- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
- Series: Harry Potter (Book 5)
- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439358078
- ISBN-13: 978-0439358071
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.9 x 7.4 inches
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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix Paperback – August 10, 2004
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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 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
From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-Harry has just returned to Hogwarts after a lonely summer. Dumbledore is uncommunicative and most of the students seem to think Harry is either conceited or crazy for insisting that Voldemort is back and as evil as ever. Angry, scared, and unable to confide in his godfather, Sirius, the teen wizard lashes out at his friends and enemies alike. The head of the Ministry of Magic is determined to discredit Dumbledore and undermine his leadership of Hogwarts, and he appoints nasty, pink-cardigan-clad Professor Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and High Inquisitor of the school, bringing misery upon staff and students alike. This bureaucratic nightmare, added to Harry's certain knowledge that Voldemort is becoming more powerful, creates a desperate, Kafkaesque feeling during Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts. The adults all seem evil, misguided, or simply powerless, so the students must take matters into their own hands. Harry's confusion about his godfather and father, and his apparent rejection by Dumbledore make him question his own motives and the condition of his soul. Also, Harry is now 15, and the hormones are beginning to kick in. There are a lot of secret doings, a little romance, and very little Quidditch or Hagrid (more reasons for Harry's gloom), but the power of this book comes from the young magician's struggles with his emotions and identity. Particularly moving is the unveiling, after a final devastating tragedy, of Dumbledore's very strong feelings of attachment and responsibility toward Harry. Children will enjoy the magic and the Hogwarts mystique, and young adult readers will find a rich and compelling coming-of-age story as well.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Harry Potter has shaped a lot of people's lives. The series teaches lessons that many carry on long after finishing the books. Friendship, acceptance, the importance of knowledge, being level headed, don't judge a book by its cover, and courage are all things taught!
Reading these books really is like being in a different world. I'm reading them for the 2nd time now and it's like visiting an old friend. Whenever I want to relax and make a brief getaway, I simply pick up one of the books and head off to Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione. I have really enjoyed the books so much more than the movies because the books really fill out the characters and show us more of their lives and I understood better what they are going through and why they make the decisions they do. I think the books do better by Ron than the movies do. I really found myself drawn to Professor Lupin. If you are not hooked after the first, you will definitely be hooked by the Prisoner of Azkaban. The books seem to grow with the children and become deeper and more thoughtful. A thoroughly enjoyable series.
HPDH is a big, rambling book. And what are children getting in their nearly eight hundred-page tome that concludes the seven-book Harry Potter series? Harry explaining things as usual (or not, as the case may be) to his buddies Ron and Hermione, some considerable searching for "Horcruxes" and "hallows," and a lot of death and mayhem. In other words, just what the kids ordered.
Rowling shows a sure hand in this volume. Her style feels considerably more polished than at the start of the series, and she gets the mood right, dark and foreboding. I must say the Horcruxes and hallows threads get rather complicated though ingenious and, in the case of the hallows, even lyrical. You know it's complicated when our hero Harry has to explain it all to arch-villain Voldemort, and yet his Lordship doesn't seem to quite get it, does he?
Someone has said that film adaptations of adventure stories capture action better than the books on which they're based, and the original novels are superior in characterization exposition. If true, part of the reason for this is that movies can only show so much in two-to-three hours, and books can, as in this case, just go on and on. Also, watching things going boom is arguably a lot cooler than reading about things going boom. However that may be, it seems to this reviewer that the movies really did excel in the action sequences and the book in delivering depth in characterization. As the only novel in the series that is not really structured by a year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--this one was to have been Harry's last--HPDH depicts Harry's trials largely far away from the familiar haunts of the previous books. When he finally does return to the school, there's almost a palpable sense that he's no longer the boy wizard.
Despite the cinematographer's advantage, the climactic battle late in the story is well executed. This is the only book that I read after viewing the film version, and so I am at a disadvantage in trying to be evenhanded in treating the novel. Even so, Rowling describes the battle effectively and, at the same time, pleases her fans by uniting all the surviving characters from the novels. Not as convincing, as mentioned above, was Potter's insistence on explaining things to Voldemort rather than simply dispatching him. It was like one of those Bond movies where the villain sets up a Rube Goldberg death machine to dispose of the hero (allowing him to escape because it's so slow), but in reverse. "Let me tell you where you went wrong..." is the uptake, and you want to go, "No, you idiot, kill him!"
Reading the seven Harry Potter books aloud to my daughter has been a highlight of our lives over the past several years. She's been absolutely delighted by the novels, and I have been thrilled to spend time reading them to her. And so now, having performed these books, all the while trying to keep straight all the different voices of the various characters, it's sad to say goodbye. Also, I believe I am now entitled to The Order of the Phoenix, honoring parents who read aloud all of the increasingly longer books.
"Dad, that's not what the Order of the Phoenix is!"
I know, I know.
In relation to the rest of the series, The Order of the Phoenix is one of the best and most important books. If you have read the first four books and are reading reviews to see whether you should continue, you should. If you are wondering whether you can read this book without having read the first four, I don't recommend it.