Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It's that time again, time to catch up with all my Potter facts by re-rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Since I had a ton of fun discussing theories and topics surrounding Harry Potter during the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the book release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, figured I better (once again) have my facts straight on the many occurrences and details that take place in the book.
Catching Up with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Thanks to summer-like weather here in California, I have had tons of time to catch some sun while catching up with Potter. I am already halfway through re-rereading the book and can already mention a few important details (spoiler alert).
Before you ask, yes, re-rereading means that this will be my third time reading OotP.
1. The Potter Females
- Though most would assume that I am talking about Potter's romantic interest in Cho, I am not. Three female Potter characters step up their game for the fifth Potter installment.
Mrs. Weasley: Thanks to extended bouts with Sirius, we learn that Weasley has it in mind to make Potter an unofficial Weasley boy. Mrs. Weasley even tries to assume the responsibilities as mother. No, she didn't try to breast feed him.
Hermione: We've always known that she is the most brilliant witch of her age, but with that comes power. Besides giving both Ron and Harry input on how a girl's mind thinks, Hermione is spotted doing multiple spells that are N.E.W.T. level. She's a fifth year, she hasn't even completed her O.W.L.s yet!
Ginny Weasley: Though her career began as a Potter crush, Ginny has come into her own and proves that she has the rebelliousness of the twins, a temper that surpasses Ron's, athleticism as a replacement seeker, and a gift at using magic. Fred and George both admitted that you do not want to get targeted by one of her hexes (Bat-Bogey) and Potter points out that she is one of the few that excels during meetings of the D.A.. Half-Blood Prince gives Ginny even more time plus a new romantic interest (wink), but we haven't seen her true potential just yet.
2. Can't Help but Hate Dolores
- Yates has one heck of a task ahead of him with the new character, Dolores Umbridge. As High Inquisitor, Umbridge shows favor toward Slytherins while making Potter and company suffer her demeaning attitude. She also has a thing for corporal punishment - something that will later effect Potter's position towards the Ministry. In short, this character is a biggety-biatch!
3. RAB's Gift
- I didn't realize how early in Order of the Phoenix that we encounter the strange locket that most now assume is a Horcrux that RAB, Regulus Arthur Black, stole from Voldemort oh so many years ago.
4. Neville Longbottom
- Son of Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom, Neville had (up until OotP) always left the impression that he was weak. By the end of Phoenix and throughout Half-Blood we begin to read about a Neville who can not only take on magical exercises, but Death Eaters. This should come as no surprise, however, as Rowling continuously hints at Neville's strengths including giving him the title of most-improved during lessons of the D.A. - Neville is one of a few to master some of the harder spells. It should be exciting to see what Neville has in store for Deathly Hallows.
Remember: Little Neville could have a part to play as told by Voldemort's "weapon".
I guess that's all for now, I am only halfway through after all.
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