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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5, Part 1)

4.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,982 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
Published 2003 by BBC Audiobooks
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Susie Beesley
Oct 20, 2012 Susie Beesley rated it really liked it
This book makes for uncomfortable reading at the start - Harry is in a very dark place in the beginning, both mentally and physically. Rowling's great storytelling keeps you on board though, and finally, at chapter 10 Harry is on the train to Hogwarts and all seems well... The lighter mood is short-lived. Harry is no longer the school hero, he's viewed with suspicion - an outsider. What 15 year old wouldn't identify with Harry here? The arrival of the wonderful antagonist Professor Umbridge puts ...more
Annanya Pandey
Jan 10, 2014 Annanya Pandey rated it it was amazing
Harry Potter is attacked by a couple of Dementors with his cousin Dudley. He produces a Patronus charm but is called for hearing at the Ministry of Magic. To top it all up he thinks that Dumbledore along with Hermione and Ron and the some others, even Sirius are hiding something very important from him. Moreover after the Dementor attack, he is locked all the time in his room at the Dursley house.

When the Dursleys are out, Harry is busted out of the house by Lupin, Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks, Kingsley
Rebecca Saxon
Mar 20, 2012 Rebecca Saxon rated it really liked it
What I love most about this book is how we experience along with Harry his developing understanding of the wizarding world. In the first book it's much more about the magic of the, well, magical world and his school, which still has some darkness. In the second Harry starts to learn more about wizard history but it's still grounded in Hogwarts history. In the third, his understanding of his family and who shaped his life is expanded. In the fourth, he starts to see beyond the world of Hogwarts a ...more
Fail Fish
Sep 18, 2013 Fail Fish rated it it was ok
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and eagerly followed each book as it came out once I was old enough to understand these things (which was when I was around 6). This was the first book that I remember anticipating the arrival of - and when it did arrive, I was really disappointed.

It is without a doubt the worst book in the series. It is overly long - it could be around a third of the length and still contain everything of importance - fails to make its point most of the time, and mostly seems to fun
Jul 01, 2014 Ellie rated it really liked it
It's a good book. Couldd be a great read if it wasn't so unnecasarily long. I agree with other reviewers that you could easily trim the book in half and still keep the all the key bits - it just feels a bit 'rambly' at points.

However, I think this is the first book of the Potter series to have a seriously dark theme throughout. Harry's safety is constantly under threat, Harry's temper and anger seems uncontrolable, and to round it off Professor Umbridge is so nasty and viscious that I actually w
Jul 30, 2015 Regina rated it really liked it
Even though I'd read this before and recently re-watched the film, I found myself staying up far too late last night (well, into this morning actually) to finish this book because I was enjoying it so much. That said, you can tell that J.K. Rowling is a parent because she has so perfectly captured that "I'm 15, I know everything, I don't have to listen to anyone else" within Harry that I just wanted to reach into the pages and slap him at times. I remembered all the key parts of the book (especi ...more
Mark Grisham
Feb 20, 2015 Mark Grisham rated it it was amazing
This one's one of my most favourite in the Harry Potter series, probably because of all the characters like Neville, Luna and Ginny. We get to watch them become much more confident wizards and witches, and I found the relationship of Harry and Sirius striking close to home for me personally. Oh, how I wish Sirius could've lived, or maybe come back at some point, but his character was a broken and fragmented person, it was telling that he accidentally called Harry 'James' in the movie. I just can ...more
This book is a very long book in the series, I have to say. It is good, though, but just too long. I think the author, maybe, could shorten it a bit and just tell the reader what they need to know. Whilst reading this book, though, I thought about it. I think Harry Potter really shouldn't be in Gryffindor, the sorting hat is correct. What I mean is, a Gryffindor is supposed to fight for what they want, not just back off. I admit, in previous novels, he has surpassed everyone in his school with h ...more
Sriram Krishnan
Apr 09, 2015 Sriram Krishnan rated it it was amazing

One of the pleasures of the last three Harry Potter novels has been the way that JK Rowling has played with the scale of the dimensions of her world. The last couple of books, the flawed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the brilliant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rowling has taken Harry Potter from the hero of a children’s book to a kid growing up while discovering the awesome responsibility he has been born into. Like Frodo, or Luke Sk
Sep 12, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing
I think it was a really good book. It follows the four previous book rather well with one new twist. You really feel how the main characteres have grown from children to small adults, although they are only around 15. There is a lot more puberty-problems, but it still has the same amount of mysteries and humour as always. Once again they face some new problems they think they have to take care of, both on the inside and the outside of the school.
Jenna Bartow
Sep 22, 2015 Jenna Bartow rated it it was amazing
rereading the series!!
Sep 07, 2014 Shelby rated it it was ok
I haven't (re)read the HP series since the last one was published in 2007. Having found this Bloomsbury edition for super cheap at a thrift store, I had to relive part of the nostalgia.
...It was miserable.

