This quarter, I read “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” The previous quarter I read “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” They are both wonderful books that I enjoyed reading. These two books had many similarities as well as differences. These two aspects work together to lure the reader into the next book by promising them what they know they love, and keeping them reading by throwing in new characters, ideas, topics and twists.
The two books I read were undoubtedly similar. To start, we already know both books are from the Harry Potter series written by J.K Rowling. Both focus on fantasy, drama, action and mystery. Many characters from previous Harry Potter books appear in Order of the Phoenix as well as Goblet of Fire and several new characters from Goblet of Fire made an appearance, or were at least mentioned in this book. An important aspect of these books is that they are the first two books that actually feature Lord Voldemort restored back his to full health. All books written before this he was merely a far off myth or idea, eccept the first one where he was a face stuck to the back of another person's head. Lord Voldemort has never been able to cause real trouble until these two books. This is highly significant to the entire Harry Potter story.
These NEW characters from the previous book were mentioned several times in this book. Cedric Diggory (top left) was an EXTREMELY minor character until Goblet of Fire. Victor Krum (top right) was a completely new character in Goblet of Fire, but is still mentioned in Order of the Phoenix. Bellatrix Lastrange (bottom) is different. She was mentioned once in Goblet of Fire, but was not mentioned, and did not appear again until Order of the Phoenix.
Many old favorite characters were brought back in this book. J.K. Rowling went into more depth with many old characters in this book such as Cho Chang, Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley.
Despite the many similarities, there are quite a few major differences between the two books. There is much more depth in some of the minor characters from previous books like Nevill and Cho. We hear a lot more from Sirius in this book than we have in the past few books as well. A major difference between the two books is the mystery. In Goblet of Fire, we were unaware we were in the dark. The mystery seemed plain and simple until the end. The book sneakily kept the secrets just out of our reach, misleading us until the HUGE twist ending nobody expected. Order of the Phoenix is keeping the reader and the protagonists in the dark purposefully and conspicuously. Lack of knowledge was actually a major aspect of the story. This book also introduced many new characters.
Professor Umbridge (top) and Luna Lovegood (bottom) are some of the new characters to join the Harry Potter franchise in book 5.
If you liked “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, then I highly recommend you read “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” After all, the previous book left off right after a very important event that proposed danger to the entire wizarding world. It was a wonderful book, though at times it was difficult to read because the size. Sometimes I got bored with it because a slight lag, but I urge you all to continue reading. Like I said in the beginning, it lured me in with topics I already loved and kept me reading with new characters, ideas, topics and twists. There is so much mystery and excitement it's amazing! Honestly, my favorite part of the book was Harry's thoughts, and Ron's sarcasm. I laughed a bunch while reading it. J.K Rowling just slipped in little snippets of descrete humor, while most of it was super relateable, it was still funny to read.