Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

Hardcover | June 21, 2003

byJ.K. Rowling

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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

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

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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 a...

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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 adventu...

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Dumbledore loweredhis hands and surveyed Harrythrough his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,'he said, 'for me to tell you what I should havetold 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...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.36 × 5.58 × 2.18 inPublished:June 21, 2003Publisher:Raincoast BooksLanguage:English

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!! This is by far my favourite book of the series! My goal was to try to make the book last by reading 100 pages a day, but pretty soon that became impossible and I just had to keep reading! J.K. Rowling is an absolutley fabulous author, and I can't wait for the next one! I'm so glad that the books keep getting darker and more mysterious, and also that the characters really change throughout the series. My only complaint was that Harry was beginning to get on my nerves because of all of his whining and complaining, but I guess that's what most tees do. Even if you've never read Harry Potter, you should pick up this book!
Date published: 2003-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as i expected!! Simply shows that longer paragraphs and more words don't equal to a better book. In my opinion, it is NOT as good as the previous one.
Date published: 2003-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ehhhh..... I felt that the book was somewhat long and boring. I felt that the ending was rather weak and the character's death was absolutely unnecessary! i still like the book overall, but i wish it had more of a interesting plot and didn't take so long for things to get interesting. Plus, it was stupid how she killed that character off! i loved that character! i hope that character comes back somehow... although i know that is wishful thinking. Lastly, i thought what Dumbledore had to tell Harry was pretty lame, and in most fans hearts, we already knew the secret.
Date published: 2003-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh blimey! what a book! The Harry Potter books just keep getting better and better. It was very hard to put down. I can't wait until the next one.
Date published: 2003-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed All the books leading up to the 5th one were great. However, Order of the Phoenix was dragged out. It didn't have the same intensity or sense of adventure as the previous books.
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow... Well, what can I say? Rowling's done it again! I don't even have to go into detail, do I.
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAUTION: Harry Potter & OOTP will blow you away!! Two years for 766 pages of madness was definitely worth the wait... More addictive than coffee, you won't want to do anything until you've read it cover to cover! I can't wait until Book 6 comes out!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Order is Mal-Functioning Sorry Ladies and Gentlemen but your beloved Harry Potter SUCKS. The plot was flat, the character development non-existent, and nothing new was introduced. Except, of course, Harry and Neville's riviling destinies. In short it was $43.00 of FILLER!
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! LITERALLY I change my mind! this book was absolutly mind blowing. i really admit that when i got this book, i went CRAZY! and i didn't put it down till i finished (4 real)! i can't wait till the next book is out! oh yeah, J.K. if you're reading this PLEASE!!!! make a bif part for Cho Chang.... i'd like to try out 4 her part when the mopvie comes out. hehe...
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An InSiDeRs ReViEw This book was pretty interesting overall, but as we all know, all books have flaws. J.K Rowling has managed to begin the book with Harry spending more time at the Dursley's house than usual. In the other books it was a very brief time spent at the Dursley's. Not too much here. Yet Rowling keeps you wanting to learn more. Private Drive is not too interesting, so the same were the parts written about it. Although, the author did manage to add a few twists while harry was there. When Harry finally left the Dursleys, I for one, was quite glad. For this book seemed to travel slowly, like a turtle walking a long, winding path. But I was also a bit displeasled when Harry Potter did arrive at Hogwarts. The beginning of the school year did seem to drag on a bit too long... Otherwise it was good to meet a few new characters. And it was great to see worry about the OWLs (ordinary wizarding levels, which is alot like exams), how Harry, Ron, and Hermione would bustle about worrying about them. But when the story seems to get a little boring, you won't have to worry. For Fred and George with their crazy little contraptions keep the place interesting! Oh, if you've really been wanting some other people to shine in glory other then having it being Potter all the time, don't worry. More characters get more involved, and others also get to shine in the glory. As everyone has noticed, this book is about The Order Of the Phoenix . I personally think those bunch of people are rather boring! And as you have guessed, there is another encounter with Lord Voldemort, no suprises there. So, anyways I hope you've agreed with or enjoyed something about my review. There is nothing too bad about the book, it does gets rather interesting (wow, the end was amazing). To overview this book, i'd say that this book moves along rather slowly at first, but starts picking up the pace about half way (that is only because J.K Rowling was giving a very detailed outline). The book also has interest factors spread evenly around the beginning, and alot arounf the last few hundred pages. And last of all, i'd say the main idea about this book was getting to know the characters better. To fill you in and get you ready for the next amazing book (which I think another of her great fantasy books will come out, surly). To get you on the edge of your seat with a new understanding of Harry Potter's life. To help you set off for a whole new, changing world. Please e-mail if you'd like to contact me... thanx for your time... P.S. Don't worry, i'm not usually this tight, but i really wanted to go full out about this book. :)
