A note from Sarah: Well my friends. Another year has passed and my birthday has come again. Usually I’m the most excited person about celebrating my birthday but this year will be a memorable one for all the wrong reasons. First and foremost everyone is safe. Monday night lightning struck our hip roof barn causing it to catch on fire. The structure and everything inside was a total loss. It was one of the most horrifying things I’ve witnessed and we are all heartbroken at the loss of such an iconic structure, along with all the straw and equipment. The photo above was the taken hours before the fire as we were racing the storm front, finishing our last round baling straw before the rain. Thank you to all seven of the fire crews and 40+ fire fighters that came out quickly to help.
Overview (No Spoilers): It had been so long since I’d revisited Harry Potter that I’d eventually grouped the entire series into one large delightful bowl of rainbows and sunshine. With my reread of the series I was looking forward to distinguishing the individual components with regard to ranking them. I was skeptical if I could really pick a favorite or if I would enjoy the journey too much to unbiasly give a ruling. Thank you Order of the Phoenix for making identifying my least favorite Harry Potter an easy choice. I’d forgotten how unbearably moody and angry Harry is in this book. His friends are saints for bearing walking on egg shells through out this entire book relatively silently. Alas, I know one of my fellow bloggers will rightfully point out that I’m being rather heartless toward the horrifying ordeal Harry had just went through at the end of the Goblet of Fire. True. I can’t disagree that the kid has been through a ton in the past four years, however I can still find his impulsive nature frustrating to say the least. That being said, I still loved the level of detail and world building that Rowling employs throughout it this literary realm. Even though I was not wild about Harry’s behavior, which directly leads to danger and heartbreak in the Order of the Phoenix, it doesn’t mean this novel is not a valuable addition to Harry’s journey. Overall, as Harry is growing older he experiences some painful growing pains that prove cringe worthy for the reader in the Order of the Phoenix.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- What sad memories did Dudley see when attacked by the dementors?
- How did Snape and Dumbledore’s conversation go when the Headmaster found out that Snape has stopped lessons?
- The putoutter made yet another appearance!
- What happened to the Slytherin’s Captain Montague? Did he make a full recovery?
- So much of this book was people doubting Harry. Why would the Ministry not give him the truth serum to find out if Voldermort was actually back? Or look at his memories in the Pensive?
- Every Potter fan at this point is familiar with the adorable, gold loving Niffler from the Fantastic Beasts movie. I was excited to find one hiding among the pages of the Order of the Phoenix!
- Delores Umbridge was just as horrid as I remember! What a terrible woman!