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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
As the fifth installment of the book series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes readers further into the dark side of Harry’s world. Known worldwide as the “Boy Who Lived”, J.K. Rowling gives us what’s next of Harry Potter’s story. Here, he faces his greatest fear – the return of the Dark Wizard responsible for the scar on his head, his parents’ murder, the world’s almost demise.
As a fifteen-year-old, Harry not only faces the biggest threat of all time, but how the rest of the people around him decide to treat him. Having returned to Hogwarts the year prior clutching Cedric Diggory’s lifeless body and claiming that Voldemort has returned, most people have been convinced that he was lying. The Ministry of Magic refuses to believe that the Darkest Wizard of all time has returned and launches a propaganda attack not only on Harry, but the Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, adding fuel to the already burning skepticism of the public. To further add to their woes, Harry and his friends encounter the despicable Dolores Umbridge, who took post as their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to act as a spy for the Ministry. As Harry deals with rumors and gossip that follow him everywhere, he finds himself slipping further away from his friends. His temper rises to fury often, and people become wary around him. As Umbridge continues to terrorize the school and refuse to teach students defense against dark magic, Harry and his friends decided to fight back through an underground group resistance. They have decided that while Umbridge and the rest of the Ministry continues to reject the idea of Voldemort’s return, they shall be learning defensive magic for the inevitable war.
Seasons pass at Hogwarts, but come Christmas time things become darker still. Harry has dreamt of Mr. Weasley being attacked by a snake, and through this, they have learned a dangerous fact about Harry – his mind was connected to Voldemort’s. Even with attempts to sever this connection through the use of Occlumency, Voldemort discovers this connection in time and uses it against Harry. Voldemort plants a false memory of Sirius, Harry’s beloved godfather, being tortured by him at the Ministry. Harry, panicked by the vision, runs to London to rescue Sirius, backed up by his friends. Upon arriving, they realized that they have been lured into a trap, and discovered a prophecy that Voldemort has been longing for all year; a prophecy about Harry and him:
They face the murderous Death Eaters in an attempt to protect the prophecy and themselves, and they were forced into a violent battle. Soon, however, Harry and his friends ended up either badly hurt or captured, and he was forced to surrender. The Order of the Phoenix, an organization made to resist and fight against Voldemort, arrives on the scene, and Sirius flings himself into the heart of the battle. As it ensues, the prophecy ends up being destroyed, and Sirius dies at the hands of his estranged cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange. In grief and agony, Harry runs after her, but finds himself cornered by Voldemort himself once again. As if on cue, Dumbledore arrives, and the two most powerful wizards duel. As soon as Voldemort realizes he was losing, his focus shifted back to Harry and attempted to possess him. Harry, recalling all the love and friendship in his body – drives him away. It was later revealed that it had pained Voldemort to possess Harry, as his heart was too pure for the evil Voldemort has.
Most of the events in the book happened at Hogwarts, but many notable events also happened at the Order’s headquarters, 12 Grimmauld Place, as well as the Ministry of Magic.
The theme of this book runs throughout the entire series: the importance of love, friendship, loyalty, and the triumph of good over evil. Time and time again, Rowling writes love as the ultimate form of magic – making even the evil of Voldemort vulnerable. In this book, however, darker themes are explored. There is also the aspect of rebellion in the form of Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix, both defying tyranny and extreme ideologies.
Critical Analysis and Reflection
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the longest Harry Potter books, and my favourite out of the seven. Here, the atmosphere gets darker, as we find ourselves in the midst of what the world can be in Voldemort’s power, a time we have only been hearing from characters in the past few books. While the ultimate battle between good and evil draws near, Rowling does not forget that her characters are merely teenagers, fifteen at that, struggling to make sense of their own identities. We find Harry dealing with girl troubles, Luna dealing with bullies, and Neville slowly understanding his strength. We find Ron and Hermione struggle with their relationship and feelings, and other characters dealing with teenage angst and drama.
The story, despite carrying the theme of revolution and war, has been made to be relatable. This may come in the form of Dolores Umbridge, a professor with dictatorship tendencies our main characters have to face. To an extent and at some point in our lives, we have dealt with our own Umbridges – perhaps a professor unwilling to give you that grade you deserve, or a school authority figure refusing to hear the student body’s pleas. In any case, we can argue that the character Dolores Umbridge exists in the world, and we’ve all had our encounters.
Another issue that has struck me the most was the Ministry of Magic’s antics. Refusing to believe that Voldemort has returned, Cornelius Fudge derives the idea that Dumbledore is trying to usurp his position. Due to this, he goes as far as subtly launching a propaganda attack on both Harry and Dumbledore, using his power over the popular newspaper publication called the Daily Prophet. His behaviour, along with his cronies, greatly mirrors the realities of our own political systems. Such corruption and greed exist, and Fudge’s connection with Lucius Malfoy’s money is a testament to how some politicians, both current and time past, work under the guise of a good public image.
Despite the dark times ahead, Harry continues to find love and light from his friends and family – Ron and Hermione, the Weasleys, the Order, and of course, Sirius. Harry Potter remains to be a story about hope, love, and friendship. Although death is inevitable, Rowling teaches us that all that good things are worth fighting for. There will be pain and scars, but as long as the little flame remains, darkness will never prevail.