Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What's Christian Reading? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Christian is still deep into Harry Potter. Right now, he's reading the final book. This week, he's decided to tell us a little bit about one of his favorite books in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling.

Here's what Christian says the book is about.

"Harry Potter is at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer. He's attacked by Dementors and defends himmself using a Patronus Charm. Because of this, he's expelled from Hogwarts. He is taken by his godfather, Sirius Black, sends some wizards from the Order of the Phoenix to take him to his house.

"Dumbledore defends Harry at a hearing, and gets him back in to Hogwarts.

"When Harry gets to Hogwarts, he learns that the Ministry of Magic is denying that Valdemort is back, because they're afraid. Harry has a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher named Dolores Umbridge, who refuses to let them use spells in class and makes them read old, outdated textbooks. She also punishes Harry when he tries to point out that they should be learning to defend themselves against the Dark Arts.

"Harry also starts having dreams about a door at the end of a hallway. He sees things happening to his friends and doesn't know if it's actually happening or not.

"Harry starts Dumbledore's Army to learn to defend themselves against the Dark Arts. They find a room called the Room of Requirement that has everything they need to train themselves. It's a secret room, which is good, because there are all these new rules that Professor Umbridge, who is from the Ministry of Magic, has set up. Their training sessions are breaking just about all of them.

"I won't tell you what happens next, because I don't want to spoil the ending."

What did Christian like best about the book?

"I liked the part where he formed Dumbledore's Army, because I think it took a lot of wits to be able to do it right under Dolores Umbridge's nose."

Was there anything Christian didn't like about the book?

"I didn't like Professor Umbridge. She pretended to want to protect the students, but she was really putting them into even more danger by not teaching them the spells they needed to defennd themselves."

So, how did Christian rate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling?

Christian gives it five out of five flaming monkey heads.


  1. Awesome review! I can't stand Professor Umbridge either. I hate how she clears her throat all the time. The DA is really cool and it was very brave of the students to create it. I am so excited that Christian is enjoying this series so much! Another great review. :)

  2. She really is just a little beast. I really liked this book--it's one of my favorites in the series. Just a splendid example of how the powers that be can stick their head in the sand to ignore a problem, and how things are done for "your own good" that really aren't very good for you at all. Wish I'd written this book!