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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  1,324,082 ratings  ·  17,124 reviews
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from th
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Paperback, 796 pages
Published July 10th 2004 by Bloomsbury (first published June 21st 2003)
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Meredith I was seven when I first read it, and I don't feel like I missed out on any of the themes or anything, nor was I particularly disturbed or confused.…moreI was seven when I first read it, and I don't feel like I missed out on any of the themes or anything, nor was I particularly disturbed or confused. Yes, it has heavy topics, but having grown up with the series I feel like it's important for children to read about heavy topics if they understand them. Complex story lines and ideas shouldn't exclude children, if the individual child is ready for it.(less)
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Jess Michaelangelo
I cried like a little baby. 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 charact ...more
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This occasion reminds me a lot of one of my favorite books, Harry Potter and
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Nour Sharif
Edit #2: 25\7\2014
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I know that I have neglected the subject of the new Goodreads policy a lot recently, and I ought not to have done that. You see, I wasn’t very free re
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Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]


Interview with JK Rowling...
Stephen Fry: Can we settle an important question?

JK Rowling: Yes.

Stephen Fry: How do you pronounce your last name?

JK Rowling: It is Row-ling. As in rolling pin.

Stephen Fry: So if any of you hear someone pronounce her name “Rohw-ling”, you have my permission to hit them over the head with — not with Order of the Phoenix, that would be cruel. Something smaller, like a fridge.
Raeleen Lemay
Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas To You

ok. I will start by saying that this is one of my least favorite books in the series, and that isn't because it's bad, BECAUSE IT IS DEFINITELY NOT. It's mainly due to the fact that I hate Umbridge more than words can translate, and having to read about her so much just infuriates me, rather than giving me warm fuzzies the entire time I'm reading.

That being said, here are some of my thoughts on the book:

-mention of Regulus Black near the beginni
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Annie
Jun 28, 2007 Annie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tried and true Harry Potter fans
hrrmmpp.
This is my least favourite of the Harry Potter series, and almost borders on the "don't bother". It is saved only by the virtue that it is a Harry Potter book and moves the series along to the still yet unknown finale.
My issues with it:
- deals with complex social/political problems in a simplified, extreme, and dichotomous manner
- characterisations are too easy/lazy- all good or all bad (with the exception of Snape who's good/evil intentions are yet unknown), all courageous or cowardly,
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Navessa


Seriously, don't read this review if you haven't read the books.

The biggest compliment I can think to give an 870 page book is that I wish it had been longer. I wish this had been longer.

This book has always been my favorite in the series. Up until it, Harry’s story had been filled with light. Yes, yes, there were some tough parts, yes, yes, some darkness tinged the edges of the previous one, but honestly, that was a pretty happy book compared to this. Good still triumphed over evil, our hero
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Inge
4.5 stars

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Keely
This is my favorite installment of the quintessential modern bildungsroman. Nevertheless, it has its problems, familiar to any reader of Rowling's.

She never seems to gain control of her writing, which spirals out into thousand-page doorstops filled with unimportant side characters and rambling plots. The story is moved along by arbitrary plot devices, often magic. Instead of using the magic to make her world seem more strange and wondrous, she uses it to cover up plot holes. Why write a consiste
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9 3/4
Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me.


The copy I own is not signed by J. K. Rowling but it is signed by Daniel Radcliffe!

Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
What stands out in book 5:

* Harry's outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry's anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry's frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming.
* Harry's detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her
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Wile
I've been told this was the most difficult to read of the series and I found it to be true. Harry is full of teen angst and spends a lot of the book furious (and being quite infuriating) at the fact that nothing is happening, and that when things do happen, he's not allowed to be involved. Of course not being allowed do things should never stop a boy like Harry Potter from getting involved - except that amazingly it does.

This book isn’t really so much about Harry Potter, but about all the other
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Jason Koivu
Why won't I let myself give this more than 3 stars?! I want to, I really do, but my cursor-moving finger won't budge! Let's investigate the whys!

Length - This is the longest book in the series. I love the Harry Potter series, so I should want more of it, right? I don't know, sometimes a lot is too much. Rowling did her best to pack a lot into this one and it feels too bulgy. If this was carry-on luggage, TSA would make her check it for going over the size limit.

Dolores Umbridge - What a great e
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Nandakishore Varma

Below is the Off-topic review, seriously tongue in cheek.

I have reviewed the series as a whole, here.


OFF-TOPIC REVIEW

No, this review is not about the book. I have not read it, but I may read it in future.

