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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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Feb 10, 15

bookshelves: ya-lit, bestsellers, fantasy, audio, favorites, in-classroom-library
Read in August, 2008

I'm happy to report that I really liked the 5th book in the Harry Potter series. After the past two I read, I was starting to wonder if this series was starting to lose my interest, but the Order of the Phoenix piqued it once again. I think what I liked about this one was that it was so much more psychological than any of the other books. I think that Rowling's creation of the character of Delores Umbridge was brilliant. You absolutely despise her, but she is just such a wonderfully complex, evil character. All of her evil actions come coated in a layer of sugar and I really enjoyed Jim Dale's portrayal of her on the audio version - especially the "Hem, hem," whenever she'd enter the room. That was definitely a opportunity that Imelda Staunton missed when playing this character in the movie

Something else I found really interesting about this book is how Rowling sort of goes the way of a Greek tragedy with finding out about the prophecy and how Voldemort basically allowed the prophecy to come true by trying to kill Harry. I thought that was a very clever touch.

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