Synopsis from Scholastic:
Whisk your child back to Hogwarts for Harry’s fifth year at wizard school, filled with run-ins with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, a disgruntled house-elf, and even tougher end-of-term exams. Add this to the rift Lord Voldemort’s rise has opened in the wizarding world — between those who believe the truth about his return and those who prefer to believe it’s all madness and lies — and you’ve got another (even longer!) adventure that’s sure to cast a reading spell over your child.
About: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a young adult fantasy written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré. It was published on 8/10/2004 by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover 870 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, fantasy, and magic. This book is intended for readers ages 9 and up and grades 4 and up. There are 7 books to this series in this order: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The future of Harry is in this book called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. According to the publisher’s website, “Arthur A. Levine Books was founded in 1996 and is an imprint of Scholastic Inc. We published our first book, When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer, in the fall of 1997. Since then, our imprint has produced more than three hundred works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and more than a few discerning adults).” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 9/15/2018 and finished it on 2/1/2019. (Please ignore the date in this case because it has nothing to do with the book being good or bad. I experience the worst reading slump ever.) This book is a great read! I love learning about Sirius and his family tree. Further along, the story gets a bit boring and long winded. The first time I read this story I loved it but now I feel Harry whines too much and then he constantly landed himself in trouble despite his teammates asking him that they are relying on him or Hermione’s repeated sayings of his friends’ support. I decided to watch the movie again at page 330 and I must say, this movie has no Quidditch game at all. That’s disappointing. I pushed through even though those bans from Umbridge really ruin many excitements for me, like having Harry play the Quidditch. I don’t even get to enjoy how Ginny caught the snitch right under Cho’s nose. I do laugh out loud with Ron’s OWL test in divination though, hilarious!
This book is told in the third person point of view following Harry Potter as he spends the summer at his aunt Petunia’s house. He’s feeling bored and frustrated that this past 2 months he hasn’t heard from his friends about what’s going on in the wizarding world, especially news of You-Know-Who after his encounter before the year ended. Then one day while out walking with his cousin Dudley, two dementors came to attack Harry. More people show up on Privet Drive to escort Harry to a secret society in London. Harry is being threatened with losing his wand and expulsion from Hogwarts for breaking the rules of using magic outside of school. Furthermore, Harry just now finds out that over the summer in the Wizarding World, he’s being ridiculed for lying that You Know Who is back. Life at school is no longer the place Harry loves to get away from his uncle and aunt’s house when Professor Dumbledore ignores him and the new Professor puts up new bans almost every other day.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is very well written. I do like how the villain Professor Umbridge is written in this story. She appeared so sweet on the outside with her pink outfits and doilies but wicked evil on the inside with her mean ways punishments. I love Prof McGonagall’s stern attitude with Prof Umbridge. She’s really good with ignoring Umbridge’s throat clearing. I love the humor with past headmasters’ comments. I always love Prof Dumbledore’s uniqueness. The magical world is neat as always, with people moving in photos and picture frames to the magical powers of reading minds. Though it’s lengthy and ongoing at times, it at least offers a bit more of Quidditch than the movie, so I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: friendships, mystery, suspense, humor, magical world, fast paced, page turner, easy to read, illustrations, challenges and overcoming obstacles, cleverness, teamwork, anger management
Con: Harry is more whiny than usual
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
J. K. Rowling also known as Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children. (Photo obtained from the author’s facebook page and info obtained from Scholastic website).
Mary GrandPré uses her artistic talents to transform the images of Harry Potter from words to pictures. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Tom Casmer, and dog, Chopper. The dog is part Saint Bernard, shepherd, and Lab. (Photo and info obtained from Scholastic website).
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