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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 Delivers!

  • Jun 30, 2003
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Harry's back, another year older but saddled with the typical teenager's conceit of believing that he is a decade wiser. He can be excused some of that, after all during his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, Harry managed to win the Tri-Wizards Cup competition along with defeating the Dark Lord Voldemort in a face to face duel. But achievements like that will only carry you so far in the wizard world.

A new year at Hogwarts is about to begin and Harry is miserable. He's been subjected to another two months of tyranny from the Dursleys; the Daily Prophet seems to be waging a campaign to discredit him as a delusional seeker of publicity; and there is the specter of his Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s) hanging over this next term. Of course, in order to even sit for the O.W.L.s he must return to Hogwarts, and that is not necessarily a foregone conclusion.

The wait for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may have been longer than many of J.K. Rowling's fans were willing to bear, but it was clearly worth it! Unlike many literary serials, each of the Potter books has grown more vivid and compelling than it's predecessors. That's good news and not so good news as this version checks in at a staggering 870 pages in length. But it's 870 of very, very readable adventure and personality. Personality? Perhaps a better word would be "attitude". And Harry like any 15 year old male (wizard or muggle) has attitude to spare. It tests his relationships with friends and mentors alike. The story is rich, but dark and Harry must confront a personal loss of immense proportions along the way. So much has been written about the death of a significant character that to offer more might be giving away too much.

The entire cast of characters delivers on a number of different fronts. Graduation has opened the keeper slot on the Gryffindor Quidditch team for Ron, and he's also a new prefect along with Hermione who is still as insufferably bright and studious as ever. To Harry's dismay, Dumbledore is keeping his distance, distracted by matters of greater import, and Hagrid is tending to more secrets in the Dark Forest. Then there is Professor Snape, who's life's work seems to be centered around browbeating Harry into expulsion, only this year the new Defense against the Dark Arts instructor may accomplish that task for him! And did I mention that there are boy/girl issues to address? You only need to think back to age 15 to conjure your own disturbing emotions in that regard.

What sets Ms. Rowling's talent apart from other authors is not just her ability to craft an intricate and fascinating plot, but the depth of characterization that colors her writing. She manages to truly get inside the head of a 15 year old male in a way that is uncanny and more than entertaining. This latest installment will answer a number of questions for the reader, perhaps the most important being "why does Harry have to return to the Dursley's each year?", but there are sufficient new mysteries to unearth and carry the reader into the remainder of the series. It's a marvelous read for all!

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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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