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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) Audio CD – Unabridged, June 1, 2003
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The fifth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series follows the darkest year yet for our young wizard, who finds himself knocked down a peg or three after the events of last year. Somehow, over the summer, gossip (usually traced back to the magic world's newspaper, the Daily Prophet) has turned Harry's tragic and heroic encounter with Voldemort at the Triwizard Tournament into an excuse to ridicule and discount the teen. Even Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the school, has come under scrutiny by the Ministry of Magic, which refuses to officially acknowledge the terrifying truth that Voldemort is back. Enter a particularly loathsome new character: the toadlike and simpering ("hem, hem") Dolores Umbridge, senior undersecretary to the Minister of Magic, who takes over the vacant position of Defense Against Dark Arts teacher--and in no time manages to become the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, as well. Life isn't getting any easier for Harry Potter. With an overwhelming course load as the fifth years prepare for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels examinations (O.W.Ls), devastating changes in the Gryffindor Quidditch team lineup, vivid dreams about long hallways and closed doors, and increasing pain in his lightning-shaped scar, Harry's resilience is sorely tested.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, more than any of the four previous novels in the series, is a coming-of-age story. Harry faces the thorny transition into adulthood, when adult heroes are revealed to be fallible, and matters that seemed black-and-white suddenly come out in shades of gray. Gone is the wide-eyed innocent, the whiz kid of Sorcerer's Stone. Here we have an adolescent who's sometimes sullen, often confused (especially about girls), and always self-questioning. Confronting death again, as well as a startling prophecy, Harry ends his year at Hogwarts exhausted and pensive. Readers, on the other hand, will be energized as they enter yet again the long waiting period for the next title in the marvelous, magical series. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
About the Author
JIM DALE is the voice of all the characters in the Harry Potter audiobook series. This work has won him the Grammy Award (2000), two Grammy nominations, and two AudioFile Earphone Awards.
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In relation to the rest of the series, The Order of the Phoenix is one of the best and most important books. If you have read the first four books and are reading reviews to see whether you should continue, you should. If you are wondering whether you can read this book without having read the first four, I don't recommend it.
This book and the last (Goblet of Fire) have been really engaging and I looked forward to our reading sessions, which are sometimes as long as 3-4 hours, if we have the time. That's a long time to read aloud and I was very surprised that my rather kinetic, athletic boy kept begging for "one more chapter!"
What a wonderful experience to share.
Ms. Rohlwing continues to add to her large cast of characters, perhaps introducing one of the most evil villains of the entire series in Dolores Umbridge. This is saying a lot, as there are plenty of fiends and devils willing to serve the Dark Lord. Perhaps it is because many of us can remember that one teacher in our own life who seemed to do everything in his or her power to inject misery into our lives. Those teachers (wrongly accused or not) live on in Umbridge.
Like all of Ms. Rohlwing’s books, this one is captivating, exciting, and almost impossible to set down. Five stars.
By Saoirse Lyons
After encountering Dolores Umbridge, I was left pondering the question "What is evil?" Voldemort is obviously the Villian of the series, however I feel Umbridge is a much more sinister and evil Villian than even Voldemort. Voldemort's actions and evil deeds are really very simple to understand. What motivates him is power and greed and he is willing to go to any lengths to achieve those goals. While evil in itself, his motives and actions are very straight forward and easy to understand. It is easy to see Voldemort for the evil that he is, which therefore keeps him in hiding only surrounded by his Death Eaters. Dolores Umbridge is a very different type of evil. Dolores Umbridge is the type of evil that we, the muggles that we are, encounter on a daily basis. They are the people who enjoy the hurt, pain, chaos and distrust they cause through their manipulations and lies. The enjoy the devastation they cause in their wake. The fact that she can create the heartache she relishes so much with a false smile, sweet sanguine falsetto, and splashes of whimsy to give the impression of naïveté and an innocent childlike behavior which puts one off initially of comprehending the true evil she inflicts to hide the monster she is, and the fact that through these false tactics she has risen to a position of power to inflict heartache unto others, shows she is a master at hiding her true psychopathic personality. This sick personality trait is shown most clearly when she makes Harry write lines in detention. She knows Harry is telling the truth, yet she lies and manipulates him until she is in a position of power directly over him in detention at which point she not only continues her lies causing mental anguish to Harry, she continues her evil machinations by causing him physical pain by forcing him to use her quill which scratches and ultimately scars Harry for the rest of his life. Umbridge enjoys Harry's suffering. She even inspects his hand at the end of each detention to make sure he is being cut and that his hand is bleeding and then in a well satisfied way compliments Harry on completing his detention. Her only praise is when Harry does something to cause hurt and pain and twists what he knows is the truth into something false. This is standard textbook psychopathic behavior in domestic abusers.
