Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hello dear readers, I welcome you back to the magical world of Harry Potter.

I have reviewed the previous four books in the series so far, but if you were interested in my review of the Goblet of Fire, you can find it here.

There is a lot of controversy over whether or not I should be even talking about the Harry Potter series. J.K Rowling is a walking, talking ball of controversy.

Despite that, we cannot deny that Harry Potter was a major literary milestone for a lot of readers in my generation, so I do think it deserves the attention at the very least.

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K Rowling
Rating: ★★★★☆

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.



Friendship is Important

We all know Harry is basically nothing without his friends. He isn’t the best wizard we have ever seen, but he does have some good friends that are smart, loyal, and dependable.

We get to see some of that loyal friendship in Order of the Phoenix. Harry is trying to gather together an army to fight against Voldemort, and after some convincing, manages to band together a good number of Hogwarts’ students to train them for an inevitable battle against the Dark Lord.

Most of his army is made up of Gryffindor students, but we get some from various houses too.

It’s nice diving a little deeper into the other characters in the Potterverse. We don’t get to go that much deeper, but we venture out from the trio and explore other people.


MAGIC!!!

We finally get to see some magic in this book, and it is my favourite aspect of the book.

Most of the other books, casting spells seems secondary to the rest of the story. Harry even struggles with trying to cast some basic spells in a few books, so seeing more spells in this book is nice.

I wouldn’t say I am thrilled with it, but I am glad casting spells was more of the focus than before.

Most of the spells we see Harry and the DA practicing are spells we learned in the past, which sort of defeats the purpose, but I honestly don’t mind too much because these are spells that we’ve seen before, but we get to see them in a whole new light.


The End is Nigh

Order of the Phoenix is the start of the end of the Harry Potter Series.

The first two books set up the Harry Potter world. The third book gives us a bit of backstory and deepens the world for us. The fourth book is a bit of an odd one. A lot of it is pointless, right until the end when the big bad guy is revived and re-introduced to the world.

Order of the Phoenix makes the threat a lot more real. Voldemort is back and the world knows it.

We don’t get to know the entirety of his plans and we don’t get to see him for too long, but we get to see him at his full strength and the threat it brings.

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Final Thoughts

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the better books in the Harry Potter series.

Like the rest of the series, it deepens our exploration of the Potteverse, but this time we get to see more magic.

Magic is weirdly something I don’t remember seeing often in the Harry Potter world, at least not directly.

It often goes on in the background and we don’t always get an understanding of it.


What did you think of the fifth installment of the Harry Potter Series?

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Quote of the Day: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hello dear readers, I have a collection of quotes from the second Harry Potter book.

If you haven’t read it yet, here is my review for it!

I hope you enjoy.

If there are any quotes you think I missed, let me know in the comments, or shoot me a message on social media!
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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Oh well… I’d just been thinking, if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Well, you’re expelling us aren’t you?” said Ron.
“Not today, Mr. Weasley.”
Snape looked as though Christmas had been canceled.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“When in doubt, go to the library.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard.
I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Hang on . . .” Harry muttered to Ron. “There’s an empty chair at the staff table. . . . Where’s Snape?”
“Maybe he’s ill!” said Ron hopefully. 
“Maybe he’s left,” said Harry, “because he missed out on the Defense Against the Dark Arts job again!”
“Or he might have been sacked!” said Ron enthusiastically. “I mean, everyone hates him —”
“Or maybe,” said a very cold voice right behind them, “he’s waiting to hear why you two didn’t arrive on the school train.”
Harry spun around. There, his black robes rippling in a cold breeze, stood Severus Snape.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Scared?” Malfoy muttered, so that Lockhart couldn’t hear him.
“You wish.” said Harry out of the corner of his mouth.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: An Honest Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

Hello my dear Potternerds. TO be completely honest with you, I will not worship Harry Potter like a lot of people do/will.

I have grown to understand the reason people worship it so much, and I will admit my dislike of the series has shrunk over the past few months, but I will not sit here and blow smoke up the Harry Potterverse ass.


