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.

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Devon

** spoiler alert ** Last read December 25th, 2013Review from previous reading (November 29th, 2008 or possibly Feb 2nd, 2009): This one didn't start out as slow as 4 and (Oh, GOD) 6 for me...which was surprising because I remembered it as being boring. In fact, I actually like the whole Harry-listens-in-to-Muggle-news thing. And Harry's so sarcastic and bitchy with Dudley at the beginning.See, when I was 12 I read this book for the first time. Harry got on my nerves. He was a royal pain in the ass. But now I'm seventeen and I remember being 15. I remember getting on my own damn nerves with being so teenager-y and annoying. Now I can actually look at the book and realize that Harry's not half as annoying as I actually was at that age. (Although it still annoys me when he's a killjoy for Sirius...but that's a different thing all together.)Feeling like I was on Harry's side (and everyone else's) made this book so more enjoyable than previous readings. I loved Sirius (as per usual - although, this reading, I felt very sad about how bitter he is throughout most of it. My poor dear.) I also love Lupin. The little that he's in here he's at his best. I love how he comforts Molly (not once, but twice!) and is generally awesome - especially reminiscing with James.I LOATHE Umbridge just as much as I ever have and love Fred and George...*sigh*The *characters* are the main focus of this one even more so than any of the others and I love it.I even felt a little proud of Snape when Dumbledore was going over all he'd done for Harry.I got a little sniffly (although I didn't cry, or even tear up) at the normal spots (not when Sirius dies but when Dumbledore and Harry discuss it...several times I get sniffly every time during that. It just destroys my soul.)But....I miss Sirius.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Inés Izal

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

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"]>

Manny

Mike (the Paladin)

Wonderful book...only complaint I ever heard was it was too short. Still the emotional toll of this book is heavier than the ones before and it is more a young "adult" book than a "youth" book. As I've pointed out before, the original "generation reading these books had more time to mature between the publishing date of each book. Now they can be bought all together. Harry goes through some amazingly tough times (and doesn't handle some of them too well). Read these books before you simply turn them over to your kids. You'll enjoy them and be able to decide if your children are ready for this volume.This book is a somewhat emotionally draining book due to what Harry is going through. The body of the book, right up to the "heavy" climax will draw you in and hold you. Again we are moving into a darker side of Harry's world. Review to be expanded.

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.

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.

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...

Carmen Maloy

What stands out in book 5:* Harry's outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry's anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry's frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming. * Harry's detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her darker side, leading readers to believe that Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for young wizards. Dolores represents a bureaucratic tyrant capable of real evil, and Harry is forced to endure their private battle of wills alone. * Harry and Cho's painfully awkward interactions. Rowling clearly remembers what it was like to be a teenager. * Harry's Occlumency lessons with Snape. * Dumbledore's confession to Harry.* Harry yet again loses another loved one.* We meet Hagrid's brother and come to love him as much as Hagrid does.* We learn more about the destiny of Harry and Voldemort.* We also see first hand how destructive government can be when predjudice, ignorance, and pride are at the helm. (i.e. Fudge and Umbridge)Amazon ReviewAs 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.

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.

Rachel

** spoiler alert ** This is where I stopped reading the Harry Potter series. I kept up with the happenings enough to know who died and how by the end, but overall, this book sealed my opinion of Rowling and the books she was churning out.This book read like marshmallow fluff cranked out by a money-hungry layabout. There was no substance, Harry was an emotional turd for the entire book (including PAGES of him YELLING IN ALL CAPS AT HIS FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HIM WAAAAAH), and then there was the "villain" that had to actually TRY to be more annoying than Harry himself for the whole book.She was, of course, but that's not really an accomplishment. And neither was this installment of the HP.

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