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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This fifth installment in the Harry Potter series sees Harry being rescued from the Dursley's by the Order of the Phoenix. Since the Ministry of Magic vehemently denies the return of Voldemort, the only ones doing anything to try and stop him are the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry's life becomes yet more complicated as he starts to see Voldemort's actions as visions. Which turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. He manages to save Mr Weasley, but falls right into Voldemort's trap, retrieving the prophecy at the Ministry of Magic. Bad things start to happen at Hogwarts when Delores Umbridge is recruited to be the new High Inquisitor at Hogwarts - releasing decrees left, right and centre that changes Hogwarts for the worse. Harry starts Dumbledore's Army which he trains in the Room of Requirement. Dumbledore's Army goes on to fight Voldemort's Death Eaters at the Ministry of Magic. Sadly Sirius does not make it through the battle at the Ministry, and falls behind the veil.

My favourite scene in this book is when Fred and George Weasley take their leave of Hogwarts. I could see it so vividly in my minds eye and laughed for a good while.

Umbridge: "You two are about to learn what happens to wrong-doers in my school."
Fred: "You know what? I don't think we are. George, I think we've outgrown full-time education... Time to test our talents in the real world, d'you reckon?"
George: "Definitely."
Turn to page 597 in The Order of the Phoenix to read this amazing scene.

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