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Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
The best yet? Different for sure.


Wow. I just finished the book and, boy, was it different from any previous Potter outings. It picked up with the same darker tone that the Goblet of Fire ended with, if not the exact same circumstances. There was the same rising frustration at the obstacles placed in Harry's path, though several characters do point out that many of these obstacles are of Harry's own making. Seldom is a protagonist called stupid more often. And other illusions from previous books are shed. As Harry grows up, so does the cost of the choices he must make. Interesting new characters are developed, and hard facts about the past are learned, and exciting goundwork is laid for the remaining two books. The constant references to how much homework he had were tedious, we get it, move on, but all in all, I find that Rowling's writing is growing up just as nicely as Harry is. Also postive are the fact that Hermione and Ron finally get lives of their own!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


First of all, let me tell you that I am not a big HP fan. I am a medium-sized one, if I may say so. Nevertheless, I was very impatient to get the new volume in my hands. For your information: I am not a "fast" reader: I read from 30 to 50 pages per hour. It took me about 5 days with 6 hours per day to read the entire book. My aim here is to explain what I think the author could have done better and how she could have done so.Second of all: the writing. I have to admit that I couldn't put the book down. It's true that I was on vacation and sick, so I hadn't a lot else to do, but the reading was very easy and enjoyable. Some people complain that the writing level has risen and that the plot is too "dark". I, for one, am pleased with this new turn since I am 16 and I find Rowling should write according to how she feels, and not aim at a particular age group. My only reproach would be that the dialogs sometimes seem "underdone" -- meaning she (and/or the editor) should have worked on them more, because sometimes they just could have been better written (there are too many "Er -- okay, right, yeah." replies for one, and some other non "er" replies are lame); but this is a minor issue. The last two chapters of the book also seem unfortunately to have been finished off too quickly. The action is rushed and not very precise. I don't mind reading 100 pages more, on the contrary: if they help the plot being exploited and written out correctly, fine!Thirdly, the plot. I could not put the book down during my reading period, but once I had finished reading, I was somewhat disappointed; and this impression deepened as I read some bad customer review on this page. The general development is okay, but I feel JK Rowling could have done better. A good idea might have been to undertake less minor plots and stories and focus more on the big picture. The Umbridge part is good, but I think the author could have exploited this character more & better: more secrecy, a "darker" profile etc might have rendered the new DADA teacher more intriguing and simply made her a more interesting character. Instead she made her a power-seeking evil witch, which is good but not great. The final chapters of the book could have been handled better too in my opinion. The death of the major character is respectable since it is the author's choice and we readers must not forget that there are TWO more parts to be published -- so JK might have planned everything beautifully, and criticizing her unfinished work may prove to be foolish. So let's accept the character's death gracefully. The way in which the person dies is however lame: rushed, unrealistic, extremely anti-climatic ... even ridiculous! Dumbledore's final explications too are not satisfying. The final battle scenes should have been worked on more considering the 800 pages or so dedicated to the rest of the story, and Dumbledore's secrets should and, I think, easily could have been much more interesting. Another disappointing thing is the lack of Quidditch games and hype in the book. I find the part about Hagrid's tale is not very interesting either. What he did may turn out to be important, but I think Ms. Rowling could have handled that part of the plot differently and made something better out of Hagrid's mysterious absence. Harry's crush on Cho is a good idea, and I sincerely hope JK continues this realistic trend to develop Harry into a real teen, and not adapt to the children readers (the editor will publish adapted versions if necessary). The O.W.L.s are another good idea. The last remark I have here is that Rowling should have taken more time to examine the details of the plot (why didn't anybody --or everybody-- ask for Umbridge's resignation considering her outrageous behavior and greed for power?! What are the checks and controls over Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge? How is the M of M elected? etc). All in all, I think Rowling should have included:
1.More Quidditch games
2.More mystery concerning Umbridge
3.A better and more extensive final battle
4.More interesting and revelatory secrets from Dumbledore at the end
5.A better management of Minor and Major storylines (way too many pages about Mr. Weasley's attack, way too little in the last two chapters)
The general turn of the events is okay with me, but I was somewhat disappointed by the serious lack of major action and plot development.Fourth of all, I think Harry's evolution is a good thing. It is true, as have noted many customers here, that Harry shouts too much and is too dull. This is understandable considering his situation, but it really doesn't make for pleasant reading.In general, I was not too disappointed by this new installment because the not so agreeable things about it are bound to evolve with the new installments: Harry's temperament for example will certainly change with his coming of age. I am also sure that the minor lack of revelations and serious action in this book will also not be found in the volumes to come, since the plot is preparing us for "bigger" action (Rowling has decided to make this book a "stage setting" one, although many of us agree that even if seeking to do so, she could have done so in a slightly more "active" and "fun" way. On a more positive note, it is important to underline the fact that Rowling writes in a very agreeable way. One should also insist on the fact that the magical world (Hogwarts especially) she created is fascinating, so the HP series is always fun to read.PS-- I have not the slightest intention to watch the HP movies.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Great Story, But It's not "Goblet" or "Azkaban"


