'It was more than just a fairy tale'

27th June 2003 at 01:00
Review by Laura Bell, aged 13

HARRY Potter is the most famous boy in the wizarding and muggle worlds. He has international success, a merchandising franchise worth millions and featured in two films. He's done all this by the age of 15 and is only a figment of JK Rowling's imagination.

In the run-up to the release, Pottermania resurfaced. I doubt I was alone in feeling the craze had passed. I would get the book but I wasn't going to wait for it at midnight.

Since 2000, I must have read more than 500 books, many of which were better than the last Harry Potter adventure.

The books have always had to cater for a young audience, leaving teenagers thinking it is just another magic tale, with good versus evil.

So in some trepidation, I began the 766 pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But I was pleasantly surprised - Harry's grown up and JK's style matches his development. From the first chapter, I could tell this time that Harry Potter was more than just a fairy tale.

I don't want to give the plot away, but there are surprises, and the death is of someone important.

We discover a lot about the past which helps us to understand some of the untidy ends left in previous books. As for the length, once you get involved there is no let up because it keeps you hooked. I recommend all fans read this book, at least twice.

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