Summary and book reviews of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. (Joanne) Rowling

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

Book 5

By J.K. (Joanne) Rowling

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2003,
    870 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2004,
    870 pages.

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There is a Door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few things on Harry's mind:

  • A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey.
  • A venomous, disgruntled house-elf.
  • Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
  • The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

... and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Contents

1 Dudley Demented
2 A Peck of Owls
3 The Advance Guard
4 Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place
5 The Order of the Phoenix
6 The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black
7 The Ministry of Magic
8 The Hearing
9 The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
10 Luna Lovegood
11 The Sorting Hat's New Song
12 Professor Umbridge
13 Detention with Dolores
14 Percy and Padfoot
15 The Hogwarts High Inquisitor
16 In the Hog's Head
17 Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four
18 Dumbledore's Army
19 The Lion and the Serpent
20 Hagrid's Tale
21 The Eye of the Snake
22 St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
23 Christmas on the Closed Ward
24 Occlumency
25 The Beetle at Bay
26 Seen and Unforeseen
27 The Centaur and the Sneak
28 Snape's Worst Memory
29 Career Advice
30 Grawp
31 O.W.L.s
32 Out of the Fire
33 Fight and Flight
34 The Department of Mysteries
35 Beyond the Veil
36 The Only One He Ever Feared
37 The Lost ...

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USA Today - Deirdre Donahue

A very wise decision, J.K. Rowling, to allow three years to pass before publishing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in your global sensation of a series. The fever-pitched anticipation, the media frenzy, the pilfered books, the leaked details. The book richly deserves the hype.

Time Magazine - Lev Grossmn

Just when we might have expected author J.K. Rowling's considerable imaginative energies to flag -- this is the fifth book of a projected seven-volume series -- she has hit peak form and is gaining speed.

The Los Angeles Times - Michael Cart

There's no doubt that Harry is growing up, and the process isn't always pretty, although he remains wonderfully appealing and, when necessary, heroic.

The Washington Post - Elizabeth Ward

Go read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the other main reason to love the series: their sheer comic exuberance even in the midst of high drama. Kids, of course, would mention this first. Jokes, gags and memorable put-downs pop up on nearly every page …

The Denver Post - Robin Videmos

The legend has grown with each succeeding volume, not because she's written to a formula but because she continues to deliver the same combination of enticing elements without allowing them to become predictable.

The New York Times - Michiku Katutani

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.

AudioFile

Dale's wizardry transports listeners to places Muggle and magical, and Rowling's inventive plot shifts and fresh characters make this "must listening" for older Potter fans.

Publishers Weekly

(Referring to the audio book editon). Dale again takes the reins as nimble voice master and gallops away with a splendid performance of Rowling's fifth tome about the beloved boy wizard.

School Library Journal - Eva Mitnick

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.

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Joe Light

Becoming a Harry Potter Fan
Muggles and Dementors do not mix, especially when they both want to kill Harry Potter. The story begins with a long series of problems that Harry seems to cause; being attacked by Dementors sent to kill him wasn’t really his idea of causing trouble. ...   Read More

Danny

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This book is amazing, It is very well written to keep you reading chapter after chapter. It is best for people who like mystery and action.

Jade

Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a great story to read for those who can, and for me the most interesting of the series is probably the first book. J.K Rowling is an amazing writer and I wish the series went on forever. My least favorite book was sadly the Order of...   Read More

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I didn't like this book nearly as much as the last one...Ii especially don't like Cho!!! She makes me mad! And the beginning was kinda slow..but I read it for the sake of finishing the series.

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