WHY YOU'LL LIKE THIS BOOK: "Phoenix" maintains the high standard of rich, detailed storytelling we've come to expect from Rowling. She continues to keep Harry's world fresh. There are many tantalizing new things revealed that we've never seen before (Harry's "guardian angels," Sirius Black's family, elements of Professor Snape's past, Neville Longbottom's parents, O.W.L. exams, and whatever happened to Gilderoy Lockhart, to name a few). Similarly, there are a number of interesting developments with the existing components of the past (Ron's new pursuits, Harry finds love -- or does he?, the trouble with Percy Weasley, the new Defense Against Dark Arts teacher you love to hate, and Fred & George Strike Back!). For these reasons alone, "Phoenix" is an absorbing and interesting read. If you don't expect a completely happy, sappy ending, you should love every page.WHY YOU WON'T LIKE THIS BOOK: Book 5 of the Harry Potter series is a definite departure from its predecessors. "Phoenix" does not follow in the footsteps of the relatively light-hearted adventures of Harry's past 4 years at Hogwarts. Rowling portrays Harry (in a rather over-embellished fashion) as a moody and conflicted teenager given to fairly regular outbursts of frustration and general angst. Anyone expecting Harry to be sweet and perfect (or at least unchanged/unscarred from his experiences) is in for a bit of a shock. Harry exhibits the typical (and often stubborn) behavior of many real-life teenagers. The bulk of this book also deals with the Hogwarts crowd enduring seemingly incessant (and extremely frustrating) meddling from the Ministry of Magic. The comeuppance comes, eventually, but it is hardly satisfying. Finally, prior installments culminated with excellent (and often unforeseen) twist endings. Not so with "Phoenix." The ending, while not predictable, is rife with action and excitement, but little else. Think of this more as an excellent "filler" episode in the Potter saga, as opposed to a stand-alone giant as some of the previous books have been.One last note on Harry's behavior: Several reviewers have noted (and complained) that Harry, in Book 5, is "mean," "rude," and "insensitive." They're not wrong, but that hardly describes the entire character. Indeed Harry is all these things at points, like anyone, but not at all times as some folks make it sound. In keeping with the direction events took at the end of Book 4, the story follows Harry trying to come to terms with horrors he experienced in Book 4 (having seen a fellow student murdered in cold blood before his eyes and narrowly avoiding being murdered himself by a resurrected Lord Voldemort) and deal with the frustration of being "out of the loop" from the wizarding world over summer. If you imagine yourself being treated like a child when you've already had to shoulder the burden of an adult, throw in seeing a relatively close associate die in front of your eyes for no reason, as well as being recently confronted by the person who murdered your family, you then begin to see where Harry's outbursts come from (IMHO).



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
A VERY VERY GOOD BOOK!


I am nine years old and I am a Harry Potter fanatic. In this book we find out the true identity of "you know who"....otherwise known as Lord Voldemort. We are also introduced to Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, who really knows nothing about defense against the dark arts. Moaning Myrtle also makes several pitiful appearances in this book. Severely annoying and also a ghost, Myrtle haunts the girl's bathroom crying constantly to whoever dares to enter. However, she holds a dark secret that is important to Harry when he has to go up against Voldemort. There are many more interesting and scary and funny and exciting things that happen in this story....you must read it!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Awesome!


