It’s exam week, which means I’m doing comfort reading. However, my comfort reading is over 800 pages long and I don’t want to be that blogger that only posts about one series for a month, so I’m doing something different. Let me know what you think, because this might be a new feature for rereads. My last attempt at posting about rereads was a little spoilerish for my tastes.
Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling
Currently on page: 200 of 870
GoodReads Description (warning: Book 5): There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named — a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.
As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.
His fate depends on them all.
Things I Forgot I Loved About Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
1. Tonks is “dead clumsy.” I don’t know how I forgot this, because every other page she is knocking something over, but it makes me laugh.
2. The bow on top of Umbridge’s head is compared to a fly. Also… I started singing Harry and the Potters as soon as she made an appearance.
3. The boggart scene with Mrs. Weasley gets me every time.
4. This is probably my favorite book because of the characters. Fred and George are hilarious and I am already anticipating one of my favorite scenes in the whole book…. when Fred and George drop out.
5. This is the first time in the series that Ginny is really emerging as a person and not Ron’s kid sister. I love her. She’s feisty and smart and funny–she gets along with the twins better than any of her other brothers–but she’s also nice. She gets along with everyone and she’s sweet to Luna, even when Luna is being ridiculous.
6. This is the first time we meet Luna Lovegood, but it’s clear she didn’t come out of nowhere. She’s not very subtle about the fact that she’s been keeping tabs on Harry even if he didn’t know who she was.
7. I still totally relate to Harry’s sense of loss when Hermione and Ron are made prefects. It’s a weird thing when you are inseparable with someone and then realize that they have this other thing completely separate from you that is really important to them. It’s not that you don’t want them to be happy, it’s just… okay, it’s a selfish thing. I, like Harry, am sometimes dismayed to find that my friends exist when I’m not around. There, I said it. I’m sorry. But we’re all the self-obsessed sometimes. That’s why we relate to Harry so well. (At least that’s what I tell myself.)
8. Also, Harry’s hero complex is popping its head up way earlier than I remembered. The beginning of this book is tugging at my heartstrings because I KNOW WHAT’S COMING!
Things I Never Noticed Before
1. Harry gets in trouble when he does the Patronus Charm at the beginning of the book. So far so good. But the ministry can’t really tell who is doing it, because when he got in trouble for Dobby using magic in book two, the ministry assumed it was Harry because he was the only wizard in residence. So in Book Five… why does Tonks cleaning (or attempting to) Harry’s room with magic not set off any bells????