The Order of the Phoenix *Just About* Rises from the Ashes

*Or, ALL THE SPOILER WARNINGS, how to get an innocent man killed*

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Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_PhoenixHello all! It’s finally time for my most controversial Harry Potter review. Yup- we’ve made it to book 5 and I’ve so far managed to survive the wrath of fans… but I think this one might just do me in 😉 As I mentioned in my complicated relationship with Harry Potter piece, I have never been the biggest fan of this book (and for those that are gonna get offended by that statement- either muffliato a minute and hear me out or, you know, just don’t read this). Because of that, I was extremely strategic this time round and made sure to read it fresh, at least I wouldn’t in the hope I wouldn’t dislike it as much as I have in the past. And you know what? It kind of worked… kind of.

I won’t pretend this book cast a Cheering Charm over me- especially since you could reallllly feel the length of this one. More of the plotlines felt unnecessary and while I conceptually like the idea of the beginning and end centring on the Ministry, it took far too long to get to that point. It took 20% of the book, which in a book this huge is *150 pages* to get to the school and consequently the actual plot- and the fact that I spent a large amount of time calculating the pages should tell you how bored I got with it. I’m sorry to say this, but some of the fat should’ve been trimmed here.

I also spent most of the book with a mild case of irritation. Part of that came down to the repetitive and pointless conversations about the “secret weapon” that go nowhere fast. So many of the conversations about it just went in circles- which, if you compare this with conversations in the Philosopher’s Stone, where every time Flamel is brought up, we learn something new, made it all the more irksome. Just dropping in the occasional “we still don’t know what the secret weapon is…” doesn’t build the mystery in quite the same way.

Some of this can be blamed on how infuriatingly little Harry is told. For some reason, most of the adults in his life (like Molly Weasley), seem to think the most dangerous thing for a boy that’s nearly been murdered on multiple occasions is… knowledge. WHAT?! This is why I use the term “the Dumbledore” to describe the wizard who refuses to give information for *reasons*. Doofus Dumbledore (yes, I am going there… maybe I should’ve imperio’ed fans not to read this review) doesn’t seem to understand that *truth* is the most powerful weapon (which is funny, cos the whole book seems to be about the baddie *SEEKING INFORMATION, so he seems to get it). I understand that secrecy is important for plot development, but you can still have a character die without it being for reasons this dumb. One of the reasons I think this whole issue comes about is because Dumbledore just knows too much from book 1. I get that this is supposed to be because “he’s the best wizard” and all that jazz, yet it actually comes across as though he’s got far too much power in comparison to Voldemort (which definitely comes out when he whoops his ass in the last fight scene 😉 ). In fairness, a lot of this can be put down to *serious character flaws*– ie Dumbledore is too proud/stupid to tell Harry the truth and Harry is to proud/stupid to go and ask. Which don’t really excuse them- just makes sense.

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Pipe down Harry!

Speaking of Harry’s character, this is the HELLO PUBERTY book. And the thing is, I was just coming into that magical time of hormones when I first read this book, and I’m pretty confident to say that it doesn’t get turned on and off like a faucet. Either way, I didn’t like his temper and thought he spent way too much of this book jumping down everyone’s throats. And I know some people are going to say “oh but this reflects trauma”- ermmm no, there’s more to trauma than shouting and the occasional magically induced nightmare, sorry. Also, hitting the CAPS LOCK for paragraphs on end to express anger is annoying.

And since this is a theme, I was annoyed by Ron again (I don’t know why anyone’s surprised at this point, I’ve been saying it since book 1). First of all, why is anyone surprised he gets off from weird trumped up charges at the beginning of the book? And secondly, Ron saying “you always get away with stuff” made me legit yell at the book so do you!!!! I also don’t get why he ever thought it made sense for him to be a prefect– he’s definitely got the same disobedient streak as Fred/George (just to add insult to injury in my criticism of Dumbledore, I’d have just made Neville prefect- cos, why not?)

Okay, you may not think I’m justified in my dislike for Ron, but I think we can all agree that Umbridge is the MOST LOATHSOME Harry Potter character. I HATE Umbridge. I have to say her characterisation, from that early “silvery laugh” is magnificent. But again, it makes me seriously scratch my head at Harry’s actions. I genuinely can’t decide if I admire Harry’s restraint for not cursing Umbridge or wanting to throttle him for not standing up to her more (I probably lean towards the latter, though I understand why people feel the former). At least have the good sense to go to another teacher! I can’t believe that most of them would have stood for it and there were so many ways to catch her out. Evidently, Dumbledore stopped her shaking Marietta- so why assume that they’d let her basically stab children in the hand. McGonagall would have probably stabbed her with the quill if she’d have known.

