Greetings, muggles! In honor of Harry Potter week, I’m recommending my personal favorite of the series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
I know people complain about this book because Harry spends most of it being a whiny, sullen teen whose main pastime is raising his voice in inappropriate situations. But there are two main reasons this book tops my list. First, we get to see James and Lilly in action. I LOVE hearing about the marauders and imagining the Hogwarts of generations past. (Side note – did you know there’s an entire genre of fanfiction devoted to this specific time period? It’s called MWPP, which stands for Mooney/Wormtail/Padfoot/Prongs. I know what I’m doing tonight…)
I also think it’s really interesting that Order of the Phoenix is the book where Harry has to face the fact that James wasn’t always heroic and upstanding – he was actually a bit of a rapscallion. Those bad boys with hearts of gold…they’ll getcha every time. Right, Lily?
And the second reason this book is my favorite: Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge is quite possibly one of my favorite characters of all time – I just love to hate her. Her outfits, those creepy cat plates in her office, her sick, sadistic punishments. I think it’s great that she rises so far in the Hogwarts hierarchy because then when she gets her comeuppance it is so, so sweet. Reading that scene of Fred and George flying out of Hogwarts always leaves me feeling buoyantly triumphant.
You will like this book if you:
- Wish you and your friends were cool enough to figure out how to transfigure yourselves.
- Enjoy throwing temper tantrums.
- Want something to make you appreciate normal punishments, like grounding and loss of cell phone privileges.
You will not like this book if you:
- Have no soul.