Site Columns By Caillan
July 2, 2003 - 11:18 AM

Hello World!

This Hello World! contains major spoilers for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Continue reading at your own risk. You have been warned. Do not send me email saying I've spoiled the book and now you want to go and drown yourself in a cauldron.

I finally finished Order of the Phoenix at about 3:30 this morning after managing to steal it away from my brother (see here for the saga). The night before he actually slept with the book so I couldn't read it.

The reason that I stayed up so late was that I was desperate to find out who died. After J.K. Rowling said she cried when she wrote the death scene of a "major" character, I was worried that someone like Dumbledore, Hagrid, or even Ron or Hermione, might get the chop. But it was Sirius Black. What a let-down after all the hype! At the beginning of the book, I couldn't even remember who he was, so my reaction to his death was muted, to say the least. I think it would have been better if I hadn't known about the death, then I wouldn't have found it so disappointing when it did happen.

In fact, I thought the whole conclusion of the book a After the "big fight", in which, once again, Voldemort makes a brief cameo appearance only to be quickly vanquished, there's a long expository talk from Dumbledore which completely bored me. Of course, that could have been because I was already falling asleep at the time. I'll have to read it through again to deliver a more informed judgement.

However, on the whole I enjoyed Order of the Phoenix tremendously, and Dolores Jane Umbridge is one of Rowling's best characters yet. Hem, hem!

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What will you be watching next year after 'Enterprise'?
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