Incidentally, I’ve been remiss in not mentioning Minerva thus far. She’s one of the few sensible adults in Harry’s life and I just love her “Have a biscuit, Potter” line. Though she’s not the only adult looking out for Harry. For all his rashness, Sirius definitely has Harry’s best interests and *has the most logical views*. There is an ongoing theme in the book of Sirius comparing Harry to James- what’s infuriating in the film adaptation is that he mistakes Harry for his father in his final moments. Which, not only takes the sting out of his death, but also ignores the fact that book-Sirius grows into his godfather role and ends up coming to his rescue in a fatherly fashion. The film version is also poor on multiple accounts, as it ignores the fact that Sirius is basically right the whole book- you’ve got to learn to defend yourself with a sociopathic cult leader on the loose.  

And I know that I shouldn’t have liked it, but I always have fun with the Snape vs Sirius rivalry- honestly, anything that gets us closer to a Marauder’s story makes me happy. Speaking of which, Snape’s memories are *traumatic*- yet again, I don’t like the film’s version, because to my mind neither is the good party- especially in the larger context of them both antagonising each other. Still, even if you want to go with the view that James was the bully… Snape’s basically the equivalent of a racist here, so…

Anyway, this is part of one of the *many* aforementioned subplots. It makes some sense to me that Harry isn’t keen on the Occulemency lessons- given the poor choice of teacher- yet even when he’s given the reasons why, he still has little interest in learning (cos of course Harry knows best…). Honestly, I get the feeling that a longer book just gave Harry more opportunities to be an idiot. And to sulk- exemplified by the fact Ginny has to tell him “hey, no, you’re not possessed” because he won’t leave his room.

What saved the book for me was how much the book picks up from the point when Fred and George stage their epic exit. While I don’t like how we got to the end point and got irked with Dumbledore, I can’t deny that “he’s got style”. I actually liked the addition of Grawp and some of the imagery that came with it. And finally, finally, Hermione gets to play the hero in getting rid of Umbridge!

I have been neglecting Hermione this review, because I’ve been saving this point for the end: Hermione is right- about everything! Well, more specifically that Harry has a saving people thing. Indeed, his hero complex is KILLER- because, frankly, I genuinely believe they all got Sirius killed. And no, I don’t blame him for being rash and going to the ministry to save a bunch of kids- that’s the time to be rash. Not, say, when you’re an arrogant teen that thinks your high school club can save the day without knowing what’s going on. I mean *prepare for some heavy sarcasm* don’t assume that the Order member is putting on an act for Umbridge’s benefit and wait for him to come back. And of course, why don’t you grab that big juicy prophecy while you’re at it?

Nonetheless, I can’t entirely blame Harry for feeling like he’s got no one to help him when all the adults in his life are useless – which is why I say they *all* got Sirius killed. And yeah I view Sirius as a martyr to their stupidity. His death is devastating, not just because he’s a great character, but because, my goodness, Rowling does his death well. He gets his hero’s death, protective to the last, and the grief pours in waves from that point. Other than a brief interlude of CAPS ruining the moment, I’d say this ending is done perfectly. Seeing other people’s reactions and the gradual overbearing weight of it gives the death the space it needs. Indeed, the subject of grief is handled beautifully for much of the series.

There was as usual a lot of set up for later books- especially with the prophecy. I can be iffy about such things, however it was sufficiently vague enough for me to not mind it *too much*. Although perhaps this was down to knowing how things turned out, because in the past that was another sticking point for me. Overall though, based on my enjoyment this time round, I gave it:

Rating: 3½/5 bananas

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Phew- I know I probably pissed a lot of people off with this, but that felt like expunging a fifteen year old wound. How do you feel about book 5? Let me know in the comments!

