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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (5)

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Goodness! I'd forgotten howlong this book was! I can't imagine the challenge of the screenwriters adapting this...particularly with Ms. Rowling hovering.

Despite its length, I still found it engaging, though I did take a couple week hiatus at the half point. Marching on... ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Ah, now here is an excellent book. Stephenie Meyer ought to take a page out of JK Rowling's series - teenagers are silly but they aren't complete idiots like she portrays them to be.

I read this book after watching the movie again. Rowling is just fabulous. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
I spaced out a lot. ( )
  woolgathering | Apr 4, 2017 |
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. Book five in the much loved Harry Potter series.

Harry is 15 now and acts every bit of it. Anyone who has to live or work with teens knows how quickly their emotions can change. Given everything Harry has gone through and is going to go through and has had to deal with, it’s not surprise he’s as angry as he is in this book. No one believes him that Voldemort is back. No one but his friends and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Harry is defensive every time someone even slightly disagrees him. Basically, he’s kind of a jerk. Understandable, yes, but he is still a jerk.

One positive in Harry’s life? He gets to spend a bit more time with Sirius but as Sirius is locked up in the headquarters of the Order, he too is a bit cranky and hard to deal with at times. Try locking yourself in your house sometime. At first, sure maybe it’s ok but after a while, you start to go stir crazy.

A new year at school means a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. This one was appointed by the Ministry. Hermione and Dumbledore seem a bit surprised the Ministry is “interfering” at Hogwarts but isn’t the government involved in education everywhere? If the wizarding world has avoid it for this long, good for them! This years teacher is the face of evil herself, the pink wearing, cat loving, ‘eh eming’ Dolores Umbridge (to touch on the movie for a moment, Imelda Staunton was perfectly cast in my opinion). She is evil in a different way, wanting the kids to learn about the Dark Arts through books and not learn how to fight. She, like the rest of the Ministry, does not believe that Voldemort is back and does not see the point of teaching them to fight. She and Harry disagree on this point very deeply to the point where she basically tortures him in detention.

In response, Harry (with encouragement from Hermione) forms a club to teach his fellow students how to fight. While he is only 15 (and some of his “students’ are older), he has faced much more than any of them. He is able to teach them spells in a way an adult may not have been able to.

This club causes some trouble as Umbridge is doing all she can to suppress the students (Harry in particular) as well as Dumbledore. She issues a number of decrees in an attempt to stop the behavior but the club, named Dumbledore’s Army, continues.

Dumbledore, meanwhile, is not talking to Harry which only further angers him. Harry needs to know Dumbledore is still behind him, he needs the headmaster who has been there for him the past 4 years and Dumbledore just isn’t.

Harry is also having bizarre dreams and he is forced to have special lessons with Professor Snape. The tension and dislike between the two is only expanded as Snape sees into his mind and, in a moment that hits home all too well, when Harry sees into Snape’s. Harry sees a darker side to his father and it bothers him.

Another character acting like a jerk, ok ASS, is Percy Weasley. I forgot how much of a pill he is in this book. Given how great the rest of the Weasley family is, it is surprising how different Percy is but I guess there is one in every family.

The book ends in heartbreaking fashion (as seems to be Rowling’s MO) and in a way that will change the rest of the series.

Order of the Phoenix introduces us to Tonks and Luna Lovegood, both of whom are critical to what is to come. Lupin is back. We learn more about Neville’s family and the role he could’ve (and may) play in all this. Ginny’s part is expanded as she grows, showing what a strong witch she is going to be.

While not my favorite of the series, Order of the Phoenix is still a wonderful book. It is also the longest. It isn’t often you get to page 600 of a book and find you still have almost 300 more to go. It is a fast read though, like most of the Harry series. It is darker than the first 2 and even 3. Perhaps even a bit darker than 4. Harry is growing. So is Rowling’s writing. And do is the danger.
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But tally the book’s strengths and weaknesses as you may, the fact remains that Rowling has once again created a fully-fledged world, and for the experience of being there with Harry, HP5 can’t be beat.
 
''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' is rich and satisfying in almost every respect.
 
A considerably darker, more psychological book than its predecessors, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" occupies the same emotional and storytelling place in the Potter series as "The Empire Strikes Back" held in the first "Star Wars" trilogy. It provides a sort of fulcrum for the series, marking Harry's emergence from boyhood, and his newfound knowledge that an ancient prophecy holds the secret to Voldemort's obsession with him and his family.
 
Las tediosas vacaciones de verano en casa de sus tíos todavía no han acabado y Harry se encuentra más inquieto que nunca. Apenas ha tenido noticias de Ron y Hermione, y presiente que algo extraño está sucediendo en Hogwarts. En efecto, cuando por fin comienza otro curso en el famoso colegio de magia y hechicería, sus temores se vuelven realidad. El Ministerio de Magia niega que Voldemort haya regresado y ha iniciado una campaña de desprestigio contra Harry y Dumbledore, para lo cual ha asignado a la horrible profesora Dolores Umbridge la tarea de vigilar todos sus movimientos. Así pues, además de sentirse solo e incomprendido, Harry sospecha que Voldemort puede adivinar sus pensamientos, e intuye que el temible mago trata de apoderarse de un objeto secreto que le permitiría recuperar su poder destructivo.
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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. 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?

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New teacher is a
psychopath. Don’t believe me?
Then talk to the hand!
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Evil just got a
makeover. Pink has never
been so menacing.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439358078, Paperback)

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

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Harry Potter, now a fifth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, struggles with a threatening teacher, a problematic house elf, the dread of upcoming final exams, and haunting dreams that hint toward his mysterious past.

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