Guys, I am storming through this series! I’m hopefully going to be done the whole thing by the end of the month!
I’ve been listening to these audiobooks back to back, and I’m still not sick of them which I think says a lot about the series as a whole.
Today, I’m back with a review for The Order of the Phoenix (the 5th Book in the series) and by far the longest and scariest looking of the instalments, but I got through it in less than a week so it can’t have been all bad.
Let’s get into the review, shall we?
If it had been me dividing up the movies, I definitely would have chopped this book in half – there was so much happening in this installment, I need to rewatch the movie now to see what was cut and what was changed.
It’s in this instalment that we really start to see Rowling’s set up for the Ron/Hermione romance. I’m loving the subtlety that she’s approaching it with, she’s making you wait for it, but not in a frustrating way at all – it’s very well done and there’s no fear of insta-love which is nice for a change.
However, I wasn’t a huge fan of Harry in this instalment – please don’t hate me, hear me out! I understand that Harry’s getting older and it would be unrealistic to assume that he wouldn’t develop some teenage angst eventually, but this instalment took the cake! Harry is one angsty chappy. I know he’s going through some things (heck, a lot of things) but the angst really bugged me as a twenty-something-year-old… I wonder if I would have minded if I’d read this as a teen myself? Hmm.
This final point is one that I wouldn’t have thought to mention, but I’ve seen it come up a few times on Goodreads and I wanted to add my 2 cents worth. Some readers seem to take exception to the fact that people are hiding things from Harry and not telling him everything that’s going on. However, I didn’t really mind it. In fact, I think it made the whole book more realistic, especially when Harry was acting the way he was, I wouldn’t have treated him like an adult. I know it’s hard to believe when you think of him as a wizard, but in reality, Harry is just a kid, a kid who’s been through a lot and so the adults want to protect and shelter him. I’m not saying their decision to keep things from him was right, but it kept the story rooted within the bounds of reason, so I’m glad the handled it the way they did.
Overall, I gave this instalment 4/5 (the same rating as Goblet of Fire). Much like in its predecessor, it’s not a case of a huge glaring problem, it just didn’t feel like a 5 star read. Ultimately, I’m still really enjoying the series, and I’m loving getting all theses extra details that the movies just couldn’t contain. However, Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favourite book in the series by far.
What did you guys think, how did you get on with angsty-Harry? Let me know in the comments!