I can't say much that hasn't already been said except that it will be an amazing feat if J.K. Rowling manages to exceed this book with the 4th.The ending is so thrilling and the characters are even more real than in the previous books so go out and read it! Chances are you won't have to buy it; a friend is bound to have a copy. :-)



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Guess I've Joined the Crowd, as well....


I can't believe that I was a skeptic, at first. I thought the Harry Potter books were just a silly trend and the books were filled with mumble jumble. I was so wrong! As a 15 year old, I thought the book was going to be a little too childish. I'm so glad I read this book! It is one of the funniest, most satisfying books that I have read in a while. A true page turner...The story revolves around a boy named Harry Potter who has grown up in the cold home of his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, along with their bratty son Dudley. He receives a mystery letter that leads him to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers his true calling....as a wizard. At the school, Harry catches on pretty quickly and makes some close friends. His classes consist of Herbology, History of Magic, Charms, Transfiguration, and other magical classes. Harry and his friends are somewhat mischievious, but this turns out to be a good thing, in the end. The ultimate *Good vs. Evil* battle.Rowling has thrown in many pleasant plot "warmers" including the "living" chess pieces and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (which truly come in every flavor...beware)! These delights make the story even more enchanting. A must read for all ages!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Third time is still charming!


This may be the best Harry Potter so far! Not since C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien has a fantasy/adventure series of this quality shown such consistency! Rowlings never lets you down. Her characters are real, her settings are absorbing, her plots are remarkably well constructed. The mystery and suspense of The Prisoner of Azkaban are as riveting as the first two Harry Potter books. The expert weaving of the past, present, and future of Harry and indeed the whole wizarding community presents a tapestry of depth and complexity that is positively a joy to me. I was expecting some resolutions that didn't come, which can only mean one thing: THERE'S MORE HARRY POTTER ON THE WAY! AND I CAN'T WAIT!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
An outsider


I loved Harry Potter it was full of adventure and surprizes..Harry Potter was such a fun book to read so I can't wait intill the4th book comes out. (I also think that the other books that J.K. rowling writes are great *) :) I recemond all of them:) END



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
simply amazing!


Ok, let me start this out like some sort of AA meeting. Hi, my name is Mike, I'm 19 and...and...I LOVE The Harry Potter series! Ever since I picked up the first book, I've been hooked to it! I was one of the ones that couldn't wait for the 4th book. That long wait for it seemed like an eternity! Then Finally...it was released! I went to a book store a couple day after to pick it up, and to my horror....they were sold out! I went and even checked 3 or 4 stores, all sold out! A book...sold out! I could not believe it! Finally I decided to order it off amazon. When I got it, I read it that night. I had it finished in 4 days, and for a lack of better words, it was amazing! I loved the idea of it being darker, more evil, more sinister. The story was really good, one of the best so far. You don't need to be a kid to enjoy this book, and I know many of the reviews say it, but I'm going to say it as well, if you haven't read any books in the series yet, you really should. You wont be disapointed.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Understanding the Meaning, Genius, and Popularity of Joanne Rowling's Harry Potter Novels
Publisher: Zossima Press
Authors: John Granger
Rating: 5/5
The Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Understanding the Meaning, Genius, and Popularity of Joanne Rowling's Harry Potter Novels
John Granger is Not Afraid


If you were to define the Christian Right with one word, that word would be "fear". When J.K. Rowling unleashed Harry Potter on an unsuspecting public, Church leaders everywhere rose up to defend us against the evils of Wicca. One man, however, refused to panic. John Granger is the first Christian writer to take a rational approach to Harry Potter. In Hidden Key, Granger raises an important question -- just what, exactly, makes these books so popular? The startling answer: Harry Potter is good literature!Hidden Key was written before the release of the fifth book (Order of the Phoenix), but that didn't stop Granger from guessing what was to come. Naturally, not all of his predictions are correct, but enough of them came out right to prove his point -- that Rowling is an author in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Granger devotes several chapters to a discussion of the philosophy of these men before diving into an interpretation of Harry Potter, and in the process delivers a lesson in worldviews which said Church Leaders could stand to learn from.In a sense, then, this book calls us to a higher viewpoint where we can see the real things -- truth, and love, and beauty -- beyond their shadowy projections in the external forms of magic and manners. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Potter series.



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