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Harry Potter – IV – V – book review

August 5, 2009

In this post, I am going to review the 4th and 5th book of the Harry Potter Series. The gloomy dark things for this series is popularly known by many, starts from the 4th book and continues.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

Wormtail joins Lord Voldemort making him little more powerful and  to help him to return to his body. For Harry, strange things are happening around him. They are going to watch the quidditch world cup, after which the dark mark, a sign of the dark lord is conjured in sky sending down shivers among all wizards. As he and his friends returns to the Hogwarts, a shocking news reches them that the Triwizard tournament is going to be conducted among the three wizard schools, instead of Quidditch. And the qualification to participate is, a student must be over 17 years of age at that time. And one student from each school will be selected by the Goblet of fire. Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang and Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts are getting selected as the champions from their respective schools. Suprisingly, Goblet also selects Harry who is just 14 for the tournament. Everybody were throwing suspicious look at him on how he was able to get selected by the Goblet.

Alastor Mad-eye Moody joins the Hogwarts as the new Defence against the Dark arts teacher and he shows a personal liking towards Harry. There are 3 tasks for the champions. First one is, retrieving the golden egg from the Dragon, which holds the clue for the second task, in which they have to save their beloved one from the mermaids who are under the lake of Hogwarts and the third task is to move through the mazes to get the cup. Harry gets help from varied sources for each of the task to complete it. While all this was happening, Barty Crouch, head od the department of the international magical corporation starts to behave in a bizarre way.

Atlast something happens which makes Harry to see Lord Voldemort  returning to his body. So what happens there, who is responsible for the inclusion of Harry in the Triwizard tournament and what Barty Crouch is upto are brilliantly told by J.K.Rowling. Dobby, one of my favourite character returns in this book. The action is plenty in this book and I felt myself drained out on finishing the book. This bok is almost twice the size of the 3rd book and it continues this way till the end of the series. I can’t read this book again and again and thought of giving 3. But when I read it again, a few days before, it’s interesting then also. So,

My rating: 3.5/5

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

Lord Voldemort has returned but the Ministry of magic refuses to believe it. Cornelius Fudge, Head of the ministry of magic was at the loggerheads with Albus Dumbledore who repeatedly confirming the dark lord’s return. Ministry was quoting whatever Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter was saying is lie and Daily Prophet, the widely read newspaper among the wizard community preaches this religiously. Dumbledore now acts swiftly to re-group the old team which fought against the Voldemort 14 years earlier. In Hogwarts, Dumbledore starts to ignore Harry and not even looking at him. Dolores Umbridge, one of the ministry personnel was sent to monitor the school. She starts to put everybody in the school to lot of troubles by passing lot of Educational decrees one by one. It forbids the students from practising magical spells and to work in groups. Umbridge starts to monitor the classes taken by the other staffs and reports it to ministry. Umbridge dislikes Harry as he was continously saying Voldemort has returned. She puts him in detention many a times.

Hogwarts students likes to learn magic and Harry Potter heads them under the name of Dumbledore’s Army. They are practising it in the Room of Requirement, a room which changes according to one’s need. But Umbridge finds it, Dumbledore was expelled for its activities and she becomes the new headmistress of Hogwarts. She sacks few teachers for no reason and hatred was growing against her. In the meantime, Harry was looking into the mind of Voldemort and seeing what he was upto. He saves Arthur Weasley, father of Ron Weasley, by this.Dumbledore wants Harry to close his mind by using Occlumency by he couldn’t do that. He appoints Professor Snape, a man he hates much, to practice Occlumency. But he ws not able to close his mind. He sees that Sirius Black, his godfather, was being tortured by Voldemort in the Mystery room to get the prophecy named Harry and Voldemort, which is in the Department of Ministry. He decides to go there and save him. His friends, also the members of DA Ron Wesley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley joins him. The fight erupts between them and the Death eaters in the department of Ministry for the prophecy and the climax was meeting of Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort.

So is Sirius Black was really tortured, why Dumbledore was not behaving well with Harry, what the prophecy says and more importantly why Voldemort was determined to kill Harry?? Answers for these questions are in the last few engaging pages of this book.

This is the biggest of the all the books in the series and it’s quite brilliant. It has both happiness and sad in equal measure. I myself felt hating Dolores Umbridge and thats the triumph of J.K.Rowling. There are 3 important parts in this book which I love. The duel happening at the Dumbledore’s office before sacking, Fred and George Weasley’s heroics against Umbridge. Both were really good and I never mind reading them again and again. Last one is the conversation between Dumbledore and Harry at the end. It gives us everything we need to know. I love this book much  in the series along with the 2nd and 3rd one.

My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have finished Da Vinci code and now reading ‘Digital Fortress’ 🙂 🙂

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2009 9:09 pm

    First!

    kanagu: Yay 😀

  2. August 5, 2009 9:09 pm

    Dude, me waiting for Digital Fortress review 😉

    kanagu: ha ha ha, hoping to do all the Dan Brown’s books in one post 🙂

  3. August 5, 2009 10:48 pm

    I liked Order of phoenix better too!

    kanagu: Same pinch 🙂

  4. August 5, 2009 11:53 pm

    i second swaram… waiting for that review…

    kanagu: Will do soon 🙂

    i’ve read the book btw… and LOVED it…
    want to hear ur version tho!

    kanagu: For me, i’s an ok book.. didn’t loved it 😐

    • August 9, 2009 8:00 pm

      i’m talking of digital fortress (that i loved), not harry potter…

      kanagu: Yup.. I got that 😀

  5. August 6, 2009 2:02 am

    I don’t like Harry Potter.

