HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
The story begins with Harry Potter, a teenage wizard, spending his summer at home from wizardry school with his Aunt and Uncle. When he was walking home with his cousin one night some dementors, which are evil spirit things, came and attacked him and Dudley.
Harry's adolescence in the book begins in the same place, the Dursley's house. The Dursley's, whoare Harry's guardians, are afraid because of Harry's magical abilities. Even though Harry has sunken in anger, he is delighted to keep them believing. Harry saved both of their lives but he had to use magic to do so. The use of magic when outside of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is strictly prohibited.
Harry's problems don't end there. Everything begins at Hogwarts. Harry is back forhis 5th year in the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Since Harry believes Lord Voldemort is back, he is mistreated by a handful of students who won't accept what the "Chosen One" states. Only some professors and classmates support him. Mistreatment of students is not the only conflict Harry goes throughout this book; he also struggles with the book's villain, Dolores Umbrige. She is arepresentative of the Ministry of Magic and takes a lead role in Hogwarts. Her negative attitude and effect towards the school made the life of everyone difficult, and not only Harry's.
So a bunch of wizards came to his house one day when his family was gone and took them to his uncle's house, number 12, Grimmauld Place. Number 12, Grimmauld Place is also the Order of the Pheonix headquarters. The job ofThe Order is a secret society kind of thing that works to defend everyone from Lord Voldemort,
Not only are Harry's conflicts external, but he also suffers a series of events which deal with psychology. Harry continues to have displeasing dreams about walking down a corridor deep inside the Ministry of Magic, opening several doors. One night Harry has a vision where he adapts the body of a largesnake and attacks Ronald Wesley's father. Harry is awoken nervously and is consulted with Professor Dumbledore, where they verify if the so-called dream was true. This "dream" verifies that Harry should take Occlumency lessons from now on.
Even though this is one of the most dramatic books in the series, it also has a problem. The book starts running out of interest before the final battle-whichwas full of spells, dashes, action-but in my opinion, it was poorly described for the scene in the book. This is just a minor issue. What Rowling has really done was to add new characters and locations which makes the book more believable. What I also enjoyed about this book is that Rowling does not use Harry Potter as the invincible hero. Instead, he is just a boy who is suffering through phasesand problems in his life, those including unbelievable fights and small love relationships.
Even though these issues take place, this book should be read. It is exciting and mysterious, and it will be read by ages. This book attracts children, as well as adults. I think this book has more fighting and adventure than the other four books, which makes it even better. I give a perfect score on "HarryPotter and the Order of the Phoenix."
Obviously the major story in this book deals with Voldemort still trying to kill Harry. For four books we all thought that he wanted Harry dead because Harry was able to stop him for seemingly no reason, and Voldemort wanted revenge. But as we find out here in book five, there's a lot more to it. It turns out that before Harry was born, there was a prophecythat someone born in the seventh month would have the power to kill the Dark Lord. Two children fit that bill; Harry and Neville Longbottom. Voldemort went to Harry's house to try and kill Harry so the prophecy wouldn't come true, but it backfired. What Voldemort didn't know what the last half of the prophecy which said that the one who could kill him would bear his mark, and become his equal....
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