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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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Nov 13, 2007

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I've been told this was the most difficult to read of the series and I found it to be true. Harry is full of teen angst and spends a lot of the book furious (and being quite infuriating) at the fact that nothing is happening, and that when things do happen, he's not allowed to be involved. Of course not being allowed do things should never stop a boy like Harry Potter from getting involved - except that amazingly it does.

This book isn’t really so much about Harry Potter, but about all the other characters and the events that are sweeping the wizarding world. Harry eventually gets caught up with fighting the new headmistress brought in due the great changes taking place outside Hogwarts, but he’s more a witness caught up in events than an actor trying to sort them out. While the book lays a great deal of background information and sets up for the last two books, there isn't a strong central adventure story that makes this book stand alone. What results feels less like a story in the middle of a larger tale, and more like a closet where all of the information and loose ends that must be sorted to finish the series have been crammed in like so many bogarts. There is a ream’s worth of scenes an editor could have blue penciled out to emphasize the story arc, with all essential events quite intact. Still the narration and dialog is often enjoyable and the actions that Harry does finally end up involving himself in become key in the end.

Let’s hope Harry is past his angst and ready for final battle.
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message 1: by Jo (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jo completely true

Alyson Harrys journey & growth is the core of this. He isn't dealing w teen angst but PTSD... jeesh. you would be cranky to if you were tortured & almost died. you don't just bounce back from that...

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