Written by JK Rowling
The longest book in the Harry Potter franchise, spawned one of the shortest movies. Does that mean that a lot of this book is filler, meaningless and there just to make it seem bigger? Most definitely not.
Re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I caught one thing in this book that I hadn’t caught much when I was younger, and that would be the remarkable tone that JK Rowling had through the whole book. In this book, Voldemort becomes aware of his connection to Harry, and he uses that to his advantage. This affects Harry very much, and he becomes something we’ve really never seen before. He’s consistently angry, not showing mercy with his temper on even his closest of friends. The Harry that cared about everyone in the previous books is missing, really. He’s more selfish, more hungry. That’s all well and good, but it’s also a great way of exploring Lord Voldemort, which I think a lot of people look past. You can find out how he thinks, what his mindset’s like, where his intentions are set, what his motivations are. It’s brilliant. Once you read between the lines, it opens up a world much more cast than anyone can imagine.
Now, I need to talk about Dolores Umbridge. Oh my goodness, I hated this woman. I hated this woman beyond anything else in the entire world of Harry Potter, and that is why she is such a great character.She’s just pure evil, isn’t she? At least Lord Voldemort has reasons for his actions. This woman was just mean. She was twisted, methodical and raw evil, in its most sinister sense. She made this book for me. The whole basis of the theme is because of her! She made life hell, and made the book so much better than it already was. Everything was wrong with her. Everything. But that’s what made everything right.
After all 766 pages, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix answered so many questions about everything in the bigger picture, and started the war. It started the downfall of that Wizarding community, and made it clear that bigger things were yet to come.
On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: MIHIR