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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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J. K. Rowling grows up

  • Jan 26, 2010
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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 the story itself.

The clearest example of this growth as a writer I can point to is to point back to the climax of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3), where the action was too slow and too wordy--even though it occupied fewer pages than the rising action of Phoenix! I rated that book three stars, but now Rowling's skill kept me riveted through the action and straight to the end to earn five stars and easily the best of the series. But that's the point isn't it? War and Peace (Penguin Classics, Deluxe Edition) isn't a great classic novel (Probably in my top ten all time!) because it has so many pages, but because it has so many great pages--with words that make us think, laugh, cry, feel, and enjoy the storytelling experience.

Not that I'm comparing the Potter series to War and Peace, to put it above or below it, but I will say that it belongs on the shelf. In its "not just a kids book" status, I think the Potter series most closely resembles the Lemony Snicket series (see my reviews starting with The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)) in its skillful writing's appeal to readers who enjoy good storytelling.

So I haven't told you anything about the plot or the characters of Phoenix. Well, one of the beauties of a series like this is that by now readers' know Harry, Ron, and Hermione are classmates at Hogwarts, the school for wizards, and that we will follow them through the events of their school year, and that Harry will deal with social situations and magical messes, sometimes wisely, sometimes poorly. And a reviewers job is not to tell the story--the author already did that.

Pick up the Potter series in year one, and grow up with Harry and his author.

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Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
The most disappointing novel I've ever read. Delores Umbridge is the most single dimensional character Ms. Rowling created, which would make it bad enough, but that she totally dominates the book made the story nearly too toxic to finish.
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.
review by . July 07, 2010
   The beginning pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are filled with teenage angst. Harry is constantly sulking, heavily burdened by the last experiences of his previous year of schooling and furthermore confused by his friends' vague responses in the letters they write him. He spends most of his time avoiding his relatives in whatever ways he can, and eavesdropping on the news, listening for tell-tale signs of the return of Voldemort.      Consequently, …
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.
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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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