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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 manages to become the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, as well. Life isn't getting any easier for Harry Potter. With an overwhelming course load as the fifth years prepare for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels examinations (O.W.Ls), devastating changes in the Gryffindor Quidditch team lineup, vivid dreams about long hallways and closed doors, and increasing pain in his lightning-shaped scar, Harry's resilience is sorely tested.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, more than any of the four previous novels in the series, is a coming-of-age story. Harry faces the thorny transition into adulthood, when adult heroes are revealed to be fallible, and matters that seemed black-and-white suddenly come out in shades of gray. Gone is the wide-eyed innocent, the whiz kid of Sorcerer's Stone. Here we have an adolescent who's sometimes sullen, often confused (especially about girls), and always self-questioning. Confronting death again, as well as a startling prophecy, Harry ends his year at Hogwarts exhausted and pensive. Readers, on the other hand, will be energized as they enter yet again the long waiting period for the next title in the marvelous, magical series. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
I love the Harry Potter Series. It's full of action, adventure, mystery, puzzles, and a bunch of different genres I don't know put together. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fireball!!!
Got this for my kiddo who was unable to find the 5th book in the series in school as well as library.. He is liking it , of course his favorite. Read morePublished 3 days ago by sheedeals
I enjoy the writing and storyline, and even how Rowling puts everything together neatly. But this book felt long. Read morePublished 3 days ago by T. M. Durey
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is personally my favorite book. It is beautifully written and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to read it.Published 3 days ago by Jonathan Hall
All of this series was fantastic! And to think that this was her least favorite of them all.Published 4 days ago by W Dean Wright
My overall impression is that this is a very tedious book.
The first one is magical and beautiful.
The second one is interesting. Read more
This book turned out to be way better than I ever expected. For when I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Also one of my favorite characters is Ron! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tanner Mezel