- Release Date:2003-06-21
- In-universe Date:1995
- Series:Harry Potter
I’m not sure which Harry Potter book is my favorite but if I were forced to pick one I might pick Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The progression of the story, as well as the excitement and extremely satisfying moments, reach a pinnacle with this book.
Voldemort is back! Harry saw him return but the Ministry of Magic doesn’t believe him. Albus Dumbledore, one of the few who believes Harry, begins rounding up an old organization called The Order of the Phoenix, a group determined to flush out Voldemort and his followers, fighting them in whatever way they can.
Harry, meanwhile, returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year only to find that it will be one of the worst years of his school experience, thanks to the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Umbridge. Umbridge has been sent there by the Ministry to keep an eye on Harry and Dumbledore, making life next to miserable for Harry and his friends. And it doesn’t help that Harry is frequently having visions of Voldemort and of a mysterious door at the end of a long corridor.
What makes me love this book is the immense array of satisfying scenes that we’ve been waiting for since book one. These include the dramatic exit of Fred and George, an enormous duel out between light and dark wizards, and most important of all, Dumbledore vs Voldemort. I remained on my toes for the entire read.
The characters remain much as they were with a few differences. The only complaint I may have deals with the changes in Harry. I understand that he’s confused, hurt, and understandably upset from the situations surrounding him, but he never gets a break. The whole book is full of one disappointment after another. It’s a wonder Harry didn’t just collapse.
However, this does not diminish what is the most action-packed book in the series. Now that Voldemort is back we can expect the story to get into full swing. J. K. Rowling’s rich array of characters combined with her simple identifiable writing style makes this a classic among young literature.