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Harry Potter #5

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter is about to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unlike most schoolboys, Harry never enjoys his summer holidays, but this summer is even worse than usual. The Dursleys, of course, are making his life a misery, but even his best friends, Ron and Hermione, seem to be neglecting him.

Harry has had enough. He is beginning to think he must do something, anything, to change his situation, when the summer holidays come to an end in a very dramatic fashion. What Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down...

912 pages, Paperback

First published June 21, 2003

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J.K. Rowling

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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 chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, "No one ever called me 'Joanne' when I was young, unless they were angry." Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents first met on a train departing from King's Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on 14 March 1965. Her mother's maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Her mother's paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during the First World War.

Rowling's sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael's Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael's, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: "I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee." At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said "taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind," gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford's autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling's heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.

Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, "I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life." She had a difficult homelife; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (she is no longer on speaking terms with him). She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department. Rowling said of her adolescence, "Hermione [a bookish, know-it-all Harry Potter character] is loosely based on me. She's a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I'm not particularly proud of." Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as "not exceptional" but "one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English." Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

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Author 11 books7,638 followers
April 15, 2018

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. Sure, there were some tough parts earlier on, and while it's true that some darkness crept into the ending of the previous installment, for the most part, that was a pretty happy book compared to this. Ron got over his jealousy, the school eventually got behind Harry as a Champion, and good still triumphed over evil. Our hero surmounted impossible odds in the Triwizard Tournament and then managed to escape Voldemort, yet again, and warn the wizarding world of his return.

And then BAM!

The beginning of this book hits you in the face. Where you expect Harry to be in the know, he’s in the dark, where you expect The Daily Prophet to be filled with stories about the ministry pursuing Voldemort, there’s only silence, where you expect excitement about returning to Hogwarts there is only frustration and angst. And you know what? You get it, you frigging get it, man.

Because you were with Harry when he faced Voldemort and his Death Eaters alone, you stood beside him as the shades of his parents appeared from the tip of his enemy’s wand and helped save his life. And when he made it back to safety, you were just as dumbfounded as he was when the minister of magic refused to believe him, refused to believe Dumbledore.

So how dare they? How dare they let him rot, alone, in a house full of people who hate and ridicule him, while the murderer of his parents begins to rebuild his army? How dare they feed him snippets like “We can’t tell you anything about what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been doing A LOT. But don’t worry, we’ll see you soon, we just can’t tell you when”? As if he hasn’t been through enough. If anyone has the right to know what’s going on, it’s Harry. Doesn’t anyone KNOW him like we do? Or do they just think that they know what’s best for him better than he does?

And that’s part of the genius of this installment. This book grows up. Where the previous four could be labeled as children’s stories, this one cannot. There are so many hard lessons and difficult themes in this, ones that a child’s mind cannot fully grasp. Gone are the heroes, gone are the happy endings. This book teaches you that adults aren’t the perfect protectors you thought they were. Sirius isn’t infallible. James Potter isn’t infallible. Albus frigging Dumbledore isn’t infallible. None of them are. None of them are even fully good. And come to find out, those you thought were fully evil might not be either. This book introduces you to shades of grey, and each revelation seems to hit you harder than the last.

Normally, I hate angst. This is mostly because I find the vast majority of what I see these days to be a sorry excuse to lengthen a story or a shoddy attempt to distract a reader from glaring issues. Trying to cover up weak characterization? Add some angst! Want to hide those holes in your plot? Add some angst!

The only type of angst I can stand is believable angst. Rowling delivers on this. And that’s one of the many reasons that I love this book. There are a lot of other reasons, Fred and George’s badassery, Ginny Weasley finding her voice and becoming a character in her own right, the undiluted rage that coursed through my body every time I read a scene that included Delores Umbridge, the incredible courage and honesty of Hermione Granger, the loyalty of Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom coming into his own, the failed Occlumency lessons (I WILL ALWAYS HATE SNAPE) and the way the entire school ended up doing exactly what the sorting hat suggested at the beginning of the year and banded together as one against the ministry’s interference.

I even loved the ending. YES, I SAID IT! And do you know why? Because life isn’t sunshine and roses and you don’t always get to say goodbye to those you love. You don’t get the sense that Sirius’s death was a righteous one. You don’t get resolution. He didn’t make some grand sacrifice to save the lives of many others. He died taunting the bad guys, smiling at them, egging them on as though he was still that ego-inflated teenager you glimpsed through the pensieve. And then you find out that it was all for nothing. That there were so many ways that it could have been avoided. How do you deal with that? The best you can, I guess.

So while I don’t necessarily "enjoy" this book as much as I do the others, it remains my favorite in the series for the reasons I listed above.