The fact that Doloros Umbridge can navigate society in such a way as to gain a position if importance in the Minisrptry of Magic and flourish in normal wizarding society while hiding her insidious psychopathic tendencies leaves her in an excellent position of power to inflict hurt to others. Her brand if evil is subtle and is not so obvious at a first glance which gives her the ability to "blend in" with others and yet she victimizes many in her wake, as she navigates through life. In Voldemort's case, his brand of evil is so obvious to everyone that he is an outcast of the wizarding community, which ultimately lessens the number of his potential victims to those simply standing in his way of power, while in Umbridge's case her victim pool is limitless die to her access to the community and all those she comes across.
So here is the moral question I have pondered for many years since reading this book for the first time. "Which Behavior Is More Evil?" Personally, I feel Dolores Umbridge is the much more evil of the two characters based upon the reasons given in the prior paragraph. Whether you agree or disagree with me is not the point. The point is to make you think and ponder for yourself. The fact that this book makes you think long after you've turned the last page, is a mark of literacy success. Whiter you've read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix once, or a hundred times, it is always a great novel to read again and again, and question what constitutes as evil.
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The story in this episode is rather slow developing, and frankly the editor must have been asleep on the job. There are numerous scenes that could have been removed and offer little to advance the story. It was really quite repetitive in places, and there are some many scenes that I felt I'd read before in other episodes. In this book Harry becomes an angst-ridden and often angry teenager whilst Hermione and Ron offer some stability, and Snape shows his usual over the top nastiness.
Although the plotting of the Prisoner of Azkhaban (Vol. 3) was well done and quite clever, I thought the Goblet of Fire was a little creaky in this regard, but here it becomes almost silly. There is no credible explanation why The Ministry turn against Dumbledore so spectacularly and the actions of Dolores Umbridge seem unbelievable. Also the sinister Death Eaters seem comically inept in the climatic scenes. The later books seem to me that the series isn't well mapped out and we are introduced to some characters and details that had no mention in previous books.
However, I guess I shouldn't lose sight of the fact that this is basically a series for children who won't over analyse the plotting. But then at 800 pages of text that is sometimes slow moving and repetitive, maybe JKR shouldn't either!
This is my least favourite in the series so far; Prisoner of Azkhaban is the one I most enjoyed.
JK Rowling must go down as one of our best story writers for children. The books are a large chunk of a young boys life, peppered with witchcraft, and the skills necessary to fight the dark side. Hermione and Ron, Harry's friends are an essential part of the stories. The relationship between the 3 is absorbing and intriguing. Its as much about relationships as it is about witchcraft!
After all its Harry Potter we are talking about.......the name is enough trustworthy....
The book is a present for my child that loves Harry Potter and has seen all the films, but now when she is older (10 years old) she wants to read all the books too. I was between buying a full set with the box that is more expensive or buying separate books from this company - cheaper option especially that this book came in an offer.
I have ordered book 1 and 2 to check if it is worth it.
I am very happy to say that it is and now I have all 7 books for £30.
