Monday, January 11, 2016

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (2003)

This wasn't my favorite Harry Potter, and it still isn't (that now probably belongs to Goblet of Fire) but it was much better than I remember it being.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling


This is the book in the series everyone, simply everyone, is being an asshole. Harry is an angsty teenage asshole; I'm surprised he's not dressed in black with anarchy symbols sporting a skateboard rather than a broomstick). Sirius Black is a thin-skinned, juvenile, emotionally callow asshole (Note to Sirius: Harry is never going to be James Potter; get over it already). Hagrid is still an asshole, although the giants are far bigger assholes to him. Dolores Umbridge is queen of the assholes. Dumbledore is an asshole to Harry. Seamus is an asshole. Malfoy, of course, is always an asshole; actually, he's more a douchebag. Lavender Brown is an asshole; Fudge is an asshole. Kreacher is an asshole. Cho Chang is an asshole, as is her friend Marietta. I suppose it's a given that Voldemort is an asshole.

Interestingly, Ron, who I think is usually one of two assholes in every other book (the other always being Hagrid) is far less of an asshole this time. A shitty quidditch player, but he's not so assholish.

Hermione, Ginny, Luna, and Neville are never assholes. Ever.


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