Harry’s Luck

Harry is generally pretty lucky. He generally has things thrown in his lap that help him save the day. He does very little on his own to solve any issues, but I will say CoS is one of the books where he does manage to get a bit done on his own.

He still needs some help, but he sort of figures out parts of the mystery on his own, and he does manage to kill the giant basilisk.

Sure, a magical healing bird flew in to save the day with a magic sword, but I’ll give it to Harry because he managed to still kill a giant snake which would be absolutely terrifying.

If Harry is good at one thing, it’s not cowering from a fight. He doesn’t seek them out per se, but when they are thrown at him, he won’t back down.


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The Overall Story

What’s great about this book is that it sets up the premise for book six and seven, but we don’t know it yet.

I don’t know if Rowling intended it that way, or if she was smart enough to do a little bit of word smithing, but the fact that book 2 was the set-up of the Horcruxes is really amazing.

Once you read future books, book two makes even more sense, but alone, it works perfectly fine. You just assume Voldemort has come back in another form, this time in one of his old notebooks.

I’ll give it to Rowling, other than Voldemort’s respect for Harry’s summer vacations (he only causes issues during the school year), she definitely knows how to set up a premise for a story. Each of the books follows a great idea, that may have some issues, but generally is really interesting.


Voldemort

Voldemort is obviously an important part of the Potterverse. He is the main enemy, directly or indirectly, in each book, and is the ultimate villain of the entire series.

He doesn’t have a strong presence in this book, but he is there, or rather his memory is.

Though his ultimate goal in this book is a bit off from what he normally wants, it makes sense for who he is.

Voldemort is a well-written villain, and I think CoS is a great example of his character.

What’s Next?

None of the Harry Potter books “set-up” the future books that much. Sure they have ideas or plot lines that continue through the books, but they generally end when the book is over.


This would definitely be one of my favourite Harry Potter novels. Without thinking about it much, I’d probably put it in at number three.

Where would you put Chamber of Secrets in the overall Harry Potter ranking? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived: A Character Analysis

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Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to give you a new post idea that I am excited for.

I wanted to do a character analysis on some of the more famous characters in literature. This won’t be anything that goes into the nitty gritty details, but it will have some depth to it, so I hope you enjoy!

The first will be about someone I would argue is in the top 10 most well-known book characters of all time.

These are opinions are my own, and I understand some may disagree with them. If you do, let’s talk about it!

From the beginning, Harry is a loyal lapdog to Dumbledore. He sees that Dumbledore is often right, and knows more about what is going on, so Harry decides to put his absolute trust in Dumbledore. Even when being loyal to Dumbledore gets him into trouble, Harry follows him without question.

Harry creates an order of underage wizards, calling them Dumbledore’s Army, to fight against the rising threat of Voldemort. Of all the magical items, beings, and creatures in his world, he names his army after the man he looks up to the most.

When Dumbledore ultimately dies, Harry is determined to follow in his footsteps, and fulfilling his destiny of defeating Voldemort.

This loyalty to Dumbledore is supplemented with his loyalty to his friends, Ron and Hermione. He befriends them in his first year of Hogwarts, and only grows closer to them as the years go on. Though he is loyal to them, and trusts them completely, he sees them more of an equal than a mentor.

It is because of these three relationships that Harry grows into a curious, determined, brave wizard, one fitting the Gryffindor name…

But what does being a Gryffindor ultimately mean? It’s one simple word. Brave.

The only real requirement to be considered a Gryffindor is bravery, but that’s a vague ideal. Bravery can mean many things. Cedric Diggory was brave, but ultimately he wasn’t Gryffindor. All those who joined the DA? Yeah, some were Gryffindor, but some weren’t. They were all brave because they knew they could get into trouble.

We know that Harry should have been a Slytherin, but he told the hat he wanted to be anything but. The next natural choice? The house he almost perfectly fits into.

Harry isn’t particularly smart, he’s not overly skilled at anything but flying a broom, and I would argue he is slightly better than average in a fight.

Then what makes him a good main character? Despite all his flaws, he is brave. He is always the first out of the gate, whether it’s chasing down the Dark Lord, going to his death in the Forbidden Forest, or running through Platform 9 3/4 after just discovering magic.

