Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix_ J.K. Rowling

2015 May. 3 34

picture from Bloomsbury publishing
picture from Bloomsbury publishing

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling

Bloomsbury

But some parts of him realised, even as he fought to break free from Lupin, that Sirius had never kept him waiting before… Sirius had risked everything, always, to see Harry, to help him… if Sirius was not reappearing out of that archway when Harry was yelling for him as though his life depended on it, the only possible explanation was that he could not come back… that he really was-

And finally it’s the time for me to share thoughts on this monster.

It used to be my least favorite one. Yet, this is in fact not that bad. The first half is quite slow paced and frustrated. But gradually, things get more exciting and it makes me feel so good to see students and teachers fighting together against Umbridge.

Fred and George, who are my all time favorite characters, totally blow me away in this book. Love all of their tricks and funny words. They are perfect example showing that studying is not the only path to choose from, and that finding one’s passion and strength is far more important.

Also, I particularly love that fact that Rowling flawlessly depicted Harry as a 15 year old boy. None of us is perfect, and nor is Harry. He is temperamental and knows nothing about girls. His awkwardness when around girls is just too cute and reminds me of my first date with boy. And his temper is something that makes his friends so precious and important. He needs Hermione to help him think twice before doing anything; he needs Ron as break among Hermione’s continuous interrogation. Also, he needs his DA members to back him up.

The book somehow makes me think of Avengers 2, which I just watched last Friday lol.                      Ultron: How do you hope to stop me?                                                                                                 Iron man: Like the old man said, Together.

Finally, the ending is just so touching. I love it when Dumbledore admits his foolishness and when he unveil the mystery to Harry. It takes great courage for one to do so. And the way Sirius’ friends treat Harry wet my eyes. The friendship like that is valuable. We can’t ask more if we have something so solid. Sirius will certainly have gone on and rest in deep peace cause he knows for sure that he got someone else to take care of Harry. Totally in love with the ending and can’t wait to dive into Half Blood Prince!

p.88 ‘But Dumbledore says he doesn’t care what they do as long as they don’t take him off the Chocolate Frog Cards,’ said Bill, grinning.

p.150 ‘I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful! A prefect! That’s everyone in the family!’ ‘What are Fred and I, next-door neighbours?’ said George indignantly, as his mother pushed him aside and flung her arms around her youngest son.

p.343 ‘This year, we know there’s someone outside Hogwarts who’d like to kill us all, so I think learning to defend yourselves properly is a very good idea!’

p.425 A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, ‘One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.’ ‘Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have,’ said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again.

p.490 ‘Only Muggles talk of “mind-reading". The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by any invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter-or at least, most minds are.’

p.495 ‘Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily- weak people, in other words- they stand no chance against his power!’

p.530 ‘You should write a book,’ Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, ‘translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.’

p.605 ‘The thing about growing up with Fred and George,’ said Ginny thoughtfully, ‘is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’v got enough nerve.’

p.614 ‘Potter,’ she said in ringing tones, ‘I will assist you to become an Auror if it is the last thing I do! If I have to coach you nightly, I will make sure you achieve the required results!’

p.700 ‘We were all in the DA together,’ said Neville quietly. ‘It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn’t it? And this is the first chance we’ve had to do something real- or was that all just a game of something?’

p.742 ‘There’s nothing you can do, Harry… nothing … he’s done.’

p.758 ‘There is no shame in what you are feeling, Harry,’ said Dumbledore’s  voice. ‘On the contrary… the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.’

p.800 ‘So, Potter… give us a shout if you need us. If we don’t hear from you for three days in a row, we’ll send someone along…’

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