Series: Harry Potter
Book #5: The Order of the Phoenix
Author: JK Rowling
Genre: YA, fantasy, magic, drama
And we have arrived at our 5th Year at Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry. 🦉
Hello, dearies! I hope your day, night, midnight or early morning is going well and you are staying healthy and safe.
For this one, I cannot be certain how it will go since it was one of my favourites, the book and the movie, even though there’re tons of differences, I love to rewatch The Order of The Phoenix.
Let us begin at once. No time like the present. 📽️📘
Mild spoilers ahead if you don’t know the story, haven’t read the books or watched movies. Fair warning.
At Privet Drive
It’s a hot summer, and we have an unhappy, very sorrowful Harry because of what happened to Cedric, so he’s aimlessly walking the streets and going to the park often, and Big D (Dudley) has become even more of a bully, and things go from bad to worst. More so when Harry feels left out from the wizarding world by not receiving many letters from his friends.
After Harry and Dudley meet some Dementors and everything seems even greyer than before, we move on to our next destination.
At Grimmauld Place
Going into Grimmauld Place is not easy, here we learn how magical cloaking of a place really works, and how all those years ago, Lily and James were truly betrayed by Wormtail. We see in action that to enter Grimmauld Place, one has to be given the exact address for it, and so it is for Harry, when he is given the address and he suddenly can see the house.
Inside GP, the family home of Sirius Black, there are many weird dark things, and there is a gigantic Portrait of Sirius’ Mother, which you can hear mumbling over and over. And so, we meet The Order of Phoenix, we know what’s happening in the wizarding world and that Voldemort’s return is being passed as a lie by the Ministery.
We go to the Ministery of Magic because Harry has a hearing about those Dementors from before, and there are so many little details in place, that your head spins while you try to take it all in.
Did I mention that I really liked this book? Is one of my favourites.
Fifth-year at Hogwarts is almost all about most people doubting what happened at the graveyard the night that Cedric died, aka, how Voldemort is back. There is also a new professor that we don’t like one bit, named Dolores Umbridge, and as she is determined to teach them nothing about DATDA, then they look for alternatives.
Oh, one could thing is that when they create Dumbledore’s Army, Hermione makes them sign on an enchanted parchment, and so we all know who really snitches on them to Umbridge, that is, a girl who is friends with Cho Chang.
Oh, we meet Luna Lovegood for the first time too, and that was cool. She’s a character that we learned to love quickly.
Snape starts teaching Harry Occlumency, and so it begins a journey down memory lane, but when Harry goes into the pensive and sees Snape when he was at school with James, Sirius, Lily, Remus, and Wormtail. Perfect setting for us. The more details about the past, the better.
At The Ministery
And then, the most horrible happened so far, just when you thought that Cedric’s death was a low blow, they started falling like flies from here on out, and we’ll talk more about it when The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows turn comes. But for now, you know that at the end of this trip to the Ministry of Magic, when Harry was tricked by Voldemort and shows him an image of Sirius being tortured, which is exactly the kind of thing that Snape was trying to teach him to stop from happening.
Ah, I almost forgot a big plot here, the prophecy of Sybill Trelawney, the full one, not the short version we got in the movie, because if they put the whole thing, then they would have to explain that Neville’s parents fit the profile as well as Harry’s and that either of them could have been the chosen one. Here is the full prophecy, in case you don’t know it.
Also, this might be considered spoiler if you didn’t read the books.
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies….“
After knowing this, we further discovered that Neville was also born at the end of July, but the thing was that Voldermort would mark/choose the one who would defeat him, so that’s what happened afterwards. None of this happened at the Ministry though.
But let’s continue with what did happen at the Ministry, in the Department of Mysteries, after Harry took the prophecy and was followed by Lucius and Bellatrix, and they ended at the Death Chamber, in which place, Bellatrix knocked Sirius through the Veil in the chamber with a spell, that some say to be Stupefy rather than Avada Kedavra as in the movie.
I cannot recall every detail of the book, but I know that Sirius was gone, and I couldn’t believe it.
End of Year
After the events at the Ministry, where Voldemort was seen by others, and everyone was forced to accept the fact that he was back. We go back to Hogwarts for one last time this year, and Dumbledore explains to Harry some of the things we were wondering about during the whole book, it was a really big one. I loved it.
This one marked, more than The Goblet of Fire, the beginning of a darker time for Harry and the wizarding world with Voldemort back and Death Eaters everywhere. And if we weren’t interested in the books or the story, we really were longing for more after The Order of The Phoenix. I was.
So, how about it, dearies? How many times have you read this one? Or will you start? I cannot remember, but I think I read it twice, though I could read it again, anytime.
The movie, I have watched countless times despite it being different from the book in many aspects.
That’s it for now, stay tuned for the upcoming two reviews in the saga, which might be a lot of rambling about how I loved those two books and how I re-read several key points in them over and over. But I do hope you will return for more.
Thank you for sticking to the end! And happy reading! 🌩️