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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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  • Jul 7, 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, he is caught off guard by an unexpected attack by dementors while in the company of his tubby cousin Dudley. Barely escaping with their lives, thanks to Harry (despite Dudley's refusal of this and countless reiterations of how Harry 'made everything go black') and his last-second patronus, they return to Number 4 Privet Drive. In light of the experience at hand, his aunt and uncle attempt to throw him out, but on the arrival of a howler addressed to Petunia proclaiming the words "Remember my last," they cease their efforts for reasons unknown to Harry. 

Due to underage magic, Harry has to attend a trial -- this causes yet more drama to unfold. However, before this can occur, a group of adults arrive by broomstick while the Dursleys are away under the pretense of a false awards ceremony created by said group, to ship Harry off to an undisclosed location.

All in all, very much occurs in just the beginning of the book - unfortunately, it's quite a cramped way to start it out, considering that if it had been spaced out a bit there wouldn't be nearly as much boredom later on. There are 870 pages, and quite often they are filled with the shouting Harry, which I believe is to spruce up the long spaces of absolute nothing dragging on and on; it gives Harry a rather irritable appearance...as if he's constantly PMSing. Hormonal Harry is quite a bore.

However, when the actual sections of action occur, they can be quite snagging. Although the storyline is often boring in several places, it does contain significant characterization which keeps the identities of the characters quite separate. By this standard, J.K. Rowling definitely lived up to her reputation. Despite the fact that some traits change a bit, or become more pronounced, the underlying characters are still there - and overall, that's what kept me reading, even through the rough patches where there was no other motivation to do so.

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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 …
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.
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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