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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)
Unbelievably fantastic and completely absorbing


Having just reread the entire Harry Potter series in preparation for Book Six, it seems like the time is now right for me to finally review Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. To call the book fantastic is a gross understatement. Without doubt, it is the most absorbing novel I've ever read - even on multiple readings. It may be well over 800 pages, but it's still a quick read. I'm betting most fans read this book in two days or less - you just can't put it down. There were times when I wanted to throw it at something, though, just because so many awful things happen to these beloved characters over the course of Harry's fifth and - by far - most trying year at Hogwarts. You sit there enraged, struggling to believe such awful events can possibly be happening, and you're quite powerless to do anything about it - except plow on, hoping for a proverbial break in the clouds. At other times, I wanted to put down the book and cheer - especially for Fred and George and Professor McGonagall. Heck, even Peeves had me cheering in this one.

They're not lying when they call this a coming-of-age story. Fifteen is a tough age for anyone, a sort of purgatory between childhood and adulthood, but for Harry it's uniquely unbearable. He's just seen Cedric Diggory killed and barely escaped from a fully restored Lord Voldemort, and what happens? He goes right into a wizarding deprivation tank on Privet Drive, with absolutely no word for weeks on end about what is going on. Then Dementors attack him, and he's suddenly facing expulsion and a hearing before a council of grand wizards. Once he is reunited with his friends and godfather, the adults still keep him in the dark - and he blows up, as well he should. Knowing almost nothing about what the newly restored Order of the Phoenix is actually doing, he's then packed off to Hogwarts - where he is almost completely ignored by Professor Dumbledore. The most unbelievable (and enraging) thing about all of this is the fact that Cornelius Fudge, the git running the Ministry of Magic, refuses to believe Voldemort has returned, and the Daily Prophet devotes the whole year to stories about the unbalanced, unstable Harry Potter and his attention-seeking claims. Then, as if things couldn't get any worse, you have the arrival of Dolores Umbrage - easily the most hateful, infuriating character of the series - as Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts and - in short order - High Inquisitor of Hogwarts. Well, I won't go through the whole list, but Harry is really on his own more than ever this year - facing the largest obstacles imaginable.

When I first read this novel, I felt that Harry was really just a little bit on the mean side during this fifth year at Hogwarts. A second read shows me that I was wrong, however. Harry is a teenager, in many ways a normal teenager despite his unique situation. The whole relationship thing with Cho Chang, for example, is perfectly envisioned. And the young man has a right to be mad - the fact that he even survived Hogwarts this year, let alone another encounter with Lord Voldemort, is darned impressive. We really learned a lot about all of the characters in this book - Snape, in particular. Good old Ron finally gets a few moments in the sun of his own, Neville emerges as a crucial character to the whole saga, and Hermione (my favorite character) is still her delightful self - except even more so. And I love Luna Lovegood.

I didn't think any book could be as good as The Goblet of Fire. Now, I don't see how any book could be as good as Order of the Phoenix. Knowing J.K. Rowling, though, I expect the best is yet to come.



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)
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!


this book is one of the best books you will find out there. it is fun to read. for all you people out there who think hp is evil, let's get rid of the wizard of oz, susan cooper's books, j.r.r. tolkein, merlin effect, war of the worlds, and everything that could never happen. sounds like an intresting world, doesn't it? no sci-fi, jurassic park, lord of the rings, nothing. please read this book! it is one of the best out there. if you like this book, read the books i listed up there, except war of the worlds!



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)
This Book was Great!


I thought Harry Potter 2, Chamber of Secrets was a great Book! It was interesting, funny, and such a great story! It didn't have a lot in it about Harry actually fighting the serpant, but i think it made it better. I cant wait to read the next one! I hope Harry gets a "love intrest." Oh and i wish there was more about Quidich! But over all EXELLENT BOOK!!!



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)
Compulsive reading


Like all th best children's books this one is an excellent read for adults too. The basic themes are timeless (good versus evil, weak versus strong) but most important is the quality of the writing. Harry is an entirely plausible person and one with whom one can empathise easily. It's very easy to imagine yourself in his predicaments and hoping you would make the same decisions he does.I confess I bought it primarily for myself but I also read a chapter each evening to my daughters (3 and 4 years) before bed each night. I goes a little over the head of the youngest one but the older one loves it.



