Another Friday, another Harry Potter post.
Hello and welcome to the final week/few days of this months theme for October, of course, Harry Potter.
To check out my reviews for the previous four books in the series, please click below:
Please note, this review may contain some spoilers.
Today I’m reviewing the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts. There’s a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher (again), Professor Umbridge <— Can we get a booo from the audience please?
Due to events from the previous book, Umbridge is put in by the Ministry of Magic to make sure that ‘every student is safe’. Now, I don’t know about you, but that woman gives me the heebee geebees. She was awful! The only thing I guess we can credit her with, is the formation of the DA, or Dumbledore’s Army to you and me. Rang by, of course, Harry Potter, the DA is focusing on the subject Defence Against the Dark Arts, something which Professor Umbridge is choosing to forget about, although she’s the teacher for that subject! *Le sigh*
The Order of the Phoenix (for grown-ups) is formed and now meets at 12, Grimmauld Place, this includes; Professor Dumbledore Mr and Mrs Weasley, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Professor Snape and various other members.
It’s during this year that Harry experiences more frequent ‘visions’ into Voldemort’s sight and learns various secrets to do with the Dark Lord. Thus, he starts taking lessons from Professor Snape, so that, as Harry can see through Voldemort’s eyes, the same can occur for Harry. This is also where we learn about prophesies kept by the Ministry.
The Ministry is determined to ‘play dumb’ to the return of Voldemort, hence inserting professor Umbridge and her rules, regulations and punishments into Hogwarts, to ‘protect’ the children at the school. Although, I’m sure we can all agree that Professor Umbridge, with Argus Filch being her biggest fan, went a bit OTT (over the top!)
Entering the Ministry and leading Voldemort’s Dark Eaters to a certain prophecy, sees Harry and his crew of friends, battle it out and ensures J K Rowling’s first of many deaths (sorry!). Yes you can argue that there have been deaths before, but this is the beginning of, what I like to call, Potters ‘dark ages’.
There’s a fight off between Voldemort and Dumbledore, with Dumbledore winning of course! And everyone, even the Ministry, has to accept that Voldemort is back.
Let me know what you’re favourite part of the fifth book in the series is below in the comments, and stay tuned for my next Harry Potter themed blog post, due to be published this Sunday!