Our Movie Reviews Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J. K. Rowling
Average Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: July 25, 2003 (by Scott)

Scott's Review:
3 out of 5 stars on July 25, 2003

This book really continues some of the elements from the last book. The story gets a bit darker, and the players get a little more depth to them. Though, the depth on the part of Harry Potter seems to be that of annoying teenager.

Warning: There are some mild spoilers ahead.

The book itself is mostly just a bridge. For such a large book, it struck me that the plot itself was little more than a convenience plot. It almost felt it was there just for the ending, where the headmaster would finally trust Harry with the full story of who he is, and what's been going on for the past years. The story starts off with Harry as a child in a universe he barely understands to one where he's a player in the universe, and seems to know as much as the other players. As such, it was a good segue, but I really felt the story itself was lacking.

That's not to say it wasn't enjoyable or fun, but it felt too much like a teaser to me to feel like I had read a complete and separate story by the time I was done. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books.

-- Scott and Michelle