Re-Reading Harry Potter Book 5

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Hello everyone!

So……. I noticed this review in the “Notes” section of my iPhone and realized that I haven’t posted it yet, though I read this book about 2 months ago. I think it is because I was afraid of tomatoes thrown in my face, LOL. Anyway, today I am feeling particularly brave.

As you may have figured out by now, book 5 was not my favourite book in the HP series. I was frustrated by the pacing and the angst in this book, and it took me much longer to read this than it should’ve. So… you might find that I am a bit harsh in this post. *Shields self from thrown tomatoes* 

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That being said, I know of at least a few people who enjoyed this book, and that is perfectly fine! We all have things that we like or dislike. For example, I like faster pacing which keeps me engaged while others enjoy a slower paced book with more time for character development. Whether you feel similarly or differently about this book, please let me know!

What it’s about

Harry Potter and the Order follows Harry’s struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldemort, O.W.L. exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic.

What I liked

  • The story has a more serious tone, reflecting a major turning point in the story. Before, the world was on Harry’s side, but in the Order of the Phoenix the tables turned. It was interesting to read about how the characters react to this conflict.
  • We got to meet Luna Lovegood! Who was such an adorable oddball!
  • We learn more about Neville Longbottom, who officially became my favourite HP character.
  • Fred and George were super awesome.
  • Umbridge was such a terrible villain and I hated her and I just wanted her to pay for the things that she had done and at the same time I wanted to see what horrendous ploy she’d come up with next. Hey, my hate for Umbridge kept me reading.

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What I didn’t like

  • The snail-like pacing.
  • The Order of the Phoenix felt like a drawn-out interlude between two major plot points. It kind of had that second-book syndrome (or, erh… the fifth book syndrome.)
  • Harry was way too angsty. I get it. He had been through a lot, he had to deal with it. Still, maybe it could be toned down? Just a little bit?
  • Without spoiling things… To be honest I think the major conflict of the novel could have been avoided if people just talked to each other. I was frustrated about the sequence of events towards the end of this book. People did not have to die here.

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The bottom line*

I loved the world of Harry Potter and the characters, though the angst and the pacing in the Order of the Phoenix wore me down.

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What do you think about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Am I too harsh? Do you like slow or fast pacing when it comes to books? Are you nervous about posting “negative” reviews?

*You guys might have noticed that I haven’t been giving the Harry Potter books a rating. I  don’t know… I just feel weird about rating this series since it was a part of my childhood.

32 thoughts on “Re-Reading Harry Potter Book 5

  1. thebookofjess7504 says:

    I have read all the Harry Potter books 8 times. I love it. In the fifth book, Harry goes through a lot as the year before he saw the whole world change. He saw Cedric die, he saw Voldemort come back and torture him, he saw the whole wizarding world going against him. He was treated like garbage at “home”, and was longing for an escape. Then came the dementor attack. And his hearing with the Ministry.
    The reason the fifth book is so long is that Harry goes through a time which is the most harsh for all teenagers.(According to J.K.Rowling herself)
    So, over all, I think that the fifth book may be a bit odd perhaps for pre teens or young adults but I think most teens(who read!) can understand all Harry was going through and as all the books are narrated from his point of view, we read all he is thinking, so of course there was A LOT!

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  2. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    I feel like there are too much things happening in this book. When I read it, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it (I remember not enjoying it when I first read it) and the only thing that bugs me was the pacing. Plot and character wise, I really enjoyed it. As for Harry angst, I understand a lot of people thinks it’s teenage angst, but for some reason I suspect it’s a PTSD? I mean, last year he saw his friend murdered in front of him, a man mutilated himself, the dark lord rises, attacked with cruciatus, AND saw his parents. And then he was left in the dark for months. So I think I can understand where he is coming from and why I suspect it was more than teenage angst hehe.