This is about a similar situation here on GR: I call it

MANNY RAYNER AND THE ORDER OF THE HYDRA

The good Word Wizard, Manny, is on the warpath against the evil "Am..." - er, sorry - "The corporate entity which shall not be named". This incredibly evil being, compared to whom Lord Voldemort seem
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Crazy Uncle Ryan
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Mike (the Paladin)
Wonderful book...only complaint I ever heard was it was too short. Still the emotional toll of this book is heavier than the ones before and it is more a young "adult" book than a "youth" book. As I've pointed out before, the original "generation reading these books had more time to mature between the publishing date of each book. Now they can be bought all together. Harry goes through some amazingly tough times (and doesn't handle some of them too well). Read these books before you simply turn ...more
Maureen
Reread in December 2014 for harryxmastoyou

This one took me so long to get through because of so many things coming up but it was still great! I feel like as the books get later there are so many things I forgot were in there that weren't in the movie, like the fight scene at the end is TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I really loved this book this time around.
Liz*
"[Love] is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature."


Luna is so sweet, I love every time she speaks. There's so much wisdom in her and you don't even know it.


You bet your sorry ass he's back and you and a-hole Perry can go and hide now...


This woman was seriously fucked up.


Still, I don't like bullies.


Book Ginny is amazing. Movie Ginny is criminal...


That ending. THAT ENDING. And only Dumbledore can say: it was all my fault because I
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Laz
Each time I start an HP book I'm blown away by how much each and every book is better than the last one.. <3

From the very beginning of the book, just like Harry, I was mad at Dumbledore cause he really seemed to ignoring Harry, which as a fact he was, but then at last when Dumbledore told Harry the reasons why he had been acting so distant I couldn't help feeling sorry for Dumbledore and the fact that instead of stopping Harry from shouting at him or shattering his office he egged him to do
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Nina
I bawled my eyes out during the last fifty pages. I cried for almost an hour. I went to sleep at 1 AM with a headache, tachycardia and a slight fever. I'm being perfectly Sirius. Oh God, no, that was so lame. I'm sorry, guys.

Aaannyyywwayyyy, this book shot my expectations through the roof. It's like J.K. Rowling keeps getting better, but to do this she needs to smash my heart to pieces that get smaller with every book.
For example, right here she has created my #1 Most Hated Character Of All Time
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Rachel
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Priscilla
Ugh.. my heart. So.. heavy.

Quick thoughts:

1. Really intense and dark.
2. Fantastical spells, jinxes, and charms. I love magic.
3. I want to know more about Moony, Padfoot and Prongs.
4. Writing is superb, invoking intense emotions. I almost cried .___.
5. Now I know why Weasly is my king :)

A month to finish?! T__T I do not like that.

Full review soon.
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
Initial thoughts: Holy wow!! That was by far the most emotional book in this series!!! This was an amazing book, but filled with so much unhappiness. Poor Harry... Review to come.

Review:

Actual rating: 5 solid, I-Hate-Being-A-Muggle stars!!! No story spoilers.


This series is one of those that I find impossible to review. Almost everyone has read them, and they've been reviewed a million times over. So really, what is there for lil ol' me to say?!

I'll give you some of my quick thoughts and feelin
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
So... I'm at my mother's house and there my old paperback edition of this book sits, taunting me, challenging me to read it for the hundredth time. How can I resist Harry??

This is my least favourite book in the series because Harry acts like a self-righteous jerk but it is still one of the best books I've ever read. And the end always makes me cry like a baby.























Chris
Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of days, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as an unnamed member of the Bush administration.

So, how long until we can get this Rowling woman into Gitmo?

I mean really, have you read this book? It's an 800-page diatr
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I started these books thinking I some what liked Harry Potter's story. I mean I had watched the movies. How much love could you expect a 44 year old woman to give to a children's book? I never imagined how these books would cast a spell on my heart and mind. I have slowed down in my reading of them just because I know the end of them is near and I know I'm going to shed some tears.
You think if you've watched the movies you know these stories...not. These books are just completely and utterly ma
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Joe
After reading this book for a second time, I've decided to dock it a star. It's still a good book, very well written, but I have some grievances to bring to Ms. J.K.'s attention:

(SPOILER WARNING!!!!)

At 870 pages, it is very laborious to get through this tome when every other sentence brings a new disaster/ problem for Harry. Drama is fine, but to this level at this length is just overdoing it. Starting with the dementor attack in the first few pages and continuing through Umbridge's evilness, a
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Ren the Unclean
Aug 07, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Harry Potter fans only.
Shelves: fantasy
This is the worst Harry Potter book. The characterization is unbelievable and annoying, taking the various holes in the world J.K. has created with Harry Potter and throwing them in the face of the reader with the expectation that they will accept anything at this point. Events in the world that main characters (and by extension, the reader) find outrageous and crazy are accepted by everyone else in the world without adequate reasons for their acceptance.

Harry whines incessantly throughout this
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Callista
First read in 2003; re-read in 2006.
I know some people who complained about Harry being so angry in this book, but I think he has the right to be. He’s traumatized over Voldemort’s return and Cedric’s death, very few people believe he’s telling the truth about Voldemort, and he’s being kept in the dark by the people he trusts and cares about. The formation of Dumbledore’s Army is enjoyable because it finally gives Harry a chance to take on a leadership role, and his fellow students get to learn
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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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