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If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?
Total Chaos Threatens.
Pivotal Volume in Series.
Never Saw it Coming!!!
This volume forms the crux of the overall Harry Potter saga, as the tension builds inexorably from the beginning of the novel (when only Harry, alone of the magical community, has firsthand knowledge not only that the Dark Lord has risen but that he has begun attacks within the muggle community) and the end (when....NO SPOILERS, but let's just say the cat is out of the bag on the Voldemort question). In between, Harry must endure not only the scorn and ridicule of those whom he once counted as friends, not only ceaseless mockery in the corrupt press, not only official legal action against him brought by corrupt and ignorant ministry officials...but also actual physical torture at the hands of at least one secret Death Eater/sympathizer who has managed to infiltrate the Hogwarts faculty.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5?
Among the most crucial scene in this, the pivotal Harry Potter volume, are the attack on Dudley, the revelation of a secret witch who has been masquerading as a Privet Drive Muggle for Harry's entire lifetime, Harry's trial at the Ministry (with the unforgettable surprise appearance of Dumbledore, to the astonishment of the entire courtroom), Snape's worst memory explored, Rita Skeeter finally getting (thanks to Hermione) the comeuppance she so richly deserves, the intense drama on the stairway when the evil Dolores Umbridge attempts to expel the foolish visionary Professor Trelawney, the unforgettable scene in which the Weasley twins announce a change in their educational plan (during one of the final and most intensely satisfying laugh-out-loud chapters you will ever read, "Career Advice), and the final dramatic confrontation between good and evil within the Ministry, bringing with it, as it does, a complete reversal of feeling about Harry within the magical community at large.
This is a rollicking good read that stands alone as a superb novel for any age reader.
What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?
As usual, Jim Dale creates additional magic within an already magical story by bringing each character to life, with never a wrong note, a too-lengthy pause, or a mispronunciation. But in this volume his performances of the female characters are standouts--especially Umbridge, McGonagall, Mrs. Figg, Hermione, Trelawney, and the "journalist," Rita Skeeter.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Out Of the Shadows
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Story: Order of the Phoenix is truly amazing! The story; the way it builds, the tension and suspense, everything about it is beautifully detailed and yet again captivating. There is so much in this book that I never realized before (having only seen the movie previously). There is a lot of action, but I think my favorite parts are from the amount of information that is given that helps develop and further drive the story. I also found it hilarious thinking of the characters ages in this book and myself at that time in life... typical teenage troubles :P
Performance: For me, something about Jim Dale's performance missed the mark compared to the other books. I can't remember all the characters, but a few of the female characters didn't sound right (or how I would have thought in my head). Luna stands out the most, though. Whenever she came up, I would think it was another guy in the group until the description came in saying it was Luna speaking. Aside from that, the other characters (and there are plenty of characters) were really great!
Overall: It's funny, this book was one of my least favorite originally (again, having only seen the movie previously - for some reason I just didn't think much of it), but now it's one of my favorites! I really feel it's an action-packed book, starting with the attack in the beginning and the duel towards the end. That said, there is also a lot in between that gives Order of the Phoenix so much magic!
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