I was wondering if anyone else found The Order of the Phoenix longer than it needed to be? Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Goblet of Fire and found it to be a real page turner, but I had to slog through most of this book to get to the end of it. I got the point early on that Uxbridge was a baddie and it didn't take endless sessions of Harry scratching his hand with "I will not lie" to get that point across. I also thought that, although the story takes place in the UK, too many basic freedoms of the students of Hogwarts were violated for they or their parents not to have Corneilus Fudge and his minions in front of Wizard's Court for violations of their civil rights or whatever they call them in the UK, or for Dumbledore to stand by and let those things happen in his school. I can suspend my disbelief so far to accomadate a story, such as magic & house elves, but not to the point where characters aren't acting like they should or without basic common sense, just to force in the plot of the story. Any one else have an opinion?