Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling

Raincoast Books | June 21, 2003 | Hardcover

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix is rated 4.2864 out of 5 by 220.
J. K. Rowling has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure that is one third longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues the riveting tale of a 15-year-old wizard and his extraordinary powers. J. K. Rowling has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure that is one third longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. "A richly imagined world to which young readers will surrender themselves, and one of the most attractive heroes to come around in a long time."-Globe and Mail By printing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, Raincoast Books is minimizing its impact on the environment and helping safeguard biodiversity and the world''s forests. "The forest at Hogwarts is home to magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. Because the Canadian editions are printed on Ancient-Forest Friendly paper, the Harry Potter books are helping to save magnificent forests in the muggle world, the home of magical animals such as Orangutans, Wolves and Bears. It''s a good idea to respect ancient trees, especially if they have a temper like the Whomping Willow." -J. K. Rowling

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.36 × 5.58 × 2.18 in

Published: June 21, 2003

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551925702

ISBN - 13: 9781551925707

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining, but not one of my favourites of the series 3.75 stars This was a reread of the 5th Harry Potter book for me. This time I listened to the audio, narrated by Jim Dale. ***SPOILERS for previous books (if there's anyone who hasn't yet read them!)*** In this one, Harry has returned from the Tri-Wizard tournament knowing that Voldemort is back, but no one believes him. Dolores Umbridge, from the Ministry of Magic, is sent to Hogwarts to “teach” Defense Against the Dark Arts, and also as “High Inquisitor” of Hogwart's – really she's a spy for the ministry. ***END SPOILERS*** I must be getting used to Jim Dale, as he didn't “bug” me as much as listening to him whine as Hermione in Goblet of Fire (or maybe Hermione's just not whining as much!). There were still some voices I didn't like the way he did them, but there were also some parts he did very well. This one, along with Chamber of Secrets, might just remain one of my least favourite of the series. It was still enjoyable, but I found it a lot of set-up. It did introduce the horrible Umbridge woman. And the kids teaching themselves Defense Against the Dark Arts as Dumbledore's Army was entertaining, but I thought most of the book was set-up, although there was a bit of action at the very end. I did also enjoy Harry and Cho. Overall, still entertaining, just not one of my favourites of the series.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) simply amazing 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. 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.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: To Speak The Truth With Bravery We are over half way through the wonderfully amazing Harry Potter series, and from this point onwards every book is almost universally great. The war is brewing and Harry is getting ready for Voldemort. But only if he can survive his supposed allies tormenting him. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling steps firmly and forevermore into adulthood for our friends. J.K. goes for the jugular right off the top, with Harry being understandably annoyed at the lack of communication directed at him. The whole world is happening around his life, and the dullards of the Dursley's are still being abusive pests. Their dimwitted bullying is just a taste of the psychological attacks Harry will have to endure. Which is why part of me wanted Dudley to be left to his own devices when the Dementors attacked. Shortly after this, J.K. gives us another brilliant chapter with the masterful mixture of humour and tension, all featuring a whackload of owls. She juggles so many styles while imparting so much information, and subtly giving us a hint of who one of the villains will be in Order. Loved this chapter. When J.K. finally brings Harry in on the action, lets him vent abit, and then reveals the first obstacle in this war, The Ministry of Magic itself, you can see the wheels turning of the story. Which suits me just fine. Harry's healthy distrust of this corrupt administration explodes into outright hatred of their wanton disregard for human life. The criminal charges, mixed with a vile kangaroo court, makes the legitimacy of this government questionable. Seeing bullies turning on an innocent is bad, and something we have all encountered. Fudge and Umbridge are all to real unfortunately. The haven of Hogwarts is shattered in Order as well with the presence of Ministry stooges. Umbridge very quickly becomes one of the top villains in the series, an unrepentant racist, bully, child abuser, paranoid, unstable psychopath. Her behaviour in class is bad enough (and I have experienced teachers like this), but her punishment is stomach turning and illegal (also experienced teachers like this). Their justifications for these actions are reprehensible and should not be tolerated, but they are not and are officially sanctioned. These parts of the story are not a high point for me, nor something I savour. But I give J.K. enormous credit for tackling this terrible issue. And I give her even more credit for what comes next. Harry fights back. With prodding from Hermione, who it should be noted is always right, he forms Dumbledore's Army. Umbridge they realize is simply a hindrance to their greater goal. She considers herself a player in this grand drama, but Harry and the DA know the truth, that she is a fly to be swatted. Like all bullies really are. Harry is coming into his own as a true hero, doing what has to be done, and ignoring the nuisances. Life is like that, a real goal to be achieved, and someone petty standing in the way. All this training with the DA culminates in a battle spanning the deepest recesses of the Ministry of Magic. Falling into a trap, the DA become embroiled in, and do a very good job at, a fight with Death Eaters. J.K. shows how these pitched affairs are messy and not always go as planned, which makes for a realistic magic clash. Casualties mount and Harry's saviors from the Order do their amazing thing. Which makes the climax of Sirius's death hurt all the more. The DA and the Order were winning. The Death Eaters were losing. And Harry suffers another crushing loss. Another parental figure gone. So much pain he has to suffer, all because war equals death. We grieve for Sirius because he felt so real to us. J.K. does an amazing job throughout the series building these people up, who are now soldiers, and making them all count. Order brings even more onto the canvas, which suits my sensibilities just fine. From the quirky excitement of Tonks to the quirky intelligence of Luna, these two have entered my heart as favourites. And bringing the much needed cheer is of course the Weasley Twins. Best Exit Ever. Meanwhile new sides are shown of older players, with the obvious revelation of Snape's abusive father, to the more shocking behaviour of the young James Potter. All making for more nuisances and backstory to shape this universe even more into a whole tapestry. The crux of the ending with the Dumbledore versus Voldemort battle made this old time Star Wars fan fondly remembering Obi Wan taking on Darth Vader. While the outcome was markedly different, it proves an old adage many have said about Harry Potter. It is the Star Wars for this generation. Explains so much of my love for this epic series. And rightly so. Scoopriches
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from order of the phoenix so i got this book at my bday and it good i am at chapter 21 when they are having a class with hagrid but i want to finish it so i could read the rest by the way I a saw all the movie
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cant get enough! on my 4th time rereading this. cant say enough good things!
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Love the Harry Potter Series. Great for all ages. Enough Said.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite! My least favourite of the series, but still good!
Date published: 2010-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is an amazing story. There are so many details in the book and when they all come together in the end the story is just beautiful. READERS BEWARE ONCE YOU START READING YOU WON"T BE ABLE TO STOP! the book has its funny moments, tear jerking moments and shocking moments. You just can't help but fall in love with these characters......well most of them. some characters you will hate them for there words and actions. But this is what makes a great novel. This is a must read for everyone young and old.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome :D I totally forgot to write a review on this book! :OO But nevertheless, this book was very good ! I didn`t really like the beginning much because Harry was acting kinda .. moody. The climatic point of the book was thrilling , but I felt that Sirius`s death was really sad :\ Good book though :) 4/5
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too long! The fourth book in the Harry Potter series is definitely too long. J.K. Rowling spends an inordinate amount of time in the first half of the book describing Harry's anger towards Ron Weasley for believing that he put his own name into the Goblet of Fire. Get over it! It took great discipline on my part not to skip to the middle of the book where the story actually got interesting. Unfortunately, the fifth book "The Order of the Phoenix" is starting out the same way. I can't get past the constant complaining by Harry that no one tells him anything and he's tired of always being in the dark. I think the first three books in the series were much better written and much more enjoyable.
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing There is no words to discribe this book. Rowling out did herself again! Personally my favourite of the series. 5* easily.
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very rich but a much darker mood. The tone of this book is very different from the previous books but if you read the books continuously from the first you can tell this was a natural progression after how Book 4 ended. Again, so much detail, the characters are so rich, and so original! Where does JK Rowling get all of this?
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long, but satisfying! Despite this book's length, it plays a really important role in the Harry Potter series. Voldemort is back! But what does that mean? what happens now? That's what this book is about! Voldemort seems to have found a way in infiltrating Harry's mind as well and it perhaps can control what he will do next...Also, a very sad death occurs. Enjoy!
Date published: 2009-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Order of the Phoenix This is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. Harry has told the wizard world that Voldemort is back, but no one seems to believe him, except Harry's friends and Dumbledore. A wizard council is formed in order to somehow figure out a way to bring Voldemort down. As Harry returns to school, he endures the gossip and harsh remarks about his "lies". The ministry of magic has also taken over Hogwarts in order to keep students from believing the truth of Voldemort's return. Harry becomes frustrated, and he is punished. However, then Harry and his friends become aware that Sirius has been taken. He and his friends must sneek out of the school in order to save him. Will the wizard world finally believe Harry?
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomonal (so far) I started reading harry potter in 2008 for my literature circles group and now I'm on the 5th book. So far it is awsome! Harry has to spend another boring summer with the dursleys until two dementors come along and he if forced to the Patronus charm. He has to go on trial for his right to go back to hogwarts. What will happen read the book!
