IT IS APPARENT that this, the sixth book in the greatest series of YA books ever written, has a much darker tale to tell than the rest of the series combined. The book starts out angry and doesn’t - quite literally - let up - apart from an all too brief period of euphoria for Ron as he celebrates a personal milestone on the Quidditch field. But even that is well past the book’s seventy five percent mark. And even at book’s end, after the reader is granted access to what has to be the single greatest action sequence ever penned involving witches, and wizards, and good guys, and bad guys, and heroes, and martyrs, and sacrifices, and kids growing up before your very eyes to fight to the death for things they barely understand, there ain’t no sunshine to break through the metaphorical storm clouds that comprise the heart breaking tale that is HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.
Harry is angry, because he feels that everyone he has grown to know, grown to love and grown to trust from the last four years have turned their communicative backs on him. All the way down from Professor Dumbledore, to Godfather Sirius, and even to Ron and Hermoine - all previously loved avenues of dialogue - both physical and metaphorical - have all dried up. But even despite promises of a big reveal to Harry from the fore mentioned characters, Harry (and of course, the reader) is made aware of very little even as the story progresses.
When Harry is finally rescued from the relentless boredom of life at Privett Drive after a near death experience with a couple of Dementors, he finds himself located at the heart of the gorgeous sounding ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. But even then, he is rewarded with more presumed lies and secret keeping from his loved ones. Dumbledore won't talk to him, he won't even look at Harry, even as the famous story delights the world by returning us to Hogwarts. And in year five at this extraordinary castle, when things are starting to get serious (no pun intended), Harry feels even more let down than ever by not having access to the world’s most loved Professor.
But looks can be deceiving. Life at Hogwarts is not just about learning magic and passing exams. Well, it is for most kids lucky enough to be invited to study there. But as the world knows after four incredible books, and four incredible years, Harry Potter is not your ordinary child. There are events transpiring, prophecies declaring, and events being put into motion that he knows nothing about. And that is a good thing. If our hero knew what was in store for him as time progressed, it is a fair chance he would run screaming in terror to the end of the world, never to be seen again.
This book is essentially about a prophecy. Learn the prophecy and everything changes. Even at book’s end, when it was finally safe for open communication to occur between two of the book’s great heroes, the explanation from Dumbledore to Harry brought the great old wizard to tears.
PHOENIX started off slowly. There was no obvious point to the story. A new character was introduced that was soon detested both within the HP universe and outside of it. The world took great umbrage at this brilliantly drawn extension of the legend but its definitely fair to say that she got her comeuppance at the end. This book may well shock its fans. Major events transpire. Much loved characters of the story are given the chop in more ways than one. But as i have already mentioned, book five is essentially about a prophecy.
Learn the prophecy, and everything changes.
An awesome, breath taking five stars for an awesome, breath taking book.
Voldemort has returned and Harry is being left out of the loop. We find Harry hiding under a bush listening into the muggle news - trying to find any trace of Voldemort. From the very beginning we find that Harry has a lot of pent up anger, he's started to become bitter. Bitter about the fact he has to stay with the Dursley's, that no one will tell him anything. Upset that his friends are spending time together without him. But are these really Harry's feelings? Or is he being fueled by his connection with Voldemort? After almost being expelled for prevent the Dementors from taking his cousin's soul - Harry reenters the wizarding world where people are less tolerant of him and his wild stories - however true they may be. Although work load has tripled as the students get ready for their O.W.L.s Harry is finding it harder and harder to care about his studies, who can concentrate when it looks like Voldemort is steadily on the rise and Dumbledore will barely look Harry in the eyes. All Harry knows is he's searching for a weapon - could that weapon be Harry? Full review here: [...]
What was the Order of the Phoenix? How was it related to Dumbledore's Army? Did Dumbledore really have an army? It's the battle of good versus evil in this Potter book. I know that we all want the same ending for this one.