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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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Rowling's Boy Who Lived Has Grown Up

  • Dec 20, 2006
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is perhaps the most "adult" book of the Potter series so far. I haven't read "Half-Blood Prince" yet, so I can only base my review of this book in comparison to the books that preceded it. First of all, Harry has become very, very moody. It's most likely a combination of the stressful events he went through in "Goblet of Fire," puberty, and the fact that he is now considered to be nothing but an egotistical, perhaps insane, teenager looking for glory by the bulk of the wizarding world. All around him his world is falling apart. Dumbledore will not speak to him. Sirius is desperate to get out of his hiding place. Ron and Hermione are now prefects (not to mention Draco) and Harry has never felt lonelier. Old friends are finding it hard to trust Harry. Potential love interests seem to be lingering on the past. Even the dependable Hagrid is missing. To top things off, the Ministry of Magic has installed a very persuasive lliason at Hogwart's name Dolores Umbridge, perhaps one of Rowling's most despicable creations. All the while, that scar of Harry's seems to be burning more often and he's beginning to have some bizarre dreams. Oh, and Voldemort, whose existence is being questioned by most of the wizarding world, has his death eaters on the trail of something that obviously means a lot to him and Harry must once again try to stop him.

It all adds up to one very large, very chaotic book that loyal Potter fans will eat up. We get to meet characters such as the slightly goofy Luna Lovegood and the sinister Bellatrix Lestrange. Fred and George bloom into their own independent characters in this story. Snape, Lupin, Moody, McGonagal, and even Professor Trelawney are also given wonderful character treatments this time around. There are also a few surprises involving the fates of certain characters AND the revelation of another student at Hogwart's being a potential threat to Voldemort.

There is a little (very little) cursing in this book, and the characters are being placed into more perilous situations. Aside from the challenges in "Goblet of Fire," "Order" has probably got more action and danger in it than any previous Potter novel.

The book is very long, and at times can seem to be a train wreck, but in the end, Rowling neatly ties everything together and baits the reader for Book Six. She drops more hints in this book and introduces more new characters than in any previous book. There are so many new twists added to the Potter realm that one may feel the need to re-read some of the chapters. In all, however, this is a wonderful read.

Highly recommended.

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review by . January 26, 2010
I titled my review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) "Harry Potter grows up" because J. K. Rowling had done a masterful job of bringing Harry from a little boy to a strong young man over the course of the four books of the series. I titled this review as I did because in the Phoenix J. K. Rowling herself shows her maturing skill as a writer in penning the longest of the seven books of the series. This is the point at which I stopped admiring the framework of the story, and fell into …
review by . July 10, 2010
i may spoil some parts of the book for those of you who have not read it yet. that being said lets get on with it=).      Harry Potter is not your normal kid now is he? if youve read the first couple, or now, seen the movies, you will know that hes always had wierd things happen to him, and that now he attends hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. in the fifth year, everything starts to change. the order of the phoenix has there own headquarters at sirius blacks house, …
Quick Tip by . October 14, 2010
There's a lot of exciting stuff that happens in this book. However, there's also a lot of political stuff. The book is an interesting hodge-podge of exciting action/adventure/thriller story and a political treatise of the World of Magic.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2010
Another classic--dark and strong, like good coffee and rich chocolate.
Quick Tip by . September 04, 2010
There's a lot of politics in this book. I like the plot, but the political motivations and goings-ons of the magical world dragged the story down for me.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
Loved this book. I read it before Harry Potter even became popular.
review by . July 15, 2010
Brilliant Book And Movie!!!!
Harry potters name is filled with magic..I was sooooo happy when i read this book..Theres soo much and soo muny great things go on these books..I am very happy and proud to have such great authors around..and i love these books...I loved to meet the cast and the author really bad...Herminey is really gorgeous...I wish i  could be one of the wizards in the movie too...LOL..They are really great actors specially harry...I liked the part where harry is sitting on the swing..i am soo crazy abouttt …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Read this entire series. Great take on the magic world.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
the longest and most drawn out harry potter book known to man, almost, i repeat, almost as bad as eragon. but that didnt change how anyone felt about hp as a whole. i literally stayed up all night reading about harrys "possesion" by voldemort when they cover all that in five minutes in the movie.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
you cant help but hurt with harry when his godfather dies. its a good book but has a sad ending.
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As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It's been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero's non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief... or will it?

The fifth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series follows the darkest year yet for our young wizard, who finds himself knocked down a peg or three after the events of last year. Somehow, over the summer, gossip (usually traced back to the magic world's newspaper, the Daily Prophet) has turned Harry's tragic and heroic encounter with Voldemort at the Triwizard Tournament into an excuse to ridicule and discount the teen. Even Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the school, has come under scrutiny by the Ministry of Magic, which refuses to officially acknowledge the terrifying truth that Voldemort is back. Enter a particularly loathsome new character: the toadlike and simpering ("hem, hem") Dolores Umbridge, senior undersecretary to the Minister of Magic, who takes over the vacant position of Defense Against Dark Arts teacher--and in no time...

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ISBN-13: 978-0613999168
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Date Published: August 10, 2004
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