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and nothing like the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling is the fifth book of the series and was an exciting edition and definitely showed how much Harry had grown. There were many emotions experienced in this novel that Harry had never felt in the previous books. There were also many parts that resulted in some tears. J.K. Rowling is an excellent writer that chooses her words very accurately. I was very impressed that her books kept me interested and I keep growing attached to the characters, who are very convincing. Do not read this book if you haven't read the previous books, otherwise a lot of parts will not make sense. This novel was nothing like the movie, since it was so long, the movie had to change many parts. Did Cho Chang tell the secret? No. Did Fred and George light up the dragon fire crackers during exams? No. Cho Chang definitely had a larger role and so did Dobby the house elf. In this adventure Harry has been stuck at the Dursley's house all summer, hoping for some news to come from the wizarding world. However, none does - well, none of any importance. His friends, Ron and Hermione have been secretive all summer. One evening during summer, while wandering down a dark alley with his cousin Dudley, a pair of deadly Dementors attack. Harry is being ridiculed by the wizarding world, and none seem to believe him and Professor Dumbledore about the return of Lord Voldemort. OWLs (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) are upon the fifth year students at Hogwarts. There’s a new person in charge, who is out to exercise her powers. And an illegal secret society is formed, the DA. 4.5/5
Date published: 2009-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let the rebellion begin! Here we go, finally, more action! Harry is rebelling! A much better installment than the 4th, for myself. I felt this one was much more interesting, as Voldemort is back and Harry is getting ready. Sadly, Harry is now the outcast of the wizarding world, with no one believing his stories about Voldemort's return. However, the creation of Dumbledore's Army was one of my favourite moment in the series. The ending, yet again, left me heartbroken, but readers can begin to see the darkness creeping into the story. Clearly, Harry's last two years at school will be anything but easy. A great way to continue the last half of the story.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! What I liked about this book was that you got more information about what was happening to Harry in the past and what will happen in the future, not to mention more expanded information on other characters, like Dumbledore. Not the best book of the series but the plot advances and the reader makes further connections about the characters surrounding Harry overall. What I did not like was Harry getting mad all the time, that just annoyed me...
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever... This is the best book in the world to me... JK really makes the reader feel the words and actions of the characters... If stuck on an island this is the book I would want with... It really helps to read the other before it but it is well worth the read even if it is on its own.... LOVE IT .... thank you JK for a huge adventure...
Date published: 2007-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I could not put this book down as it was so great. I really enjoyed the part where Harry found out more about Snape's past. I am looking forward to reading books 6 and 7.
Date published: 2007-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Fantabulous book This book was G-R-E-A-T !!!!!! j.k rowling does such a good job at explaining characters. Take proffesor Umbrige she made me soo mad i screamed!I mean literally screamed! This book is a must read!
Date published: 2007-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best of the best! this book would have to be my all time favourite. so much action going on! can't wait to watch the movie!
Date published: 2007-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was absolutely great I would recommend it to any one.
Date published: 2007-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'A pure Carnegie Medal' When I read the Order of the Phoenix it was as if the entire fantasy world was at my feet. This is truly an awesome book!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. I found that it was really captivating, so much that it took me 1 and 1/2 days to finish reading. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix was not my favourite of the Harry Potter series but I think that it was a very very good book all the same.
Date published: 2006-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not up to My Expectations The book was okay, but not as good as the last book for some reason. First, it was too long and repetitive. The storyline is a bit too depressing and repressing for Harry. It makes me too angry, i'm sure other people feel it too. Personally, i don't like that kind of story. i think there was too much pain Harry had to endure. ...anyways, the length was a bit unreasonable too. There wasn't much going on, just Umbridge torturing Harry, i don't think it's that important to write 10 chapters just on that topic. It's longer than the fourth, but there wasn't big events like the triwizard tournament. I don't think it needs to be that long. But other than that, the book is good, it's just not as good as i expected it to be...maybe my expectations were too high, but the fourth book was really very good, so i was expecting something equal or better. but nonetheless, jk is an excellent writer!
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Magic The fifth book in the Harry Potter Series. This book is amazing. It has great writing. Full of magic, friendship, love, mischief, death, and a lot more. This is one of the best books in the series. Harry meets new people, falls in love, and once again meets Voldemort. The only problem is, when he goes to try and destroy voldemort, his friends get hurt in the process and someone very close to him dies. This book has a lot of events, and even though it may be long, it is worth a read!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's done it again She created a book to bogal the mind
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Of The Series! I absoloutly love this book. I'd have to say it is better than The Half Blood Prince.. It was so interesting. I HIGHLY RECOMEND it. Monika
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome J.K. Rowling has done it again. More twists and turns are added to the ever thickening plot as the Harry Potter saga continues. I can't wait to see what happens next. Much darker then previous books.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry Potter's growing up! I loved this book. . . it's great to see that JK Rowling is acknowledging that these kids have hormones. Definiely looking forward to the next (and last) in the series. I'll probably read 1 through 6 again before reading 7. I love Harry Potter and Ron Weasley!!!
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than I Was Expecting I have to admit that I was not very impressed with The Goblet of Fire, so my expectations for the Order of the Pheonix were quite low. I am so glad that I did not give up on the series. I really enjoyed this book. It was at times quite slow, but it was more realistic then some of the other books. Let's face it life isn't always exciting! Ms. Rowling manages to make you feel connected to the characters, which is not an easy thing to do. I think that the characters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron became more real than ever in this installment of the series. It's a great read!
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Journey I hear parents of children complain that the Harry Potter series is to dark for their children. Have you ever thought of reading the book for them selves first? I found the Order of the Phoenix to be another great book in the Harry Potter series and was not disappointed. In this book there is tragedy just like in real life. A great read, I highly suggest it to anyone who hasn't read this book yet!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 Stars Not my all time fav. but still a worthwhile read
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I love this book like all the others. It was interesting and dramatic. We learn alot about the less meaningful characters.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Harry Potter fan!! I love Harry Potter, and have read the books so many times that I am now attempting to read them in Spanish - my second language! I love the way JK writes! All of the books in the Harry Potter series are amazing! The way she can lure you into a magical world is astonding! I´m excited for the last one! I want to know what´s going to happen!
Date published: 2006-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's done it again! JK Rowling has an innate ability to take the world around and create something magical! Her characters continue to develp and discover themselves in this 5th installment in the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling has truly captured the teenage essense and frustration that is adolesence. Combine this with Harry's charmingly befuddled way with girls, and a wizard out to kill him, and you've found yourself a smashing read! With the answers leaving you only wanting more, and many answers still yet to come, Order of the Phoenix is a fabulous addition to the Harry Potter series, and one of my favorites. Kudos Mrs.Rowling! My hat is off to you again!
Date published: 2006-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Order of the Phoenix This book is great. It makes me feel like I am actually in the book. I can picture everything that happens. And if you like this book, read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I loved it! Also, watch the new Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire).
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't stop reading it! I love this book so much! J.K.Rowling describes everything so well you can picture yourself there! I loved this book so much I had to read it again. Reading it makes me in a good mood. When I am sad I say I wish I could go to Hogwarts! Keep up the excellent work Mrs.Rowling!
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORIBLE i read this book thinking it would get better but no it is awful and if i were you i wouldn't read it either
Date published: 2005-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WORST BOOK TO DATE I absolutly hate the book. I like the others but this one was just bad, it took me 3 years to read because everytime I tried to read it I got so bored I fell asleep. The book is just bad, it goes on and on about nothing. I think JK Rowling has lost her touch and is only continuing for more money. I would not reccomend this book and I hope no more people will buy it. IT SUCKS!
Date published: 2005-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harry potter and the order of the phinox very good book i recomened it to all children
Date published: 2005-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter Series The Harry Potter series is absolutly amazing. I wonder how Ms. Rowling came up with the idea of the wizarding world. It is just so cool how she describes everything and sometimes I wish that there was really magic and muggles and Hogwarts. Then, I'd be the only international muggle-born witch. It would be so cool. By the way, the books rock.
Date published: 2005-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A secretive tale with electryfing twists! This book might not have had as much action throughout the book but surely the end would of satisfied any reader! While the story unfolds Harry really starts to get his teen characteristics, dating's just one of them, and by the end so many secrets were revealed, a bit confusing, but definately satisfing. I really can't believe that some could rate this so low, the book itself is like a rebellion between harry's feelings towards others and his high temper and hate towards certain horrible teachers... J.k. you haven't lost your touch yet!! Keep writing! and please let Harry win The second war!!!
