Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

ISBN: 0439358078
ISBN 13: 9780439358071
By: J.K. Rowling Mary GrandPré

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Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

Reader's Thoughts

Joe

After reading this book for a second time, I've decided to dock it a star. It's still a good book, very well written, but I have some grievances to bring to Ms. J.K.'s attention:(SPOILER WARNING!!!!) At 870 pages, it is very laborious to get through this tome when every other sentence brings a new disaster/ problem for Harry. Drama is fine, but to this level at this length is just overdoing it. Starting with the dementor attack in the first few pages and continuing through Umbridge's evilness, all the way to Sirius' death (which on second read seems tacked on and unnecessary). What makes Four and Six so good is that they retain the sense of fantasy wonder that drew so many readers to the series in the first place. The Triwizard Tournament (4) and the Horocruxes (6) were just plain cool. The tournament was a fun story element and set up what is thus far the most important few chapters in the series. The horocruxes presented a great plot for the whole book and gave a basis for where the series is actually going to head down the stretch. But what was there in 5? There is a bare minimum of quidditch, dumbledore's army is a very minor part, the Grawp storyline is total filler, the whole thing with the department of mysteries isn't all that engaging until the climax, and then ends with a silly prophecy (Why doesnt Voldemort just steal harry's wand, tie cinder blocks to his legs and throw him in the lake?) and a much-too-quick duel between Dumbledore and Mr. Riddle. There's just not enough fun in this book. Although i did like how the Cho subplot was dealt with. And then at the very end, after all the doom and gloom, Rowling drops the ball on giving a glimmer of happiness. When Harry leaves the train platform, some of the Order is there, including much of the Weasley family. But where is Percy? Now that nobody is denying that V-thug is back, it would have been the perfect opportunity to show that Percy is back with the "good guys" without having it be overblown and sappy. This book is probably the most confounding of the six so far, since when you look back at it, after nearly 900 pages and seemingly so much going on, there was very little substance as far as the big picture goes: Fudge now believes Dumbledore. Sirius is dead. Is there really anything else that happened in this book that matters? Umbridge was just there to be the cunty character that Rita was in 4, and doesnt figure into 6 at all. Occlumency seemed interesting, but it ended with Harry giving up and us learning that Snape doesn't like Harry or his dad (really????). This rant could all end up negated if certain aspects get flushed out in 7. This happened in 6, when it turned out the diary in 2 wasn't just a cheesy little contrivance. We shall find out soon...

Thomas

Here are some alternative titles I thought of while slogging through this book (spoilers later on in the review):- Harry Potter and His Never-Ending Angst- Harry Potter and the Order of His Angst- Harry Potter and Angst Angst AngstI finished the last three books earlier this week on vacation, so I can definitely say that this one is my least favorite. I get it, I get it - Cedric died, Harry feels like no one is listening to him or keeping him in the loop, he has a lot of dumb stuff to deal with in regard to Umbridge, his mind is not his own, etc. Perhaps that explains his angst, but it did not make him easy to sympathize with, or really care about. He whines to Dumbledore, he yells at Hermione (and everyone else) even though she's right, and he complains that Cho cries too much... even though it's not like he's handling his grief any better.Nothing grabbed me or moved me here - I wish Harry's angst had some resolution to it or played a part in his character growth, but that mostly came in the sixth and seventh books. Which, may I add, were superb, and I can't wait to review them. Unlike this one, in which my favorite scene was when Ginny verbally slapped Harry by reminding him that she was actually controlled by Voldemort... in essence, just get through this installment as quickly as possible, please.

Mohammed Al-Garawi

Another amazing Harry Potter story. Out of the first five books, this is the longest and the densest. The story progression is good, the introduced characters are solid and the book never felt dull. The writer made a good job in making me hate whoever I should hate, and like whoever I should like. However, the book didn't have many high moments except at the end (The last four chapters).The end was shocking and enjoyable, indeed. Even though I knew what is going to happen already, since I've already watched the movie. What I really like about this series is that the writer has invested so much time and effort in establishing this magical setting/environment, that everything after the second book made sense. It's like she created the rules and introduced them to the reader in such a solid way, everything sounded right and normal, even though it's not.One interesting thing is that it didn't strike me that this series is directed toward young adults until I read the fifth book. I don't know why, but I just had this feeling in the middle of this book.Great story, nonetheless.