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Author 6 books13.7k followers
October 7, 2020
“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"
"You called her a liar?"
"You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?"
"Have a seat cause we bloody need to talk about trans lives."

I love Harry Potter as much as anyone, which is why I urge everyone who spends money on these books to also support the trans community.

To say it with the author's words: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Well.

Here’s a list of organisations that support trans lives (feel free to reach out and recommend more). Every penny counts:
Mermaids UK

The Trevor Project

Black Visions Collective because Black trans lives matter.

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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.
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December 19, 2015
I finished this book with tears in my eyes and laughter on my lips.
Just wow, excellent book!
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457 reviews110k followers
June 9, 2023
(obviously a reread) *cries*
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288 reviews558 followers
February 23, 2022
"Galloping gargoyles!"
"Hang on. This Lord Voldything's back, you say."

When a book gets too long, there's always the risk of giving up halfway, or start skimming through parts. I think, The Order of Phoenix qualifies as long (the version I read had around a 1000 pages), but I wish it to be even longer. Only Rowling can do that. I didn't find one boring bit, or anything out of place. We are reaching a near-perfect level of writing here at the fifth of the series, which, in my opinion, is an excellent concoction of suspense, hope, triumph, disappointment, humor, anger, happiness, sadness and so many others.

"I've always wanted to try firewhisky -"

Right from the beginning, you'll find everything to be intriguing as always, with an excellent set of new characters being introduced. The main characters around Harry are of course the main focus, and the narration inherits a lot from how the teenage Harry views the world. Average emotional rollercoaster of a teenager blends in nicely with the main plot, and makes things more interesting.

"Ask us no questions and we'll tell you no lies,"

We've finally moved in to the core of the story, and an-action-packed story is being unfolded - full of dark times - with no more holding back. If it wasn't for Rowling's writing, this might've felt like one complex story, not to mention how unbearable it would've been with Umbrige, and also with Lestrange and Fudge closely behind. But everything's put in place perfectly, and even the annoying characters do their part really well. And the ending chapters - though disappointing - are the best and most dramatic in the series so far. This has been one amazing ride, while proving the 'Last-is-Best' still to be true.

"Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young..."
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February 1, 2019
Despite this being the longest book in the series, I read it quicker than all the others.

Here’s three things I really loved about it:

1. Harry and Sirius- they never had much time together but the time they did have really influenced Harry’s development, a few wise words from a sincere friend (or godfather) can go a real long way. And this scene was perhaps the most powerfully written in the series for me, we all know what happens next:



2. Dumbledore’s Army- Harry, Ron and Hermione have always taken matters into their own hands; they’ve never waited for someone to come along and save them. And here they have got so many great characters involved in their heroics, which leads me onto my next point.


3. Luna Lovegood- because the weird people are always the best people. Luna’s by far my favourite character because she is so completely herself in all her colourfulness; she’s often ignored, avoided and even ridiculed as a result but secretly she is brilliant. The world needs more Luna Lovegoods. I always thought she had far more chemistry with Harry than Ginny ever did.

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323 reviews644 followers
August 9, 2019
I am always ready to pop off on anyone who says they don’t like this book because “Harry is so angsty and annoying in it.” Well, why don’t you watch a peer die right next to you, witness Adolf Hitler’s resurrection, have a trusted adult admit they’ve been lying and manipulating you, and then get sent home for three months to live with people who loathe you, all while being ghosted by the people you actually like for weeks AND SEE HOW WELL YOU DEAL WITH IT.

On top of all of that, you’ve got a government publishing daily articles detailing why you’re a crazy person with an overactive imagination and to pay no attention to that 100% alive noseless man behind the curtains.



Also, I still remember reading this book on my bunk bed in 8th grade the day it came out. Never in my life had I experienced so much fiery rage toward a fictional character. Fifteen years later and Delores Umbridge still wins the award for character whOSE LAUGH COULD ACTUALLY PROVOKE ME, A PACIFIST WHO LOVES CAPS LOCK, TO RAGE PUNCH AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER.

Hem hem.

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244 reviews28.5k followers
April 16, 2020
4th read: April 2020 (Physical & Stephen Fry Audiobook)
read for the 24 hour harry potter readathon

3rd read: July 2018 (Stephen Fry Audiobook)

2nd read: August-October 2017 (Physical)
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October 27, 2021
Welcome to my re-read of the spectacular series “Harry Potter”. 🤓⚡️I'm reading the books, listening to a fun (adult) podcast and watching the movies. ❤️📚🎧🎬

⚠️This review contains spoilers⚠️
If you don’t yet know:
*whose life ambition is to have his head cut off and stuck up on a plaque, just like his mom
*why you should avoid the regurgitating toilets
*why Luna’s reading The Quibbler upside down
*why Flitwick suggests bringing your own glasses to the Hogs Head
*why it’s time to learn joined up writing
*why it’s a bad thing that Ron has no idea how he turned a dinner plate into a giant mushroom
——-Then proceed with extreme caution!——-
Spoiler Credit: Podcast: Binge Mode (listen on Spotify)

Personal Opinion Note: I’m terribly sad for you, if you’ve never read the books (or at least watched the movies). 😉📚🎧🎬 You really should jump on Platform 9 3/4 with me!