Date published: 2005-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from harry rocks! i personally love all harry potter books and the 4th one i found was the best one. The oRder of the Phoenix was very hard to get into. Not to discourage anyone, but the first 400 pages were possibly the most boring thing i've ever read. But once you start reading and really getting into the story and all the little details this book has to offer you will definitely love it. It's a must read. You get to find out some really cool things at the end!
Date published: 2005-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing edition I was thoroughly disappointed with this book, especially after being drawn to the quality and pure addictiveness of J.K. Rowling's other books. It seems to be a waste of the opportunity which the author carefully crafted in The Goblet of Fire. Instead of being gripping, sections of the book on the more mundane aspects of life, such as housecleaning and studying for exams, made rather uninteresting reading. The climax was somewhat repetitious, and even a little confusing. It saddens me somewhat to see where the series has led. My only hope is that Rowley is able to return to her roots -- with original plot innovations, character development, and storytelling for which she has built her success -- in the Half-Blood Prince .
Date published: 2005-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Editor's Desk? Once again Rowling has proven to the world that there is a reason for having an editor. The book -while having and excellent plot idea- was crying for someone to come in with an objective veiw and edit the many rough patches of the book. Repeating the calamity started in Goblet of fire, the attept made to give Harry a more rebelious and sterotypical teenage outlook on situations was akward and difficult to believe giving all the good character development done in the first three books. The first quarter of the book was filled with many dry areas and while Harry was at Hogwarts, you felt as you were being led in circles with the proffessor Umbridge. Though a valiant attempt, this book is in serious need of some help.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well..... When I got this book, like many others I was excited, but after reading it I was dissapointed. It wasn'y the worst book I read or anything, but it didn't find it was as interesting and as thrilling as the other books. The third book was my for sure favorite. And when I read the 4th I thought it was GOOD but not GREAT. Ever since she got really popular she seems to have begun to go down hill. She hasn't been writing as well as before. I think all the popularity is geting to her, either by not having enough time, or making her feel over-confident.
Date published: 2005-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from GRAB SOME POPCORN!!! Grab some pie (or popcorn), it got so boring at parts! I mean really, not the best thing to use- chapters of rubbish! Also, I was too confused- there's too many characters! I mean, some are so unimportant! I think J.K. Rowling would have over five hundred readers more from just one city if she made it interesting. I mean, the fourth one is brilliant, but the fifth one just gets on your nerves. Also, I think there should have been more action!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from half blood prince This was the greatest harry potter book and should be read at any age can't wait to read the half blood prince
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg the book is amazing I TELL U AMAZING u cant afford to miss it cuz it is awesome
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J.K> Rowling rocks This book was one of the best books I ever read. It was very exciting and cool. My favourite characters are Voldemort and Hagrid. Bye
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this book in the harry potter series is my fave so far. J.K. Rowling out did herself this time. i would recomed this book to anyone. the ending was a real shock but still enjoyable and even made my cry a little. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done. An amazing book. Very well written. It is darker than the previous books in the series, and definitely much better. I hope Ms. Rowling continues to write amazing books.
Date published: 2005-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rowlings losing it Where to start? Ok, firstly, the plot, did anyone else notice how most of this book was filler? Really, WHO CARES how bad the first week at Hogwarts was? I know parts where important, but the rest was useless crap. There where plot holes everywhere, so I won't bother trying to point out all of them in a 1000 word review. Then there where grammar mistakes that made it hard to read, and even entire sentences that made no sense what so ever. If you haven't read this book yet, DON'T. Mabye you can avoid being one of the unfortunate millions suckered into this book.
Date published: 2005-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST HARRY POTTER BOOK!!! THis is the best harry potter book...if you are a harry potter fan you should read it...it is the best!!
Date published: 2005-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawless, forever be the fate for this series Rumored to be the greatest since The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter continues to triumph over and over again as more and more of the books are published to such widely accepting crowds. For many, these books are the answer to their dreams. They allow you to escape into a rich, complex world of magic and fantasy. Love, compassion, daring, anger, rage, joy, confusion, adventure are only some words that can accurately describe these books. This latest installment, (currently the latest published, excluding Half Blood Prince), is probably just as great as the rest. Congratulations J.K Rowling, you've accomplished something many may never acheive. You've set a new standard to reading, and I hope you continue this enjoyable talent of yours. Even after Harry Potter, create something just as good, satisfy children and adults from all over the world again and again, dazzling book after dazzling book! Thank you for changing my life J.K.
Date published: 2005-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Reveiw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the MOST outstanding fantasy book I've ever read!!! It goes above and beyond any other book , with the oringinal and interesting spells, comical characters, exploding fight scenes and a dazzling plot line. J.K Rowling just has a way to keep you reading late into the night, if anything Rowling deserves a 5 star rating for this bewitching novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the phoenix !!!!! TWO THUMBS UP!
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a real winner As always JK just pulls you right in from the start. If you have read any of the books then you will know what I mean. If you haven't read it then what are you waiting for. It is that perfect balance between reality and magic, innocence and rebellion and passion of the heart and mind. I can't wait for the 6th book to come out. I'm sure I will give that a 5 star as well. There are some tragic parts in it but it makes Harry and everyone seem so real because she has written a character then everyone can relate to at some point. Definetly worth buying (I've had it for less then a year and have read it 4 times).
Date published: 2005-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series opened my eyes to the fantasy world. This has got to be the greatest series I've ever read. Ever since i picked up book one only 1 year ago... I read and re-read all 5 books in about 2 months. Ever since I read these books I've adored reading fantasy and would suggest to all harry potter fans : 1-The wheel of time by robert jordan, 2-The 21 book series of Dark elf drizzt do'urden and 3- A sonf of ice and fire series by George RR Martin. All in all, this book 5 of an AMAZING series is great, the best one of the series!!! That being said, I hope book 6 is even better and I will be first in line to buy it.
Date published: 2005-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yawn This book was an ok book the fourth one was better it was not long i finished in five days the thimg you find about harry at the end was so stupid it was in your face in all the books. Fred and Grorge are the cool
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Order of the Phoenix delivers! I waited in line at the local Chapters at a wonderful midnight party just to get my hands on this book. I was so excited to even touch it! Then I read my favourite book... I loved it! The wonderful characters and imaginative spells and enchantments the Order of the Phoenix cooks up proves that Harry Potter is the hugest phenomenon in publishing. The quality of this story makes you a part of it. I cannot say enough about it. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince(6th book)is going to be amazing, you can tell by the way this story ends Harrys journey is just going to keep getting better and better!
Date published: 2005-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawless by far All my life up til the age of 9, I never enjoyed reading in any means available. However, when I was 9 years old, my Dad was trying to inspire me, and as he visited a bookstore on 1 cold dark evening, he bought Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, released the same year. This was an amazing purchase, as it changed my life forever. Ever since the day he read me the first page, I was hooked. Hooked on something I thought was boring and a waste of my time. However, J.K Rowling took that waste of time and turned it into something meaningful and enjoyable at the same time. That one Harry Potter book inspired me to read more and more books, and, soon, as the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books came out, I found myself reading them by lamp light in my room from periods of around 3-4 hours at a time. And when I finished them, I would read them again and again. I am now 13 years old and I can certainly say that I have read each book at least 4 times each. I am just going to re-read the 5th book, The Order of the Pheonix tonight to refresh my mind for the upcoming 6th book, The Half Blood Prince. J.K Rowling is the greatest author ever born into this world, at least that's what I think, and I hope that after her completion of the 7 book series, that she writes another series, because then I will always have something to look forward to. In fact, my birthday is in less than 20 days and I find myself more anxious to get to the release date of the 6th book, than my own birthday. You rock J.K!:D
Date published: 2005-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, but LONG I think that this book is really long, but it made me realize that Harry is just like us. He can get mad to! Most of my friends think that I'm crazy because I like Harry Potter so much, but I can't help it! I have to recommend this book because it might seem a little slow at the beginning, but by the end of chapter 1 you will probably have to find out what happens next. The size of the book may be a little disturbing, but it's only really long because it is so interesting!!!!! If you like fantasy, adventure, and magic. It's almost guaranteed you'll love this book!
Date published: 2005-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could have been better Okay, I'll admit this wasn't one of the best but it was still good! My favourite characters are Fred and George. I liked Umbridge as a character. No matter how evil she was, she always made me laugh (probably because she reminded me of my Geo teacher). I highly recommend this book but only if you'll really commit yourself. It takes awhile to get into but the end and what you find out about Harry is really startling!
Date published: 2005-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing Better Then A Touch of Harry Potter I have to admit, that if I submitted this review just after I had read the book the first time, it would have gotten four stars.. but since reading it a few times, I changed my mind, this book really does deserve a five even though it isn't as action packed as the fourth book. I think this book is the beginning of the end so to speak, so like an introduction to books 6 and 7.. but for that we'll just have to wait and see I suppose (I cant wait!)... No author has been able to make me so passionate and completly starved for their next book as JK has, she was the one that brought me into loving books with her rich details, giving me the feeling that I'm standing right next to Harry. So, if you havn't given the Harry Potter books a chance, I suggest that you do, because JK really takes you on a wonderful ride i her magical world, her books... really are... magic!
