“And he would have to meet it when it did.”
I’ve talked about Harry’s battle with Voldemort, the Death Eaters, the introduction of violence, the Mr. Crouch/Moody plot twist, and Cedric Diggory’s death (which I then revisited). Goblet of Fire is becoming a dead horse, and I the blogger with the beating stick. It’s time to move on.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest of the series, clocking in at a whopping 876 pages and 2.2 lbs. (an important fact for those of us who will be lugging it around). According to the most reliable source around (the internet), I’ve read approximately 2,005 pages of the Harry Potter series, with 2,352 to go. Note: Those numbers differ depending on which versions you have, so I may be off on my own borrowed collection by a few hundred pages. Either way, while I’ve completed 4 books, I’m still somehow not quite halfway through. So I look at Order of the Phoenix with a feeling of excited anticipation and complete intimidation. I’m ridiculously curious where things are going, but I’m staring down the neck of a 876 page book. You don’t just casually start reading a book of that length. If you cut out Deathly Hollows, the series still beats War and Peace by over 135,000 words (Deathly Hollows adds another 204,786 to the count). Go ahead, count them (I’ll wait here…)
That said, I will be starting Order of the Phoenix tomorrow, so a few things before that crazy read-fest kicks off.
The feedback I’ve received on Order of the Phoenix has been “It’s the best book of the series!” I call foul, because mysteriously, the same thing was said for Goblet of Fire and by a small minority, for Half-Blood Prince. There were even a few souls who claimed Prisoner of Azkaban was the best out there. Listen, they can’t all be the best. Let’s face it, not everyone deserves that trophy at the end of the tee ball season. In order for there to be winners, there has to be losers. So with that in mind…
It’s time for a Reader Poll, located on the side bar! (Please let me know if you cannot see the poll. I’m still new in the ways of WordPress).
Check back in for the results!
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m going to tell you upfront what I already know about Order of the Phoenix. Don’t worry, it’s limited. Ahem! Something magical (and bad) appears on Pivet Drive (don’t you love my attention to detail?) Harry gets expelled. Some awful woman from the Ministry comes to teach a class and it’s not good news. I think Professor Trelawny gets the boot, and Dumbledore is fired (but in a less permanent sort of way). Harry forms this nifty little group he calls Dumbledore’s Army and I believe they train themselves against Dark Magic. He also plants a big ol’ kiss on Cho. If I’m not mistaken, the prisoners escape from Azkaban and I’m going to put money on the fact that Sirius dies in this book (I know he dies, and I know it happens before the sixth book, so process of elimination).
Did I just completely ruin the book?
Obviously, I’m armed with a number of spoilers this time around. Maybe some of them are wrong. But I’ll be honest, that’s all I’m working with. I saw this movie, and clearly I remember some of it, but I’m kind of missing the “plot” of the book. An awful professor and a mini wizard army are interesting plot points, but they don’t tell much of a story. I’m sure something else happens over the course of 876 pages.
So I guess it’s time for some of my beloved predictions. They’re always so spot on!
I honestly don’t know. Let me get a few chapters in before I start making amazing guesses that somehow end up horribly wrong.
876 pages. Ah, god!