I loved the series, obsessed over it into high school, even went to midnight showings and the theme park in Orlando after I graduated. Rereading it now, however, I was underwhelmed by the writing. I honestly didn't remember JK Rowling's writing style, but the HP series is all dialogue and plo
Monika Sri
Oct 17, 2013 Monika Sri rated it really liked it
The events lead to the death of Sirius and Dubledore's explanation for it is nt up to the mark..hw come dumledore had failed to warn Harry(though he was proved to be poor at occlumency ) about the possiblity of being lured by voldermort is nt at all convincing to me. So I had to restrain my self from giving 5 stars.
Matthew Morgan
Feb 23, 2012 Matthew Morgan rated it it was amazing
An exciting story in the famously known Harry potter collection. The fact it contains fantasy, humor and characters you can fall in love with makes it an unforgettable read for anyone to loves to get lost in a book.
Feb 23, 2014 Layla rated it it was amazing
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Oh my god. So many feelings all over again. I am just gonna crawl in my bed and cry for a couple of years. Sigh.
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Sep 12, 2011 Adela Bezemer-Cleverley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-stars
still found stuff I hadn't noticed before (20th time?) :P
Oct 06, 2012 Anita rated it liked it
Wowza, that was a long one! Now on to #6.
Hans Nijs
Jul 22, 2014 Hans Nijs rated it it was amazing
This is, in the emotional aspect, the darkest book of them all.
Harry is really grosing up into an adult, but his dark side seems to take over him.
Voldemort has returned and he fears the connection between himself and the Dark Lord.
Again, things happen that you didn't expect.
Not only is Harry emotional confused, but the new teacher DADA is a real bitch (sorry). This makes life at Hogwarts even worse, but then he becomes the leader of a new student group, called Dumbledore's Army. And things beco
Jun 03, 2015 Luisa rated it really liked it
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Mar 27, 2013 Lauraloves rated it it was amazing
I have been re-reading my favourite book series on and off for months. These books are solely responsible for my love of reading and are pretty much the only books that i have read over and over and over.

In this book Harry is trying to persuade the wizarding world that Voldemort is back but nobody will believe him. Also he has disturbing links with Voldemort, has an evil teacher at Hogwarts, gets suspended from Quiddich and meets Hagrids half brother who just so happens to be a giant.

This is my
Jul 03, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite book in the whole Harry Potter series, even though I find it extremely difficult to choose favorites when it comes to Harry Potter. Harry Potter will always remain a classic and even though I have read this book countless times, it always leaves me feeling of astonishment and with my mouth gaping open. It is a tear jerk-er near the end and I feel that I can relate to it.

There are those who say that the book is huge and tedious and long and boring etc. Those people are silly,
Bryan Hall
Jan 07, 2014 Bryan Hall rated it it was amazing
Is this the best one? I think maybe.

I thought that this was the one with Occlumency, and then it went 400 pages without it, so I thought maybe not. Then it showed up, and I was surprised that it wasn't going on throughout most of the book.

Next time I read these I want to make a list of all the times Harry breaks rules or doesn't listen to Dumbledore, and what would happen if he had done what he was supposed to do. Sure, a lot of bad things would happen, but for some of those, playing it straight
Paul Riches
Sep 28, 2012 Paul Riches rated it it was amazing
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 to
This is not a review.
This is a trip down memory lane or to be more precise, a leisurely stroll through the Department of Mysteries.
Walk with me, fellow Potterheads.

Moment #1:'Ministry of Magic?' bellowed Uncle Vernon. 'People like you ingovernment! Oh, this explains everything, everything, no wonder the country's going to the dogs.'

HP facts - Ministry of magic.

Moment #2:She seized Dudley by the shouldersand shook him, as though testing to see whether she could hear his soul rattling around ins

Dec 10, 2014 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Even if this is the longest book of of the series, it was my favorite!!!!
I loved the new characters from the order of the phoenix and i found Dumbledore'army absolutely brilliant! It was extremely interesting to discover the ministry of magic and how it all works. Even if Umbrige is somewhat subtle she is certainly evil as the deatheaters, she is the perfect vilain.

I've read the book five times, and every time, I discover new jokes and new magical quotes in it.
Jun 04, 2015 Sabina rated it liked it
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Jan 25, 2016 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
My favourite of the Harry Potter series. I loved this book, while it gave me the most emotions (Sirius is my favourite character) I found I also got the most of his personality in this one. I know from most of the people I have talked to that I am standing (pretty much) alone on my standpoint of this being the best one, but it is all a matter of opinion and what something meant to you when you read it.
King Downy
Jun 02, 2015 King Downy rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my favourite Harry Potter books written. Harry being expelled from Hogwarts gave a huge plot twist, leading me to wonder if this would be the end of the series. I loved the fact that Voldemort was able to take control of Harry's mind and was apart of him in a way. I would argue that this is one of the best, most interesting books within the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Rob Cavendish
May 01, 2016 Rob Cavendish rated it it was ok
I read this book to my son after having both enjoyed the first three books particularly. However, this one was turgid and unimaginative in comparison.
At the end we felt cheated, a whole book and the story had not advanced at all. Certainly the characters move on and the journey is entertaining and eventful enough, but it reads more like a 'filler' rather than a book that stands on its own.
Mundy Carroll
Aug 04, 2014 Mundy Carroll rated it really liked it
In re-reading the HP books I've been struck by how the movies have influenced my memory of the story. The movies we brilliant, but the books are just so much richer. This goes especially for Order of the Phoenix. Probably my (and many others) least favourite movie, the book is great. Character development is wonderful, and JK is adept at throwing little teasers in, which - if you know how the story ends - you spot and enjoy.

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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch
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