79 thoughts on “The Order of the Phoenix *Just About* Rises from the Ashes

  1. That made me laugh! I must dig out my copy and read it again, just to see if the rose-tinted glasses have come off over the years. I fear they may have, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the series – they hooked an entire generation! 🙂

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    1. Hey there 😃 I have been a crazy potter head for the past 18 years, and I must say, I quite liked your review. Order of the Phoenix is my least favourite HP book(not counting cursed child). The biggest negative was the length of the book. Considering the fact that very few important events actually happen in this one, the book was disproportionately long. Another thing I did not like was the reluctance to provide Harry with information (like you mentioned). I mean, come on!This boy has proven himself on more occasions than one!! He deserves to know EVERYTHING! 😄 Anyway, great post! Keep them coming 👍🏻

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      1. Yeah of course. It is interesting to read your critique I guess sometimes we can be overly critical and need to just enjoy it. Being a hypocrite because I can be very critical. On the fence now haha

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  2. Hehe! “Have a biscuit, Potter.” is my absolute favourite line – probably I constantly crave them! Lol! 😂 And I totally loved Maggie Smith’s performance, she was just glorious!

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  3. yay! I feel safe now to admit that I was bored with book 5 ;). It was too long by half and the school scenes dragged on and on (with the exception of the twins’ exit scene) – and yes, the descriptions of the puberty “Sturm und Drang” afflicting Harry and Ron especially were rather annoying 😉

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  4. I loved this review, even though i have never read harry potter, nor do i want to.
    That part where he turned his puberty on like a tap cracked me up 😀 😀

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  5. This is pretty close to being my favourite Potter book, although it has its issues. I couldn’t get why Ron was chosen for Prefect, and I actually didn’t like the Grawp parts of the story. They bored me. I think this is just me, but I love a book that meanders a bit, and this book is so long, but I didnt even notice, because I love spending extra time in the world of Potter.

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    1. Ah fair enough- it’s good to hear another perspective 🙂 But yeah I didn’t get why Ron was prefect. And fair enough- I didn’t like all the build up to him tbh more than him actually turning up. And that’s fair enough!

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  6. Love this review! This book is probably my second favourite, but I still totally agree with all your criticisms. Harry is suuuper annoying in this book, and most of the adults in his life are useless. But the “have a biscuit” line is one of the best in the book. AND Fred and George’s big finale is pretty great too

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  7. I have to admit, this book and POA are my favorite HPs. Also, I totally get your criticism of Puberty!Harry (my husband calls this book CAPSLOCK HARRY) but I think the point of Harry being angry all the time isn’t because of trauma or even just puberty but also because of the connection between Voldemort and Harry’s minds, which Voldy is exploiting. Harry has the shadow of an evil wizard in his head, and thus his broodiness and irrationality is also transferred over a bit. But yeah, you can still get annoyed by CAPSLOCK HARRY haha. He’s a bit of an ass in this one. Anyway, hilarious review and on point!

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    1. Ah fair enough. hahahaha I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks of it like that 😉 Ah interesting point- nice theory 🙂 hehe yes, I will admit I do get that he has a reason, but sadly I still find it annoying lol 😉 Thank you so much!

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  8. Noo, why are you afraid of what the butthurt fans will think? No need to apologize for your own opinion, that’s what makes you an individual after all. 🙂 I adore the series and my favorite books are Azkaban, Phoenix and the last two, but I can clearly see your points on Ron and Harry and the incompetent adults, I especially hate movie Harry in this film, some of his ragings are eye-roll worthy! It’s also true this one could be trimmed down, I don’t know why I love it so much, maybe because at this point things get way darker and I like dark. 🙂 Umbridge is the most vile woman that ever lived but I love her character, actually the fact Rowling wrote such a terrific villain, plus I just love how Hermione gets her in the end 😀 I also really love the department of mysteries chapters as they bring a lot of action and new oddities to the series and the movie fighting scene is brilliant, but Sirius devastated me, I can’t even think about it without tearing up. 😥 Can’t wait to see what you think of the last two books. 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you!! 😀 And fair enough- I know a lot of people love this one and there are plenty of good things to like about it. Oh gosh yeah movie Harry is even worse- just ugh. I think that’s a fair point- cos it is darker. And it does have one of the biggest emotional punches for me, so I do understand why people like it overall. And gosh yeah Umbridge is a terrific and hateable villain. So did I! And yes the Department of Mysteries fight makes the whole book for me! Ah I totally agree- Sirius’ death gets me every time. Thank you! 🙂

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  9. Your spell references are on point. 👌🏻

    The Order of the Phoenix is actually one of my favorite books in the series, haha. But I agree about Harry going through major puberty in this & about Umbridge as well, I’ve rarely met a more despicable character than her. And the ending of this book is just … devastating.

