Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J. K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Recommended for: kids in grades 4 and up, teens, adults
Pages: 775 p.
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Rowling, J.
In response to his reappearance, Dumbledore reactivates the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society which works to defeat the Dark Lord’s minions and protect his targets?especially Harry Potter. But Harry doesn’t want to be protected. Even as the Ministry of Magic denies his claims, The Daily Prophet discredits him, and even Dumbledore won’t look him in the eye, Harry grows more and more determined to fight his lifelong enemy Voldemort?if only he had the “weapon” the Order is guarding. In the meantime, he visits his godfather at his ghoulish London home, Grimmauld Place, and learns more about Voldemort’s deep reach into Wizarding history and the Wizarding world. Back at Hogwarts, Harry must deal with a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a surprising new member of the Gryffindor Quidditch team; the possibility of his first real romance; and the looming nightmare of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. He’s haunted by dreams of a heavy door at the end of a silent corridor, and a vision of his father and the young Severus Snape that changes everything he thought he knew about them. Even the joy of working with “Dumbledore’s Army”?a group of Soon Harry will discover the true depth and strength of his friends; their boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifices. His fate depends on them all.
I can’t say that I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The kids in my Harry Potter Book Club didn’t like it either. I really really dislike Delores Umbrage. Even though she is not a death eater, I think she is more evil than Voldemort. At least he is honest about his true nature and motivations. (And doesn’t talk in a fake sweet voice, wear a fluffy pink cardigan and have tons of pictures of cute fluffy kittens.)
Thank goodness for Dumbledore’s Army and Luna Lovegood. They made things a bit better.
Our group has enjoyed the other books in the series and look forward to Half-Blood Prince.