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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter Series, Book 5
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In response to his reappearance, Dumbledore reactivates the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society which works to defeat the Dark Lord's minions and protect his targets—especially Harry Potter. But Harry doesn't want to be protected. Even as the Ministry of Magic denies his claims, The Daily Prophet discredits him, and even Dumbledore won't look him in the eye, Harry grows more and more determined to fight his lifelong enemy Voldemort—if only he had the "weapon" the Order is guarding. In the meantime, he visits his godfather at his ghoulish London home, Grimmauld Place, and learns more about Voldemort's deep reach into Wizarding history and the Wizarding world. Back at Hogwarts, Harry must deal with a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a surprising new member of the Gryffindor Quidditch team; the possibility of his first real romance; and the looming nightmare of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. He's haunted by dreams of a heavy door at the end of a silent corridor, and a vision of his father and the young Severus Snape that changes everything he thought he knew about them. Even the joy of working with "Dumbledore's Army"—a group of Soon Harry will discover the true depth and strength of his friends; their boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifices. His fate depends on them all.

In response to his reappearance, Dumbledore reactivates the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society which works to defeat the Dark Lord's minions and protect his targets—especially Harry Potter. But Harry doesn't want to be protected. Even as the Ministry of Magic denies his claims, The Daily Prophet discredits him, and even Dumbledore won't look him in the eye, Harry grows more and more determined to fight his lifelong enemy Voldemort—if only he had the "weapon" the Order is guarding. In the meantime, he visits his godfather at his ghoulish London home, Grimmauld Place, and learns more about Voldemort's deep reach into Wizarding history and the Wizarding world. Back at Hogwarts, Harry must deal with a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a surprising new member of the Gryffindor Quidditch team; the possibility of his first real romance; and the looming nightmare of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. He's haunted by dreams of a heavy door at the end of a silent corridor, and a vision of his father and the young Severus Snape that changes everything he thought he knew about them. Even the joy of working with "Dumbledore's Army"—a group of Soon Harry will discover the true depth and strength of his friends; their boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifices. His fate depends on them all.

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  • DOGO Books ethan_q - This book is about Harry Potter's fifth year at Hogwarts. In this book, he runs into more challenges, and one of the main ones is his OWL exams for his 5th year. The story begins during the summer, when he was living at the Dursley's house, his aunt's family's house. Harry and his cousin, Dudley were attacked by Demontors when they were walking home, and Harry performed the Patronus charm to get them away, he succeeds. However, when the Ministry of Magic learns about this, letters were sent to the Dursleys' house, and one of them was that Harry had been expelled. But fortunately, after a hearing at his trial from the Ministry of Magic Harry was cleared of all charges and wan't expelled. After the summer Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 5th year. They have a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, her name is Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge becomes an unpopular teacher at Hogwarts very quickly. She didn't let the students perform any magic in class, she gave detentions to Harry after he told the truth, and because she is the high inquisitor, she inspected teachers and their classes and teachers didn't like it. Because of her not allowing any magic to be performed in class, Harry and some of his friends start a secret Defense Against the Dark Arts group, where they practice magic and how to defend themselves. I think this is a good book, and I would suggest this book to people who are looking for a god book to read, especially if you've read the first 4 books.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 30, 2003
    Year five at Hogwarts is no fun for Harry. Rowling may be relying upon readers to have solidified their liking for her hero in the first four books, because the 15-year-old Harry Potter they meet here is quite dour after a summer at the Dursleys' house on Privet Drive, with no word from pals Hermione or Ron. When he reunites with them at last, he learns that The Daily Prophet
    has launched a smear campaign to discredit Harry's and Dumbledore's report of Voldemort's reappearance at the end of book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Aside from an early skirmish with a pair of dementors, in which Harry finds himself in the position of defending not only himself but his dreaded cousin, Dudley, there is little action until the end of these nearly 900 pages. A hateful woman from the Ministry of Magic, Dolores Umbridge (who, along with minister Cornelius Fudge nearly succeeds in expelling Harry from Hogwarts before the start of the school year), overtakes Hogwarts—GrandPré's toadlike portrait of her is priceless—and makes life even more miserable for him. She bans him from the Quidditch team (resulting in minimal action on the pitch) and keeps a tight watch on him. And Harry's romance with his crush from the last book, Cho Chang, turns out to be a major waterworks (she cries when she's happy, she cries shen she's sad). Readers get to discover the purpose behind the Order of the Phoenix and more is revealed of the connection between Harry and You-Know-Who. But the showdown between Harry and Voldemort feels curiously anticlimactic after the stunning clash at the close of book four. Rowling favors psychological development over plot development here, skillfully exploring the effects of Harry's fall from popularity and the often isolating feelings of adolescence. Harry suffers a loss and learns some unpleasant truths about his father, which result in his compassion for some unlikely characters. (The author also draws some insightful parallels between the Ministry's exercise of power and the current political climate.) As hope blooms at story's end, those who have followed Harry thus far will be every bit as eager to discover what happens to him in his sixth and seventh years. Ages 9-12.

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