pretty. They’re meant to protect you.’ 

I never thought this would be the day I’d feel sorry for Snape. Since the first book, Snape had an instant hatred towards Harry and now I know why. He was bullied by Harry’s dad James and Sirius when they were at Hogwarts. I felt bad for him and Harry did too because he knows how it feels like what with living with the Durleys. But this doesn’t give Snape a reason to loath Harry and especially since this happened years ago. 

I can't stand Professor Umbridge. She needs to be thrown off a bridge. It's the way she operated the school, her abusive treatment towards students with the blood writing quill and her fake high-pitched voice. I can’t believe she was the one who sent the Dementors to attack Harry. 

“It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn’t it? And this is the first chance we’ve had to do something real – or was that all just a game or something?” ~ Neville 
 
I loved how the secondary characters Luna, Neville and Ginny were significant to the plot at the Department of Mysteries. That scene was AWESOME. This was the only thing of the book, which kept my eyed peeled and reading very intently, ah it was so good! It was action-packed and fast-paced. I was very sad about Sirius’s death! He was the only family and father figure Harry had left and now he’s gone. I understood Harry’s anger and resentment. 

I was very interested to read about the meaning of the prophecy sphere and it was finally explained why Voldemort attempted to kill Harry but it backfire because Harry had the power of love, which was protected by his mother’s sacrifice 15 years ago, which is something Voldemort will never understand. I haven’t mentioned this before but Dumbledore is one of my favourite characters since the beginning of the series! He cares about Harry so much, even though he left him in the dark, it was because he wanted to protect him. He’s one wise wizard and very much a grandfather-figure to Harry. I like his patience when Harry had a breakdown and started smashing objects in Dumbledore’s office. 

All in all, it was an enjoyable story but not my favourite.

Side note: The film was absolutely fantastic btw! It was very well translated, 4 stars from me.

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