I’ll be making notes of my favorite part of each chapter/podcast as I finish.

📚Chapter 1: Dudley Demented
Harry being pretty much left alone by the Dursley’s.

📚Chapter 2: A Peck of Owls
Mr. Weasley reaching out to Harry.

📚Chapter 3: The Advance Guard
Lupin’s return! And Tonks, of course.

📚Chapter 4: Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place
Harry's not looking too great here, so, I'll say Hermione's patience with Harry in this chapter.

📚Chapter 5: The Order of the Phoenix
Sirius putting Harry in his place, about his summer.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 1-5
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
The history of Dementors.

📚Chapter 6: The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black
Sirius showing Harry his family tree.

📚Chapter 7: The Ministry of Magic
Mr. Weasley in the underground.

📚Chapter 8: The Hearing
I hate Umbridge!

📚Chapter 9: The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
Harry’s realization that he should be happy for his friend Ron.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 6-9
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
All the ministry nonsense.

📚Chapter 10: Luna Lovegood
The title says it all.

📚Chapter 11: The Sorting Hat’s New Song
Ron threatening Seamus with detention.

📚Chapter 12: Professor Umbridge
Everyone questioning Umbridge, the toad, on her crap teaching plan.

📚Chapter 13: Detention with Dolores
Ron making the Quidditch team… I hate Umbridge.

📚Chapter 14: Percy and Padfoot
Hermione helping the boys get caught up with homework.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 10-14
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
Valid points on Harry’s behavior and Sirius’ recklessness.

📚Chapter 15: The High Inquisitor
McGonagall’s reaction to Umbridge in her class.

📚Chapter 16: In the Hog’s Head
Fred and George ordering 25 butter beers.

📚Chapter 17: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four
Umbridge is such a bitch… I can’t stress that enough.

📚Chapter 18: Dumbledore’s Army
Harry teaching defense against the dark arts.

📚Chapter 19: The Lion and the Serpent
Harry finally giving Malfoy a good old fashion punch in the gut.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 15-19
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
Umbridge really is the most viscous character of the series.

📚Chapter 20: Hagrid’s Tale
Hermione trying to talk sense into Hagrid.

📚Chapter 21: The Eye of the Snake
Harry’s first kiss.

📚Chapter 22: St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
Mrs. Weasley hugging Harry and thanking him for saving Mr. Weasley.

📚Chapter 23: Christmas on the Closed Ward
Ginny reminding Harry that she knows what it’s like to be possessed by Voldemort.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 20-23
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
Sirius and his relationship/similarities with Harry.

📚Chapter 24: Occlumency
Sirius and Snape almost fighting and surprisingly it's Harry who stands between them.

📚Chapter 25: The Beetle at Bay
Rita with her shenanigans and Hermione putting her back in her place.

📚Chapter 26: Seen and Unforeseen
Luna getting the interview with Harry into The Quibbler.

📚Chapter 27: The Centaur and the Sneak
McGonagall talking back to Umbridge.

📚Chapter 28: Snape’s Worst Memory
Fred and George’s fireworks.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 24-28
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
The lack of newspaper or news outlet diversity in the UK wizard world.

📚Chapter 29: Career Advice
McGonagall telling Umbridge that’s she’s a crap teacher.

📚Chapter 30: Grawp
Weasley is our king!

📚Chapter 31: O.W.L.s
Harry doing well.

📚Chapter 32: Out of the Fire
Everyone standing beside Harry when stupid Umbridge catches him.

📚Chapter 33: Fight and Flight
Hermione’s quick wit.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 29-33
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
The insight into the DA and what it does to help Harry understand that he needs others help, sometimes it does indeed take an army.

📚Chapter 34: The Department of Mysteries
Hermione's locking of each door behind them, she's just so smart.

📚Chapter 35: Beyond the Veil
Always a hard chapter to read.

📚Chapter 36: The Only One He Ever Feared
YES, DUMBLEDORE!! At Harry’s side, at last!!

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 34-36
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
Dumbledore’s flex… he is all-mighty.

📚Chapter 37: The Lost Prophecy
Harry getting all his anger out with Dumbledore.

📚Chapter 38: The Second War Begins
Luna is a great friend and a good soul.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Chapters 37-38
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
All of the feels, the loss, the angst. It was so much emotion all in two chapters.