Date published: 2005-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! It is an awesome book! Full of new adventures and mysteries every step of the way! Thanks to J.K. Rowling for her beautifully written books. I love them all! Check out all the rest of the parts. Hope you enjoy it!
Date published: 2005-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was a great book and i'm looking forward to the 6th book but lately i prefer a series of unfortunate events books.
Date published: 2005-02-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from THIS SUCKS!!!!! It is one of the most HORRIBLE book I've EVER read! I don't know what happened to JK Rowling, it sucks! DON'T BUY IT! IT IS WASTE OF MONEY!
Date published: 2005-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rowling loosing her touch! Ok, don't get me wrong, I liked the first 3 books. They were really well written and the story was deep and interesting. I thought that the fourth book would be a real good read. Man was I wrong. And now the 5th book is here and I must say that I was not at all impressed. The first time I read it I found dozens of plot holes and the story was so predictable that I pretty much knew the end way before I even got there. It was full of useless information, (honestly, who cares what happened in the first week of school?) and was so borring I nearly gave up. If you want a book about youngh magicians and evil lords, look somewhere else. All I can say is I hope Rowling picks up the pace before the next book.
Date published: 2005-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not J.K Rowling's best work The first 3 books were pretty good. After that I didn't like it as much. J.K Rowling is losing her touch. When i read these books they were great but then her style changed in a bad way. She always seems to rush her books and not put her soul into them as she did in the past 3 books. To all the Harry Potter fans I don't mean to put you down but who says her next book will be any better.
Date published: 2005-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have you read the book??? Avez vous lu le livre??? If you haven't read it then what are you waiting for? I think this book is the best out of all five of them, it took me five days to read this book. It was so good I read it in english and french and I'm planning to read it again. When you start reading it you can't stop because there is to much suspence. You can't predict the ending which is great. I think the ending was excellent. I'm waiting for the sixth book which is coming out in July. J.K. Rowling should continue doing this excellent job, she is the best author of all time and probably will always be.
Date published: 2005-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book for young readers. An excellent book that captivates young readers minds & interest. J.K. Rowling has captured young readers around the world with her magical words she has the power to snag peoples' attention & draw them into Harry Potters' magical world. The other books in the series are also excelent for people. And if you start reading anyof these books you might want to start early because they have so so many unexpected twists that you will not be able to put the book down even if you wanted to. Bravo! J.K. Rowling !! Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not quite what i expected harry potter is an adicting series. i've been hooked since my teacher read me the first book in grade 5. i found, however, that though book five is an extremly and inescapably important part in the harry potter saga, it wasn't quite as good as i hoped it to be. fred and george's antics were a chapter by chapter humourous section which i enjoyed a hundred times over. my complaint though was dolores jane umbridge. she was absolutly evil. and i enjoyed mocking the character in my mind's eye, but after several repetitive chapters of how she made life horrid for harry, i had the point, and yet rowling continued. i wished only for a reprieve of her longated details of how sinister this woman was. we the readers had quite understood this fact quite early in the book. and though the things she did to harry (you'll have to read to find out!) were somewhat important, i feel they ought to have been less detailed as the book drove on. simply a page or two would suffice, but rowling would spend entire chapters describing one detention!. i did enjoy the book though, but mainly because i was prepossed in it's favour. i had predetermined that i was to enjoy the book because after all, it was still my beloved harry potter series.
Date published: 2005-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good as others I in most peoples terms I would not be considered a hardcore fan because of what I think of this book and because I do not indulge myself in anything other then the books(though I can say that i have been reading the Harry Potter books before most of the 'hardcore fans' have-since the second book was new). This book was in my opinion a disappointment just like the second book, and all it had to offer was it's ending and the new information we receive from 'the marauder days'. I do hope the next book is exciting like books 1,3,and 4 and am waiting for it to come. I still do think that Rowling is a master when it comes to her Harry Potter books, but I need more of that intrigue, mystery, and suspense that made these books so popular with me in grade 3, when I was looking for books that got me to think,yet still had words in my academic level(warning I'm going to brag: it was at a grade 5 level) peace and safe reading!
Date published: 2005-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I found that while some parts of the book were dull, the rest was Amazing. It is a work of art. It was somthing of a relief to find that J.K. put some real life things into the book. It makes the series that much more interesting for the readers to indulge themselves in.
Date published: 2005-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! This was a great book. If you are the magical fantasy type that likes a good adventure, this book is for you. It is interessting and it had me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down! I continually read it for 6 hours once! It is a classic and you will not want to miss it.
Date published: 2004-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blah..! Realistic? Is that your excuse? Are you really looking for realism in a fantasy novel? How realistic can you get when Harry is constantly surrounded by goblins and trolls, unicorns, centaurs, giants, gargantuan lake squids, and living garden nomes? If you're a hardcore fan of the novels then maybe you won't mind. I didn't at first, but after I finished the novel I wasn't too impressed. I wasn't looking for realism. HARRY POTTER IS A FRICKIN' WIZARD! I was looking for a suspenseful and entertaining read. This book wasn't the most entertaining. The only reason I got through it is because it is Harry Potter, and the first four novels were jolly good. I've tried to read the book again, but it's just way too damn insipid. I've read the other books many, many times before. It just seems that Rowling has lost her touch or simply given up, and this book was some pathetic attempt to rake in money. Pathetic in the sense that this book is cr^p.
Date published: 2004-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Come On!!!!!!!!!!!! This book was excellent one of my favs. whats wrong with you people. It was just as good or better. Did you ever think that Harry has more to life then Magic, action, and violence! What's wrong with some romance Harry needs some happiness in his dreadful life.
Date published: 2004-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My God! I hate to say this to such a good author, but at first, her first three books had a rich essence that she captured that I believe no one else could capture. Now I am very disappointed in what little effort she put in, a good portion of the book was love, love, and more love, no magic, and in the beginning about him going to court, no the main character of the story will go to jail, so stereotypical, of course he's going to win it. She's lost her touch, taste, and her mind, you might as well skip the first 400 pages and the last hundred are still boring and incredibly stupid.
Date published: 2004-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I think this book is EXCELLENT! It is a very good read. However, I may have excepted too much for this book and that's why i gave a four star because it didn't fulfill my expectations. There were parts where the story was lagging but it did soon pick up. In contrast to the fourth book, the fourth one was sooo action packed even for its huge size. I really believe that the length of this book was nessessary and so were the lagging parts too. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Let Down.... Going into this book i was expecting another master peice by J.K Rowling but when i finished the book I relized it was quite a let down. The plot was non-exsisting, the character line was thin and the ending was stupid. I would still recommend this book to Harry Potter lovers but don't be over expecting anything like I did or be ready for a let down. My advice for those of you who are just starting to read it .. skip the first 300 pages or so. It is so hard to get into!!! She should have compacted it into an easy 300 pages. It would have been more injoyable for the reader and less heavy to carry. lol Happy Reading!
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth every galleon, knut and sickle!!! This book is just fantastic. Yes the size can scare you but it goes by so fast! All the hints and clues at the beginning for the end are great and well thought out. They just get better by the book.
Date published: 2004-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A huge dissapointment! This is probably one of the worst books that I have ever read, at least in my opinion. I don’t feel that I learnt anything of extreme importance, and Harry's little tantrums are completely unrealistic and become extremely annoying, very quickly. I'm surprised that I even made it through the book. I have indeed read the other books and I sincerely enjoyed them. I feel however that this book was poorly written, it may please many minds, but some readers who have high expectations of what they read, or at least for the Harry Potter series may be disappointed (you might disagree, but it is the truth, as long as your not a diehard Harry fan, or are a extremely diehard fan of the books). Sure the other books aren't full of important events, but they are somewhat entertaining and enjoyable because they were well written. Which, I feel that this book is not, as I have previously stated. I guess maybe my expectations have risen over the years. Go read The Lord of the Rings.
Date published: 2004-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J.K. Rowling strikes again! Spoiler alert! If you haven't read it, well what the hell are you waiting for? By far the funniest book so far, thanks to a portrait, Peeves and Fred and George Weasly. We get to see new places, like the room full of chamber pots (mentioned in the fourth book) the Ministry of Magic, St. Mungos and a dark wizards house. J.K. Rowling has by far out done herself this time. We have the joy of meeting lots of new characters, like Umbridge, Mrs.Figg, Tonks, and Kingsly. No book, past or presant, can out do this book (Can't say about the future, after all the sixth and seventh HP books haven't come out yet!) 40 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2004-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Each book gets better and better. I don't know how JK does it, but I wish I knew. Full of magic, suspense, laughter and horror. Definitely recommended!