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wwwwwwwwooooooooooowwwwww Ive read lots of books and this is no dought the BEST ONE IVE EVER READ!! I dont know where she gets all these ideas! its like if you are there write beside all the carachtors and you can see every sigle move they make!! This is one of those books that you cant put down i would start reading it at 7:00am in the morning and stop reading at 1:00AM!!! BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!*****
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great her books are great you can't say anything else ... i loved it ... she really makes u feel like you know the characters and can connect with them except for the whole magic thing can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I thought that OoP was more amazing than I expected. With exciting and unexpected plot twists, JK Rowling, captivated me so much that I couldn't put down the book! It was truly a five star hit!
Date published: 2003-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great plot... but MUCH too long J.K. Rowling used this opportunity to tidy up all the loose ends she presented in the other books, but I feel that it was much too long. Some chapters are much more exciting than others.
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLY!!!!!SMOKES!!!!!!!!!!! This book was excellent, it made you keep guessing right until the end. I mean you could try and plot out what you thought was going to happen given clues, but it was no where near what you expected! I found that this book contained alot more of Harry's feelings which was excellent because it makes you feel like you were actually there and it makes you incoherent to the rest of the real world. It totally absorbs you; you just can't put it down. The only bad part is that you want to find out what happens but, then you're finished the book and it's all over, leaving you desperately needing the sixth and seventh book. And do the characters ever seem real! You'd expect after putting the book down, for them to be right there next to you! So, if you haven't read this book you ought to... Now!!!
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's really good but is it a kids book? I am still not finished yet but working and life kinda slows me down. But thus far it's a terrific read and dynamic. My ONLY CONCERN is well is it a children's book anymore? When Harry doing his detention isn't that like torture? And about the fates of previous Order members. It's a much darker book and would caution it for slightly older children but definately worth it's weight in gold.
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not all its cracked up to be :( I have been waiting for this Harry Potter for what seems like FOREVER! And now that it has finally arrived, what a disappointment. During the time it has taken for JK to release the next one, I've picked up Philip Pullman's work, and after reading his trilogy, there was no looking back. The Order of the Phoenix was just boring by comparison, actually it was boring in comparison to the 4 other Harry Potter books, which I loved. Advice to someone just starting to read: skip the first 300 pages.
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A review of Harry Potter the fith book I have resived my copie of Harry Potter on the twenty-First. I have not yet finnished it but I have read a lot of pages for just a few days. There has been a change in the fellings of the wizarding world;Harry is a young adult,and many things have been kept secret from Harry.I really wouldn't tell you a lot at this point, but I do stress to Chapters visitors;THIS IS NO KIDDIE BOOK!
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from PRETTY GOOD When i finished this book i wuz left with an empty feeling. it wasn't that the book wuz, bad, cuz it wuz really good, it jus wuzn't as good as the others and it didn't really live up to my expectations. for example, on the cover it says: 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.' and that makes u think that it will be really really good, that 1 of the biggest questoins that u've wanted answered since the 1st book will be answered, but by the time Dumbledore explains everything, u've already figured it out, and Dumbledore jus fills in the gaps. and the explaination wuzn't as 'fasinating' as i thought it'd be. and at the end they do a whole bunch of stuff 4 nuthin, an' some1 dies, 4 nuthin, it jus gives u the impression that J. K. Rowling killed off someone 'cause she felt like it. but don't get me wrong, this book wuz really good, really really good, though not quite as good as the 3rd & 4th (my favorites). all of these books r really good, applause 2 J. K. Rowling 4 her excellent work!
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is by far the richest installment yet, my personal favourite in the Harry Potter series so far. JKR is as always brilliant when it comes to her character development, Harry deals with the rise of Voldemort along with the same things every other fifteen year old must deal with, girls, puberty, and insecurity. I'm still mourning the death of a most beloved character, it is proof of JKR's talent that I can barely think of it withoug wanting to cry again
