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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.
does not go well with the movie . i did not like it very well because it was too hard of a read. I don't like it at all!Published 6 hours ago by Dawn Mihalovic-Bayer
Can't wait to read the next one. Now I can finally watch the movie!!! Took me over half a year to read it though. It is still one of the best books I have ever readPublished 2 days ago by Jill N Lindberg
This one of my all-time favorite series. I've read it many, many times. I loved this book for it's part in the series, but it wasn't my favorite out of the 7 books (probably book... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amanda Jehle
Best book in the whole series other than deathly Hallows.
Raw human emotion is rampant in this book as the series gets darker and more serious.
This was the turning point for the series and where it shifts, in my opinion, from "children's" or "middle grade" to more young adult, and when the reader must... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lisa Pottgen
As all Kazu Kibushi books (illustrator) it has a smooth feel and is very well made. Nice update for my son from the series I had so many years ago. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Hope Guyer
this book is really AWESOME .you have to read it .i could not live without it .it's a good movie for children and adults .Published 4 days ago by Catharine S Olbricht