Date published: 2004-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly suggested I think J.K Rowling had created a very successful franchise. Her imagination and creativity is beyond anything! The first 4 books were mesmerizing. You would literally pick up the book and won't want to put it down. Similarly, the book 5 was very well done. However, due to the length of the book, at certain point of the book you would actually want to put it down and rest. They were actually welcoming rests as you relax your eyes for more Harry Potter.
Date published: 2004-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harry strikes for the 5th time JK Rowling must be the most popular writer in the world by now! Her Harry Potter series is amazing and the fifth is best of all. Harry faces girls, Quittich, Professor Umbridge, the Ministery of Magic, and the Dark Lord Himself... Volemort. Believe me! Once you open to the first page, you will never put it down!
Date published: 2004-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Order I have to admit, Rowling did not do badly with her latest installment of 'Harry Potter'. It includes adventure,lure,excitement...almost everything that you can think of. Even sadness, which is still something that I dont agree with in this book. If you have read it, which I should hope you have, you will understand. The reader can see how Harry has changed from his first year at Hogwarts to now. The other characters have been worked on, therefore allowing them to be more, shall I say, rounded. I certainly await her new book, whatever she may deside to call it, and will spend the time re-reading her past ones, looking for hidden clues.
Date published: 2004-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It does't get any better than this! I thought Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix was one of j.k rowlings best. The plot was more than amazing and the story was just long enough. I do wish it had more suspense in the beginning. This book was excellent excellent EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2004-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I started reading this book and soon realized that I couldn't put it down. i loved the plot and it was quite funny in several parts. I ended up reading it twice! This book is definitly a must read!
Date published: 2004-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have read all of the Harry Potter books and this one is by far the best! I love the Harry Potter series and i hope to encourage more to read this books. Thank you!
Date published: 2004-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Worthy of the name 'Magic'! An Order. A Mystery. A Prophecy. Some magic, and a whole lot of action. That is what Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is. J.K. Rowling is truly a wonderful writer with a brilliant imagination. When Harry is whisked away from his Aunt and Uncle's home on Privet Drive, he is taken to Sirius Black's zany house. There Harry is kept; and he is also kept away from many secrets as well. Harry, of course, see's no reason as to why the Order, which consists of Harry's friend and elders, should keep secrets from him. After the You Know Who scare in his fourth year, Harry is biund to find out what the adults are talking about late at night. Is it about Harry? Harry goes on a quest and suddenly, he is wound up in great danger. Harry also loses a loved one, which made even J.K. Rowling cry about. In all, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a wondeful book that any Harry Potter fan will enjoy!
Date published: 2004-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! When I bought this book, I knew it would be a good read and I was right! Although it has some sad events in it such as one of the main characters died in a battle! However, I loved the part where Harry Potter faces Voldemort's Death Eaters but this time, he's not alone! He has his faithful best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger with him, a forgetful but determined Neville Longbottom, no more bashful Ginny Weasley, and a new and strange companion Luna Lovegood with him! All of you HP, RW, HG, GW, NL, LL fans, you will love it because it's a simply amazing book!
Date published: 2004-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don`t get why people are panning it! I thought that this was an incredible book! I don`t understand why people were giving it a thumbs down! I thought that although there was just as much detail as the previous books, it still flowed wonderfuly. I read the book in just over a day! People who don`t think the book is good seem to expect something to happen every 5 pages, and that Harry will always behave himself perfectly. I didn`t mind the length of the book at all, in fact, the longer the better! I really enjoy what is going on between Ron and Hermione, I think that Siriuses death will really have a point to it , I admire how J.K. finally wove in Harry`s destiny. One other thing I think was genius was how the whole adventure in the end was because Harry made a mistake. I think that this showed that Harry isn`t perfect! I think that people expect Harry to be way to.........anti-teenager! But anyway, all in all, best book in the series, hands down. Now we just have to wait a few years for the new ones :(
Date published: 2004-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!!!! This was a wonderful book, and anyone who doesn't grasp the plot line either needs to read it more carefully or shouldn't be reading such a complex and brilliant book.
Date published: 2004-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absoulutely Brilliant! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a very very good book. J.K. Rowling is an absoulute genius for coming up with Harry Potter. The only major critisism I have with this book is that it is very long. It would have been better if condensed to 400-480 pages. Some of the events in the book didn't make sense. Overall, it was a good book. I hope she continues the series. Happy Reading!
Date published: 2004-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORING! This was no where near as good as I expected! I can't beleive this book made millions. The only reason I read it was because I couldn't find anything better to do. People in this story weren't nearly as good as they were in the other ones. Not worth it!
Date published: 2004-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting... this book was not as good as the rest of them it was almost quite depressing and in parts, boring harrys change of personality was not good but otherwise I loved it! a good read!
Date published: 2004-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from people who don't like Harry Potter SUCK!!! Okay, I just have to say first of all that Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix is the most inspiring peices of literature that I have ever come across. Not only is it action filled and interesting, but it REFLECTS REAL LIFE. What I think that people don't understand is that you cannot expect five epic adventures with explosions and intriguing information every two seconds. This last book is a breath of fresh air; despite the fact that it is based on magic, it is able to reflect real life in that not everything turns out the way you think it should! Sometimes, life drags on and is boring! Sometimes, the information you recieve is not as fabulously intriguing as you wanted it to be! THIS IS THE WAY THINGS ARE! Not that I thought that this story was boring, however. I know for a fact that everything in this story was important, and that even if some parts seemed meaningless, they were obviously build-ups for later on in the series. So, to everyone who says that this story was boring, meaningless, brought down your opinions of certain characters, stinking drivel, or just plain disappointing, I say GET OVER YOURSELF AND GROW YOURSELF A BRAIN! To everyone who liked it, good for you! You are intelligent and can recognise amazing literature when you see it :)!
Date published: 2003-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so good.... I liked the first 4 books but this one was pretty bad. The entire book would have made a better read had it been condensed into 300 pages.
Date published: 2003-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SImply Brilliant this book is by far the best one in the series. I've always enjoyed POA prizoner of Azkaban, but this one was just...amazing. Its filled with drama, action, and even a little romance to top it off. This book, this series, is so realistic. I'll leave it at that. Just experience it for yourself, and you'll see.
Date published: 2003-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from could have been better! I honestly think that this book could very well have been better. I did not really like the change in which Harry's personality went through....it was still quite good, but the other four were far better. Anyways, happy reading!
Date published: 2003-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I loved the fifth Harry Potter book. I couldn't put it down! J.K. Rowling is a genius!
Date published: 2003-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Epic Tale Here is another book writen by J.K. Rowling. I am glad to see another one but i was rather dissapointed with the effort put in this book. I would say in this book the best parts was the fight at the end of the book and when Cho Chang expersed her feelings towards harry. Unfortunetly Harry is biting peoples heads off in this book. I hope the next book in the series will have a lot more action.
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Harry Potter RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For anyone who likes a good adventure story, this is a great book! This time J.K. Rowling has really outdone herself! If there was a 10 star option, I would choose 11! It was quite sad, but well written, discribing teenagers perfectly, with something everyone can relate to. Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan (is there such a thing?), you should read this because you won't be dissapointed!
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Harry Potter RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For anyone who likes a good adventure story, this is a great book! This time J.K. Rowling has really outdone herself! If there was a 10 star option, I would choose 11! It was quite sad, but well written, discribing teenagers perfectly, with something everyone can relate to. Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan (is there such a thing?), you should read this because you won't be dissapointed!
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Star of the Show Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix steals the show. I love Harry Potter potter books and I didn't like # 4 that much but # 5 is the best. AND SOME1 DIES. Read it. And if your kids play wizard , buy them all the Harry Potter books in Large Print it makes them feel like a wizard. iT IS A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE BUT IT WILL MAKE YOUR KIDS READ. J.k Rowling made my friends read. Its because of her for most of the reading children in North America. Read the harry Potter series
Date published: 2003-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Star of the Show Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix steals the show. I love Harry Potter potter books and I didn't like # 4 that much but # 5 is the best. AND SOME1 DIES. Read it. And if your kids play wizard , buy them all the Harry Potter books in Large Print it makes them feel like a wizard. iT IS A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE BUT IT WILL MAKE YOUR KIDS READ. J.k Rowling made my friends read. Its because of her for most of the reading children in North America. Read the harry Potter series
Date published: 2003-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its The Best! This book is the best! It keeps you guessing to the end! It disappoints me that she only has two more left to write. But the sooner the better! Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2003-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Story just loved the book and i am waiting for the next one to come out
Date published: 2003-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm awestruck! This is yet another fantastic addition to the already astounding series by J.K.Rowling that has left me speechless. The plot becomes more intricate as Harry Potter's life is the wizarding world gets a few twists.
