Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

byJ.K. Rowling

Hardcover | June 21, 2003

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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 MailBy 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

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 fin...

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Title:Harry Potter and the Order of The PhoenixFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.36 × 5.58 × 2.18 inPublished:June 21, 2003Publisher:Raincoast BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551925702

ISBN - 13:9781551925707

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Katrina, age 14, Winnipeg, MBThe 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 schoolwork, he has other things to take his mind off of his peril, such as: Quidditch (yes, all you quidditch fans! Its back!), studying for OWLs (Ordinary Wizarding Levels), a little secret association arranged by Hermione (oh the rebellion!), an evil and untactful new teacher, and yes, a little bit of romance (yay!).I really liked this one! It shows a bit more emotion on Harry's side - he finally lets out some anger! - and it shows a more mature side of our characters (yes it's true, they're growing up). I think J.K also put more depth into this book because it is drawing us in to the last two books, where we get down to the main part of the whole series' plot. This book also shows so much emotion, whether it's anger or joy - a couple parts actually made me cry (one part in particular!). There was also a nice welcoming return of some favourite characters from previous books, and some new ones that start filling in the holes of the past, and questions about the future.Once again, J.K Rowling has amazed me with her spectacular writing and amazing plot that can't help but pull me in each time I pick up this book! I know that most people who have already been sucked in by the Harry Potter Series have probably by now read this book, but if you haven't, or haven't even read the series' previous books, I seriously suggest you do, otherwise you are very much missing out! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Leaked information, stolen inventory, lawsuits -- hard to believe it was all about a novel. The fifth installment in J. K. Rowling's juggernaut series begins, as always, with Harry stuck at the Dursley's house in Privet Drive and dreaming about getting back to the magical world. The difference is in the urgency of his feelings: Harry is frantic to find out what Voldemort has been up to since being reborn and these days, Harry feels everything with almost painful adolescent sharpness. This new accelerated angst is what marks Harry for most of the book: he flips out on just about everyone -- Ron and Hermione get the worst of it -- and he shouts and pouts and generally throws tantrums that make him rather annoying, for the most part. Yet fans of the series are conditioned to give Harry a little mental-health leeway, what with his troubled past and all. One can only hope he grows out of it a little by book six. The plot explodes into action, with Harry having to defend himself against magical assailants even in the safety of Muggle-dom and being spirited back to the wizarding world to face legal reprimand for performing the charm that saved both himself and the rotten Dudley Dursley. Under the watchful eyes of several colourful characters -- some familiar, others brand-new -- Harry and his friends begin to learn about the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society led by Headmaster Albus Dumbledore against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The group is struggling not only to thwart Voldemort's plans, but to convince the magical world that he has, indeed, returned: the Ministry of Magic and the Daily Prophet newspaper have launched a campaign to discredit anyone who speaks the truth. Still buzzing with this intrigue, Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts, where they discover that they are in for a rough ride: quite apart from the usual inter-House rivalries, Hagrid's whereabouts are unknown, the pressure is mounting as OWL exams approach and the newest Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher turns out to be a tin pot dictator in a fluffy pink cardigan. Professor Dolores Umbridge is a Ministry of Magic flack with a sugar-coated mean streak who slowly tightens her grip on Hogwarts through disgustingly official channels. All the while, Harry struggles with more nightmares and the frustration of Dumbledore holding him at arm's length. All these complications would make for equally interesting reading, however, without all the padding Rowling has thrown in this time around: the middle section of the book is positively flabby, with a mind-boggling frenzy of activity crammed into the final 100 pages. Rowling is clearly trying to flesh out some very complicated relationships -- between Harry's godfather Sirius, Harry's late father and Professor Snape; between Dumbledore and Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge and most importantly, between Voldemort and Harry -- but one can't help but think it could have been done more effectively with a little economy. A book the length of Goblet of Fire would have done it neatly. That said, Rowling still comes out with marvelous new oddities -- like the scaly, sometimes-invisible Thestrels and the Weasley twins' demented joke-shop inventions -- and introduces some fascinating characters, like the young Auror Nymphadora Tonks, who can change her nose or hair at will. But at times it feels like the cast of eccentric characters is too much to handle, though it seems unlikely that Rowling will thin the ranks by killing off a few more folks -- pre-release media made much of her emotional reaction when she wrote the scene in which a major character dies in Order of the Phoenix. Book five, like its predecessors, ends with a familiar glimmer of hope and leaves readers once again burning to know what happens next ... and that sense of urgency is the undeniable mark of Rowling having succeeded again.