June 22, 2011

Review : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Title : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author : J.K. Rowling
Reading Dates : 14 May - 18 May 2011
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter
The books in the series :
  • The Philosopher's Stone
  • The Chamber of Secrets
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The Goblet of Fire
  • The Order of the Phoenix
  • The Half-Blood Prince
  • The Deathly Hallows
From goodreads :
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermoine have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

Book Review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The one thing that always strikes me about reading the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, is how many mistakes the adults makes. On the one extreme, we have Molly Weasley determined not to have any of the “children” know anything of what’s going on, notwithstanding the numerous near-death experiences they’ve already gone through. Then, on the other hand we have Sirius who in wanting to share as much information with Harry as possible, inadvertently misleads him into making certain wrong assumptions. And most important of all, Dumbledore whom almost everyone thinks is infallible, makes a mistake similar to Voldemort’s. If Voldemort is guilty of underestimating the power of love, Dumbledore foolishly ignores how old wounds are not so easily forgotten. It is no wonder that things ended up as they did.

It is also because of this that I can sympathize with Harry’s thoughts and actions. After the events in the first few books, Harry seems to have unconsciously built up a rather inflated opinion of himself. But because the adults were all behaving badly, Harry’s actions seemed more forgivable.

But my favourite part from the book is when the Weasley twins stage their dramatic exit from Hogwarts. For some reason, this particular scene always strikes me as exemplifying loyalty and courage.

“Give her hell from us, Peeves”

And Peeves, who Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Definitely.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Everyone.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy the book. The series is a keeper.

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