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Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix: Is it really that bad?

Updated: Jan 31

Harry Potter and The Order Of Phoenix, as quoted by Daniel Radcliffe himself, "is not a lot of people's favourite." I, honestly, strongly agree to his statement which pretty much sums up people's opinion on this book. But we are going to focus on the good sides as well as the bad side of this book.

As for my opinion, It was a really good book.

In this post, we are going to be reading and reacting to some GoodReads reviews on this book, and just like the previous review reacting post, I am going to be expressing my thoughts upon the reviews, which, I believe may or may not differ from yours. I don't intend for this post to be offensive in any way and I also want to remind you that we all have may be having different opinions. With that being said let's start with the reviews.

  1. "Guys, this was so much better than the movie. I know it's not fair to compare, but because the film version of Order of the Phoenix isn't one of my favourites, coupled with the fact that this is the longest novel in the series, I was really nervous to get to this one. Obviously I was a muggle fool who deserves to be chased around by Peeves for a full 24 hours because this was such a vital instalment that really breathed a mature life into the series. The ending of Goblet of Fire is quite dark, but I felt book #5 is where the series really gets down to business and loses the childlike innocence that it clasped tightly for some long. What a brilliant, hauntingly beautiful way to write a series that grows as the reader does. Only two more to go, which makes me quite sad, but also excited to find out how they compare to the rest!"

I basically picked this to be the first one to start on a positive note, But all of these might not be so positive *shudders*.

I strongly agree with this review right here. I also agree it is not fair to compare, but hey, it is just normal human mentality. We read the book, liked it, then developed a mindset that the movie was also going to be as good as the book, and when it didn't match our expectations, we started to compare! I was a muggle fool too. I was really anxious to start reading this one just because it was really long but now that I've read it, I can safely say that there is absolutely no need at all to be worried to start reading it. We cannot ignore the darkness of the previous book and the movie but as the number goes upwards it only gets darker every time. Also the fact that the beginning of Order Of Phoenix isn't really bold which helps to neutralize the intense ending of the goblet of fire, cannot go unnoticed. The book definitely did show a mature side of Harry but it also kept his personality intact, which, as a matter of fact, I am really glad about. The screaming he did on Ron and Hermione at the beginning, I am sorry to say, was not very mature. But it works for me because it showed how Harry was feeling from the inside.

2. "I cried like a little baby. J.K. Rowling really starts taking the series down a darker road in this book. She is so talented at character development, and it really shines in this book. Here, Harry is 15 years old, and for most of the book, he's whiny and self-centered, just like a typical teenager. I also adore Dumbledore's role in this book--his conversation at the end with Harry put me to tears. Rowling did an amazing job with the character of Umbridge...never have I hated a fictional character more than I hated her. I do have to admit, I'm curious to see whether she makes any more appearances or not. For me, this book was stronger for character development than plot. Yes, this is a key book for the series, but I felt like most of the book was spent with characters' internal issues and development rather than the plot. I love how Harry and the crew are dealing with more adult issues now, such as death. As with all of her books, I have a really difficult time putting these books down, but especially within the last 100 pages, I physically could not separate the book from my hands. Overall, another outstanding addition from J.K. Rowling."

For the firsts, I honestly do not find this book emotional at all. As for how J.K. develops the characters especially Harry as a 15 year old is commendable. Dumbledore, for me, has always been the best mentor in the whole series, and as for this book, it couldn't have been any better. And Voldemort isn't nearly as bad as Umbridge. She is stupid, no doubt in that. And that shows that Rowling has the ability depict such a foul character in some plain words. As for the “ her favouring the characters’ internal issues than the plot,” I feel like it is one of the most important factors for the plot. And it is also the reason the book is so long. I couldn't agree more with the last statement.

Okay! So here are the reviews and my responses! And before you ask, I had a hard time scrolling down GoodReads to find a one star review for this one, but fortunately there were no bad ones to make me angry. So let me tell you read it carefully before judging it, if read carefully and with your full interest, you will find small details in it without which the whole franchise would make no sense. From my side, I would give this book a full 5 Star review!

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