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I’m finally posting a review on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, since I got completely distracted in December and didn’t finish the book then. I read this book when it first came out and this was my first time re-reading the book. There are parts of this book that I thought dragged on for longer than necessary and other parts that were just the right amount. I was still completely upset at Professor Dolores Umbridge treatment of students who expresses a different opinion than her. You can see this through her treatment of Harry, Lee Jordan, and the Weasleys. Overall, I still loved the book for the most part.
These discussion questions are from Fortified Books. Feel free to answer the questions if you are re-reading the Harry Potter books too!
- Though Hermione formed S.P.E.W. in the last book, HP and the Goblet of Fire, she continues to plan and enact projects to help the house-elves gain their freedom. She makes and leaves for the elves to find various items of clothing, despite everyone’s, including the elves, insistence that they don’t want to be free. Do you think the elves really don’t want freedom and Hermione is wrong to continue trying to force freedom on the elves? Or, do you think Hermione is right and should continue her work?
I think Hermione is well intentioned with trying to grant house-elves freedom. She wants them to live as we do not being bound to anyone. She also makes this decision based on Dobby who was overjoyed with his freedom and all the things he could do with it. The other house-elves who encounter Dobby might not now what freedom entails since Dobby goes a little overboard with enjoying his freedom.
2. We never get a solid explanation for why Professor Umbridge is so hateful towards most of the students. Do you think it’s only because of her support of Cornelius Fudge and the belief that Dumbledore is attempting to overthrow him? Or, do you think there is more to it than that?
I think that Professor Umbridge is hateful of everything that she is foreign and not like her. Since Dumbledore has such an eccentric way of teaching and accepting everyone and believing in the good it gives Professor Umbridge a reason to worry because she does not believe in the good of everyone and that wizards are superior. 3.
3. Harry is shocked to discover that his Dad was a bit of a bully, at least towards Professor Snape. However, Harry’s thoughts concerning Draco suggest that, given the opportunity, he might take similar action. Though Sirius and Lupin don’t go into detail about Professor Snape’s behavior as a teenager, do you think he is the way he is because he was bullied? Or, do you think he was like Draco, and the bullying he received was retaliation?
4. Dumbledore expresses his regret over not telling Harry the truth because of Harry’s age. Do you think this is J.K. Rowling’s response to some of the adult criticism of her books, particularly HP and the Goblet of Fire, for including death and other dark subjects in the storyline?
Yes, I believe that this is J.K. Rowling’s response to the criticism about her books.
I hope that you enjoyed reading my thoughts on 2016 #HPDec and I hope to see you again for another #HPDec or another post.