After driving back from Orlando on Saturday afternoon…
…I stopped and picked up my copy of the 870 page “children’s book” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Upon getting back to the house, I sucked down some major vitamins and started reading. My ever developing cold hindered me, but I managed to complete the entire book in one evening.
Did I enjoy it? Hell yes 🙂
It leaves me wondering some things though. WARNING: Don’t read this part unless you have finished the book or don’t mind learning info early. SPOILERS galore ahead (including the “who dies” part).
1. Okay, the much hyped about death of Sirius Black didn’t seem like a “complete” death. It was too magical and it happened in a place called the Department of Mysteries. Granted it was re-inforced VERY strongly with the Dumbledore/Harry conversation at the end – but still…
2. My favorite line in the who book is on page 32:
“Enough – effing – owls…” muttered Uncle Vernon…
(This is a kid’s book, right?)
3. Again showing my old school bias for kids books, I also got a kick out of 13 year old Ginny Weasley exclaiming “Damn” later in the book.
4. I enjoyed knowing that there was a death, and getting constantly thrown other possibilities: Mr. Weasley, McGonagall, etc. Clever writing.
5. Cameos were a blast, too… especially Lockhart in the mental ward.
6. Is it just me or was Harry’s dad a dick at age 15?
7. Okay… if the Cho girl is out of the picture, does that put Harry back with Hermione… and where does that leave Ron? Or is it Ginny? Or will there be someone else? Or is it (gasp!) Luna? It’s like Degrassi Junior High all over again.
8. I’m really starting to dislike House Elves (though Dobby is much less annoying this time around.)
9. My only complaint in this book was the lack of a “twist” ending. Every Potter book has something you don’t expect at the end. Going in, we all knew there would be a fatality. I guessed early on that it would be Sirius since he had the strongest emotional attachment to Harry. Beyond that, though, this was more a “money” book that an “surprise” book. Money meant in the sense of a “money shot” where you get to see stuff you’ve always wanted to see such as Voldemort and Dumbledore duking it out.
My only worry now is if there’s another three years until the NEXT book. Also, with J.K. Rowling’s current pattern, the next book should be well over 1000 pages.
I’m going back to bed and get rid of this cold now. 😛