This post is part of the 30 Day Book Challenge.
This is now the third day in a row I’ve mentioned this particular series. Starting to sense a theme, here. I promise, I do read more than just Harry Potter.
The longest book I’ve read is probably still Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was the longest of the series, at a colossal 766 pages, and the first of the real door stoppers.
Order of the Phoenix is also my favourite of the series.
It was the first book in which we saw a grown up Harry, Ron and Hermione. I mean, following the events of the Triwizard Tournament they didn’t have a lot of other options than maturing, and deciding on a way to tackle Voldemort head on, but still.
We also saw them doing what regular teenagers do, for the first time in the series; Harry had his first kiss (at the tender age of 15, so if you were a late bloomer it made you feel a little better about yourself) and had his heart broken by her part in the betrayal of the D.A.
One of my favourite parts of the book, though, was the introduction of possibly the greatest villain of all time- one Dolores Umbridge. Voldemort may have been there since the start, but Dolores was a much more realistic anti-hero.
She was the teacher you hated in school who kept you in detention every week. She was the one who assigned mountains of homework on the eve of your mid term break. The one you knew had absolutely no favourites, because everyone was treated equally- sometimes to the student’s detriment. JK Rowling could keep Voldy for all I cared- the idea of a quill that engraved the words on your very hand as you wrote them out filled me with fear and uneasiness.
Despite it being the longest book of the series, and the longest book I’ve ever read, eleven-year-old me swallowed the book whole, finishing it within 24 hours of picking it up. Ah, the days before Facebook and distractions.