Date published: 2003-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book!!!!! When I was done reading this book i couldn't belive it!!!!! My Jaw was droped so far down i colulden't get it up!!!!! All in all A MUST READ!!!!!
Date published: 2003-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing! J.K Rowling has taken the world of writing by storm! Harry and his friends enter their 5th year at Hogwarts dramatically. Almost everyone in the wizarding world sees him as an attention-seeking kid spreading rumors that a certain Dark wizard has returned. Little does Harry know that he would be facing an entirely strange year...
Date published: 2003-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book*!* that book was so good... i read it in lyk 5days i couldnt put it down... i loved it! Keep up to good work J.K. Roling
Date published: 2003-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK IN SERIES Pheonix brings an amazing journey through Harry's fifth year at hogwarts that I found most enjoyable of all the books in the series. Harry's temper raises alot of points which brings out the evil side of him, I can't believe Rowling came up with this fifth book's storyline. Lots of suspense that will make you read all day long. It may be diffrent from the rest of the series, but that's what makes the story the best in the series. The death of the person wasn't so bad to me. Buy it! It's worth it!
Date published: 2003-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pheonix is my hero!!!!!!! Great book!!Great book!! Great book!!!! Loved it so much!!!!! I was jumping around so much as my Dad read it to me that I think he thought I had to go to the bathroom!!! Best in the series!!! Even better then the 3rd one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's my 2nd favorite book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Favorite book: Howie Monroe and the doghouse of Doom.)
Date published: 2003-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sniffles for Snuffles This was a really good book, but was a lot more mature then the rest of the series. It definatly wasn't the best in the series, so a lot of people were disapointed, but it definatly wasn't the worst, either. My only disapointment with it was the death of my favorite character, but I'm sure Rowling had a reason for it, even if it's not clear right away. Overall, a great read.
Date published: 2003-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different direction for Rowling The main thing to understand when reading Order of the Phoenix is that it is a much different book from the others in the series. If you fail to recognize this, you will be bitterly disappointed and feel cheated. If you keep this in mind, you will be be able to see and appreciate this book for what it is. Rowling has done a great job of changing Harry from a character who is always displayed as nearly flawless except for the occasional naivete into more of a tragic hero, complete with his own character flaws which he must come to terms with and overcome in order to succeed. If predictability is what you expect from a series, you will not enjoy this book. However, if you do not mind the fact that these characters and the story line itself have developed and changed to many directions, then this story will be a joy to read and a welcome addition to the HP series.
Date published: 2003-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good this book was really good but at times like when harry was going yo St. mungos hospital it got boring htere for some reason. I could understand why Harry was irritated and angry but at sometimes he just lashed out for no point at his friends.
Date published: 2003-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Living Time I tried to like it, I really did, but it was the worst mish-mash of nothing I have ever read. It dragged and dragged and Harry was so out of character--bad manners don't have to go with being a teenager. Rowling's lost her touch and it was too much like the book, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. But she didn't do a good job on Ender's ideas. So she made another fifty million dollars out of a lot of idiots, myself included. I want my money back!!!
Date published: 2003-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME!!! This book was great! It was full of action and adventure! It kept me up all night reading! I could never put it down! It was full of suspence so when your mom told you to go to bed you were constantly saying Oh mom just 5 more minutes! This book is great for children and a lovely read!
Date published: 2003-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I waited three years for this? While I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Harry, Hermione, Ron and the others, I was rather disappointed with this book. Virtually nothing happened, the big reveal at the end wasn't anything we didn't already know or surmise, and Sirius's death was not that big of a deal. I am still amazed with Rowling's imagination and love seeing her inventions coming to life. It was kind of cool to see Neville Longbottom kind of come into his own. Hagrid was almost unrecognizable for some reason. This book seemed to be written for a slightly older audience, or perhaps it was just the obvious maturing of Harry, Ron and Hermione. I am looking forward to the next book, but I hope J.K. comes up with something a lot more exiting to read than the Order of the Phoenix.
Date published: 2003-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average at best I was fairly disappointed with this fifth installment. She had a fantastic formula with the first three books, short, sweet, and full of adventure. In the fourth book J.K. holds her own because even with the added length, the book still moves reasonably quickly. The fifth book, however, does not offer this quick pace until more than half the book is finished (which would be fine if there was a goal, revelations, something other that whining and drivel). There were a number of times that I almost stopped reading because if I read Harry whine one more time or Ron and Hermione argue just once more I would have thrown it in the fire. Yes Harry comes to some realizations and has to learn to deal with his anger (wasn't that Return of the Jedi?), but enough is enough (pardon the cliché). I will say the ending was well formed and exciting but we need some original ideas please.
Date published: 2003-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book This book is by far the best. The beginning is a little hard to get into, but i gave it the chance it deserves since J.K Rowling is a genusis. I love her books. Anyways back to the book, as i got to it the ending was explosive. Pure amazement is all I can say. This book is the best and it has an amazing ending. I recomend it for anyone young or old. Thumbs up to rowling on this work of art.!!
Date published: 2003-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome It is such a great book. There are so many astonishing twists & turns.
Date published: 2003-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Series peaked at book four. Up until The Goblet of Fire, the Harry Potter books kept getting better and better, but this book did not at all live up to my expectations. I adored book four, but this book was disappointing. Nothing of any importance happened until the very end when a major character dies, and even the death of that character was unneccessary. I don't know why Harry hasn't killed himself yet just to end his misery. It seems like there's nothing left to happen to him, since he's already been to hell and back. I honestly don't know what Rowling is going to fill up two more books with if this is as good as it gets. Also, Dumbledore didn't explain ANYTHING of importance to Harry at the end. I thought it would be something huge, like Voldemort was Harry's real father or something, and there was so much suspense leading up to the declaration, but what he actually said was obvious and pointless. I read over that paragraph twice to make sure I hadn't missed something, because I was like We already knew that! The last chapter did not make me want to read the next book at all. There's been way too much hype over this mediocre novel. I'm a writer myself, and while I was reading this book I kept thinking I could have wrote this or that so much better.
Date published: 2003-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantabulous! this book is even more thrilling than the last four! it begins with a little dragging of scences and chapters... but closer to the end it explodes with exciting, dangerous and hilarious plot! i highly recommend this book for people of all ages! you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2003-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another victorious achievement The first four books were prizewinners. However, three years of waiting was definitely worth it. Rowling’s painstaking effort to construct book five has opened my eyes into the world of evolution and emotional change. By incorporating a new set of ideals through Harry’s new attitude upon life and death, Rowling has meticulously bonded the essence of warmth, compassion, iniquity, and assiduousness into a magical creation – one that all ages are bound to savour. Her inevitable success has made her fifth book even better than its predecessors. It is evident that Harry is entering a world where he undergoes excruciating and psychological pains – both unexpected and perplexing. Allowing her readers to sharply question Harry’s next motives, Rowling has unrelentingly propelled her skill in opening our imaginations and taking it to a whole new level. Currently fifteen, I find it quite easy to relate myself to Harry’s predicaments. Whilst educating myself through the eyes of Harry Potter, I have grown to love Rowling’s experimental works with her characters. By scrupulously crafting each and every character with unique qualities highlights her virtuosity, intricacy, and proficiency towards broadening her choice of personalities – allowing her readers to hold favorites and carefully distinguish between the immoral and moral. Her fifth novel has shown readers that in the world of magic, there are many aspects quite analogous to our muggle world – the way we perceive events, psychological conflicts, and most importantly, the growing pains of adolescence. She has delicately amalgamated the concept of heroism with dedication, as well as proving that martyrdom is a gift that may evoke a depressing close. Rowling’s ability to teach life lessons, the consequences of betrayal, the absence of a loved one, while including humour has kept me focused throughout the whole novel. Although the novel concludes with an utterly disheartening event, I have greatly admired the time and effort she has integrated into her fifth novel. It is an honour having all five of her Harry Potter novels within my collection of books. I am anticipating the next magically crafted Harry Potter novel!
Date published: 2003-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Maturity I just wanted to say this was one of the better Harry Potter books, not that there have been any *bad* ones. It seems that JK is maturing as a writer just as Harry matures throughout the novels. Though the book is darker than any and probably all the pervious put together it is by far the most entertaining, sad, and most informative of the series thus far. It's long for those not used to books of that size but hooks you and keeps your attention till it's all over. I really did love it and recommend it to anyone who will listen.
Date published: 2003-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BLOODY BOOK EVER!!! Great action, lots of suspense, and great story line.
Date published: 2003-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!! AWSOME BOOK!!!~ This was one of the best harry Potter books I have ever read!!! the plot was okay in the begining but after about the second/third chapter the book started to get VERY interesting with many mischeivious plots!!...I hate Mrs.Umbridge...you'll see why...I highly recommend this book for people of ALL ages!! You won't be able to put it down until the VERY end!!...Enjoy this AMAZING BOOK!!!!
