Series: Harry Potter #5
Published by Scholastic Press on June 21, 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
"Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected..." ~ Goodreads
It is getting very hard to review my reread each of Harry Potter books because, well, It’s HARRY POTTER and it’s hard to be coherent in the first place when I’m trying to explain a single book I love… so a whole series is IMPOSSIBLE. But I’m finding So Obssessed With‘s reread review format pretty helpful, so I guess I’ll stick with that.
WHEN I First Read
I remember what a big deal it was when Order of the Phoenix came out. It was the first book in the series that I actually had to WAIT for because I read the other ones well after their pub date. So I was beyond excited! It was great because my friends were just as excited as I was for it and that was definitely a new experience for me because I had never really talked about the books I read with my friends. Though, at this point in my reading career I wasn’t reading too much outside of school. That probably came right after I read this book and was looking for something to keep me distracted until the 6th came out.
WHAT I Remember
I remember being sooo mad at Dumbledore throughout the book and especially during the ending. I remember thinking that Harry was a bit too angsty. And I remember being devastated by the ending. But I also recall this book being one of my favorites because of everything that happens with the Order and learning more about Harry and Voldemort’s connection. Also, the new characters that were introduced in this book like Luna and Tonks!
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
I’m trying to keep up with the Harry Potter Re-readathon that Book Journey is hosting. But also, after the rereading the fourth book, I NEEDED to proceed with the fifth. The anticipation of what was to come was too much!
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
Ugh, that ending. I didn’t cry this time. But I felt so bad about what happens. Harry doesn’t deserve to have more tragedy in his life and when I thought about how much more he is going to lose in the next 2 books it made me angry at J.K. Rowling. Just because Harry is the hero in these books doesn’t mean he should lose EVERY SINGLE authority figure in his life. Yes, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but I just can’t get over the final death tolls. And the one at the end of this book just sets the tone for how much Harry is about to go through.
But besides being depressed about Harry’s life, I very much enjoyed rereading Order of the Phoenix. I got to hate Umbridge again, get excited when Dumbledore’s Army was forming, laugh out loud during Dumbledore’s escape, and feel all the feels during the ending.
WOULD I Re-Read Again
Oh yes. I’m not sure if I’m emotionally up for a full reread of this series every year, but I think it might be nice to pick up a couple of the books and reread them every year or so. (Plus, I’m not sure if I can justify the time it takes to reread them all. It used to be that I could almost fit them all in one week of no school. That would be impossible now as I work full-time.)
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: