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26 July 2015

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
J K Rowling
Bloomsbury Children
Publication Date
June 2003
Fantasy, Children

Description (from Amazon)

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to find out why his friends, Ron and Hermione, have been secretive all summer. But before he even gets to school, Harry survives a terrifying encounter with two Dementors, attends a court hearing at the Ministry of Magic and is escorted on a night-time broomstick ride to the secret headquarters of a mysterious group called the Order of the Phoenix

My thoughts

The more I read Harry Potter, the more I love it. I have also realised how important and much more fulfilling it is to read the books rather than just watch the movies. Just because there is, obviously, so much more info, a lot more issues ‘clicked into place’ for me – concepts explained, connections which clicked into place.  Therefore I would urge especially a young person who has only watched the movies to definitely read the books. Yes, by book 5 they are big books, but they are so worth it.

It can be a bit tricky in fantasy writing, but Rowling creates a fantasy world which we can easily image. The writing is flawless and easy to understand, with simple sentence structures and frequent returning to previous occasions in the books to aid our memory (with such a big series and a lot of characters, it is nice touch to be reminded every now and again: ‘ah, yes, that’s what it was).  And the basic structure and storyline, of course, remains the same. Harry stays over the summer holidays at the Dursley’s and returns to Hogwarts in September with his friends Ron and Hermione and the adventures start). It can be a bit tricky in fantasy writing, but Rowling creates a fantasy world which we can easily image

At this stage in the series, you would really have to have read the other books though – you cannot start with book 5.  Harry is now a young teenager, and becomes a bit more rebellious, starts to question things.  What I have also enjoyed is that slowly, more gets revealed during this book. We learn, for example, that there is a good reason why Harry has to stay at the dreadful Dursley’s house every summer holiday. I had wondered before why he would not simply go to his friend Ron’s. More starts to click into place with book 5, and I can’t wait for the next book now.