    *Ducking all the shoes coming my way* 😆

    kanagu: LOL Solilo 😆
    never worry.. 3 months back I am also like you :D..
    so you too may become a fan soon 😛 😛

    • August 6, 2009 11:48 am

      u’re not the only one…

      one of my friends is proud to announce on her orkut profile that she hasnt read a single book of harry potter yet

    • August 6, 2009 7:21 pm

      Am with u sols!!!

      kanagu: where?? In ducking all the shoes..:P 😛 😆

    • August 7, 2009 10:59 am

      lol 😛 Solilo , the last book reminded me of Vijaykanth’s movies 😛

      kanagu: I liked 7th book too Vishesh.. its full of action 🙂

    • August 7, 2009 6:39 pm

      Me too 😛 Thatz y no comments on the review 😛

    • August 9, 2009 5:29 pm

      Why Sol?!! 😀

      • August 9, 2009 8:20 pm

        hey bhagwan! do you guys have any idea what you are missing? 😯
        😛 😛 😛
        go away ye non believers! 😛

        let the clan of HP fans thrive! 😀

        kanagu: ha ha ha.. true Indyeah 🙂 🙂
        let us celebrate the Potter 😀

  6. August 6, 2009 7:15 pm

    Da Vinci code?? Man u r into heavy reading!!!

    kanagu: ha ha ha… it has become a passion Smita.. actually now there is no spare time for me.. 🙂
    whenever there is sometime, I am taking one or other book to read 🙂

    • August 7, 2009 12:06 pm

      I LOVED the book. I loved the movie too because of Tom Hanks. 🙂

      kanagu: hmmm… book is fantastic.. but yet to see the movie 🙂

      • August 9, 2009 8:21 pm

        haan! I too liked the book. 😀

        *Indy wondering if Sols secretly dislikes this book too* 😛 😛

        kanagu: 😀 😀

  7. August 7, 2009 2:38 am

    I havnt read any of them. Do I get a special prize ? 😀

    kanagu: For sure.. all the HP books will reach your home through courier and you have to finish them without break 😛 😛 😀

  8. August 7, 2009 3:50 am

    Nice review.. but I somehow liked 4th book more than 5th 🙂 I loveeee the part where Voldy gets a body

    kanagu: hmmm… many likes 4th than 5th.. but after the death of Cedric.. it has given an empty feeling to me.. thats the reason.. I didn’t liked it much 😦

  9. August 7, 2009 7:49 am

    OMG 😛 you certainly are on a reading spree 😛

    kanagu: ha ha ha 😀 true machi 🙂

    My fav book is the goblet of fire ………… have read it so many times 😛 😛 😛

    kanagu: oh oh… 🙂 mine is still the 2nd one 😀

    enjoy digital fortress…… I did not like it that much actually 😛 waiting for your review

    kanagu: Same pinch.. will do the review soon 🙂

  10. August 7, 2009 10:56 am

    so you doing a lot of reading 🙂

    Digital Fortress , yup a good book 🙂

    kanagu: Yes Vishesh 🙂
    DF is good.. but I didn’t liked it much

  11. August 7, 2009 6:41 pm

    I think the list of blogs I read nowadays is really really long 😛 Books hv really taken a backseat 😦

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. craftyshines permalink
    August 7, 2009 11:05 pm

    wowie!!!!

    kanagu!!! i must start reading na?????
    waillllllllll kanagu….my work is leaving me with no time!!!!!!!!!!
    😥

    i will console myself by reading ur reviews in the meanwhile!!!

    nice done! 😀

    kanagu: hmmm.. what to say crafty..
    get your work done soon and start reading 🙂

    thanks Crafty 🙂

  13. August 8, 2009 3:22 pm

    Haha! You have taken up Harry big time. 🙂
    Good! Even I have to start reading them very soon.

    kanagu: Cool Amit 🙂

  14. August 9, 2009 9:57 am

    nice review…

    i love order of phoenix… the most…!

    and the movie half-blooded prince is so so crappy…! argh! hate the ending specially…

    kanagu: Thanks Alice 🙂
    and the movie is not interesting for who read the book.. nothing is shown clearly 😦

  15. August 9, 2009 10:09 am

    Cool! I loved these books – always great to read Harry & Co. take on Old Voldy directly 🙂

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  16. August 9, 2009 5:31 pm

    I enjoyed all the books!! 😀
    Harry Potter rocks! I wish I had magical powers!! 😛 😛

    kanagu: Yeah.. me too wish to have it.. 😀

    the reviews are fine. i enjoyed the 5th more than the 4th.
    4th is fun in its own way.
    ok. i can’t choose! i loved both the books!! 😛 😛

    kanagu: Me too love 5th more than 4th..
    but its a cool confusion 😛 😛

    • August 9, 2009 8:25 pm

      Me too Pixie! I wish I had some magical powers…like a sorcerer has 😀

  17. August 9, 2009 7:13 pm

    Hey writing abook review is a mamoth task esp to keep the review crisp and short! Kudos!

    Keep up the good work!

    http://ektakhetan.blogspot.com

  18. August 9, 2009 8:24 pm

    I LOVE all the HP books:)
    some a lil more and some a lil less but all of them are good to read:)

    kanagu: Except 6th, I love everything big time.. but didn’t given a second read to 6th one now.. maybe my opinion will change then 😀 😀

    And I am happy to see that you are hooked too and how! 😀

    This post is good:)

    kanagu: Thanks Indyeah 🙂

  19. August 10, 2009 5:38 pm

    Nice Review … 😉 …. I liked GOF more than OOTP ….. the introduction of Voldy at the graveyard is one of my favorite scenes from the series ….. loved the setup … :mrgreen:

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