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The Order of the Pheonix: Closed (Spoilers Included)

Jenn and I finished reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night. I REALLY enjoyed it!

So spoilers are included in this entry, I'm going to go over my favorite and least favorite parts.

Absolute Favorite Part: Chapter 27: The Centaur and the Sneak

There's no two ways about it... Dumbledore is HARD. "Dumbledore's Army" gets revealed and Fudge is gleeful about being able to arrest him and send him to Azkaban... and then Dumbledore says, "I don't think so, bitch." Ok, I'm paraphrasing... but I just love how powerful and in charge Dumbledore is in this scene.

"Snag?" said Fudge, his voice still vibrating with joy. "I see no snag, Dumbledore!"

"Well," said Dumbledore apologetically, "I'm afraid I do."

"Oh really?"

"Well -- it's just that you seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to -- what is the phrase? 'Come quietly.' I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course -- but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing."


"Don't be silly, Dawlish," said Dumbledore kindly. "I'm sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember that you achieved 'Outstanding' in all your N.E.W.T.s, but if you attempt to -- er -- 'bring me in' by force, I will have to hurt you."

*singing* You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with [Dumbledore].

Next, major bummer of the book. Sirius gives Harry a present which we find out is a mirror that they can use to communicate. Harry forgets about it though and doesn't find again it until the very end of the book. It could have changed and invalidated so much of the book that it bugs me. Harry went through such great lengths and put himself in danger multiple times to communicate with Sirius. I talked to Jenn about it and she helped remove some of the pain I was feeling... let's say Harry had been able to use the mirror to find out if Sirius was at Phoenix HQ or if he was in the Ministry of Magic. Sirius would have most likely answered on the mirror, but Harry could have convinced himself that it was a trick... or maybe Kreacher could have stolen the mirror... there would have been a million different possible actions that would still have taken Harry and Dumbledore's Army to the Ministry that night and all would have ended the same. So.. still a bummer, but I'll accept it.

Next favorite thing..... Neville Longbottom. I have been waiting for Neville to come into his own and I always really enjoy the small moments were we see Neville go off on somebody. Normally, we only get one glimpse of Neville showing the reason he's in Gryffindor... this book however we get to see him strut his stuff over and over again. Neville is going to be a great Auror. :)

Next least favorite thing.... Hagrid is just too stupid for his own good. I find all of the times involving Hagrid (except for one, which I'll talk about briefly) to be unbearable because Hagrid is soo stupid. He's dismissive of Harry, Hermione and Ron, even though they are giving him good advice. He doesn't seem to have any respect for them at all, completely ignoring them when they try to warm him about Umbridge or disuade him from his egging on Centaurs. *sigh* I used to like Hagrid.. he was querky but good at heart and eventually saw the error of his ways. In this book however, he just was stupid and stubborn. I didn't like him at all. The brief exception is only an exception because of the ass whupping he hands out when Umbridge comes to sack him. Stunner spells are nice... but Hagrid's fists hurt more.

I'll leave with one last favorite thing... Dumbledore's Army. It just makes me all tingly just thinking about this group of personally trained and viciously determined wizards. I love reading about how Neville improves over the course of the term and how focused he becomes when Bellatrix Lestrange escapes from Azkaban. I love seeing the students organizing in spite of the evil Umbridge woman. I loved seeing part of Dumbledore's Army march into the Ministry of Magic and take on 12 Death Eaters. I know that in the end, they were not going to prevail... but I accept that. When it comes down to it, they were 6 students vs. 12 Death Eaters. However, the amount of damage they caused and the length of time they were able to protect themselves was awesome... just long enough for the cavalry to arrive. I just love them standing under the watchful eye of 12 Death Eaters and throwing curses back and forth. Hell yeah...

Previously, I thought Harry might grow up to be an Auror.. and he still might. But I heartily believe he is headed toward the position of Professor at Hogwarts teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. They've had a different one each year and I think it would make a neat conclusion to the end of the series to see Harry continue at Hogwarts (his favorite place) in that position.

*happy sigh* I really enjoyed the book. I'm sad we finished.

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