Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Age Category: 12 to 16 years +
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book Review and Summary
Today I present a Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book review and summary. This fifth installment in J.K. Rowling’s masterful juvenile fiction series about Harry Potter picks up where the fourth book left off. The Dark Lord Voldemort—having been restored to power at the climax of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)—and his minions are covertly at work, preparing for outright war. They seek something Voldemort “didn’t have last time” (p. 96), i.e., when Harry was a baby and Voldemort last launched his campaign for power over the wizarding world. But, what exactly is Voldemort seeking? This question drives the plot of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) forward on the deepest level. Harry’s consistent experience of visions hinting at Voldemort’s activity and emotions help him and his friends in their efforts to understand and foil Voldemort’s plans.
In Rowling’s trademark style, the path toward answering the central question of the novel has many twists, turns, and subplots. One significant subplot is Continue reading