Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Summary: There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few of the things on Harry's mind:

• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

. . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

In the richest installment yet of J.K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Review: Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite Harry Potter book, but it's still very good. I like seeing characters like Neville grow even more. Especially during the scenes with the DA. You get introduced to a few new characters like Luna. She's sweet, but strange. Certainly a unique character. If you have a hard time fitting in with people then I recommend you pay close attention to this character. You also get introduced to Umbridge. Ugh. She's my least favorite character in the entire series. Absolutely cannot stand her. Sirius annoyed me a bit in OotP. He acted quite childish in certain parts.

The story was good. I liked seeing the rage that Harry struggled with throughout this book. That struck a chord with me, and it was nice to see those internal battles. I liked seeing Harry's self-doubt as well. He didn't know if he was a good guy or a bad guy and I think a lot of people struggle with this every day. That was encouraging for me. Dumbledore keeps showing these great moments where he is clearly supposed to be a "God-character". Sometimes I want to hug him and sometimes I want to strangle him. And that ending? Oh gosh. That ending.

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