🎬Movie #5
A lot was missing, but I did very much enjoy that they included Luna. Also, that Molly treats Harry like her own son. Watching Sirius die was just as hard as reading it.

🎧Podcast: Binge Mode: Movie
***Warning: Binge Mode contains adult content***
Valid points on what was great and what wasn’t so great. This was a great wrap up.

This concludes my re-read of Order of the Phoenix! Thanks for riding along with me!
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510 reviews14.3k followers
February 5, 2023
2023: Obniżam do 4 gwiazdek, bo mimo tego, że czytałam ją czwarty raz, to za każdym razem się z nią męczę.
2021: Daję 5 gwiazdek z sentymentu, bo zakończenie jest przepiękne.
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410 reviews416 followers
May 30, 2023
Complete 5 Golden Stars!
& so many more!

such a long year,
with that old toad!
full of ups & downs,
Dark times & Rebelling.
& with such an integrity,
the mystery unfolds.
(this last part is about the whole HP plot of course *winks*)

Another Amazing story in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!

it's strange that our favourites change when we get older. This book became my favourite after my long distance with Harry Potter (2014?). & I totally love it right now! (though I loved it before too, but that Umbridge made me sooooooooo angryyyy! & 4 & 2 are still my top favourites. but this one also been added at the top of the list.)

Probably the Darkest time at Hogwarts. Harry had hard times (from the first to the last) in different sort of ways; angry, under pressure, self-struggling, mad, sad. I understood how he felt; I was angry with him, at the ministry's reaction & how they treated him after all he'd been through, it was not fair. But he stood up for what was right, the truth, not the sweet lies, or what was easy; even if he would be punished. He didn't back away from his words, just because those idiots didn't like it. (that's why I like the heroes; strong, brave, standing up for what is right)
I was sad with him. My heart was broken for him.

the World's getting darker . more pressure on Harry. The world we know is changing.

How marvelous everything have been designed, described. Magnificent, unique choices of words. & how beautifully (& emotionally) this book ended!
I love the whole school year, like every other books, all those lessons, interesting subjects with fun, pressure & sarcasm.

❤ Beside the concept of the story itself, I always love Hogwarts. I'm pretty sure we all do. beside walking in those spectacular corridors, eating in the Great Hall, exploring the castle & wandering on the grounds, all those interesting magical lessons.
Many secrets revealed through this book for us & for the characters.
just 'the hearing' parts was a bit dull, but re-reading in many years of being a potterhead, made me start to like it. (& by the whole fascinating & breathtaking plot, I could easily ignore that.)

why this book is my favorite too, in details:
🟇 the humor in the first chapters, made by Sassy Harry. (I'm still mad they didn't put in the movie!)

𝓢𝓪𝓻𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓶 retorts between Harry & Malfoy, always one of the best parts

These parts are always made me laugh hard.
[& in the Audiobook by Stephen Fry, especially at this part, I doubled over! that was Fantastic! his voice, changing for every character or situation, the drawling voice of Malfoys & ringings in his voice to perform dialogues, the pauses & ups & downs in narrating; which made the story even more awesome!]

🟇 seeing many old lovable characters again! (which I was sure we would see them again, but I didn't know when & looking forward to them to come again & when it happened I was joyful, enthralled!)


🟇 Best moments awards goes to *dramatic pause* D.A.!
happy Harry!
Rebellious Harry!
Sarcastic Harry!

don't forget,
🟇 Sassy Harry all over the book!

"Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?"

🟇 Weasley twins!

"Give her hell from us, Peeves!"

🟇 Jokes along with pressures by every characters.

“Ron," said Hermione in a dignified voice, "you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.”

🟇 Grawp!
🟇 Weasley is our King!
🟇 Impressive Professor McGonagall!

“Have a biscuit, Potter.”

“Are you quite sure you wouldn't like a cough drop, Dolores?”

🟇 Marauders!
🟇 James & Sirius one of my favourite Brotps!
🟇 Golden & Silver trio!
🟇 the third side appeared & how Harry is under more pressure from every directions.
🟇 the battles at the end of the book! I love how different (comparing to \other ends) & how brilliantly shocking & exciting it was!
🟇 heart-breaking, soul-crushing moments!
🟇 aaaaand the truth we've been waiting for has been unfolded.

