Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

The next volume in the thrilling, moving, bestselling Harry Potter series will reach readers June 21, 2003 — and it’s been worth the wait!

We could tell you, but then we’d have to Obliviate your memory.

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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Poenix, volume 5 (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747551006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439358064
  • ASIN: 043935806X
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20,126 customer reviews)
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  1. Every Once in a while, a book comes along that spellbinds millions. Like The Hobbit, You certainly know Bilbo Baggins, and you know all about Tolkien. A new book has come, Harry Potter. I love this book. I enhale all of the information exhales. Please say my vote was helpful. I am 82 years old and nothing would please me more than to be a top reviewer.

  2. ORDER OF THE PHOENIX could well be my favorite book of them all, if Azkaban and Deathly Hallows weren’t as good as they were. For all the talk about GOBLET being the one where Rowling really hikes up the intensity and the complexity in the series, it is here, in PHOENIX, she gives us Potter’s darkest, and most complex, adventure of all.

    The second most complex novel in the entire Potter sequence (the first being Book 7), this book is probably the second best one, though I still like Azkaban better. This novel introduces the Order of the Phoenix, a whole litany of new characters and a more indepth look at the Ministry For Magic.

    Potter has been having bad dreams about a locked door. So he must find out what to do about that. While at home with the Dursleys, he and Dudley are attacked by dementors, and so he stands trial before the Ministry for the inappropriate use of underage magic. He ultimately must appear before the Ministry, and it is only by Dumbledore’s appearance he is saved.

    But the Ministry is not finished yet. Still under staunch denial that Voldemort is back, Cornelius Fudge sends a new teacher, Dolores Umbridge, to bring Hogwarts under the Ministry’s control. Much of the storyline revolves around Umbridge as she takes over Hogwarts, eventually ousting Dumbledore, who goes on the run. Her end is very well justified.

    I remember when I read the book back in 2003 when it initially came out being rather disappointed. I wasn’t a big fan of GOBLET, and I couldn’t way to spend more time in Harry’s universe, being back at Hogwarts with characters I know and love. But when I read PHOENIX, though, I felt even more lost and rather alienated. Hogwarts was being taken over. Hagrid was missing for half the book.Read more ›

  3. This is arguably the most “hyped” book in history, and if J.K. Rowling had to sneak down to the kitchen for a glass of red wine to calm her nerves while writing The Goblet of Fire (as she said she did), one wonders what assuaged her while writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The collective breath of tens of millions of readers has been held for two years…and now…was it worth the wait? Did Ms. Rowling live up to the hype? (For that, amongst hundreds of questions, is really the only question that matters.)

    The answer, most assuredly, is YES.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is told in a strikingly different style than the previous six books – even different from The Half Blood Prince, and, I daresay, it’s a better written, better edited, tighter narrative. And while the action is lively and well paced throughout, Rowling found a way to answer most of our questions while introducing new and complex ideas. What fascinated me was this: Some people were right, with regard to who is good, who is bad, who will live, who will die – but almost nobody got the “why” part correct. I truthfully expected an exciting but rather predictable ending, but instead was thrown for a loop. We’ve known that Rowling is fiendishly clever for years – but I didn’t think she was *this* clever.

    Not since turning the final page of The Return of the King twenty-eight years ago have I felt such a keen sense of loss. My love affair (indeed, everyone’s love affair, I imagine) with all things Harry began somewhere in the first three chapters of The Sorcerer’s Stone, and has lasted, on this side of the Atlantic, three months shy of nine years. For all that time we have waited and wondered – was Dumbledore right to trust Snape? Will Ron and Hermione get together?Read more ›

  4. I can only imagine the kind of pressure J.K. Rowling faces when she sits down to write a Harry Potter book.
    Though she’s said she worked out the whole seven-book series on a fateful train ride she took in the late ’90s, she couldn’t possibly have imagined that the series would turn into this: midnight bookstore parties, record print runs, and a generation of children (and adults) hanging on to her every written word.
    “This” has now reached a new apogee with its fifth entry, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the longest (870 pages) and most dense (more characters, more complexity) book of the series.
    And Rowling once again pulls it off.
    Harry’s adolescent funk
    “Phoenix” begins in the usual place, the Dursleys’ house at number four, Privet Drive, in Little Whinging, England. The Dursleys, Harry’s guardians, have become more frightened of Harry’s magical abilities — and the now 15-year-old Harry, having sunk into an adolescent funk of bitterness, anger and self-pity, is more than happy to keep them guessing.
    But Harry soon has bigger problems. Once he’s back at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he’s treated as a pariah by most students for his insistence that the evil Lord Voldemort is back — and, indeed, played a role in the death of a student at the end of “Goblet of Fire.”
    Only a handful of professors and Harry’s close friends — among them Hermione and Ron — support him.
    Harry also struggles with the series’ latest villain, Dolores Umbridge, a condescending representative from the Ministry of Magic who assumes a leadership role at Hogwarts. The students’ psychological battles with the odious Umbridge are the best parts of “Phoenix,” and Rowling writes them with a wicked zest.Read more ›

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