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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 finished reading this book in three days because I could not put it down.
The tone was much darker than in the previous books, but like with all of JK Rowling's books this was a book where I had to just keep turning the pages.
This book balances everything I love in a great story: action, plot, romance, and great characters.
Do you like to be terrified? Than the adventure with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix” by J. K Rowling is just right for you! Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Steven Shaklan
One of the best things about Rawling's Potter series is that the complexity of the books grows with the readers. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by nerddyone
Fun book. This is where the books start getting more serious and get darker plots.Published 20 hours ago by Gary Mcdonald
Fantastic And spell binding. I love this each time I read it. As always I look forward to the next.Published 2 days ago by Andrew Bullington
This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would recommend this book to anyone!Published 3 days ago by Alejandro
This book is so awesome! I loved the first four books in the series and this one was just as great. If you like the other Harry Potter books, you will LOVE this.Published 3 days ago by goofy tortoise