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief This bk, by far is masterfully written. Rowling has captured the life of Harry Potter very well. Secrets and clues to the last book surface in this book. Fanatisic plot line, with excellent character development. Overall, it took me 15 hours to read. The ending was great, it didn't leave you on a cliff hanger as in Goblet, but was good. ANd Hermonie is soo cute in this book. Praise to Geogre and Fred.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing up... It's nice to see that Rowling is not ignoring the fact that Harry is growing up. She uses a very clever way to describe teenage emotion and the frequent outbursts in the book, while still making it suitable for her younger audience, although her vocabulary dictates that she is recognizing that her audience is growing along with Harry. He's acting like a teenager, running into the emotional brick walls that kids usually face which Rowling uses brilliant language to communicate. This one isn't my favourite (probably second to #3, though), and you can almost see where the media started to pressure her into finishing the book but it still carries that gusto we've come to expect from the author into the mere 760-odd pages. Prepare to put your life on hold while you spend an alarmingly short while reading this book.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sneak Read Gets GOLD! My mom bought this book as a b-day present for my bro but he was away so I had to read it before he got home and all I can say is WOW. Talk about a good book. Read for hours at a time. Very hard to put down.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ...Not What I Was Expecting Of course this is a good book in comparision to many others. But, it does not live up to the other in the Harry Potter series. It feels like JK Rowling has become bored of Harry Potter and the writing style almost sounds like she had a ghostwriter. I think most people think this is the best book yet, simply because it is the latest one out and they couldn't wait for more Harry Potter. I think the Order of the Phoenix is a little slower because it was mainly used for explaining the loose ends in other books. It feels too long over all though, it seems Rowling feels the need to add more pages with each book she comes out with, when really this one could have been written in two-thirds of the pages. However, Order of the Pheonix is a must read for any Harry Potter fan no matter its rank within the series.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOA BABY! Ok. I LOVED IT. It can't beat the 3rd book (coz that one was my absolute fav so far!) but it was still totally awesome. My only problem with it was the sad bloody ending. I hated it what happend. But I guess those of us who love the series will no doubt all feel the same way. I'm 22 years old and not ashamed to say it: I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!! I'm dying for the next one. I seriously hope Rowling doesnt make us wait another 3 years. Personally, I'll go nuts! Forget the movies. THE BOOKS CAN NEVER BE BEAT! It's so worth the price too coz its so huge. Too bad I was done in a couple of days :( . READ THIS if you're a harry fan. If not, the OF COURSE it won't make sense to you!!! --sadie
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She did it again! Is it just me or do these books just get better and better? Yet again, J.K. Rowling’s genius has been displayed in book form, and I can’t get enough of it. After waiting patiently for about three years and reading and rereading the first four, the wait is over, and having read the fifth book I’d say it was worth it! I only hope, as a fan of these books that we don’t have to wait another three for the sixth!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! ok. first things first. ive read the entire series 12 times. this was not my very fav of the series but it was really good. it had yet another one of jk's fantastic plot lines. I did notice a few plot mistakes but it wasnt anything noticeable. it took me aprox 11 hours to read this book iand i couldnt put it down. i really enjoyed this book and plan to re read it as soon as i get off school.
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!! The Order of The Phoenix is the best book in the series so far, J.K Rowling continues to astound me with her creativilty and her ability to exceed my expectations. I cannot wait for the sixth book to come out, im sure it will be even better! Well Done!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST ONE YET!! This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down! I finished it on Saturday when it came out, and so far I have read it 4 times!! It is such a good book, and the best HP book yet! A definate read!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super! Super book! People are saying it's bad. Well I'll tell you it's not! Can't put it down!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book!* ever I thought that it was his best ADVENTURE yet in my opinion.
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is terrible! This book is the worst I have ever read. The beginning made no sense, the end made no sense, the middle made no sense. This book is just pure lame. It's a waste of money and I wouldn't even read it if you paid me.
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good really good Yeah well the book is a stroke of genious. It starts off with great action but it then dies down a bit but comes back at the end with great twists and turns along the way.
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! When I first started the book, I thought that the author had lost her magical writting stlye but then, further in the book, you get back to the original Harry Potter style that we all like! I really liked this book, it surpassed my expectations, it was unpredictable and had a VERY good plot. I could hardly put it down. I'm very impressed and I can't wait until the next one!!!
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J.K Rowling Has Outdone Herself!! I cannot BELIEVE how good this book is. If you weren't hooked on Harry Potter after reading the first four books of this series, I guarantee that you will be after you read this one! While full of mystery, humor, and suspense, it also perfectly displays the pains of growing up in a rapidly changing world. I would recommend it to all book lovers. Harry Potter fan or not!
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off da chain !! I was stoked about the book... And, it's good so.. yeah..
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!! I stayed up until 3am two nights in a row so that I could finish this book -- I have two young children so I could only read it once they went to bed. It is an OUTSTANDING book, easily living up to the previous books and it leaves you eagerly anticipating the next books. I'm already halfway through my second reading!!
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable I couldn't put it down once I started. I finished this book in 13 hours and all I have to say is that it lived up to all the expectations everyone has expected. Truly an excellent book and I recommend it for everyone to read.
Date published: 2003-06-24

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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.