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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2003), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 896 pages
Collections:Fiction & Literature, First Editions
Tags:fantasy fiction

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (Author) (2003)

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He was already an adult by the end of the book -by teaching the other kids to defend themselves.

Il eté déja adulte a la fin du livre en enseignant les autres enfants à se defendre.

Sunday, 1 January, 12014 HE(
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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Aloud with W, and in this second reading it's clearer than ever how thick-headed Harry often acts. Evidently he shares that personality trait with James, to the point even Harry wonders what could draw Lily to James and his gang. This line of thinking suggests Rowling wanted to give the reader an inside look at a bully or fortunate son ... but under circumstances which might shake that personality from its privilege. In the next book we'll read several acts of generosity, as though another side of Harry begins to exert itself, but here we are treated to unadulterated ego. Ron & Hermione prove once again to be steadfast friends, as they need to be with such a blockhead as Harry.

● The prophecy required Voldemort's complicity for full effect; Neville's close call
● Dolores Umbrage the classic villain, nasty rather than evil
● The irony of Trelawney: central to two crucial portents, conscious of neither
● Dumbledore's Army serves up good training & binds students across Houses
● Weasley Twins make good on their potential, leaving Hogwarts in iconic fashion
● Ginny has been busy in the wings, a hint of her character & identity
● Snape's worst memory of James & friends
● Sirius dies, setting off a series of traumatic deaths in these last 3 books

More successful than Goblet of Fire, which proved a travesty of storytelling. Here the screenplay excludes huge swaths of plot, including most of the detail at Grimmauld Place, Ron & Hermione being prefects, and all things Quidditch. It works. The storyline is effective and the main threads make sense, though for all that not particularly compelling. For me the films remain illustrations of the books, enjoyable from that standpoint but not as cinema.

Changes: Chang not Marietta as the traitor; Grawp nowhere near as menacing; most of the complexity of centaur politics; the Pensieve and access to Snape's worst memory. ( )
  elenchus | May 14, 2019 |
This is the best book from the series thus far imho.
I liked the action, of course, the strange creatures that appeared, the struggle with Dolores Umbridge and (representatives of) the Ministry of Magic and of course You-Know-Who.
I absolutely loved the description of Potter's first staps into romance and the dry comments/explanations gives to them.
I very much look forward to the next book in the series! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | May 12, 2019 |
The fifth book in the Harry Potter series is the least likable of the lot for many reasons. One of the reasons is that Harry spends it angry, sulking, and whining and because of the annoying character of Dolores Umbridge. It opens with Harry angry and sulking that he is left behind at Privet Drive while everyone else is at Grimmauld where the Order of the Phoenix is meeting and working on fighting Voldemort. But Hermione and Ron's letters won't tell him anything about what is going on or why he has to stay where he is. Then one day he and his bully cousin Duddley are attacked by Dementors and Harry uses his wand to send them away. That's when he finds out that Dumbledore has had people watching him because one of them left his watch early when the Dementors came. Now Harry has received an owl stating that he is to appear before the Ministry of Magic at a disciplinary hearing to determine whether or not he will be expelled from Hogwarts because he used magic in front of a Muggle outside of school grounds.

Nymphadora Tonks, an Aurora and Shacklebolt, an Aurora, Mad Eye Moody, and Lupin all arrive to take him to Sirus Black's house, 12 Grimmauld Place. Ron and Hermione explain why they couldn't risk telling him anything in an owl, but Harry is still a bit pissy about being left behind when what he's missed is cleaning the house of nasty stuff while avoiding the house elf Kreacher who is devoted to the family but not to Black who was disowned by his mother and is determined to save all the things they are trying to throw out. Speaking of family members, Percy has distanced himself from his family as he has gone to work for Minister Fudge who doesn't believe that Voldemort is back and that Dumbledore is after his job. Percy will have nothing to do with his family and they will have nothing to do with him, though his mother keeps trying.

Harry goes with Arthur Weasley to his hearing but Weasley cannot go in with him. Quite unusually it's being held in the courtroom and its a full hearing with all members of the court. Luckily Dumbledore received the change in venue owl in time to come to help Harry Potter by providing a witness to the event that Harry Potter was performing magic in the defense of his life and that of his couisn's. The charges are dismissed, but Dumbledore doesn't waste time talking to Harry which really upsets Harry.

When they get to school, Harry has to deal with kids who don't know what to believe and some who flat out don't believe him. And everyone has to deal with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Delores Umbridge a real hideous piece of work. She doesn't believe in using their wands to practice spells but rather reading about harmless spells in her ridiculous book. But when they take their O.W.L.s (their ultimate tests in their subjects) they contain both a written and a practical portion where they will have to be able to perform the spells.