Mary JL

With thousands of reviews on this book, I am unlikely to say anything new, so I will just say what I liked.Several freinds of mine stopped reading here because they disliked the change in Harry's character. Actually, I found it realistic. He's a teenager! So one week you act like the adult you almost are and the next week you act like the kid you recently were! Aren't most teenagers like that?I felt JKR also put a lot of needed infomration in this book. I have read some reviews that said it was boring. for me, it was not. I do not need slam bang non stop action to keep me from being broed if other interesting things are happening and they were, imho.I found the character of High Inquisitor Dolores Umbrindge very disturbing and very realistic. Althoug, I did die laughing at the part where Dolores gives that little 'ahem, ahem' cough while Professor Mc Gonagall is speaking and Professor McGonagall snaps "...are you quite sure you wouldn't like a cough drop, Dolores?" (p.663)I like Fred and George Weasley's pranks and harrassment of the High InQuisitor and the scene where they decided higher education was not for them and left with bang.And the part where Harry and Dumbledore argue at the end is well done. It was so unusual for those two to disagree---but it was well written.There were a few minor inconsisties and odds and ends that I did not like--but overall my impression of this book it is is one of the better of the series. In books 1, 2, and 3 we had a (excellent) childrens' story; books 4 and 5 are more substantial, more adult in character and still continue the basic series very well.REcommend for all Harry Potter fans. Don't stop at Book 4--this one is too good to miss.

vLadimiR

The O.W.L.S. (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) are just around the corner as Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts for their fifth year. But while our main characters think about what careers they want to pursue in the future, the Dark Lord and his followers are gathering forces in pursuit of a certain prophecy foretold during Harry's birth. After Harry's rejection from the secret order that Dumbledore established to fight the Dark Lord, due to his age, our young wizard decides to take matters into his hands. With the help of his best friends and a handful of new recruits, Harry is determined to stop Lord Voldemort and his plans by forming an army of their own. This would be easier said than done, however, as the ministry begins to meddle in Hogwarts' affairs through the arrival of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Dolores Umbridge. Every new installment of the series gets thicker and thicker, and for good reason because there aren't seem to be enough pages to contain all the excitement that this book provides.(view spoiler)[ My favorite scene (which its movie adaptation unfortunately didn't do justice to) was the unbelievable showdown between Dumbledore & Lord Voldemort in the halls of the Ministry. It was the very first time that I got a glimpse of the extent, mastery and sophistication that Dumbledore has over magic. He was described to have just gracefully walked through Lord Voldemort's attacks and performed highly advanced spells with minimal gestures of his wand.<(hide spoiler)] I was also shocked about the revelations in this book such as another friend of Harry's whom he shares the same birthday with who could have been "The Chosen One" instead of our hero. Surprising secrets, exciting adventures and tear jerking moments await anyone who will read this book, both fans and beginners alike. Highly recommended!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Shannon (Giraffe Days)

