Genre: children's/YA fantasy.
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…
I’m continuing my re-read of the Harry Potter books (you can see the previous reviews here: Stone – Chamber – Prisoner – Goblet) with my least favourite of the series, The Order of the Phoenix. I skipped this part on my previous re-reads so this is the first time in years that I’ve read it. And I’m glad I did! Mostly because I forgot half of what happened – I did remember the important parts, of course, but some of the details were starting to get a bit hazy.
Look, I know, fans really love Order because of the way it’s emotional and powerful and stuff happens and Umbridge is the type of a teacher that many unfortunate pupils have had the displeasure to meet in real life. And I get that. And I did give the book a solid rating.
It’s just that it takes SO LONG for things to get moving, I bet there are 200 pages before we even get to Hogwarts and Harry is so tense and grumpy for that entire long beginning and honestly, he’s being a bit of a brat (I knooow, he’s a teenager but still). And then there’s Dumbledore, keeping Harry in the dark for god knows what reason, effectively fucking up everything good that’s happened to Harry since book 3.
And maybe it’s just my preference for action but compared to Goblet of Fire, reading Order of the Phoenix felt like dragging my feet through honey, slow and sticky.
Now I’ll just go hide under my table with a protective helmet, waiting for the hail of your scorn to pass, shall I?
Ahh, no, we can agree to disagree, can’t we, lovely readers? I have to give Rowling points for some things, though, and those were the ones that I’d forgotten and was pleasantly surprised to read this time around. I really liked how Fred and George finished their time at Hogwarts, I appreciated the extremely twisted Dolores Umbridge, I liked how clueless Harry was about Cho and I loved how Luna and Neville got their share of friendship and action.
But I was also rather glad the book was over and I could go on to read The Half-Blood Prince, which is my favourite of the series. I’ll be reviewing that one soon as I’ve already finished it.
So, what’s your take on Order of the Phoenix?
Do you prefer action-packed books or do you like to take things at a slower pace?
I’d love to hear from you! :)