One of my favourite audiobook narrators is Stephen Fry. One of my favourite series is Harry Potter. Put them together and you’ve got a winning combination! Today I finished reading my 34th book of the 2016 Reading Challenge/8th book of September, which I had been listening to since December – I know, bad Potterhead.
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Category: #52 A book that took you more than six months to read
“‘Harry, I owe you an explanation,’ said Dumbledore. ‘An explanation of an old man’s mistakes. For I see now that what I have done, and not done, with regard to you, bears all the hallmarks of the failings of age. Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young… and I seem to have forgotten, lately…'”
The fifth book in the global phenomena, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes a much darker turn, following Harry’s trials and tribulations during the Triwizard Tournament. Having witnessed Cedric’s murder at the hand of newly reborn Lord Voldemort, Harry experiences enormous conflicts, both within himself and with his friends and teachers.
Undeniably, this is a monster of a novel: whilst this does allow for in depth background information to surface, it also acts as a much slower story. Following the intense, plot-driven Goblet of Fire, the distinct lack of direction for three-quarters of this novel is strikingly obvious: this book is all about Harry’s emotions, and laying the foundations for the final two novels.
Although Order of the Phoenix is not my favourite Potter book – by a long shot – whenever I submerge myself back into the world (who am I kidding? I never left) I’m reminded of the first day I picked up Philosopher’s Stone as a seven year old kid. *Always.* Despite taking me an abhorrent amount of time to read, I actually thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook (for the first time – certainly not my first time reading the book) at a relaxed pace. I’ve already downloaded Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, and plan to continue on with my listening/reading session at the first opportunity.
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