    Can’t wait to read the reviews for the next books!

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    1. hehehe thank you! I’m so glad someone noticed 😉

      Fair enough haha- there is a lot to like about it and the ending is *the most* devastating part of the whole series for me, so I do get why people like it. And yeah, I just *despise* Umbridge.

      Thank you!

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  10. I’m impressed! Very brave post. Maybe your bravest yet! 😉 I am not a big fan of the HP books. I actually couldn’t get through book 3. BUT I am also a late-comer. My daughter adores them. So I chalk it up to being not “with it.” Still, I always worry someone is going to yell at me when I say I could never really get into HP. So very brave of you to post this. And I think your points are valid. Plus, you write it in a funny way that I think may take the sting out a bit for die-hard fans. 🙂

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  11. I view this as the “Harry is Angry” teen angst book. And it’s not always bad to be angry or have the teen angst, but I feel like it’s one of the ones I’ve reread the least times just because it is so long. And why were they keeping all of this from a boy who had gotten so close to death before? It made me as angry as Harry. I like Ron, but he’s annoying sometimes and I agree, not prefect potential. I think they did that just to get him away from Harry. To make Harry feel more alone. Which isn’t cool and it makes you think whether Dumbledore purposely did it. We can all agree Dumbledore, Snape and others have flaws and that’s part of why we love them. Also, hate Umbridge. And the woman who played her in the movie was spot on. Great review on a complicated book!

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    1. hehe I totally get that! And yes for sure- I mean most people go through it 😉 Yeah I definitely found myself angry alongside Harry this time round lol. And yeah, he really isn’t lol. I totally get that. Absolutely! She really is completely hateable and totally agree about the film portrayal being spot on! Thank you!

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  12. Just loved this review. I agree with all that about keeping whole truth from Harry. If anyone had a right to know that was Harry. Minerva, Sirius and Remus were the best adults in the series. I always thought why Sirius has to die, he was damn amazing. I also loved Fred and George more than Ron. They were awesome and made book entertaining.

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    1. Thank you so much! And yes absolutely! They really were- I loved all of them. I know- I do get that he had to die (even though it is the most devastating part in the series for me) I just think certain parts were avoidable. The effect though is phenomenal. I really love them more too. They definitely do!

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  13. I was honestly ready to defend this book but I actually agree with you on loads of the points you made! I love this review 😂 and omg I HATE Umbridge so much – I tend to like villains and the “evil” character for their backstory and personality but Umbridge was just another level of evil.

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  14. I think I agree with pretty much everything here. It’s been a while but I suspect this is the book where I decided I didn’t actually like Harry. All he does is moan and get unreasonably angry and he’s not even that great at anything or more hard done by than a lot of the other characters.

    I do like Umbridge as a villain. She’s probably one of my all time fave villains because she’s just so truly evil with no real reason for it.

    The ending of this book did devastate me though. Sirius dying was probably the most upsetting of all the deaths in this series. I wanted him to finally get his freedom. When I first read this book I was in total denial about him being gone. I wanted so badly for him to come back and didn’t give up that hope till the end of the final book.

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    1. Yeah I completely get that- I actually liked Harry before this book, but then after it I was never able to look at him the same way. He really des- it’s such a pain!!

      She is a *brilliant* villain to be fair! I absolutely love hating her.

      It really devastated me too- it’s definitely the most upsetting part of the series for me too. I totally agree. ahh yes I was so sad too! I think the first time I read it I just sat sobbing in disbelief. And it still gets me every time.

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  15. I’m enjoying this series quiet a bit. I have to say Phoenix is one of my top books in a lot of ways. I loved the politics of it. The ministry interfering Umbridge being horrible, truly horrible, but overall a great character (not sure I’m making sense with that one). I liked how they worked the prophecy in going forward. But yeah, there are precious few adults in Harry’s life with any common sense and I often wonder whether I would have been so infuriated with Harry if his actions (and others) hadn’t cost us Sirius? Again great article!

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    1. Thank you very much! Ah fair enough- especially about Umbridge- no worries, I get it- she is a great and terrible character 😉 And yeah there’s some good bits there. Absolutely lol! Exactly!!! Thank you so much!!

