vrijdag 29 juli 2011

50 Books Challenge 2011 - # 40: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Story: As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It's been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero's non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief... or will it?
Start: july 20th 2011
End: july 28th 2011
Comment: When we meet Harry Potter again in this fifth book, we see a lot of change. He's off course older, but he's rougher and more full of anger. Harry feels he's being ignored by his friends Ron and Hermione, his mentor Dumbledore and godfather Sirius. When he returns to Hogwarts he has to face yet another challenge. People don't believe him anymore and the arrival of Dolores Umbridge only makes things worse. Umbridge is probably the most dreadfull teacher Hogwarts ever had. What I loved most about this book is that Harry and his friends formed Dumbledore's army. A group of young wizards and witches who want to learn how to fight back, when it's really necessary. And people who are against Umbridge and her teaching methods and strange rules. I also loved Neville's role in this. He's always been one of my favorite characters and he actually made a difference in this book. A lot of great new character were introduced. Off course Umbridge, who will always be my most hated character. We also met Luna Lovegood, Nymphadora Tops and Bellatrix Lestrange. We got to see a different side of Snape and we learned more about Harry's past. A lot of new developements were in this book, which makes this fifth novel a great addition to the series.
Rating: 5/ 5

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