🟇 I loved O.W.L chapter, beside the whole thrills & fun, Harry's, Ron's & Hermione's reaction about the exams were so relatable (& realistic). plus, it seemed like a real magical education!
Last minutes revision!
Might doze off in studying (history) after a long night being awake.
He should know the answer, he had read it just this morning.
The exam questions reminded me of myself being student & having national exams at some of my educational years.
The bonus point. (I loved the bonus points in the exams XD)

2019: I also like Luna now.
2020: always feels good to finish a Harry Potter on Christmas eve. HP is the one book/series for me to give the Christmas vibes. Merry Xmas!
World building: ★★★★★/5
Characters: ★★★★★/5
/ Characters development: ★★★★★/5
Written style: ★★★★★/5
/ fun: ★★★★★/5 (Sassy Harry!)
/ feelz (heartbreaking, joy, humanity): ★★★★★/5
plot & events: ★★★★★/5
General idea: ★★★★★/5
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December 6, 2022
EDIT: I have close bonds with several transgender people, and I do not support this author at this point, as she actively uses her financial power to wreak havoc on the lives of trans people.

⭐️In Defense of Harry Potter: Order of the Pheonix
So this is my second favorite book of Harry Potter. And I plan to tell you exactly why the fuck why.

Order of the Pheonix is the most emotional book of the entire series, in a lot of ways. You have the visit to Neville's parents, Harry's ending breakdown as a character, the backstory behind Snape and Sirius... It deals with the deep emotional stuff in a way that the first few books didn't, with the possible exception of Prisoner of Azkaban. This book will make you cry.

⭐️Interlude: In Defense of Harry's Angst Phase

Harry is an incredibly traumatized young adult who's just been isolated from every person who cares about him all summer. Literally every single person who cares about him. You try being dropped in that situation and not being upset, especially as a fifteen-year-old. But what really stands out here is Harry's character arc as he comes to be less angsty. This book took him to his bottom point and to his top and it's brilliant.

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J.K. Rowling really nails down her tonal shifts in this book. The darker tone really takes this series to the next level in terms of plot AND character work. Order of the Pheonix is so dark and yet so hopeful. It's about resisting oppression in any way you can and it's just a perfect fucking book god I love this book so much

The plotting is brilliant, incorporating one of the most terrifying villains I have ever read about in my entire life. She's so human and that's what makes her such a terrifying character. Also, the plot reveals at the end. The interesting twist on the chosen one trope in regards to Neville.

The side characters and the entire concept of the DA and their bonding as a team really stand out here. There's something incredibly powerful in Harry Potter, who has worked alone the last few books, needing to ask for help. Harry realizes that he doesn't have to be alone. This book also deals with the fact that adults aren't perfect, even when they love you and want to help you. Also, Ginny Weasley is fucking perfect. Why do all of you sleep on her verbal DRAG of Harry? “I forgo–” “LUCKY YOU”

This book is also undoubtedly the funniest of the series. Fred and George. The school resistance to Umbridge. I don't know, maybe Lord Voldemort? IT UNSCREWS THE OTHER WAY.

This book is just fucking perfect. My mother is giving me annoyed looks while reading this review on her goodreads app but I don't care, this book is perfect.
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Author 8 books76.8k followers
March 4, 2019
This book really made my CRY. And it was not just tears, I was CRYING out loud. If you've read it (or at least have seen the movie) you surely know that a very important character dies and GOD, it was heart wrenching, the tears came flowing like a waterfall. I didn't want him to die :(...

Overall, I really liked this book, but I think it was way too long, it had some chapters that weren't relevant to the story...

BUT THEN... there are some chapters I loved! I think my favorites were "Snape's Worst Memory" (Just... Padfoot, Prongs and Moony, what else can I ask for?) and "The Centaur and the Sneak" (Dumbledore was AWESOME in this one!).

ALSO: Characters that kicked ass in this book:
- Professor McGonagall (WOW).
- Fred and George Weasley.
- Dumbledore.
- Sirius.
- Remus.

AND... I hate Umbridge.

Profile Image for Natasha Polis.
70 reviews13.6k followers
March 29, 2019
I DID IT! 5 DOWN 2 TO GO! I loved this one even though it was so sad at the end. So many new nuggets of info.
Profile Image for Mikee (ReadWithMikee).
203 reviews1,310 followers
February 10, 2017
❝Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.❞

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ¾

I feel like I'm going to get attacked for only rating a Harry Potter book 3.75 stars but Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is probably my LEAST favorite of the series thus far. It went by so slow and I felt like too much went on but at the same time nothing really happened. This book could've easily been made at least 200 pages shorter if J.K. Rowling got rid of all the pointless details and chapters that added nothing significant to the storyline. The movie was never really one of my favorites either and that was probably the primary reason it took me more than a month to get through Order of the Phoenix.

On top of that, I wasn't a big fan of Harry in this book. I understand that he went through a whole lot after the events of Goblet of Fire but he was moody and a jerk to everyone around him 98% of the time and although I can empathize with him, it became too over the top for me and I got tired of it real fast. He just kept snapping and going off on all the wrong people and it got really annoying. All the constant CAPITALIZED yelling didn't help too much either.

