Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 11:01 AM

In preparation for the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, my Fiancé and I have decided to read books 4 and 5 out loud to each other. This is something we enjoy doing, as it is something that we can do that is fun and does not cost money (our libraries are both diverse and large so we have a lot of books to read without buying more).

I think that this book is my favorite by far. The reason being that Harry is goes through that all important stage of adolescence where he feels that he is misunderstood by everyone and anyone around him. That, and post 911 and Patriot Act in America, this books hits home for me on a lot of issues that have to do with censorship and government making hasty legislative actions. Fun that that you can find both of these themes woven so well into a book that is about a boy coming of age.

I don’t believe in spoiling a plot, so I won’t say much about it even though by this time if you don’t know what happens in the book you probably live under a rock (I’m a little biased on this as I work with elementary school kids all day long and they talk about this series constantly). But Harry has to cope with some serious stuff in this book that test is character, and his friendship with his friends like it has never been tested before. To be honest, Harry is a bit of a…well a self absorbed adolescent boy. But in the end, he is faced with circumstances that force him to move past this, and take yet another step closer to being a man.

All in all, this was an amazing book. I can’t wait to finish reading the next one. This book sets the stage and tone for the rest of the series, and it is wickedly clever.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Scholastic
ISBN 0-439-35806-X

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~ by trinity777 on November 8, 2006.

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