In the fifth book of the Harry Potter saga, Harry, in his fifth year at Hogwarts, has to prepare himself to face Voldemort, who has made an unexpected return (as seen in the previous book, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire). However, nearly everyone in the wizarding world doesn't believe that the most feared Dark Wizard is back. Along the way, Harry also experiences newfound, confusing emotions any 15-year-old would, including romance.
What I really liked about this book was that the story and plotline was just wonderfully gripping; I couldn't put it down. Through rhetorical questions and many suspense-filled chapter endings, J.K. Rowling kept me guessing at every turn as to what would happen next. There were several times when I came to a conclusion I believed was correct, but it turned out to be entirely different. I discovered many new traits about the characters. I was quite surprised when Hermione displayed a vast knowledge of how people socialise, particularly in terms of romance. Harry was also very realistic, as he had felt extremely upset and enraged to the point of exacting revenge when someone (I won't give away their identity!) dear to him died. As Dumbledore had quoted, these feelings were what made people human. The scenes with Harry and Cho Chang, his first love interests, were my favourites, as I really liked how they interacted. Rowling made these moments pleasant and awkward at the same time by demonstrating it through their dialogue and actions. For example, Harry frequently forgot or didn't know what to talk about and had a constant desire to impress Cho. He scolded himself for talking about something as 'lame' as the weather, fidgeted, and felt elated when she complimented him for standing up to Umbridge (the most annoying character in the series, in my opinion).
What I didn't like about the book was that one of my favourite characters died (NOOOOOOO!!!) and Umbridge, who was practically ruining everything for everyone. Umbridge is that one character everyone in the books and the fandom alike despises. She discriminates creatures she deems half-breeds (such as centaurs or half-giants like Hagrid), and loves the idea of corrupt power and authority. For example, she invented the job of Hogwarts High Inquisitor, which permitted her to inspect and sack teachers. The way in which she carried out Harry's detention was incredibly cruel, abusive and sadistic (I'm not telling you guys how!). Another thing I didn't like about the book was this: why do the good characters always die before the bad/annoying ones? I honestly don't get it! Other than that little setback, I loved this book. Great job, J.K. Rowling!