Thursday, August 6, 2009

THURSDAY: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Dark times are at hand for Harry in his fifth year. Voldemort has returned, but no one outside his closest friends believes Harry. He even has to fight for the truth at Hogwarts as the Ministry of Magic begins interfering at the school in an effort to keep Harry quiet. Harry starts to win over his peers and Hermoine convinces him to train the students to defend themselves - their own Defense Against the Dark Arts club! And those lessons are going to come in handy when Harry finds himself face to face with Voldemort's Death Eaters!

Things are starting to unravel for Harry in this book. The events at the end of Goblet of Fire rocked his world and now he feels like every one is shutting him out. His rage is growing (poorly portrayed in the movie) and he is taking it out on his friends. There is a lot of angst in this book. Also, as the kids get older, relationship issues are starting to creep into the interactions between the students. This is a dark book and the series gets darker from this point forward, but the intricacies of the larger mysteries of the series are fascinating.

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