Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Urban fantasy, Witches
5th sentence, 74th page: The moth-eaten velvet curtains Harry had passed earlier had flown apart, but there was no door behind them.
Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed harry through his half-moon glasses. ‘It is time,’ he said, ‘for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.’
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down…
I have to admit that this is my least favourite of the Harry Potter books. Not that that is saying much, because this series is one of the best in the history of man. Or at least written history. In my opinion. Still, while I can read any of the other HP books in one day, I don’t get so completely absorbed into The Order of the Phoenix.
The main reason that I don’t enjoy The Order of the Phoenix as much as the other books in the series is Dolores Umbridge. Probably a sentiment that most readers can understand. Voldermort is obviously a terrifying antagonist, but something about Umbridge is so much more chilling. Voldemort is obviously and outwardly evil. From the very first book he is the bad guy, and completely against the good guys. Umbridge on the other hand… I don’t think that there’s anything more terrifying than an amoral being in power. The scene where Harry is forced to cut himself repeatedly in detention is quite possibly the most cringe-worthy, harsh moment throughout the series. And considering the fact that Harry is an abused orphan amongst other things, that is saying something!
Throughout the series Voldemort personifies a life without love – something that is completely unimaginable in my world. But Dolores personifies those what happens when authority isn’t tempered by compassion and knowledge. Not many people come across someone so devoid of love and relationships like Voldemort, but we have all come across someone who is power-hungry and self-centred. When this is combined with a lack of respect for others and an inability to care, there is great potential for serious damage, and for me, Umbridge is the perfect example of this.
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