Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.' Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his whole world upside down ...But before he even gets to school, Harry has an unexpected and frightening encounter with two Dementors, has to face a court hearing at the Ministry of Magic and has been escorted on a night-time broomstick ride to the secret headquarters of a mysterious group called 'The Order of the Phoenix'. And that is just the start. A gripping and electrifying novel, full of suspense, secrets, and - of course - magic.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 768 pages
  • 142 x 202 x 70mm | 721.21g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747551006
  • 9780747551003
  • 29,327

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At last the waiting is over. Millions of bleary-eyed children from Sydney to San Francisco who queued overnight for their copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have put their wands and wizard hats away for another year or two, and have now got down to the serious business of reading this monumental book. Will it live up to the hype? The answer must be an unqualified 'yes'. For every adult critic who grumbles about the occasional clunkiness of Rowling's prose, her profligate use of adverbs, her tendency to repeat herself, there are several hundred children who simply, my dear, don't give a damn. Because the fact of the matter is, Rowling can tell a cracking good story; a story which leaves you on the edge of your seat, reading into the small hours; a story with good and evil, love and hate, the familiar and the bizarre, not to mention bucket loads of excitement - all the ingredients which are guaranteed to engage a young audience. Book 5 begins dark and gets darker, and as Rowling warned, Harry is altogether angrier, and more volatile. Once again Rowling goes straight for the jugular. How many times has a child cast a book aside saying, 'I can't get into it'? No excuse this time; Harry is battling Dementors down the road from Uncle Vernon's before the end of Chapter 1, and the action hardly lets up from that point on. Threatened with expulsion from Hogwarts, Harry has to face a disciplinary court before he can go back to school; released from the charge of using magic out of school, he earns himself a powerful enemy - the toad-like Dolores Umbridge who is soon to become the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher. The nightmares begin, and Harry is convinced that his old adversary, Voldemort, is back on the scene. It is only a matter of time before they confront each other in the bowels of the Ministry of Magic. Adults readers will relish the way Rowling incorporates the trials and tribulations of the 21st century into her fantasy. Harry and his friends are suffering stress and insomnia as they prepare for their OWLs, complete with revision timetables, desks set out in daunting rows in the school hall and constant nagging from every teacher about the importance of the exams; Professor Umbridge bears an uncanny likeness to an OFSTED inspector as she marches from class to class with her clipboard; Harry falls for Cho but is completely incompetent - he has no idea how to read Cho's hidden agenda - 'Why doesn't she just say she fancies me?' he asks Hermione, in bewilderment. Rowling handles such episodes with tact and humour - Harry's adolescent yearnings are dealt with sensitively by Hermione, but Ron is his usual tactless self, possessing, as Hermione says so cuttingly, 'the emotional range of a teaspoon'. There are giants and centaurs, vile plants and flying horses, as the action builds up towards its horrifying climax. Harry learns some painful truths about his past and has to realize that his father whom he has always idolised, may have had feet of clay. So Rowling has done the seemingly impossible, simply by realizing what children really want - a combination of make-believe and reality, with plenty of danger and not too much snogging. In The Order of the Phoenix she has got the combination just right - and that guarantees her an avid audience for Book 6. (Kirkus UK)show more

About J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as three books written for charity and inspired by the Harry Potter novels: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 400 million copies worldwide and been translated into 70 languages. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion: she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. J.K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh.show more

Our customer reviews

In the beginning, it is a bit slow. Where Harry is in the park being teased by Dudley. But it gets to a point in the chapter when everything becomes exciting. Demontors attack. Harry Manages to save Dudley but needs to bring back home all " loopy " as Uncle Vernon said. As they take Dudley to the hospital, Harry stays home and falls asleep, dreaming of Voldemort. But wakes up later to find the door knob opening. he finds: Nymphadora Tonks, Mad Eye Moody, Kingsley and more waiting at his bedroom door. He goes with them to get to 12 Grimmauld Place. When they arrive he sees Sirius, his godfather and wants to see him. Mrs Weasley stops this from happening as it is a meeting about him. He is sent to his room where Ron and Hermione are. They are so happy to see him but very worried for him. As they eat dinner, they talk about Voldemort and how he returned to power last year in the goblet of fire at the triwizard tournament. Sirius says that Voldemort is after something. Something he didnt have last time... As they spend the next few weeks at Grimmauld Place it is all normal there. But it comes the time when they have to go back to Hogwarts. They board the Hogwarts Express and talk about everything. They arrive and are sent to the Great Hall. Dumbledore intorduces the new Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher, Professor Delores Umbridge. She seems like a horrible woman. ( AND SHE IS ). As their first day of lessons and normal routines start, classes are on. When it comes to the Chapter Professor Umbridge, everything is turned into a bad day. Umbridge puts Harry on detention. " You know deep down, you desrve to be punished, dont you Mr Potter?" As the book goes along, Umbridge becomes the Hogwarts High Inquisitor. Becuase the Ministry is interferring at Hogwarts everything is changed. Umbridge becomes Headmistress and every thing then turns to hell for Hogwarts students. Apart from Slytherin that work with Umbridge through the time she is there. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix is one to read. And a very exciting book it is.show more
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