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  16. I agree with you whole heartedly about Ron. I truthfully could not stand him in the books, to the point that it irks me that such a great character like Hermione ends up with such a whiny sack. (Fandom don’t hurt me for that one) Honestly, thus far, I feel like we see eye to eye on everything Potter. I am really enjoying these in depth analysis’s and am looking forward to the final ones- the last two book were some of the best for me, just on the pure stand of context/history/and tying up loose ends.

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    1. Ah I’m glad I’m not the only one there! Yes I really agree with you!!! (hahaha I hear you- but *lowers voice to a whisper* I’ve just never shipped them) Thank you so much!! I’m really glad you liked this and I hope you enjoy the rest!

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  17. Book 5 is my least favorite of the Harry Potter books because of ALL THE STUPID. Most of the characters in the book are being stupid, and while some have good reasons (Sirius going to the train station is stupid, for example, but I honestly can’t blame him for wanting to get out of the house) it’s STILL STUPID. It makes me want to yell at all the characters, honestly. Even Hermione and McGonagall, and I rarely feel like yelling at them. Ugh. So bad. Though I do remember liking Luna’s scenes in this book.

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    1. YES!! I’m so glad you agree! there is just so muc stupid! and yeah, I do agree with you there on Sirius (but at least he has the decency to learn from it and spends the rest of the book basically holed up and subject to other people’s stupid). And yeah I so get that lol. I do always like Luna though lol- “always good value” as Ron says 😉

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  18. Oh my goodness, reading this review was so… invigorating??? I just realized that I’ve never really read a book review of Harry Potter that wasn’t positive, so the way you analyzed this HP book and gave explanations for why you didn’t like it… that’s amazing! I need to go back to all the past reviews you’ve done on the HP books to read your thoughts on them now 😋 Great review!!! 📚

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  19. Wow! I read these books so long ago I could barely follow your recap. May need to read them again. Except that I probably won’t. I enjoyed them very much. Young adult, my foot! The movies spoiled it for me. After I read a book, I am always disapointed by the movie. I literally fell asleep during the second movie and didn’t bother to see the rest of the series in the theaters. As far as the books are concerned, I agree that the last ones were too long. I got the feeling that Rowlings had started writing more towards a screenplay for the next movie. I have not read any of her books after the original series ended. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I look forward to hearing more.

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  20. Doofus Dumbledore 😁😁 Hear hear!!! I never liked that guy, from the moment he left out a baby outside at night in November! That man aint fit to run a school!

    Apart from your points on Ron, I fully agree with everything you said!!! I reread the series last year, and book 5 (but especially 6 😣) were so disappointing. For a large part of the book I just wanted someone to give Harry a smack in the face and tell him to stop being an arrogant idiot (especially when he attacked Malfoy and then have the guts to whine when he got ‘punishment’) for it. And all the pretty dumb romancy shit that comes with the puberty thing 🤢
    Great post!!!!

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  21. Parts of this book *really* did me in – Umbridge was so simply the devil incarnate that I couldn’t *wait* for them to get rid of her. And I agree that Mr and Mrs Weasley *should* have stood behind Sirius more – I know part of their not wanting Harry to know much *is* because of Harry’s tendency to run into danger with that hero complex on his sleeve. And as a parent myself, I do understand that…to a point. It’s a proven fact (in fiction, in history, in life) that the less kids know about something near and dear to them – their dead parents, for example – the more they will actively seek it out *minus* adult supervision. So, this is where I do agree that Dumbledore missed the mark in book 5. I also think this is why in book 6 he dives into mentoring Harry pre-THE QUEST. And it’s pretty clear that Lupin’s grief almost overwhelms him after Sirius. Usually I hate death scenes, and prefer them to be over quickly, but you’re right, Sirius’ goodbye was SO well done – not overdramatic, yet we totally felt it. (Some of us more than others! I know I kept expecting him to not *really* be dead…until about 25 pages later, it was pretty concrete he was. SOB!)

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  22. Sirius’s death was the first in HP land that I was totally devastated by. I still am when I think about it. He deserved to live!! #Justice4Sirius …. it’s not too late for that, right? Just because we didn’t have Twitter then shouldn’t mean the guy doesn’t get a hashtag.

