Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the 5th in the Series.
By this time it is a little late to tell you how much I love Harry Potter. I think you’ve got it.
Be forewarned. From here on, the books get darker, more violent, and a whole lot more depressing. At the end of the last one, we lost Cedric. At the beginning of this one, Harry is forced to used magic at home to save himself and Duddley. He may be expelled from Hogwarts.
Meanwhile, Harry’s Godfather Sirius Black, along with the Weasley’s, Dumbledore, Lupin and a host of other “adults” have formed the “Order of the Phoenix”, those who believe that Voldemort is back, and want to do something about it.
But very few people do believe that Voldemort has returned. Just because Dumbledore believes Harry, doesn’t mean others do. The Ministry of Magic decides to place someone inside Hogwarts to “watch” things, and suddenly there is no more real teaching going on as Dolores Umbridge slowly takes over the school.
The kids decide to take things into their own hands and create their own secret “army” to learn to defend themselves, with Harry as a rather reluctant teacher.
When Harry starts to have visions through the eyes of Nagini, seeing Arthur Weasley attacked by the snake, Dumbledore has Snape start teaching him Occlumency to protect his mind from Voldemort. Harry discovers more from Snape’s mind than either of them wants.
On a more mundane and entertaining note, Harry is having a rather normal teenage problem of dealing with his feelings for Cho Chang.
When another vision shows Sirius in trouble, Harry, Ron, Hermione and a few others find themselves rushing to the Ministry of Magic to save him. Not all will return.
So, yes, as I said, things are getting darker. How can they not when the Dark Lord has returned? J.K. Rowlings is amazing!
Favorite Quotes from the Chamber of Secrets:
“Don’t put your wand there, boy! … Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!”
“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”
“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
“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.”
Re -Read: September 2015