After another summer spent stuck at his aunt and uncle's house in Little Whinging, Surrey, Harry is chafing and tense waiting for Lord Voldemort to make his move. But there's nothing in either the wizard news or the Muggle news. Then late one day he and his cousin, Dudley, are attacked by Dementors and Harry is forced to break the under-age use of magic law to defend them. Now facing a hearing at the Ministry of Magic and possible expulsion from Hogwarts, he is brought to number 12 Grimmauld Place in London, ancestral home of his godfather, Sirius Black, and new headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. The Weasley family is living there, as is Hermione, but Harry only feels more resentful and angry at being left out and kept ignorant. Isn't he the one who saw Voldemort return to full strength and kill Cedric Diggory? Isn't he the one who battled him and escaped to return and warn everyone that Voldemort had returned?But now that he's back in the wizarding world, he learns that the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, is denying it all and making Harry look attention-grabbing and even insane: "Potty Potter." Dumbledore, too, is being vilified for insisting the Dark Lord is back and they must be prepared and united to fight him. In their attempt to control Dumbledore and Harry, the Ministry instates one of their own, Dolores Umbridge, in the cursed position of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. While Voldemort takes over Harry's dreams at night, Umbridge is determined to ruin his life by day.This is probably my favourite of the series. I love how involved and detailed it is, how it gets immersed in life at the school, and how complex the world has really become. It feels so real to me: Harry, his life, his world. It's also, I find, the most emotionally rich (with the possible exception of the final book, but I've only read that one once so far so I'm not sure). Not only is Harry continuing to mature and grow and is very true to his age - Rowling writes with exceptional skill and nowhere is this more apparent than in bringing Harry to life in each book, a whole year older.This book is all love to me. Yes it's the longest and perhaps the slowest in the series, but it's actually extremely eventful and busy. There's A LOT going on here, and it's a more, shall we say, "adult" plot. One of my favourite lines is when Sirius says to Harry, the world isn't divided into good people and Death Eaters. It's an important distinction for Harry to really learn and understand, especially as in every book he suspects Snape and he's always wrong. Here, he was thinking Umbridge was in league with Voldemort, because she's so awful and cruel, and that's when Sirius tries to explain that the world isn't that straight-forward. It marks Harry's real turning point, leaving childhood and a lingering belief and trust in adults (anyone other than Dark Lord supporters and his relatives) behind. It's not that this wasn't clear to us in the previous books, but until the ministry itself turned on Harry and Dumbledore, he had a naïve trust that the truth always wins. Now, he learns that people can have complex motivations and their own agendas.Umbridge in particular teaches him this harsh lesson. She's a wonderful character, absolutely horrible with no redeeming feature but with a scary certainty that she's in the right. People as inflexible as Umbridge are always dangerous characters in fantasy, and Umbridge takes the cake. Rowling paints a vivid portrait of her, appearance-wise, and it really sticks in your head. Inherently racist, Umbridge has a fear of half-breeds and an arrogant belief in the superiority of wizards and witches over all humans and non-humans alike; add to this her position of power and she becomes quite the enemy. She may be an obvious character (Rowling clearly had some fun in making her so absolutely horrid), but she's sadly representative.Alongside Umbridge, who's a favourite of mine (you just love to hate her!), other things in this fifth book that I love include the thestrals, the skeletal winged horses that only people who've seen death can see; the showdowns between Umbridge and the other teachers; getting an intimate glimpse into Neville's life; Snape's memories from his own days as a student at Hogwarts; the battle at the Department of Mysteries; Fred and George Weasley's send-off mayhem; and the DA meetings. In a way, this instalment gives us some breathing space in the series, especially after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , in terms of adventure, yet it's also hugely important in terms of not just the over-arching plot (Harry finally learns the truth about his connection to Voldemort), but in terms of Harry's own personal development.It's also really sad - actually, books 4 to 7 all end sadly, with a death and some hard-hitting stuff. I always felt that the death here was the worst, because it's so personal and so unfair - is Harry never to have family to love?The violence in this book really struck me - it's not that there wasn't danger and a lot of hexes thrown around in the previous books, but somehow here the stakes are so much higher, the spells that much more vicious. It's not just hexes and jinxes to bring on sudden deformities, like those the students inflict each other with, but grown and experienced Death Eaters directing killing curses at Harry and his friends. Those scenes are filled with tension, suspense, danger, and since Cedric died in the previous book, it feels like no one is safe anymore. And I felt absolutely awful for the "baby-headed Death Eater", especially as I had my own 3-month-old asleep on my lap at the time and since becoming a mother, the cries of the floundering, panicking, scared baby-headed Death Eater was really quite upsetting. This was also a real "kick me" story, like when Harry unwraps Sirius' present at the very end of the school year to find a kind of two-way magic mirror with which he could contact Sirius - if only he'd unwrapped it earlier and he would never have been lied to by Kreacher!! I also felt anger at Dumbledore for not being honest with Harry: why should he expect a boy to take occlumency lessons from someone he hates - Snape - without telling him why it's so bloody important? At least Dumbledore apologised and told Harry everything at the end; he became human in that moment, and remains a kind of surrogate father-figure.On a side note, it suddenly occurred to me while reading this big fat book that in all the Harry Potter books, I've never come across a typo. No typos, no missing articles, not even a "ay" instead of "lying" or a "lead" instead of "led". And trust me, if they're there, I always find them. So well-done to the proof-reader, I wish more books were this clean.When I finished reading this book for the third time, I watched the movie which I hadn't seen since it came out in the cinema. I remembered Imelda Staunton (wonderful actress) playing Dolores Umbridge to perfection, and the DA meetings were captured so well - I loved how the Room of Requirement vanished for those who weren't members of the DA, which it didn't do in the book. I remember thinking, the first couple of times I read the book, that I really really wanted to see Snape's memories in the film, but I had misremembered and thought it wasn't included, so seeing it there - even if it was quick - was a nice surprise. But I wasn't satisfied with Michael Gambon's representation of Dumbledore - he seemed so angry and even bitchy, and not as in-control as he is in the book, nor with the kind of sense of humour Dumbledore's always displayed.I never expect - or want - book adaptations to be exact replicas of the book; they need to bring something new, and they need to adapt to a different medium. But with a book of this size and scope full of so much detail, it is sad to see what they decided to leave out, or condense, in order to make it work as a film that's not too long. I'm definitely a bigger fan of the books than the movies.

Inés Izal

Si esto sigue así, sufriré una embolia cerebral y moriré antes de terminar la saga.

