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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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Apr 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, favorites, young-adult, 2009, cant-live-without, own, 2011
Read in January, 2011 , read count: 6

** spoiler alert ** 04/25/09 This book begins the descent into deeper, darker, more serious subject matter. There's A LOT of angst on Harry's part, but can you blame him? Being cooped up and out of the loop after facing the most dangerously powerful dark wizard of all time? Losing Sirius completely breaks Harry, and I cry every time I read the book for that. The sympathy Dumbledore shows Harry -- and his willingness to explain all he knows with Harry (finally!), binds them together stronger than ever before. This paves the way for the final two books of the series and bridges the gap between the near-frivolity of years 1-4 and the danger, learning and fear of years to come very nicely. It shows perfectly what can happen, what can be lost in the the process and what is worth fighting for, and these realizations -- near the very end -- force Harry to see how many people love him and are willing to fight (and how many already have) to the death to protect him. This will spurn him later on to not give up the fight he must be a part of, and win.


One of my favorites of the series, if only for the fact that it moves the story immeasurably further to the conclusion and provides more facets to the characters that weren't shown in the previous books.

First read 8/03

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