Each and every single novel in the Harry Potter series is a well-written literature masterpiece. However, when it comes to picking just which of these 7 books is the best, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix effortlessly takes the cake. Here then are some 3 top reasons why Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a great book in every sense of the phrase.
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix drastically alters the tone of this series
Despite the childish tone that characterizes the first 2 installments, the early Harry Potter novels still possessed a profound element of darkness and danger. This gradually increases as the series move on. The 4th installment, for the most part, dwelt on the ��Tri-Wizard’ tournament. Yet its finale is employed to serve as a warning that J.K Rowling has began to up the stakes and isn’t fooling around. Thus, begins the conspicuously darker Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We now find Harry spending much of his time feeling sorry for himself. The weight of the entire world seems to be rested on his young shoulders. He even has to contend with a government sponsored slander campaign. We can correctly say that Harry Potter has come of age.
2. It is in Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix that Harry’s character starts to manifest more depth
There is not really much depth in Harry Potter in the previous 4 installments of this series. Yes, he is a brave lad who constantly contends with deep danger. Yes, he has gone through intense suffering which no teenager should ever be forced to experience. Still, his character is not in any way complicated, and he represents the archetypical classic hero. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix brings to us a hero who is still more than willing to risk his life for the sake of good. But also one who is has gotten weary of his lot in life. Harry Potter is very weary of shouldering immense responsibilities that no one of his age should. He is weary of placing his friends’ life in danger constantly. While also been so weary of constantly courting death.
3. Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix introduces arguably the greatest villain in the history of literature
Voldermort was certainly a very powerful and scary villain, but Dolores Umbridge is much more to be dreaded. Here is a run off the mill sadist who has being afforded great power over children. Without doubt, the grievous punishments she metes out to Harry Potter, notably the ��I will not tell lies’ scars, are some of the most painful moments of the whole series. This all the more painful as these privations do not originate from ��Death Eaters’ plots, but what he gets during mundane detention. Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order the Phoenix is portrayed as a power-thirsty bigot who is sufficiently ruthless to go to any length, even torturing students to support her odious government. When contrasted with the likes of Voldermort, it can be very easy to imagine the danger of real life Dolores Umbridge existing. This definitely makes her the greatest villain in the Harry Potter Series, if not the greatest in literature.
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