Ren the Unclean

This is the worst Harry Potter book. The characterization is unbelievable and annoying, taking the various holes in the world J.K. has created with Harry Potter and throwing them in the face of the reader with the expectation that they will accept anything at this point. Events in the world that main characters (and by extension, the reader) find outrageous and crazy are accepted by everyone else in the world without adequate reasons for their acceptance.Harry whines incessantly throughout this book. The entire time he is complaining about not getting what he wants and people not liking him, while turning away attempts by his friends to help him. He sort of acts like this throughout the rest of the series, but his outlook of wanting help from everyone except those who are trying to help him is really stressed in this book.This book also contains one of J.K.'s now signature death scenes. Rather than turning the death of a character into something touching and important to the reader, it happens in one sentence and it is not really apparent what exactly is happening. I had to go back and re-read the death scene after they started talking about it in later chapters because I was not sure that it actually had happened. Every one of the deaths throughout the rest of the book is (poorly) written in exactly this same way.In short, the only reason to read this book is because it is part of the series. I would almost suggest just watching the movie instead, as it is about five times better. I only wish that this book did not bring down the rest of the series by making the inconsistancies and logical problems in J.K.'s world abundantly obvious.

Keely

This is my favorite installment of the quintessential modern bildungsroman. Nevertheless, it has its problems, familiar to any reader of Rowling's.She never seems to gain control of her writing, which spirals out into thousand-page doorstops filled with unimportant side characters and rambling plots. The story is moved along by arbitrary plot devices, often magic. Instead of using the magic to make her world seem more strange and wondrous, she uses it to cover up plot holes. Why write a consistent plot when you can just put in a spell or two to fix the problems?Likewise her world is poorly defined. She did not start by constructing the 'wizarding world' and then base her stories off of it, rather she changes her setting to fit whatever she needs at the moment. This constantly shifting setting means the world doesn't make much sense if you take the time to sit and think about it.Her fractured plots are not the result of 'realism', which some authors use to create a sense of a 'real world', separate from archetypes. Rowling is just trying to fit in all the disparate ideas and characters she has in her notepad. She becomes so attached to her characters and ideas that she is unwilling to sacrifice them for a more streamlined book.She has problems connecting the many dots of her story, but uses her magical 'plot devices' to keep us from noticing that the scaffolding behind the facade is rather bare (indeed: crumbly). Her rabid plot movement points away from the cracks in her storytelling: "move along, nothing to see here".I find it somewhat ironic that Rowling wants to 'graduate' from Potter to writing adult mysteries. A mystery needs to have a tight plot, based not in the characters but in the events surrounding them. Though many people tried to 'figure out' the Potter books and predict them, in truth there is nothing to figure out. Rowling's foreshadowing is vague and unsupported, and there are just as many clues as red herrings. The only reason some of the elements seem predictable is because there was a crack team of several million people making every guess under the sun. Combine that with the fact that the final book introduces completely new elements to finish the plot, and we can see that Rowling is not really in charge of her own pen. She is a slave to her own sentimentality. Then again, so are millions around the world.The only thing which makes these meandering plots move along at a reasonable pace are her characters. They connect us to the magical world, so that even if it doesn't make sense, at least we can see how it might work for the people who live in it.Her characters are vivid, emotional, motivated, and archetypal without being banal. They may not be psychologically deep, but for a monomyth like this, that is hardly the point. Most people aren't that complex, either.In the series, this book gets the prize for the most psychological depth and also the most consistent mood. Before this, Rowling was still trying to get her footing, figuring out what exactly she was writing, and trying to explain the world to her readers. She finally hit her stride in 'Prisoner of Azkaban', and got much of her unsure world-building out of the way in 'Goblet of Fire'. This is before she started feeling the pressure to wrap things up in a neat package, which again begins to take its toll on her consistency. This is the first, and really the last of her books where Rowling is able to write without being overly concerned with either the beginning or ending of her series.Instead of placing a scattered plot over her characters, Rowling was instead able to let the characters travel through their own path of growth and self-exploration. The change is the most apparent in Harry himself, and though his transformation is somewhat sudden, it is still honest and believable for the character.By focusing chiefly on her strength--character building--and escaping the constraints of the monomyth, if only for a moment, Rowling is able to avoid her weakest points as a writer and turn out her strongest book.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

