2007: 107. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.”

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

SOOO much going on from here on out - each book more jammed pack than the last.  This is the one with ANGRY Harry, but on a re-read, he has a lot to be angry about.  The slow, fascist take over of Hogwarts by Delores Umbridge (and her horribly novel method of punishment), the fact that no one (at first) believes him that you-know-who is back, the fact that Dumbledore won’t look him in the eye.  And Harry is starting to grow up - taking charge of Dumbledore’s Army, and helping his friends protect themselves.  There is so much to love here - Neville starting to come into his own, Loony Luna Lovegood, the Thestrals, Fred and George’s AWESOME send off.  And, sad things too - Snape’s worst memory, and worse, poor, poor Sirius, who never really got to grow up, and poor Harry, who lost another father figure. Sob.

Anyway, it is pretty awesome, and you should read it.  And the movie is pretty damn good, too.

Recommended for: You know, people who like Harry (which should be all people who like good stories!)

Date/Place Completed: 7/15/07; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Re-Read; Young Adult

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