That's when Ron and Hermione get the idea that Harry should teach a class on the spells. But it takes some convincing to get him to go along with it. And soon Umbridge puts another of her decrees on the wall saying that no clubs or organizations are to be allowed at school. Which means no quidditch either until the teams get a special pass and guess whose team is the last to get a pass? But they decided to go ahead with this club they have deemed to call Dumbledore's Army after Fudge's fear that Dumbledore is building an army against him. They meet in the Requirements Room which is a room that only appears when you need it for something and very few people know about.

Harry gets into to trouble with Umbridge pretty early and gets detention with her where he has to use a special pen to write "I will not tell lies" over and over on parchment. Well, it's written in his blood as the words are scratched on his hand. And when Umbridge makes herself High Inquisitor above all teachers she really starts to wreak havoc by grading teachers and at a quidditch game expells Fred, George, and Harry for life from playing confiscating their brooms.

That's not Harry's only problem, though. He's been having nightmares about a hallway with doors and one night a snake that he is inside of attacks Arthur Weasley who is guarding the weapon behind the door at the end of the hallway. When Harry wakes up he tells Ron and they tell Professor MacGonnegal who takes them to see Dumbledore who arranges for Harry and the Weasley children to go to the Black residence as it is closest to St. Mungo's Hospital where they have taken Arthur. Harry has saved Arthur but now Voldemort is aware that Harry can see inside his head and Dumbledore wants Harry to take Occulmacy classes from Snape to take in order to keep Voldemort out of his head but Harry is too curious about what is behind the door to actually practice and work on keeping Voldemort out of his head. Then he gets angry at Snape for trying to teach him.

One night while teaching him Snape is called away and Harry decides to look into the pensive holding Snape's thoughts to see what he is hiding from him and finds that his dad and Sirus, but mainly his dad, used to bully Snape for no reason. His mother used to defend Snape and think that his dad was a big headed idiot. Harry has always heard such wonderful things about his father and to now see such a bad side to his dad is devastating. But worse, he gets caught by Snape who now refuses to teach him, which is fine with Harry who doesn't want to stop the visions anyway because he's an idiot.

The one good thing and that's a big confusing maybe is his relationship with Cho has progressed to something more. But Harry doesn't know what he's doing and Cho is confused and messed up from last year and things going on this year in her life and spend a great deal of time crying and wanting to talk about Cedric which Harry, of course, doesn't.

Here's the problem. Rowling has perfected the art of capturing the mind and actions of a fifteen-year-old boy and weren't we all idiots at that age? Whining and angry at the world. But that doesn't make for the most enjoyable reading. You kinda want to shake Harry and maybe slap him in the face and tell him to snap out of it. The other problem is Umbridge. Here Rowling has captured a villain more evil than Voldemort almost. You really hate her to a high degree and pretty much want her to die a horrible death, though she doesn't, sorry to spoil that for you. I want to give this book three and a half stars, but Rowling shouldn't be punished for creating a truly horrible character that you hate with all your heart, she should be commended for being able to bring that emotion out in the reader so I give it four out of four stars.


That’s what they should teach us here. How girls’ brains work…it’d be more useful than Divination anyway.

-J. K. Rowling (The Order of the Phoenix p 462) ( )
1 vote nicolewbrown | May 6, 2019 |
I really enjoy listening to these books. The narrator Jom Dale does an amazing job with the different accents and brings the story to life. This book was a little slower than the others I thought, but I liked the information we learned. It was nice seeing more of Sirius and Lupin, and getting to meet the rest of the Order. Harry is a bit dramatic, but I understand his frustration with people not believing you, especially when you've been through so much. The friendships are probably what I like best about these books. Everyone coming together and helping, friends becoming your family. It's really nice and makes me happy. ( )
  AlyP59 | Apr 25, 2019 |
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The family romance is a latency-period fantasy, belonging to the drowsy years between 7 and adolescence. In ''Order of the Phoenix,'' Harry, now 15, is meant to be adolescent. He spends a lot of the book becoming excessively angry with his protectors and tormentors alike. He discovers that his late (and ''real'') father was not a perfect magical role model, but someone who went in for fits of nasty playground bullying. He also discovers that his mind is linked to the evil Lord Voldemort, thereby making him responsible in some measure for acts of violence his nemesis commits...

Ms. Rowling's magic world has no place for the numinous. It is written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip. Its values, and everything in it, are, as Gatsby said of his own world when the light had gone out of his dream, ''only personal.'' Nobody is trying to save or destroy anything beyond Harry Potter and his friends and family.
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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?

AR Level 7.2, 44 pts
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New teacher is a
psychopath. Don’t believe me?
Then talk to the hand!
Evil just got a
makeover. Pink has never
been so menacing.

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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When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors.… (more)

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