Friday, June 3, 2011

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

I got this book in Delhi Airport. The author is Jeff Kinney.

Gregory Heffley writes about all that happens at his school when he gets a diary presented by his mother. He has an elder brother named Roddick and a younger brother named Manny. He has also got a friend named Rowley Jefferson who is a patrol in the school. Rowley loves to play car games. He wins the class clown award for his Zoo-Wee Mama story. Greg’s mom does not scold anybody if they do any mischief. But will cancel all the fun they wanted to have in their holidays. Greg and Rowley get crazy ideas like starting a haunted house, but Rowley’s father does not allow them. Many other funny things happen which Greg has written in his diary.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoenix

Coat of arms of Hogwarts, the fictional school...

Title : Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoenix

Author : J. K. Rowling

Main Characters : Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, Fred, George, Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasley, Voldermort, Umbridge, Fudge, Snape, Percy, Ginny, Mr. Malfoy, James, Lilly, Lee Jordan, Angelina Thomas, Draco Malfoy, Nevielle Longbottom and Dudley.

Description Of One Of The Main Characters :  Lee Jordan is a seventh year boy in Hogwarts. He is the best friend of Fred and George. Lee is also the Quidditch commentator. After his seventh year he joins in the joke shop “Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes” by Fred and George Weasley in Diagon Alley. With Fred and George he invents new things like Extendable Ears and Skiving Snack Boxes.

Whom I like and Why : I like Sirius Black as he is Harry’s Godfather and James Potter’s best friend. Sirius is brave, clever and an energetic man. Risk is always the fun for Sirius. Sirius dies in a battle when he fights Bellatrix to save Harry. Black is nicknamed as Padfoot by the people who know him. I also like Lupin as he likes Harry. Lupin is a werewolf. Every full moon night he changes in to a werewolf. That is why he is nicknamed as Moony. He is very good at Defence Against Dark Arts. He once taught Harry a patronus charm to defend a 100 Dementors at a time. He is the best Dark Arts teacher. The third person I like in Hogwarts is Dumbledore. Dumbledore thinks highly of Harry. He is the only one who believes Harry. Dumbledore always advises Harry wisely. He does not make Harry a Perfect thinking that it would add worry to Harry.   He is the most powerful wizard after Voldermort. Even Voldermort is afraid of Dumbledore. I like Hermione Granger as she is clever and brilliant. She is one of the best friends of Harry. She is very good studies except Divination. She helps Harry find each and every clue and helps him in every corner of trouble and danger. She helps Ron and Harry pass their OWLs in the fifth year.

Whom I dislike and Why  :  I dislike Umbridge as she is a friend of Fudge, the Minister of Magic. Umbridge is the Defence Against Dark Arts teacher. She is a really evil woman. She tries to sack every staff member in Hogwarts including Dumbledore. She bans all clubs and does not allow to play Quidditch but she could not do that as Dumbledore was very strict. She doesnt allow Harry, Fred and George to play Quidditch just because they stun Malfoy in the ground. She tries to expel Harry and all the Weasleys in all possible ways she can. She is the high inquisitor of Hogwarts. She thinks that she has all the rights given by Fudge to change Hogwarts school rules all by herself.

Setting/Theme Of The Story : During his holiday at Privet Drive, Harry Potter uses a Patronus Charm to stop two Dementors attack his unfriendly cousin Dudley. He is not supposed to use magic in Muggle areas especially when a Muggle is present. Cornelius Fudge tries to expel Harry from Hogwarts saying that he is the Minister of Magic. Harry seems to be miserable. During the holidays nobody has sent him any letters. Ron and Hermione tell him that they are very busy and cannot tell him anything. One day when the Dursleys are out, Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, Lupin and a few others come to pick up Harry. Harry feels happy as he sees some known wizards after two months of a terrible holiday with the Dursleys. Harry is taken to Grimuald Palace. He finds out that this Palace is the home of his Godfather Sirius. There he meets Ron, Hermione, Ginny, George, Fred and Mrs. Weasley. Harry comes to know that Dumbledore has an order of Phoenix and Sirius’s house is their meeting place. Harry is saved from getting expelled as the ministry had no reason to expel him. Students of Hogwarts are allowed to use magic outside in the Muggle world to defend themselves from dangers. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George and Ginny board the Hogwarts express. When they reach Hogwarts they find themselves in the presence of a woman from the ministry named Umbridge. Umbridge is really terrible to them. She becomes the Dark Arts teacher and the high inquisitor of Hogwarts. She tries to bring in the ministry people into teaching for Hogwarts. She does not allow the students to take out their wands and practice Dark Arts. She does not teach Dark Arts. She just teaches what they learnt in their first year. She says the things they teach in fifth year at Hogwarts are very dangerous. She bans Harry, Fred and George from playing Quidditch. Harry starts getting dreams about Voldermort. Once he gets a dream like Voldermort was killing Ron’s father and that turns out to be true. Everybody thank Harry. One night Harry dreams that Voldermort is going to kill Sirius in the Ministry of Magic. He wants to save Sirius as Sirius is the only closest relation who can be trusted as he is James’s best friend. He tells Ron and Hermione. Hermione tells him that it cannot happen as Grimuald Palace is the safest place the Wizarding world can ever have. But Harry wants to go and see for himself. So Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Nevielle and Luna go to the Ministry using a magical horse. The horse can be seen only if someone has seen death. So they travel by horses and arrive at the Ministry. Soon Harry finds out that there is no Sirius trapped in the ancient room. This is only a trick from Voldermort to bring Harry here. Everybody sees the death eaters and they fight the death eaters to save Harry and themselves. To Harry’s surprise he sees Lupin, Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody and Sirius ready to fight. He understands that Voldermort has brought him here to get his birth prophecy. He sees Bellatrix take Sirius behind a curtain and kill him with the Crucio Charm. He runs behind Bellatrix shouting that he would kill her. They fight for a long time. Then Bellatrix asks Harry to give her his prophecy so that Voldermort will know whether he would kill Harry or not. But Harry has broken his prophecy when he is helping Nevielle. Nobody has heard the prediction of it. Voldermort is very angry. In the end, either Harry or Voldermort should kill the other. Nobody knows who would kill who. Harry is even more surprised to see Dumbledore there. Harry goes back to Hogwarts and writes his OWLs. He and Ron do the exams well. It is the end of his term. He completes his fifth year. When he departs from Hogwarts Express, to his joy, he meets Lupin, Bill and Mrs. Weasley. He goes back with unlce Vernon and aunt Pentunia to the old, dull Privet Drive to wait for his results in his room in the Attic. 

Part I Enjoyed The most : I like the part when Fred, George and Lee set up a Joke Shop. They say that they would give 50% offer to students who think ways to sack the Ministry.

Different Ending :  Harry and Sirius hear Harry’s Prophecy and find out that Harry will kill Voldermort. Sirius is overjoyed. They tell the others. All of them are happy except Voldermort and his worthless death eaters. When a danger was approaching Harry his wand shoots itself with some peculiar charm to save its master. Harry returns home after a nice fifth year. This holiday with the Dursleys seems to be better than the others. Harry and the others are really happy about this good year.

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