Things I Forgot I Loved About Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling

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????


  1. quinnsbooknook says

    Whenever I re-read HP, I am always coming across things that I forgot about. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is probably the book I like to re-read the least. I think it is the saddest.

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl says

    I really want to re-read this one soon! Also, it’s always bothered me (at least in the movie, although I guess I need to re-read the book part of it) that Harry gets in trouble for performing magic in front of a muggle (his cousin) but sends a magical letter to his house in full view of his muggle relatives… it doesn’t make any sense at all!

  3. Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews says

    I hate noticing mistakes like that. I’ve found a few (that I can’t remember off the top of my head) when I reread this series last year.

    I love this feature, by the way. I especially love it because I know what you’re talking about and I’m not reading through it going “Whaa?”

    It would be a fun thing to do for all the books, but you’re right, I wouldn’t want to read about the same series for a month. I’d spread it out.

  4. Jenn@OwlReadIt says

    I love re-reading my favourite books because something different always sticks out, or I come across something I didn’t realize before! <3 Harry Potter!

    And now that you point it out, yeah, that doesn’t make sense at all!!

    Great feature!

  5. Bittner says

    The whole thing about the wizarding world being able to tell when magic is being used never added up to me. There were several holes…none that I can think of off the top of my head of course. But for a book that is practically perfect in every way, this was definitely an over sight.

    This is my favorite of the series!

  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase says

    I think this is a FANTASTIC idea for a rereads feature! Especially for books like the Harry Potter series, since everyone has read them and a regular review might seem hard to write. I say go for it! Do more!

    The twins’ departure is probably my favorite part of this book, and I wish the movie had made it a bit more of a big deal.

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