Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

SYNOPSIS:

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…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

REVIEW:

This book was painful for me but also my favorite so far in the series. It took me a long time to finish this audiobook and I blame Umbridge because my scathing hatred of her can only tolerate her in small doses. Seriously, the narrator captures Umbridge’s awful-ness perfectly and really made me fall that much more into the story. In addition, the narrator blew me away with Bellatrix, I sat dazed listening and I could I think is I don’t know who is more horrid, Bellatrix or Umbridge, needless to say it was a draw for me.

This book sets a far darker tone then its predecessors and I really loved the evolution of Harry in this book. He is growing up, coming into his own, brazen, determined, and seamlessly fearless and fearful. As I always do with these books, in the comparison to the movie, they are two different worlds. So much more happens in the book! I was in awe of Fred and George, brave and courageous. Hermione and Ron sorta dance around each other more in the book as well and I absolutely love Ron’s sudden brotherly interest in Ginny’s love life.

The ending had me near tears but I just kept chanting in my head, I will not cry, I will not cry, I will not cry. Seriously though, Harry’s grief and anguish gutted me, and Dumbledore is the freakin’ keeper of the secrets and suddenly spills all the beans. I just was captivated by it, the pain, the trauma, the hatred for Umbridge, I wanted to stop but couldn’t. This world is an addiction, sign me up.

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