Justin’s #3-5 – Harry Potter and the: Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 2332 pages

Ok no judgement.. I like Harry Potter. I remember when the books were first coming out, I first remember hearing about them right around the time Goblet of Fire was written. Having no interest and forbidden by my parents to read them (witchcraft and all that you know), I went on living life. But then I began to sneak under the covers at night library books right under my parents noses… Harry Potter library books. The catch was up when I got caught with them but after the parents approved of the series, I devoured them. In fact, my Dad came home with these three books (Phoenix, Prince, and Hallows) a day or two before they were officially released because he works at a library!

Needless to say, I was hooked and have been. I revisit these books when I need just a few more on the year, as I did the first year I started in 2014. Last year was particularly rough for book reading goals so I splurged on these Harry Potter books to catch up. Needless to say, some of that spilled into the new year which is fine with me

Order of the Phoenix is probably my least favorite book. Even when I was first reading them, this particular book always had a really dark sense about it. Harry’s mood is so juvenile sometimes it hurts. The maturity he demonstrates in the first four books outweigh his actions in his fifth year. As it was pointed out to me however, he did just watch Cedric die and Voldemort return so that could do something.. Another annoyance about this book is just how stupid the Ministry of Magic is. Oh and Dolores Umbridge is intolerable. There’s just too much to hate about this book.

Half-Blood Prince is the first book where I was actually too busy to really read when it was first coming out. The first five I feel like I’ve read a half-dozen times. I couldn’t remember hardly any of the details. But once I started, it was a pleasant read. There are somethings to hate in this book too. I love the back story on Voldemort and I feel like you get some answers of the questions you’ve been asking since book one. But the weakness of Dumbledore is really unbearable at times. And of course the ending is just terrible; not for literary reasons but just because you don’t want to admit that Dumbledore is dead (is that even a spoiler anymore ?).

The Deathly Hallows is a fine finish for the series I think. Although I think it is so weak that Harry doesn’t keep the Elder wand. Get over it dude. The storytelling here is some of J.K. Rowling’s finest work, I think. Integrating the story of the Hallows with an object that we see from the beginning of the series (the invisibility cloak) is just beyond brilliant. The epilogue I find really unsatisfying however. I really wish there were more books in this particular series. But alas; all good things must come to an end I suppose.

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