Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

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I would rate this book a 10/10, because I could always imagine a picture of wherever Harry was in my head, and because I felt as though I was there with Harry facing all the horrible things happening to him.
-Guardian

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The book that took the world by storm....In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be- Named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.
 

About J. K. Rowling

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J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. She received a degree in French from Exeter University. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for. After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter. She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was working as a French teacher when her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in June of 1997 and was an overnight sensation. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, and received a Commended citation in the Carnegie Medal awards. She also received 8,000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which contributed to the finishing touches on The Chamber of Secrets. Rowling continued on to win the Smarties Book Prize three years in a row, the only author ever to do so. At the Bologna Book Fair, Arthur Levine from Scholastic Books, bought the American rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the unprecedented amount of $105,000.00. The book was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for it's American release, and proceeded to top the Best Seller's lists for children's and adult books. The American edition won Best of the Year in the School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parenting Magazine and the Cooperative Children's Book Center. It was also noted as an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as Number One on the Top Ten of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults. The Harry Potter Series consists of seven books, one for each year of the main character's attendance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All of the books in the series have been made into successful movies. She has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Rowling's first novel for an adult audience,The Casual Vacancy, was published by Little Brown in September 2012. Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College. Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
 
Published December 8, 2015 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. 901 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Comics & Graphic Novels, History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
All: 35 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 7

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 14 2016

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.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by John Leonard on Jul 13 2003

''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' is rich and satisfying in almost every respect. It also delivers a genuine apocalyptic shiver, as dated as Daniel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New, or the Dead Sea Scrolls and the poems of Blake.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Awesome-Charlie on Sep 27 2012

I would rate this book a 10/10, because I could always imagine a picture of wherever Harry was in my head, and because I felt as though I was there with Harry facing all the horrible things happening to him.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jun 27 2003

All children's authors have to take their worlds immensely seriously, and that is about all that Rowling and Le Guin have in common, once you have noted the superficial similarities. Le Guin writes seriously; Rowling writes just the way an 11-year-old would ideally like to write.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Jun 21 2003

She's not preaching, but there are weightier things in these last two books than simply the rules of Quidditch and the transfiguration of toads, just as Harry, at 15, is made to understand that there are graver things in life than detentions and his ongoing feud with Professor Snape.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jun 27 2003

I won't spoil either story for you by saying which.) But however she's managed it, she's still on form. You have to hand it to her.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Jun 21 2003

...I was slightly less thrilled when a volume bigger than the New Testament arrived at 1.30am yesterday. But whatever one's view of her prose style, it can't be denied that Rowling knows how to produce a page-turner.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Jul 14 2003

Rather than resting on her laurels, she's stepping up her efforts with each book, trying to not only spin a spectacularly colorful yarn, but also reveal truths about her readers and their world.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Michael Cart on Jun 23 2003

In dramatizing the angst that Harry experiences, Rowling does her usual page-turningly good job. Although this is a complex novel, the high energy level almost never flags, thanks in part to the author's ability to create vivid scenes and set pieces.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Sue Fairhead on Jul 01 2004

My main problem with the book is that Harry does not seem so consistent as a character...Overall it's still an excellent read, with the only proviso being that it's definitely best to have read some (perhaps all) of the other books beforehand.

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Teen Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on Aug 10 2004

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX gives many answers and raises even more questions, setting up an excellent path for the final two books in the series.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Jayme Meyers on Jan 17 2013

...never talks down to its readers and instead focuses on creating an engaging story, not just one that would appeal to this age group or that age group...At this point, it's hard to imagine anything will ever be better.

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Kidz World

Good
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Dec 27 2006

If you're a Harry Potter fan, the Order of the Phoenix is a must-read book. If you're new to the series, it's a good book that'll keep you flippin' pages...

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ABC Perth

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah on May 11 2014

The storyline is perhaps a little more complex, which is good because it means you really have to THINK about whatÔø‡Ôø‡s happening. DonÔø‡Ôø‡t be alarmed, there is still the odd funny moment!

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Bookslut

Below average
Reviewed by MICHAEL FARRELLY on Jul 01 2003

Is it "magical"? Short answer, no. It is, however, quite predictable and easy to read. Since it's a children's book this should come as little shock.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Kayla S. on May 11 2014

J.K. Rowling has reallyoutdone herself this time. The book is so detailed that you feel likeyou are there. The plot gets darker with each book and keeps readerswanting more.

