Thursday, 25 August 2016

Audiobook Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [Harry Potter #5] by J.K. Rowling


Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Series: Harry Potter #5
Source: Audible UK via Midas PR
Running Time: 29 hrs and 46 minutes
Publisher: Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: 20th November 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
"'You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.'"

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....
My Thoughts
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth installment in the Harry Potter world, and has always been my favourite book out of this series, and listening to the audiobook just reaffirmed this for me. I love everything about this book, the plot itself, the DA meetings, the twins and their business, even down to getting Umbridge back for what she does to the students. I like that we get to meet Luna, and although she might not be with it all of the time, she is a character that unknowingly helps Harry and his friends throughout this book.

I really liked the whole idea behind the DA, a small group of friends and fellow pupils forming together to fight against Umbridge's dictatorship, because that's what it all comes down to, her way or no way at all, with little leeway for the wrongdoers, and giving power to those who could really do without having it.

I like that we get to see Harry and his friends grow throughout this series, how each new year in school not only brings them more magic to learn, but also brings them new problems. But together they can fight anything, and with pure determination they will come out on top of whatever is thrown at them.

Sirius is a character we haven't really got to know much in the previous books, but Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes us into his childhood home, and shows us what his life was like, how bad it was, and how he became friends with James.

Umbridge was someone who I detested immediately, not only is she at Hogwarts under orders from the ministry, but she refuses to use her own mind and her own initiative to actually see what is really going on, she's quite happy to plod along, getting rid of staff and annoying fellow teachers just to get her own way. She is a grown up version of a spoilt baby who thinks the world revolves around them. The ministry itself is doing everything it can to rebuke Harry's claims that Lord Voldemort is back, but seeing this just make Harry's resolve even stronger, was an inspiring moment, Harry refuses to let it get him down, and instead of brushing it all off, with the help of friends he is very proactive in ensuring people are prepared for the worst.

The final chapters of Order of the Phoenix were bitter sweet, we lose someone who has become very close to Harry, and their death can be felt by many. But we also see the DA stick up for Harry and make a stand against Malfoy and his cronies, as well as the members of the Order making sure the Dursleys know that Harry is a much wanted part of their family who will be sorely missed if no contact is made from him.

Narrator
Once again Stephen Fry has done an amazing job of narrating the story of Harry Potter, and he certainly does justice to all the characters, especially Umbridge. He makes this world seem real, and even the most hated characters do become invested in.

Final Verdict
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a book I thoroughly enjoyed listening to, and knowing what happens in the next book I'm eager to make a start on this one too.

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