Saturday, August 25, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowlings
Bloomsbury, 2004 (2003)

With its 956 pages, this fifth part of the Potter-saga does suffer somewhat from a too liberal girth, but it would not have to lose much weight to satisfy me! Maybe Grawp, the giant, could have been sacrified along with...well I can't really think of anything else worth losing right now! The insight we get into the past, the truly frightening Dolores Umbridge (she's far more frightening than Voldemort with her unshakeable dogmatism), the full story about what lies ahead in the fight and the complete reversal of everything we thought safe and comfortable - Dumbledore as the head of Hogwarts, makes this the most exciting part so far in the series.

The only thing that actually annoys me at this point is how insufferably self-absorbed, and sometimes, downright thick, Potter himself is. It's a miracle Hermione and Ron put up with him.

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