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3.0 out of 5 stars
book 5 proved a surprising turn in events, 28 Dec 2003
I usually try to stay away from utterly enormous hypes (ie harry potter, lord of the rings), and I successfully did that until a little earlier this year, after this fifth book came out. So perhaps my opinion may differ from other reviewers here, since I didn't have to wait that long period of time in between book 4 and 5, where many people's anticipation was wearing thin.
The Order of the Phoenix had an incredible plot. It was original and interesting, and it was not a disappointment. I am glad that we are now looking through the eyes of an older harry, and that we are dealing with more "adult" situations, such as politics, or media hype.
However, with Harry's growth also comes the change in his attitude. Though I am very happy to see that Ms Rowling is making an attempt at realism with the hormones and all, it seemed like it all happened over night. Harry was suddenly this sullen boy, who angered at every little event. This certainly was a change from the earlier 4 books! And he seems to be the only character to have so suddenly morphed into this angry 15 year old. Though it IS harry that has to deal with Voldemort, etc, Ron and Hermione seem to be as understanding as ever. What a contrast! That really struck me as strange. Do 15 year olds really understand the psychology of inner rage? I find for the most part, teenagers of that age usually judge a person by their actions, not their true disposition. (well, i was 15 three years ago, and i'm just making a general assumption.) Anyway, in conclusion, I found book 5 harry potter to be out of character in comparison to not only the other characters, but to the Harry potter in all the previous books as well.
However, aside from the character flaws, i found the Order of the Phoenix to be a most satisfying book, though I must say I am very shocked by the death of whom I will keep anonymous, for spoilers' sake. I suppose it was a good twist, but it certainly did upset me to tears, if that makes any sense! This will probably affect Harry Potter's character in the future even more, and sometimes I fear that he will be even more sullen in the future books!!