Date published: 2003-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathless I have to say that this book was my favorite out of the whole series, because it delt with more then the previous books. I would not recomend reading this book if you have not read the 4 other books because there is a lot to understand from past books. It was very upsetting to me when a character in the book passed away, although I had somewhat of an idea as to who it was going to be. That of course did not stop me from becoming very upset at the thought of that character not being in the next books. I recomend that everyone should read this series. It was Harry Potter who turned my dislike in read totally around, now I read day and night. I cannot wait for the next book to be released!
Date published: 2003-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hp and the ootp it was good...but i knew the caracter taht died was going to die cus i skipped ahead:( he didnt hafta die!it was so pointless..and too much detail was put into everything..about 100 pages could of been vut out..and the romance between cho and harry was pointless.
Date published: 2003-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way To go J.K. Rowling This book is more grown up than all the previous Harry Potter's. Which makes sense as Harry is now 15. It wouldn't be right if life didn't get more complicated for Harry as life usually does for all of us as we grow up. Temper tantrums and frustration, confusion and vunerability continue to make Harry seem REAL in this latest edition. I was very pleased with J. K. Rowling's latest, it can't be all fun and games when there's evil to fight. I eagerly anticipate the next.
Date published: 2003-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing and Suspenseful Harry's fifth year is not one that Harry and the readers will forget! Harry learns many new things about his past that will excite you in a million ways. J.K. Rowling manages to keep you holding on to the book and you can't put it down! It is like she has put a permanent stick-charm on the book. The main characters have you feeling for them, but one caharcter in particular makes you feel like you need to jump into the book and defend your favourite characters. It is truly amazing and it is a book you will never completely forget!!!
Date published: 2003-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best one yet! This one is probably the best one yet! we get to go further into harry's summer and in to his mind!It is very suspensful and is one of those books you can't put down. I feel this the same with all five books, but this one my mom had to pull the book away from me i liked it sooo much!
Date published: 2003-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awe Inspiring this book was pure amazement. the best so far in the series, as it carries on the story in a way that does not make the reader bored in any way. the story telling manner grows w/ harry, and with the reader. the new twists and turns are excellent, and it was a book that i literally could not put down.
Date published: 2003-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from could've been better Well, my favourite book of the HP series is still Prisoner of Azkaban with all the twists and a REAL defense against the dark arts teacher Lupin. The fifth book is not bad, but with all the emotion and anger that Harry is going through, it's not that fun comparing to the other books of the series. At first I was a bit annoyed with all the introduction of the Order and the members...(c'mon, who'd remember them all??) But then as the story progresses, it answers all the questions that I've been wondering about since book 1. My favourite moments of book 5 has got to be Fred and George's parts...just so hilarious that I couldn't stop laughing! I know that quite a few people considered this book boring and all, but I still think that it is very entertaining...although it could've been better... as for the character who died...I have a hunch that the character will come back in another form in book 6. It's only fitting in the rule of children's literature!!!!!
Date published: 2003-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I waited a LONG time for Harry Potter V to come out...it was definitely worth it! I couldn't stop crying in the end and I recommend this book to ANYONE who has read the other four books, mainly because a new Harry Potter reader probably wouldn't understand. It was hard to accept the ending but still, overall it was the best of the series and I CAN'T wait until Book VI comes out!
Date published: 2003-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Crazy for Harry This book was very good. It wasn't as adventurous as all the other books but it explained alot to the reader. In this book it answers most of your questions you had about this wizard boy, named 'Harry Potter'. This is among my favourites.
Date published: 2003-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK!!! This book has everything a reader could wish for, including great fighting scenes along with suspense that only j.k. rowling has the ability to create. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading....and all the people who don't....but i suggest u read the first 4 first. In my opioning this book was just as good or better then the first 4! I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE 6th BOOK COMES OUT!!
Date published: 2003-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! The Order of the Pheonix was the best book I have ever read! There was so many unexpected things, it was amazing! I can't wait for the next book. Wonder what's going to happen...
Date published: 2003-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Well, I'm only giving this book a 4 because I do think it lacked a little bit in the part where Voldemort was at the Ministry of Magic. The fighting scene wasn't as suspenseful as in the Goblet of Fire, but it still had its' charm. Overall, I half-expected the now deceased character to die in this book, I just had a hunch. And, apart from Harry's anger throughout the book, it was a very good read with a complex plot, and some new fresh characters to form opinions on. I highly suggest reading it, but read the other 4 first.
Date published: 2003-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better. It was a long read, which was alright, but I expected more for such a long book. I think it could have been a lot better. There were too many details in some parts of the book (which made me bored), and not enough in other parts. Hopefully some of the questions that were unanswered will be answered in the next one. Some events and the consequences of events needed more explanation. The book kind of drags on in some parts. I liked how Harry wasn't portrayed as perfect. It was a nice change. All in all, the book was average. I think this is the worst one out of the series so far. The previous ones (1 - 4) were much better.
Date published: 2003-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocking.......... i just finished reading the book today and i just want to say that it is outstanding! the book seemed to me somehow different from the other ones in the series. when i finished reading the book, i was totally shocked because the book has SO much emotion... slightly more then i can handle! i'm not a soft person that cries over little things, i hardly ever cry over ANYTHING! nearing the end and all the way till the end i was crying because it is so sad. i just can't believe j.k.rowling would go that way.. she did an excellent job in writing this amazing book. but now i feel like just staying in my room and not talking to anybody for days.. still, this is a must-read novel for everybody! i just honestly hope that the next book won't take so long to write.
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME this book rocks.there is so much action even right off the start.it is the best book in the series.
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WORST BOOK EVER i got this book on the day it came out and it was the WORST BOOK I EVER READ!!!ITS THE MOST BORING BOOK!!!
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh my god..................... I only give this book a 4 because i was soooo dissappointed with a part of the ending!!!!! But I have to say that I just finished reading Order of the phoninex and it was great! I couldnt stop crying near the end. I throughly enjoyed reading it but come on what is with the end, I dont want to give it away but its ridicuols! It's like Rowling never wants Harry to be happy! It was the hardest book she ever have to write, well if she is sooo attached to her characters why does she torure Harry so much in these books! She cold have at least let Harry have at least that one person!I love these books dont get me wrong!But for once cant one thing go right for the poor kid. And yet again I am left wondering what happens next? Hopefully it wont be three years to find out!! At least everything is explained in this book! well written, wasnt bored at all reading it and it was not a slow read! Enjoy!!
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harry potter The fifth book of Harry Potter was absolutely excellent!! Eventhough this books ending was a bit depressing for me0 i still found it quite short and wanted it to continue.I can't wait till the sixth book!! i hope it comes out soon and is as good as all the others, especially the fifth!!
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix Review :):):):):)It's A Great book! I'm not done it all yet but I Can hardly put it down!!!!! A Definate Read!!!!!:):):):):)
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book. I have read it 2 times already. The book is very interesting and suspenseful
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix I have to say that any book that takes until page 520 to get interesting is a bitter disappointment. This book was filled to the brim with self pity and whining! What a waste of paper, honestly it could have easily been 300 pages shorter if only JK Rowling got to the point. To think we waited over 3 years for this! What a waste of paper and my money.
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tres Cool If you liked the previous books, you'll love this one. It is filled with suspensful moments that keep you reading. The book was a little predictable in my opinion, but still fantastic! Try not to read it too quickly as it will leave you begging for the 6th book.
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING All I can say is that I absolutely loved this book! It definetly lived up to my expectations! The beginning gets into the action very quickly with an exciting scene at Privet Drive! The action slows down a bit when Harry goes back to Hogwarts which some people may not like but it still kept my attention! I don't even want to talk about the ending! It was SOOOO sad and I was crying all night! Probably because my favourtie character died lol! Some people I know found the ending a bit confusing but I didn't have a problem with it. I did have to read some parts in the last two chapters over but thats because I was crying and wasn't really paying attention. Anyways, I thought this book was amazing and I encourage everyone to read it even if you haven't read the first four books!
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I thought this was a really good book I could hardly put it down! And i am not ashamed to say that I cried there near the end when one of my favorite characters died. I keep hoping that in the 6th book it will end up that he just disapparated and he will show up again.!
Date published: 2003-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing As my favorite book in the series was the third, I could not believe the ending of this book. I am not going to read any more of the Harry Potter books, although I was a huge fan going into this one. Do not buy it, do not even waste your time reading it. I can't believe what she's done to the series, it can only go downhill from here.
Date published: 2003-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding!!! harry potter and the order of the phoenix was the best one of the series!! althought it was sad in some parts it was well worth the wait.i hope that everyone who is a harry potter fan liked this as much as i did!!
Date published: 2003-06-30

