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24 October 2011

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling is the fifth book in her Harry Potter series.

In Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry there will be many changes. Even before school starts the story turns darker. Harry and his Muggle cousin Dudley are attacked by dementors and Harry has to use magic to save them - it is illegal for underage wizards to use magic outside of school.

Now Harry will be brought before the Ministry of Magic to decide if he will be expelled from school for breaking the law. In the meantime, Lord Voldemort is gaining strength and his followers have rejoined him.

Before the end of the book Harry and his friends will be faced once more with a task that would make adults weary. But in spite of their need to defend themselves, this year's Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is less than helpful.

Rowling is a brilliant writer. Upon a second reading, readers will pick up clues and nuances that were missed the first time around. If you have only seen the movie version of Harry Potter you have no idea what you are missing!

Rowling, J.K. (2003). Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Scholastic.

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