Friday, 23 September 2016

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Review

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

The order of the Phoenix , The fifth book of the series is a little bit controversial . the very same feeling harry had about his last week in Hogwarts , i do have about this whole book .
he thought that his week seemed to last much longer than it really did because it stretched between two universes , one with Sirius and one with out .
same experience i have with the book , the time when i first opened the order of the phoenix and started reading seems literally a lifetime ago , and though maybe it was because meanwhile i was a bit distracted from reading by some real life matters , or that the book's gigantic length of nearly 900 pages can be a significant reason , but there is also the other reason , that this book too stretches between two universes , the one Before and the one After , and the cutting event is the blunt recognition of the war ahead , the actual cutting line is , the beginning of the war.

The first half of the book was a bit slow paced , but then the second half would flow so rapidly you forget all about it , the book reaches it’s climax when, after a dream, Harry and several other members of the student’s secret club the“DA” ( Dumbledore’s Army) venture to the Ministry of Magic to prevent Voldermort from torturing Sirius (or so they think ) .

Both Harry and his readers are becoming adults throughout the duration of the series, the progression into a young adult is made evident in here through how Rowling shows a 15-year-old boy mind , harry deals with feelings of abandonment, yet he’s also unable to stop thinking about how all the adults around him are either know-nothing , judgmental or unwilling to understand . He is definitely a lot angrier in this book . and there also were more fights and more arguments , In other words , he’s 15 .
Yes , right . he is growing a bit annoying and he isn't my favorite character , at least not in this one , But ! literature at its best reflects real life, whether placed in a realistic or an unrealistic theme .
children’s literature has been always showing that life is all rainbows and sun shines , when ever it
starts telling the truth its no children book anymore , But Rowling’s turn at realistic adolescence places the Harry Potter series in the realm of great children’s literature.

though I wouldn't have wanted to mention it , but its a bit hard not to , here this Major character loss is one of the most significant things that happened in this book , its utterly sad , I can even describe it devastating , because I think Sirius's death had came much earlier than it should .
we experienced one of the first real losses here .
I actually knew that Sirius black would die in this particular book , though no idea when or how , i was kind of waiting dreading the moment , though figures i had to wait for long 800 pages before my dread got confirmed , and inspite of that it still was shocking . i didn't expect it to happen this way , just like this , in the middle of a sentence , maybe i was kind of imagining a last moment conversation with harry , maybe because they never really had a proper one before , many things were pending between them , Harry actually never expressed himself to his Godfather , like Sirius never knew that the Dursleys we abusing , he was even surprised at some point that Harry was excited at the idea of leaving the Dursleys to live with him .
and though i neither watched the movie nor read the book before , but to tell you it was spoiled for me just the same , by FB posts , Tumblre , Pintrest and whatever else , but does it matter ? it really doesn't .
i usually do really mind spoilers , a series that's spoiled for me would be hard to catch my full attention , but as i said , not harry potter , its different here .

“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.”

P.S. : seriously did I skip talking about Fred and George ? these two are hilarious ! their bold witty behavior , indifference , sarcasm and spirit ! they are a comic relief in the darkest times .
Favorite characters ! these two are always included (Duh!) .

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