5 Things About Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

June 10, 2016 Review 26 ★★★★

5 Things About Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Source: Borrowed
Length: 29 hrs 46min
Release Date: June 21, 2003
Series: Harry Potter #5
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

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These characters have always been entertaining but now they’re reaching new levels, especially Harry omg. As he gets older he’s developing an attitude and talking back. And some of the lines he comes up with are absolutely hilarious.


Teenage Angst

This was the least enjoyable part of the novel honestly. Like yeah teenagers have their horrible phase but my god Harry get over yourself. He can be such an idiot. There were moments he got on my nerves, mostly to do with the incredibly awkward romance element, but never for long because Hermione and Ginny were always there to sort him out.

Umbridge is horrendous… and intriguing

Umbridge added an interesting element to the novel as an antagonist. She wasn’t the big bad evil and was working toward what she thought was a just cause, but the things she did to achieve her cause were absolutely horrendous. I would not want her as a teacher ever.

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Intense action scenes

Up until now the action scenes of the series have been kept to a minimum really. Or at least they weren’t overly impressive. But the showdown in THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX!! That was intense and so suspenseful and absolutely fabulous. I hope the rest of the action scenes in the final part of the series are just as good if not better.


I know a lot of people die in these books, there is a war beginning after all, but I WASN’T SURPRISED FOR A BIG CHARACTER DEATH SO SOON. MY FEELS WEREN’T PREPARED FOR ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS TO DIE. And if I reacted like this now, my body is not ready for the next two books.cryfeels

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is a great addition to the series. Darker, more violent, and with so many more intricate plot lines and feels. Though I was a bit annoyed with some of the teen angst elements at times they didn’t ruin my enjoyment. I am so excited and terrified to watch this war fold out in the next few books. 

Rating Report
Overall: 3.9

26 Responses to “5 Things About Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

  1. Laura

    The Order of the Phoenix is actually my favourite Harry Potter book! I don’t know why when I was so upset about the ending (that was one of my favourite characters that died!), but I just feel like the stakes were really upped and I liked all the DA stuff. I’m glad you liked it!
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    • Bec

      It’s certainly up there! The stakes were up and the fact that a book can make you feel so much emotion is always a fantastic thing.

  2. Angel @Angel Reads

    I love reading reviews of people reading Harry Potter, they always just crack me up. OotP was my favourite until Deathly Hallows came out. You really get to see the characters form in a way. They are getting to know who they are. I never notcied the angst when I first read it, because I read it way to long ago, but whne I start to read it as a teen I understood it more and annoyed me quite a bit.

    That death just didn’t happen okay?

    Thanks for the review.

    • Bec

      Hahaha it’s like recommending books that tear your feels apart to your friends. It’s fun to watch them experience the joy and emotional turmoil.

      There is a lot more angst than I was expecting! I’m hoping it fades a bit soon.

      What death? :P

    • Bec

      This one actually hurt me more than the next! (Because I’d seen the Half Blood Prince movie and new what was coming haha). I’m scared for the last book though D:

  3. Taylor

    This was probably my least favorite of the series. I couldn’t handle the death and I couldn’t handle Umbridge, it was just so frustrating and I cried like a baby. The ending pretty much destroyed my entire exsistence

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Heh, Harry’s sass in this installment is THE BEST THING. A lot of people were annoyed by him here but I always loved him even more…Then again, I’m the biggest Harry fangirl around XD The romance here really bugged me too though, I can’t see Harry falling for *her* but I suppose he was young and got suckered by a pretty face >.> Oh and the ending DESTROYED ME. I’m STILL not over it *sobs* I can NOT wait to see how you like HBP and DH :D
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    • Bec

      It’s so great! Incredibly entertaining haha. Ugh yeah the romance was annoying but crushes are a part of being a teen at least.

      My review for HBP should be coming soon (when I get around to writing it…)

    • Bec

      I can’t argue with yet! Oh man I’m about to start the last book tonight and I’m not ready.

    • Bec

      I had noticed that haha. It’s good to finally see why. It was so sad :( I mean I knew that character died but I didn’t think he died SO EARLY.

  5. mybookjacket

    Weirdly, this was my most favourite of the series! I loved the angst, made it feel realistic because Harry is a very flawed character. And Umbridge! Damn I hate her.

    • Bec

      A lot of people really loved it! I understand the angst, they’re teenagers, but I don’t like reading it usually. It was a bit too much and got on my nerves for me :/

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Ah, Order of the Phoenix. I remember the day this came out…JK took so long to write this fifth book, that when it was finally released, everyone made a mad dash to grab a copy. Myself included #sorrynotsorry

    This one is not my favourite book of the series by any means, but I appreciate it for what it is. It’s really the turning point, where the pieces start falling into place and things are just going to get more intense! Ugh Umbridge, I have never hated a half-villain more. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series Bec! x
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    • Bec

      I hate romantic angst like this in YA books. It’s so frustrating and annoying. Good thing there was enough other stuff going on to distract me haha

    • Bec

      So many feels were had! The darkness is great. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a character hated so much by an entire fandom than Umbridge haha

  7. Jackie

    The Order of the Phoenix used to be my least favorite books because of how angsty Harry was, but after my second read-through of the novel several years later it became my favorite. It was the first novel of the series that was dark and intense, and it gave me a villain that is somehow even worse than Voldemort. I mean, Voldemort– sometimes I find myself feeling bad for him. But Umbridge. She is just so utterly vile.
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    • Bec

      I can see why people appreciate it, but also why others don’t love it so much. It is certainly very important to the series and characters.

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