    It has been SO LONG since I’ve read these books. I may well feel the same way as you if I read it now. I think at the time when I was in the fullest grips of my HP obsession that I just loved every moment because it was HARRY POTTER. Though these days that’s much less the case, and it is a bloody long book. Maybe I should do my own rereading HP series and find out…

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  23. I love the insight we can have as an adult rereading a book from childhood! This was a really interesting read and I think a lot of your points are totally valid (even though I am a hardcore fan of Harry Potter). I hope one day I’ll find the time to read them again too and see the books in a different light.

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  24. Hey there 😃 I have been a crazy potter head for the past 18 years, and I must say, I quite liked your review. Order of the Phoenix is my least favourite HP book(not counting cursed child). The biggest negative was the length of the book. Considering the fact that very few important events actually happen in this one, the book was disproportionately long. Another thing I did not like was the reluctance to provide Harry with information (like you mentioned). I mean, come on!This boy has proven himself on more occasions than one!! He deserves to know EVERYTHING! 😄 Hey but I do like Dumbkedore a lot, inspire of him being a bit irritating in this book. He meant the best for Harry and for the world, I believe! Anyway, great post! Keep them coming 👍🏻

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    1. Thank you very much! I’m really glad you liked it and I feel the same way about order of the phoenix (not read cursed child, don’t plan to 😉 ) And yeah I really did think it was a little overlong. And yeah I really wish they’d just *told him the truth*!! He was definitely owed it at this point!! And yeah that’s true. Thank you very much!

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  25. Great review for this book, even though it wasn’t one you didn’t enjoy that much. Given I haven’t read the series in a while I don’t really have clear memories of books five to seven as much as I do the first four, but I definitely agree with you when it comes to Harry’s anger. Even when I first read it that was a part of the book I didn’t enjoy that much. I get that there’s a lot of trauma tagged along to what he went through but like you said there needs to be more than just anger.
    Again great review, and hopefully after book five you enjoyed books six and seven a little more. 😀 ❤

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  26. YOU MONSTER! I really liked this book because of the Snape stuff (and Umbridge, who I loved to hate rather than flat out hate). But yeah, it did drag on a bit and the whole “don’t tell him anything!” started to grate on me. Great honest review!

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  27. Man I’ve forgotten a lot but your review brought it all back. I remmeber being intimidated by the book’s sheer size in comparison to previous ones but you are so right. This one played out more like a soap opera with unfinished or dragged out plot lines. Between the puberty and the adults who were basically like “listen to me because ominous things are afoot but I can’t tell you” bits was truly a let down. I get that some things have to be with held from the mains to keep the series going but it seemed over the top this book. Anyway, great review as always! Off to read your half blood prince one. 😊

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  28. lol yes Harry and Dumbledore were prideful fools. I adore this book despite it being one of my least favorites, but I feel like the plot oriented around that classic miscommunication trope, except the trope was hidden so it didn’t FEEL like a trope. Though of course, if our characters were perfect at communication, I feel like most of this series’ drama wouldn’t have happened. 😂

    Great review! I do feel like this book would’ve worked better if Harry wasn’t so glum and angry all the time (I blame JK’s bad mood for this though lol) and if we weren’t presented with the most despicable (a.k.a best?) villain in the series. Too much doom and gloom in one book, and all of a sudden at that.

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  29. I am SO glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I just finished reading this book today. Although some interesting things happen (Umbridge, Dumbledore gets kicked out, prophecy, Sirius dies), I don’t think it justifies a 800-page book. Nothing happened for the most part, and I was bored out of my mind! And yes, Harry is way too angsty and has a hero complex. I am sorry for Sirius, because his death could have been prevented.
    Phew! It was good to get that out haha. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

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  30. Personally, This Harry Potter book was one of my favorites. Even though it is pretty long and leads to an amazing character dying, I think that it really developed the plot and lead to a further insight into Harry’s Character. But hey, thats just my opinion. By the way, I also review books and this post was amazing. If any of you feel like checking my posts out, please do.

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  31. Really enjoying reading your series review on these and I have the same criticisms as you – they spend far too long getting to the school, the book is a bit too long and Harry is so damn angry. In fact, if I remember correctly, he rants about not being told anything despite seeing Voldemort return and facing him on multiple occasions but when he’s put in the position to lead Dumbledore’s Army he claims that so much of his past has to do with luck – where was his humility in the first half of the book?
    I have been thinking about rereading HP for a while, I think I definitely will having read your reviews! 🙂

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