Even though Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite movie and book, I LOVED the concept of Dumbledore's Army. I just loved seeing all the students in action and actually putting everything they learned into good use. We finally get to meet Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite Harry Potter characters of all time, and I was so ecstatic every time her name was mentioned.

As for Umbridge, she was also the ultimate villain in this book. She was the woman you LOVED to HATE and I felt the movie nailed this portrayal so perfectly. If J.K. Rowling's goal was to make you want to rip your own hair to shreds, she succeeded that and more.

Overall, I felt the book was unnecessarily long but the movie itself was not much better. Where the book felt too slow, the film adaptation felt too rushed leaving out key details. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will probably always be my least favorite book and movie in the series, but the worst Harry Potter book is still a whole league better than a lot of other books.
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83 reviews13.7k followers
January 30, 2020
English (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) / Italiano

«The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing; the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought. Deprived of their usual car-washing and lawn-mowing pursuits, the inhabitants of Privet Drive had retreated into the shade of their cool houses, windows thrown wide in the hope of tempting in a nonexistent breeze. The only person left outdoors was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flower bed outside number four»

The "big number 5", the longest novel of Harry Potter series, begins... "HolyMadonna, how big is this book?" my daughter says, without fear for the number of pages, she looked more excited for the opening of this new adventure. And it starts with a bang, with two dementors attacking Harry and his cousin Dudley in a muggles area, out in the open. The rules of the usual Rowling's game have definitely changed. . The axiom "before we'll be between the welcoming arms of Hogwarts, and after many things will happen" no longer exists. The previous chapter of the series, also, started in the spirit of this new trend: you're not safe anywhere. Everything is more complicated for Harry Potter, it is difficult even to sleep by now.

«There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there»

Let's talk frankly, the entire novel revolves around this room and what's on it, and there are numerous signs and things said that make me think that we will be back on the argument in the future. In fact, despite a series of revelations came about this room at the end of the novel, an air of mystery remains.

And sadness remains too. So much sadness.

Vote: 9


«Il giorno più caldo dell'estate – almeno fino a quel momento – volgeva al termine e un silenzio sonnacchioso gravava sulle grandi case quadrate di Privet Drive. Le automobili di solito scintillanti sostavano impolverate nei vialetti e i prati un tempo verde smeraldo si stendevano incartapecoriti e giallognoli, perché l'irrigazione era stata proibita a causa della siccità. In mancanza delle loro consuete occupazioni – lavare l'auto e falciare il prato – gli abitanti di Privet Drive si erano rintanati nella penombra delle loro case fresche, con le finestre spalancate nella speranza di indurre una brezza inesistente a entrare. La sola persona rimasta all'aperto era un adolescente che giaceva lungo disteso sulla schiena in un'aiuola fuori dal numero quattro»

Comincia il "big 5" di Harry Potter, il volume più lungo della serie. "O Madonnamia quanto è gigante", dice mia figlia quando lo vede, per nulla spaventata dalla mole, anzi eccitata da questa nuova avventura che sta per iniziare. E comincia col botto, con due dissennatori che aggrediscono Harry e il cugino Dudlley in piena terra babbana, alla luce del sole. Sono definitivamente cambiate le regole del gioco della Rowling al quale eravamo abituati in precedenza, ossia prima si arriva tra le accoglienti mura di Hogwarts e poi succedono tante cose. Non più. Già il capitolo precedente della saga era iniziato all'insegna del nuovo trend potteriano: non si è più al sicuro da nessuna parte. Per Harry è tutto sempre più complicato, gli riesce difficile perfino dormire in santa pace.

«Nell'Ufficio Misteri c'è una stanza che viene tenuta sempre chiusa. Contiene una forza al tempo stesso più meravigliosa e più terribile della morte, dell'intelligenza umana e della natura. E forse il più misterioso fra i molti soggetti che vengono studiati laggiù»

Parliamoci francamente, l'intero romanzo ruota attorno a questa stanza e a quello che contiene, e ci sono molteplici indizi e mezze frasi dette che mi fanno pensare che si ritornerà a parlare di essa, tentando di chiarirne l'essenza misteriosa, che però permane nonostante tutta una serie di rivelazioni a fine romanzo.

E permane tristezza. Tanta tristezza.

Voto: 9

Profile Image for Nilufer Ozmekik.
2,304 reviews44k followers
August 11, 2022
This is my new routine to reread HP books to take
a trip down my memory lane because reading these remarkable books make me remember the times I was so excited to get my hands on them: the younger, crazier, stupider, less experienced, naiver but always happy version of myself. These books always bring out the noisy, mischievous, fiery, cheery child we hid inside the walls as we grow up.

But right now, I totally agree that we need revisions and new perspectives as the world changes: we definitely need spinoffs! We need to read stories with more cultural, racial and LGBTQ community representation. Creativity of intelligent mind shouldn’t be blocked by bleakness.

