Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J. K. Rowling, 2003, Scholastic Press
Well, our fears of “anticipointment” were fortunately misplaced. J. K. Rowling has managed to pull off another Harry Potter book which is great fun, involving, and quite entertaining. In fact, this book addresses one of the complaints I had of Goblet of Fire, which was that everyone seemed to take Harry’s word for the critical events at the end of that book, even though there were no witnesses.
As usual, I offer some predictions of what will happen in the next book(s) … taking into consideration that I’ve been wrong on all counts thus far: Snapes will not survive the next book, and Harry will belatedly discover Snapes’ good qualities. Harry will become the Protection from Dark Arts teacher. Harry and Ginny will finally hook up, as will Ron and Hermione. The House Elves will rebel, but probably against Hermione’s organization — they’ll provide good intelligence into the workings of the Death Eaters. Neville will hook up with Luna, and Neville will be the one who finally offs Voldemort.