His bravery is the one thing that holds him above the rest, and his loyalty to his friends, to Dumbledore, and to his destiny are accounts to that.


If you tear away all of the Boy Who Lived prophecy talk about Harry, and look at who he is as a wizard, he is extremely ordinary. He pales in comparison to the famous witches and wizards we hear of. Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape, McGonnagal. They’re all amazing at what they do, but Harry isn’t. Harry wouldn’t be special in any sense of the word if it wasn’t for his destiny.

I would even argue it is because his destiny, that he is who he is. He grew up not knowing anything about his true self, but when he finally discovers it, he lets it shape him. He lets it fill his every fiber and turn him into the true Gryffindor.

We lose sight of how unremarkable Harry really is when he arrives at Hogwarts.

When he is with the Dursleys, he is treated like trash, but he is definitely far from special. There’s nothing about him that stands out other than he is abused and mistreated. When he gets to Hogwarts, the tides change and suddenly he is like a hero out of legend.

The Boy Who Lived is whispered around the halls, and suddenly he’s the hero of a world he never knew existed. It takes some time, but not much until Harry experiences confidence in himself.

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With his newfound fame and confidence, Harry could become the next Lockhart, boasting about his accomplishment.

Instead he doesn’t. He doesn’t particularly like his fame. He treats those that could be seen as less than him, as equals. He detests Malfoy’s use of the word Mudblood, he treats a house elf with kindness and respect, he doesn’t detest Filch as a squib.


But with this internal sense of respect, Harry also has an internal sense of what is right and wrong, often to the point of putting himself and loved ones in danger.

He doesn’t let others tell him what to do, he decides for himself. If it means breaking the rules for the greater good? Then so be it.

Harry decides what is right and what is wrong, and often answers the evil with violence. We rarely see him think before acting. Whenever Harry needs to think to solve a problem, he has Ron, Hermione, or any one of his Hogwarts friends and allies to help him.

Instead of coming up with a plan to defeat his enemies, Harry is often lucky, or gets help from someone. It is rare that he thinks a problem through before acting.


But that is part of what makes Harry the hero that he is. He isn’t special in a lot of ways, but he is loyal and he is trusting. He has allies that he can rely on and that rely on him. Friends, classmates, mentors, family. He has people beside him almost every step of the way to lift him up when he needs the help.

Sirius, the Weasleys, Hermione, Ron, Lupin. These and many more help Harry, whether it is through connections in the past, or a connection to Harry.

Harry’s true power isn’t being the most powerful wizard. His true power is uniting people, and relying on each other to vanquish the darkness. He never had a true family, but the love of his parents, and the family he makes through his time at Hogwarts is what helps him defeat Voldemort.


With his reliance on others, comes weakness. Harry isn’t perfect, he is human. He gets angry. He gets stressed. He falls in love. He feels the wait of Umbridge’s reign of Hogwarts.

It is the weakness that makes him relatable. It makes him someone who can be understood, someone that readers can see themselves as.

Harry loses many friends and family members along the way. Family he never knew, family he came to love over time, and family he only realized he had when it was too late.

These losses make Harry a stronger person. They hurt him, but at the same time they mold him, shape him into who he is. The losses show him that life is painful, that it isn’t all magical as he sometimes forgets.

Harry could give up at any point in his many years at Hogwarts. Each year he struggles with friends, school, and is constantly fighting for his life. He rarely has a moment of rest, but that was Voldemort’s mistake. Each struggle, each battle, each hardship gives Harry the strength he needs to endure, and an ally that will support him till the end.


A lot can be taken away from studying Harry’s character, whether good or bad. Some say he is too headstrong, acting without thinking, and other potentially harmful behaviour.

Others see Harry as a good example, one who follows through with his actions, is a loyal friend and will do what he believes is good.

Everyone will have their own opinions, and they are welcome to.

Personally I am not a fan of the Harry Potter series as a whole, but I do realize that it is something that a lot of people love.

It has lessons that can be learned, it has characters that can be aspired to, it has ideals that can be upheld.

What do you think of Harry. Was he someone you looked up to, or was he a brash fool. I don’t think there is one correct answer to this, so let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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