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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I can no longer state that I am not a fan of fantasy books. For the past two years, I have been reading book after book of sci-fi/fantasy, with The Hunger Games being my ultimate favorite.

I am loving the HP series immensely. By now, book five, the reader knows Hogwarts in and out; the characters are people we know so well and it's amazing how "comfortable" it is to go back to this place and see the growth of these folks, as well as the next evil escapade that Voldemort (I ain't skerred to say his name) has up his sleeves.

In Order of the Phoenix, I was insanely pissed off. The creation of Dolores Umbridge was incredibly bright, a nice twist to make the reader INSANE with anger and frustration at this woman's ignorance and pompousness. This, along with watching the first season of Game of Thrones, made me CRAZY. The most vile characters one could think up existed in two of my favorite 'things'.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Towards the end, to have Ginny and Neville -- especially Neville -- come into the story line as strongly as they did, it was just a great way to show the depth of other characters other than the three BFFs of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

To recap for myself: the Order of the Phoenix are a group of people formed to deter Lord Voldemort and his minions from trying to take over the wizardry world. Voldemort had taken form in The Goblet of Fire and Harry has discovered that he can 'feel' Voldemort and 'see' what he's doing through dreaming. It's not really dreaming but some weird Being John Malkovich thing.

The Ministry of Magic refuses to believe that Voldemort is alive at all. And to keep a good public image in the wizardry world, they do everything they can do make Harry look crazy, along with Dumbledore, who made the news of Voldemort's rise publicly.

Delores Umbridge is then sent to Hogwarts to monitor the teachings at Hogwarts as the High Inquisitor for the Ministry of Magic. She annoys the hell out of everyone and eventually becomes the headmaster of Hogwarts. Dumbledore is gone; Hagrid is gone; and McGonagall is also gone.

Harry then has a vision-in-Voldemort's-head that Sirius Black, Harry's god-father, is being tortured and soon to be killed by Voldemort. He takes off for the Ministry of Magic's Department of Ministry to save Sirius, and not only do his dedicated pals Hermione and Ron join him, but Ginny Weasley (Ron's little sister), Neville Longbottom (a classmate from the beginning) and Luna Lovegood (a quirky hippies-style witch) join him to fight Voldemort and his peeps.

It turns out that Voldemort used Harry's mind-power to lure him to the Department of Magic in order to get Harry to get the prophecy for how to kill Harry. An all-out wizardry fight ensues and Dumbledore and others from the Order of the Phoenix make it in time to save the day. Voldmort escapes...again...and sadly, Sirius Black is killed and gone forever during the fight.

The prophecy is in a glass orb that breaks during the fight. But Dumbledore had heard the prophecy first hand and Harry finds out that neither he and Voldemort can live: one must die while the other lives.

Two more books and I'll be done. I am excited because I want to find out what happens in the end. And it means I can start on Game of Thrones.

1 comment:

  1. If only you had the time to finish #7 before the movie...I just finished re-reading it before going on vacation and I cried SO MUCH during the last...100 pages of the book.