Let’s wish we may get those spinoffs we dreamed of in near future!
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551 reviews60.4k followers
June 6, 2017
This book used to be my least favorite book of the series and after rereading it, I can't understand why... I loved it!

So many good things I had forgotten started here like the DA meetings. I still absolutely hate Umbridge and I'm out of my reading slump (hopefully!).
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1,589 reviews157k followers
December 9, 2020

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The Written Review

Now we've entered the start of the not-so-happy arc. I don't even want to think about the ending. I would much prefer to reread the first four books again than suffer (vicariously) through that ending with Harry.

The twins antics keeps the book from becoming too depressing and Professor Umbridge is simply divine as the Big Bad.

On a side note, ever think J K Rowling just wants to give sage advice to her kids and wrote an entire book to cover that up?
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.

Audiobook Comments
Read by Jim Dale (as always) and he was absolutely stunning (as always)

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1,482 reviews79k followers
October 9, 2018
Guys, this was so much better than the movie. I know it's not fair to compare, but because the film version of Order of the Phoenix isn't one of my favorites, coupled with the fact that this is the longest novel in the series, I was really nervous to get to this one. Obviously I was a muggle fool who deserves to be chased around by Peeves for a full 24 hours, because this was such a vital installment that really breathed a mature life into the series. The ending of Goblet of Fire is quite dark, but I felt book #5 is where the series really gets down to business and loses the childlike innocence that it clasped tightly for some long. What a brilliant, hauntingly beautiful way to write a series that grows as the reader does. Only two more to go, which makes me quite sad, but also excited to find out how they compare to the rest!
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9,564 reviews47 followers
December 18, 2021
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5), J.K. Rowling

The novel was published on 21 June 2003 by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix follows Harry Potter's struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldemort, O.W.L. exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic.

During the summer, Harry Potter and his cousin Dudley are attacked by Dementors. Forced to use magic to fend them off, Harry is expelled from Hogwarts, but his expulsion is postponed pending a hearing at the Ministry of Magic.

Harry is whisked off to Number 12, Grimmauld Place, the childhood home of Sirius Black, by a group of wizards belonging to the Order of the Phoenix.

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger explain that the Order is a secret organisation led by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny Weasley and Fred and George Weasley learn that Voldemort is seeking something he lacked prior to his defeat.

The Ministry, led by Cornelius Fudge, refuses to accept Voldemort's return, and are running a smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore. At the hearing, Dumbledore defends Harry, who is cleared of all charges.

At Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge, a senior Ministry employee, becomes the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

She refuses to believe in Voldemort's return, and clashes with Harry, punishing him by having him magically carve "I must not tell lies" into the back of his hand.

She also refuses to teach her students how to perform defensive magic, prompting Harry, Ron, and Hermione to form their own Defence group with other students.

Umbridge, empowered by the Ministry to interfere in Hogwarts as the new High Inquisitor, bans unapproved clubs, forcing the group, now called Dumbledore's Army, to meet in secret in the Room of Requirement to practice under Harry's instruction. ...

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «هری پاتر و فرمان ققنوس»؛ «هری پاتر و محفل ققنوس»؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش در ماه دسامبر سال2003میلادی

کتاب پنجم «هری پاتر و فرمان ققنوس» از سری «هری پاتر»، که با ترجمه ی جناب آقای «فریدون قاضی زاده» و سرکار خانم «نفیسه ی سلطانی»، با ویرایش سرکار خانم «نسیم عزیزی» در872صفحه، و با چهار تابلوی رنگی از هنرپیشه های فیلم، توسط نشر روزگار، با جلد شمیز چاپ شده است، قیمت کتاب با جلد شمیز50000ریال، همین کتاب، با عنوان «هری پاتر و محفل ققنوس» در سه جلد با ترجمه ی سرکار خانم «ویدا اسلامیه»، با جلد گالینگور، توسط کتابسرای تندیس نیز، چاپ و منتشر شده است؛ قیمت سه جلد جمعا98000ریال است؛ دو ترجمه را مقایسه کردم، هر دو ترجمه خوب بودند، رقابتی بیهوده برای ...؛ اگر در یکی از برگردانها اشکالی بود، باز میشد، خود را به کوچه ی دیگری رساند

پنجمین کتاب از مجموعه ی داستان‌های هفت گانه ی «هری پاتر»؛ نوشتهٔ سرکار بانو «جی.کی رولینگ» است؛ این کتاب طولانی‌ترین رمان این سری است، و نسخه ی «آمریکایی» آن در870صفحه، و ترجمه فارسی بانو «ویدا اسلامیه» نزدیک به1250صفحه است؛ ماجرای این رمان، پس از بازگشت «لرد سیاه» روی می‌دهد؛ جمعی از جادوگران، گروهی را به ریاست «آلبوس دامبلدور»، با نام «محفل ققنوس» تشکیل میدهند، تا برای مبارزه با «ولدمورت» آماده شوند؛ این کتاب یکی از سیاه‌ترین، و تلخ‌ترین ماجراهای «هری پاتر» است؛