    But I agree. Communication is such a problem in this book, it’s crazy!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Tasya!
      I think you are right that there are good aspects about the book. Despite my gripes about this book, I do like how the plot advances and the new characters who are introduced. You are right that Harry could be mentally vulnerable during this book (and have something like PTSD or depression) because of everything that happened in book 4, which crossed my mind as well. I guess we can give him a break haha 🙂
      Sounds like you’ve enjoyed this book in general? Which HP book are you on now? It’s always good to hear different opinions. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  3. Marie says:

    I get feeling weird about giving a rating to a book you’ve read and loved as a child, I know I couldn’t do that, either! I have read the harry potter books a long time ago now, so to be honest I don’t remember everything about the details of the story. I’m sorry you found that one a bit too slow-paced for you though after re-reading it – that being said, hopefully the deathly hallows will be great again for you haha 😀 x

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Haha I feel the same way before I started rereading this series since it’s been a long time since I last read it (I can barely remember the plots of books that I read a year ago!) but it’s great because I am surprised by all the plot twists all over again. I had to take a break after reading this one but hope to read Deathly Hallows soon 🙂
      Glad that you feel the same way about rating childhood favourites. Do you think you will reread the HP series?

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  4. Stefanie says:

    The mood definitely changed in this fifth installment. I think it was almost like a catalyst that empowered the students and that showed Dumbledore that while he favored Harry like a son, Harry was old enough to realize the reality of what was going on since it was his life at stake.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Absolutely, this book definitely took on a darker tone. I think you’re right that in the earlier books Harry always looked to Dumbledore for guidance. I don’t remember much about books 6 and 7 but I do feel that in this book Harry begins to carve out his own way 🙂

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I haven’t re-read Harry Potter in so long (I really need to, it’s actually on my to-be-re-read list for this year) but I get what you mean about the angst, and I feel that the fact that I can remember that so clearly about a book I haven’t read in ages is proof enough that there’s a little too much in book five! 😀
    I loved Fred and George though, they’re always amazing characters, and I really loved the introduction of Luna and Umbridge. Umbridge is one of those villains you just love to hate right?!
    Great review, even though you weren’t a massive fan of this one. 🙂 ❤

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  6. Sieran Lane says:

    Omg I wrote a super long comment, but it either didn’t get posted or got erased. ;(

    Okay, I’ll write the gist of that comment here:

    I find I’m rather patient with slow-paced books, which might be because I read many literary classics in my late teens and early twenties. Now that I’m reading gay romances all the time, I find that my patience is slowly decreasing, but I’m still pretty patient overall.

    For angst, I noticed that I actually enjoy angst, as long as there is a happy ending. I get some great pleasure out of feeling very heartbroken and depressed, and later feeling extremely happy when everything (or the main problem) is solved! Maybe this is why many people thought Holden Caulfield was a whiner, whilst I adored Catcher in the Rye.

    In general, I just loved how much complexity and richness there was in the Order of the Phoenix. I’m fascinated by dark stuff too, so I was also thrilled by the change of tone. (Even though I like lighthearted stories too.)

    Luna Lovegood is my favorite character! ❤

    Hey on miscommunications, I've been thinking a lot about this. Yes, misunderstandings are annoying, yet they are also realistic. In fact, due to some big miscommunication between me and *someone in my life*, I've been hurt very deeply for more than half a year, the wound still stings, and I'm still very bitter and resentful over it. So yes, I hate miscommunication both in fiction and in real life!

    Thanks for the review and the opportunity for us all to discuss this book! 😀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Sieran 🙂
      I prepared myself for your comment because I knew you were a fan of this book haha.
      I think you are right in that slow-pacing can be a good thing in books. There is more room for character development and for subtle nuances to show through. One of the reasons why I don’t read classical fiction that much is because of the pacing haha (however I should probably read them more 🙂 )
      I agree that the plot gets darker and more complicated in this novel, and that HP doesn’t feel like a children’s book anymore. The angst probably has a place in this novel (Harry went through a lot in book 4, not to mention he’s at a tough age in general!) so I should be a bit easier on Harry 🙂
      It’s great to hear opinions that are different from my own, so thank you for sharing!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      And yes! I definitely agree that miscommunication plays a big role in the conflicts in our lives. If everyone just says what they mean, and if everything is interpreted 100% as the truth, then a lot of pain can be avoided. I was frustrated with the miscommunication in this book because it kept me thinking about the what ifs, but at the same time, you are right that miscommunication is a big part of real life 🙂

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  7. 3C Style says:

    I liked the book 5 mostly because it features Luna Lovegood! I have a thing for peculiar characters. But it is definitely not my favourite of the series. Pretty good review, Sophie. I also like your WP friend comments.

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