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Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.36 × 5.58 × 2.18 in

Published: June 21, 2003

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551925702

ISBN - 13: 9781551925707

From the Publisher

J. K. Rowling has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure that is one third longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues the riveting tale of a 15-year-old wizard and his extraordinary powers. J. K. Rowling has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure that is one third longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. "A richly imagined world to which young readers will surrender themselves, and one of the most attractive heroes to come around in a long time."-Globe and Mail By printing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, Raincoast Books is minimizing its impact on the environment and helping safeguard biodiversity and the world''s forests. "The forest at Hogwarts is home to magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. Because the Canadian editions are printed on Ancient-Forest Friendly paper, the Harry Potter books are helping to save magnificent forests in the muggle world, the home of magical animals such as Orangutans, Wolves and Bears. It''s a good idea to respect ancient trees, especially if they have a temper like the Whomping Willow." -J. K. Rowling

From the Jacket

Dumbledore lowered
his hands and surveyed Harry
through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,'
he said, 'for me to tell you what I should have
told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down.
I am going to tell you everything.'


Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year ay Hogwarts School of Witchraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down...

This is a gripping and electrifying new novel, full of suspense, secrets, and -- of course -- magic, from the incomparable J. K. Rowling.

About the Author

J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling, July 31, 1965 J. K. Rowling was born at Chipping Sodbury General Hospital in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965 to Anne and Peter Rowling. Two years later, her sister Dianne was born. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. Her University years she spent at Exeter University, where she received a degree in French. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for. After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter, Jessica. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter. She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister Di, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was in fact working as a French teacher in June of 1997 when she heard the news that her book would soon be published by London agent
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Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Katrina, age 14, Winnipeg, MB The fifth instalment of the Harry Potter series is so good! This book goes deeper into detail of the past when Voldemort was previously in power, and gives a more passionate and mature "Harry-view." The first chapter starts off one month after the fourth book left us, just after the return of the Dark Lord Voldemort. Harry is found worried and very frustrated - the innocent hero is finally feeling the weight of his fame and fortune (or should I say curse?), and who can blame him? Harry just witnessed the rebirth of the evil idiot who killed his parents and tried to kill him but didn't succeed - giving Harry his name to fame as the only person to have survived the Avada Kedavra Curse (immediate death). I would be a nervous and moody wreck too! After hearing nothing from anyone, including his best friends Ron and Hermione, for a month at Privet Drive, Harry sets out in an exceptionally bad mood to the park, one late summer evening. He meets up with his cousin Dudley (who was causing a bit of trouble in the neighborhood) and as they head home, they get a visit from a very determined and deadly pair of Dementors (guards of the wizard prison, Azkaban). So much for a nice stroll in the park. This attack on Harry is one of many in this book, and I'm afraid, that in the next two books to come, there will be many more. Once the school year at Hogwarts starts (a rocky start at that!), and Harry gets back into the groove of
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