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)
Excellent Writing but not her Best Story


As a reader of authors such as Douglass Coupland and James Joyce, I wish to point this series to more educated readers as a superb novel.
While the first and second books tend towards works of childhood fiction, the last three have not followed suit. True, the stories are entertaining, but there is a lot more that these books offer. We see Rowling beginning in the third book to develop as an author. Character's motivations have become complex. Characters begin to express their feelings about the events that are around them. They do not just react. This is not limited to the main characters either (i.e. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, etc.). Rowling, especially starting in the third book, creates characters that are three-dimensional and complex. For example, in the fifth book, Hagrid has changed from the mere slow-witted half-giant we met in book 1 to a character the product of abandonment and the stigma attached with what he is. We begin to see what motivates him. In the fourth book, we begin to see Hagrid's care of "dangerous" creatures as something other than merely a fascination, but something that stems out of the fact that these creatures mirror himself.
Hagrid draws parallels between the stigmas attached to giants to that of such creatures as the Thestrals. Both creates can "look after themselves." However, both creatures are not simple animals of base intellect. Thestrals, though quite brutal at times also have uncanny sense of direction and knowledge of locations. Similarly, Giants were at one point a highly structured society.
Also, due to Hagrid abandonment (his mother left at an early age, his father died in his second year, and his outcast from the general wizarding world), Hagrid has an almost blinding sense of loyalty. He rushes to Dumbledore's protection in the forth book - showing uncharacteristic signs of violence that stems possibly from a fear of losing another father figure.
We also see ideas of Shakespearian tragic faults in character's such as Severus Snape and Sirius Black. Snape's clings to the old feud between him and James Potter (Harry's father) with such fevor that it colors all of Snape's actions. These feelings, of course, are the impetuous for Snape's blinding favoritism towards Slytherins and effects Harry's success in his lessons with Snape. Also, Harry's own "weakness to play the hero," is partially the cause for the tragedy near the end of the book (Amazon released this small spoiler before book 5's arrival).
In addition to character development, Rowling intertwines the individual books with great complexity - something missing from many books of the children's genre. Many have commented on how small almost unnoticeable events in previous books have dramatic reproductions in this books. For example, the cause of Dumbledore hiring Sibyll Trelawney, though she seems to show very little skill in her subject returns as a major plot point. Until this book, Harry's stay at Privet Drive (which is glossed over in the first book as merely logical because of the Dursleys relation to Harry) comes back with such power that it will probably color how Harry deals with and relates to returning there every year.
Even, the way Rowling tells the story in such a plausible way is something ever the most adult reader can enjoy. In many ways Rowling works are simliar to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works of Magical Realism. One reads magical events as if they were almost commonplace because the characters seem so real and the actions themselves seem so logical.
Lastly, many books have been published on the subject Rowling's use of semi-obscure references. Some of which are as complex as that which appears in so-called "process" books by authors of the postmodern era. While, unlike the process books, they are not needed to understand the books, they do add a feel of authenticity.
In truth, I have had to read the series many times to explicitly notice many of the layers of these books. However, even someone who reads the books once will enjoy them more because of their underlying layers. The layers provide the plausibility, the connection to individual characters, and seamlessness with which the stories flow. Simply put, they make the books a better read.



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)
I'm not wearing any socks right now


I remember when I got my first pair of pants, how they glistened in the sun like the sweat on the sweet, sweet blade of a bowie knife. I loved those pants dearly, and when I outgrew them, o how I cried! But enough about the Welsh economy. I read this book in under two hours and I swear that I could type sentences with my eyes closed that would be more coherent than the rubbish in this dissappointing book. 870 pages!? It's the next War and Peace! Of course War and Peace is a great book, and I feel guilty having compared it to the refuse that is Order of the Phoenix! After I finished that ugly mess of words, I gave it to some homeless dude who couldn't read; it will do less damage that way.



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)
I READ IT IN 2 DAYS! SUCH WONDERFUL BOOK!


It is cool. My teacher is reading it to us, but she isn't done yet. I heard some people say anyone over 10 who read this book should be ashamed. I've read the first book, and mind you, I'm in 6th grade! I'm liking the second one too. My sister has read the first one too. I think she likes it, because she's reading it in the morning, and at dinnertime. She is in 8th grade. Also, lots of her friends read them, Harry Potter is a talked bout guy! .....there is nothing to be ashamed of!!!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 1/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Rowling's biggest blind spot


I thought that this book was excellent. J.K. Rowling did a wonderful job capturing the frustration of an adolescent with too many responsibilities. He literally has the weight of the world on his shoulders. It is wonderful to follow Harry through his adventures and I can't wait until the next one!



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)
This book is great! 2 thumbs up!5 stars! A must read!


This book is great. If you liked the other Harry Potter this one is a Must Read. A definate 5 stars!



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)
It was awesome!! I hope there will be another one!


I love this book! I couldn't put it down. Harry is like a best friend to me. This book really puts you in the story and makes you feel as though you too go to Hogwarts.



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