هشدار: اگر داستان را هنوز نخوانده اید و میخواهید بخوانید، ادامه ریویو، داستان را لو میدهد

در پایان کتاب، «رولینگ»، خوانشگرانش را، با سازمان اسرار آشنا می‌سازد؛ که بسیار شگفت انگیز است؛ در وزارت سحر و جادو، نبرد اعجاب آوری بین «لرد ولدمورت» و «آلبوس دامبلدور»، روی می‌دهد؛ و سرانجام خوانشگران درمی‌یابند، که «ولدمورت»، برای پیشگیری از پیشگویی، که «سیبل تریلانی (یکی از استادان پیشگویی مدرسه هاگوارتز)» در آن اعلام کرده بود، که تنها کسیکه می‌تواند «ولدمورت» را، شکستی ابدی بدهد، در واپسین روز ماه «ژوئیه» به دنیا میآید، و پدر و مادر این پسر، پیش‌تر، سه بار در برابر «ولدمورت» ایستادگی کرده‌ اند؛ در این داستان «دلورس آمبریج»، که از وزارت سحر و جادو، برای تدریس درس «دفاع در برابر جادوی سیاه»، در مدرسه «هاگوارتز» برگزیده شده‌، رفته رفته از سوی وزارت سحر و جادو، رتبه‌ اش بالاتر می‌رود؛ او قوانین دشواری در مدرسه برقرار می‌کند؛ او به عنوان تنبیه، «هری پاتر» را وادار می‌کند، که با خون خودش، روی دستش حک کند، که: «من نباید دروغ بگویم»؛ در اواخر داستان، «فرد» و «جرج ویزلی»، از مدرسه جادوگری «هاگوارتز»، فرار می‌کنند، و با این فرار، نام خود را زبانزد خاص و عام می‌کنند؛ در این شماره از مجموعه داستان‌های «هری پاتر»، نگهبان مدرسه «هاگوارتز»، «هاگرید»، با خانم «ماکسیم»، به ماموریتی، برای صلح، میان غولها به سفر می‌روند، و با «گراوپ»، برادر «هاگرید» که غول است، حتی نمی‌تواند به زبان انسان‌ها سخن بگوید، برمی‌گردند؛ «هاگرید» از «هری»، و «هرمیون (هرماینی)» درخواست می‌کند، که به برادرش الفبا را، یاد بدهند؛ در پایان داستان، «بلاتریکس لسترنج»، پدر خوانده ی «هری»، یعنی «سیریوس بلک» را، به قتل می‌رساند، «آلبوس دامبلدور» نیز، با «لرد ولدمورت»، در وزارت سحر و جادو، درگیر می‌شوند و میجنگند؛

نقل متن از کتاب دوم برگردان خانم «ویدا اسلامیه»: (ماه دسامبر که از راه رسید، برف بیش‌تری به همراه داشت، و بهمنی از تکالیف، برای دانش آموزان سال پنجمی، به ارمغان آورد؛ با نزدیک شدن «کریسمس»، وظایف ارشدی «رون»، و «هرمیون» سنگین‌تر می‌شد؛ به آن‌ها گفته بودند، که بر تزیین قلعه، نظارت کنند (رون می‌گفت: «درست موقعی که آدم می‌خواد ریسه ‌های پرزرق‌وبرق رو ببنده، بدعنق یه سر دیگه شو می‌گیره، و می‌خواد با اون آدمو خفه کنه.»)، و مراقب باشند تا دانش آموزان سال اوّل و دوم، زنگ تفریحشان را در قلعه بگذرانند، چرا که هوا سرد و سوز دار بود (رون می‌گفت: «نمی‌دونی چه بچه پرروهایی هستن، کی ما وقتی کلاس اول بودیم، اينقدر رومون زیاد بودا») و به نوبت با «آرگوس فیلچ»، در راهروها سرکشی کنند، زیرا «فیلچ» تصور می‌کرد، ممکن است، حال و هوای تعطیلات باعث شود، بچه‌ ها با هم دوئل کنند (رون با خشم گفته بود: «توی کلّه‌ش به جای مغز، پهنه!»)؛ کارشان آنقدر زیاد بود، که «هرمیون» بافتن کلاه، برای جن‌های خانگی را، کنار گذاشته بود، و غرغر می‌کرد، که فقط سه کلاه دیگر برایش مانده است.)؛ پایان نقل

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