Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5): Adult Edition

by J.K. Rowling | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0747570736 Global Overview for this book
Registered by erinacea of Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on 7/7/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by erinacea from Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 07, 2007
This is my least favourite of the series (having read the first six HP novels) because I find it in parts boring, in other parts annoying due to that awful Umbridge woman. The rest of the book is funny and delightfully written. :) I still love HP, so this is - obviously! - not my own copy of "Order of the Phoenix", but rather a second-hand copy I bought at a local English bookstore ("East of Eden") solely for releasing via BookCrossing. I plan to release it around the time the corresponding film hits the cinemas. (Should be July 11th.)

The copy I own is the children's cover hardback version and it sports a frustratingly vague blurb. This one is much better, so allow me to quote.
First, a critic (Time Out): "Rowling's take on 15-year-old boyhood is masterfully done and places humanity, not magic, at the centre of the book."

I must say I agree with this. I've often heard readers complain about Harry's shouting matches in the book, but - well, it's easy enough to understand: The boy's been through so much already, his hormones are getting into full swing, and on top of that he's being ridiculed or feared by a large part of the wizarding world, including some of his class mates, AND Voldemort is planning something - but no one will tell him what. Most people wouldn't even have to be a teenager to be angry about this situation. The other point of this comment (of this book being more about humanity than magic) is valid as well, and this is what by times annoys me - I guess I miss the action and excitement of the previous titles. It's only logical that my favourite parts of the book are the gloriously Umbridge-free D.A. meetings. Brilliant!

Next, the blurb:
Harry is furious that he has been abandoned at the Dursleys' house for the summer, for he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, that he himself could be attacked, and that his so-called friends are keeping him in the dark. Finally rescued by wizard bodyguards, he discovers that Dumbledore is regrouping the Order of the Phoenix - a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort. But the Ministry of Magic is against the Order, lies are being spread by the wizards' tabloid the Daily Prophet, and Harry fears that he may have to take on this epic battle alone.

Okay, maybe this text isn't all that wonderful, either, but believe me: the one on my copy is even worse. Luckily Rowling's own writing is as lively as ever before. :D

Released 13 yrs ago (7/11/2007 UTC) at Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz - Cinestar in Tiergarten, Berlin Germany



on a table of the café right left to the Cinestar, released on my way back from the dentist (nothing bad, but half of my mouth is still kind of numb).


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