Chris

Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of days, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as an unnamed member of the Bush administration.So, how long until we can get this Rowling woman into Gitmo?I mean really, have you read this book? It's an 800-page diatribe encouraging children to not only question authority, but to actively disobey it! I mean look at what we have here - there's a magical government that is responsible for to oversight and management of magical folk in Britain. Now I'm not entirely sure how this organization works, but I do know this - where there is a government, there is authority, and that authority must be there for a reason. No matter how much you may disagree with it, you have to understand that everything those in authority are doing is for your benefit.It pained me to see how the character of Dolores Umbridge was treated in this book. She single-handedly tried to bring order to Hogwarts and steer it from the liberal-free-thinking path to destruction paved by that long-haired hippie Dumbledore. And what did Umbridge get for her hard work? The Medal of Freedom? No! She got carried off by a pack of wild centaurs. How is that right? Moreover, what kind of example is that setting for American children?Now I don't care if Rowling wants to cripple a generation of readers in Britain. Go ahead, it's not like we need them anyway. But with these books becoming so popular in the United States, there is a very great danger that her insidious brand of rebellion and individualism will infect our children as well, and where will that lead us? Into howling chaos, that's where! Our children will see their favorite characters being disobedient and rebellious with no consequence, and it won't be long until they're thinking they can follow their example. If we let them, our children will become just as uncontrollable as the little monsters in this book.I urge you, if you have children, not to let them read this book. It will do nothing but damage that will take years to undo. All you parents need to do is remind them is that there are people in authority - like yourselves - who know what is right for them. They just have to listen, not question, and obey, not understand.I just hope that this trend doesn't continue in the next couple of books. Personally, I'd like to see all those kids locked up and that Muggle-hugger Dumbledore thrown off a parapet or something. The sooner Hogwarts comes back under Ministry control, the better everything will be.

Manny

Jess Michaelangelo

I cried like a little baby. J.K. Rowling really starts taking the series down a darker road in this book. She is so talented at character development, and it really shines in this book. Here, Harry is 15 years old, and for most of the book, he's whiny and self-centered, just like a typical teenager. I also adore Dumbledore's role in this book--his conversation at the end with Harry put me to tears. Rowling did an amazing job with the character of Umbridge...never have I hated a fictional character more than I hated her. I do have to admit, I'm curious to see whether she makes any more appearances or not. For me, this book was stronger for character development than plot. Yes, this is a key book for the series, but I felt like most of the book was spent with characters' internal issues and development rather than the plot. I love how Harry and the crew are dealing with more adult issues now, such as relationships and death. As with all of her books, I have a really difficult time putting these books down, but especially within the last 100 pages, I physically could not separate the book from my hands. Overall, another outstanding addition from J.K. Rowling.

Joyzi

***SPOILER ALERT***This was the longest I suppose so far when I've read it. It contains really good stuff too. I really like the character of Luna Lovegood in this one. Harry in the beginning of the story became an outsider because he was believe as a liar and insane for saying that Voldemort was alive. So I felt that Harry and Luna shared a common feeling of being alone that made them good friends easily.I also love the preparation in there OWLS, they were really busy studying and I felt that I can relate to them in a way because when I've read this I was in school and we were preparing for the College Entrance Examination. I love Dumbledore Army, really cool. Snape's worst memory, that was I don't know what i felt in that one it's a weird feeling, perhaps I can relate with the bullying that i sympathize with Snape at that time though I really hate his character. And who could have thought that Lily, Harry's mother was like Snape's only friend.I really really love this book and I said that because of Sirius dying in this Book. Sirius died in this book. Go buy this book and when you've read the Sirius die part you'll cry like a baby.

Jo ★ The Book Sloth★

So... I'm at my mother's house and there my old paperback edition of this book sits, taunting me, challenging me to read it for the hundredth time. How can I resist Harry??This is my least favourite book in the series because Harry acts like a self-righteous jerk but it is still one of the best books I've ever read. And the end always makes me cry like a baby.

Synesthesia

At least the American covers stop looking so dang cheerful. You know things are getting more intense if you read the 4th book and the Ministry of Magic is trying to interfere and control Hogwarts while Voldermort is trying to obtain an object of some sort and infiltrates Harry's mind in the process.Yes, you do have ANGST Y ANGRY HARRY SHOUTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS, but you can't blame the lad after all he's been through. He's suffered a lot, and usually bounced back, but he's growing up, discovering girls and getting closer to finding out why Voldermort tried to take him out in the first place.He starts his own group and teaches them defense of the dark arts.Now, I know I've griped about the movies too much in these reviews, but why is it that the movie ruined the best scene in the book? The kids were TRAINED in defense? So why didn't they DO anything like they did in the book? It was at this point i decided to spare myself the misery and stop watching the movies altogether because they were just getting ridiculous.I still love this book but Umbridge is a psycho. Somehow she's worse than Voldermort. She's just a nasty piece of work. Snape can be a total dickhole, but at least he has redeeming qualities. I still like this book!

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