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Mary B. Stuart on Feb 14 2016

I found myself, too, questioning who J.K. Rowling now sees as the primary audience for her Harry Potter novels. By having Harry grow up, she's abandoned her core audience, children pre- mid-teens.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Amanda White on Jan 27 2014

This book is very dark in places and we see that our hero isn't infallable, giving him yet another dimension and allowing us to identify with his struggles. There is humour also so it's certainly not all doom and gloom. An excellent book and wonderfully engrossing read.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Jen on May 11 2014

Just as compelling as its predecessors, the fifth installment of this enchanting series is perfect material for read-aloud family time.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Jul 27 2009

...a great read for young adults, and adults who want to indulge in guilty pleasures (without the fat ;)). It's not fantastic style of writing, but Rowling does do a fantastic job at telling the story...

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Good
Reviewed by AlyseG on May 03 2014

The Order of the Phoenix is...the most violent of the books thus far in the series and was criticized upon release for being immoral and anti-authoritarian. However I believe that this is just the natural progression needed for the book...

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Feeling Fictional

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Feb 17 2014

The Order of the Phoenix is a long book but I spent most of it on tenterhooks, it's amazing how many little details that J.K. Rowling packs into her stories and I was surprised at how much I'd forgotten since my last read through of the series.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas M. Wagner on Jan 27 2014

...the best genre fiction, and fantasy moreso than most, is that which holds up a mirror to our real lives. It is that quality which makes, for example, Pratchett's wonderfully satirical Discworld novels resonate so strongly; it's not just that they're hilarious, it's that they're germane. The same holds true for Harry's stories.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Achala Upendran on Apr 22 2014

Rowling reminds her readers that Harry is, for all his magic and heroism, a teenager and thus makes him a more human hero than many fantasy authors have managed to craft. And that, really, is what makes Order Of The Phoenix my favourite book of them all.

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Once Upon A Chapter

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Reviewed by Stephanie on Aug 28 2013

...Rowling starts doling out the sucker punches. Not once, but twice at the end of a book where I already knew what was coming, I was in tears. Not the kind where my eyes gently filled with tears and a single one slid down my face. Oh no, it was messy and unattractive. I knew this hurt was coming and I was still broken.

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Angela's Anxious Life

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on Feb 02 2013

A lot of things happen in this book. I mean A LOT! So much information is contained in these pages... and yet this is my least favorite book.

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Giraffe Days

Good
on May 11 2014

This is probably my favourite of the series. I love how involved and detailed it is, how it gets immersed in life at the school, and how complex the world has really become.

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Speculative Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Andy on May 26 2011

The surprises revealed in the conclusion are disappointingly predictable. This may because I've read much more than your average fifth grader - but as an adult I was not satisfied with certain plot revelations that I had already anticipated in previous books.

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The Infinite Curio

Good
Reviewed by Kay on Mar 14 2014

As far as I could remember, Chamber of Secrets had always been my least favorite of the series...That’s the thing with Harry Potter; even at its lowest, it still feels magical and awesome.

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The Bawdy Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Sep 10 2013

It was, to put it simply, just amazing, and heart-breaking, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be the same as a reader again.

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Lucybird's Book Blog

Excellent
on Oct 31 2011

...as a stand alone book Order of the Phoenix is quite possibly my favourite. I really enjoy reading about DA (yes DA not the DA, that would mean the Dumbledore’s Army, which makes no sense). I love hating Umbridge, in the same way I liked hating Snape in the early books, it actually makes her a really entertaining character.

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The Reading Fever

Good
Reviewed by Penelope Lolohea on Apr 30 2012

This book is definitely darker than the previous ones in the series. For the first time, there are real consequences to Harry's actions--including death...this is a turning point in the series. This is the bridge between adolescent innocence, and true knowledge of good and evil.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Shirley Muramoto on Jan 27 2014

And as the fifth book closes, readers are left wondering: what’s next? HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is truly a great book, highly entertaining and well written.

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The Oaken Bookcase

Below average
Reviewed by ANGELYA on Jun 28 2013

While I really enjoyed re-reading this instalment and seeing all the details left out of the film, I feel this wasn’t the most enjoyable of the stories. The poor kids are swamped with work the entire time and there’s barely any room for the fun that has permeated the previous stories.

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Yearning to Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Sierra Abrams on Dec 12 2011

Dazzling, in a dark, foreboding kind of way. I don't believe I've ever read anything quite like it; even the previous books have a totally different feel. They all do, but the uniqueness is becoming more and more distinct.

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