The set looks great and I am very happy with my buy
The books are:
- good size that can be held by a child or adult for a long time
- weight - this version has a paper cover and light weight pages so the book is on the lighter side and good for kids
- paper quality and the colour are good. The books that I bought had all their pages, the bonding is holding them in and does not feel like they will fall out any time soon
- size and spaces between the words is very comfortable for my eyes and I can read it without glasses
- illustration that is on the cover is very nice and definitely in the Harry Potter style
- very good delivery time and I can have all 7 books for £30 with all the promotions I have got on them:)
I hope you will like my review, if you found it useful please hit ‘Helpful’. It will make my day:)XX
However it’s He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named that poses the main threat and a growing presence of darkness - a threat that neither the Hogwarts school authorities nor the magical government can arrest.
Many characters are cast in a new light as they grow up, not least Neville Longbottom. There are interesting new characters, like the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Umbridge is an annoying new head teacher who ignites the rise of an wizard resistance movement. And there is a surprise entry on the Gryffindor Quidditch team
The last few chapters tie many loose ends from previous books, making it a very worthwhile read. Though the bad-ass duel already glues you to the pages.
It’s brilliant book. My daughter explained to me this is so because in the previous books all characters we’re either good or bad, now even the good ones have flaws like James Potter and Dumbledore. Quite a thing to notice for a 9 year old. It’s 870 pages but our Potter-obsessed daughter wouldn’t have minded if it was longer.
But having Stephen Fry's voice gives the stories a whole new dimension and makes it really easy to absorbed into the Harry Potter world.
Would definately recommend for anyone who has or hasn't rea the books.
This was the first novel in the series that I feel suffered from lack of an editor. It is overlong and I know of younger readers (the 8-10 age group mainly) who had enjoyed the earlier books but struggled to keep the thread through this one. It is less cohesive and tightly plotted than the preceding stories, and introduces a whole host of new characters. Some become firm favourites and pivotal to the final part of the series. I particularly like Luna Lovegood, who first appears in this book, and also Kinglsey Shacklebolt. It sees the return also of Remus Lupin, a fan favourite from the third book who did not appear in book four. Many of characters introduced are adults and it expands the number of adult characters in the series considerably.
The themes are 'darker' (every successive Harry Potter instalment is described as 'darker' generally). Abuse of power is an important theme. There's also a lot about the politics of the magical world underlying this story, and for some young readers this may be their introduction to some concepts about the world of politics in general. We see corruption, institutional prejudice, manipulation of the media, politicians lying, and politicians doing the wrong thing in order to protect their own jobs. Injustice is another key topic.
Harry Potter himself shows more 'teenage' tendencies in this book - he gets a bit shouty a few times and spends rather a lot of time thinking things are SO unfair. Of course, it's slightly undermined by the fact that things genuinely are. He gets his first girlfriend, and he sits his exams. There is a sinister element in the nightmares and visions which he suffers throughout the book, implying that he may be at risk of possession. In fact, he is viewed as mad and unstable by most of his fellow students throughout the novel. There is a character death at the end and several other characters are injured or in peril at various times.
The story has less of the innocent joyfulness and sparkle of some of the earlier stories, but it does tackle some more meaty themes and is still a great fun read. I would recommend it more for readers of age 10 and upwards, because I think younger children will find the length and structure more daunting, but of course it depends on the child. Adults will also enjoy the book. There are a few plot holes and a few inconsistencies introduced here that create problems later in the series - but overall, the Potter stories are always fun to read and virtually a required rite of passage for children in the 2000s. So sit back, enjoy, and don't think too hard about the details.
The first thing that you're going to notice is that the book is huge in comparison to the previous instalments, but fans will be glad to note that size has not lowered the quality of the work at all.
In The Order of the Phoenix we find that Harry starts the book feeling angry and frustrated from a summer at home with the Dursleys', due to the fact that he has had little contact with any one from Hogwarts, and anything that has come has been trivial, with nothing concerning the threat of the newly returned to health Lord Voldermort.
Things don't start to really move for Harry until he is attacked at home and he has to use magic to defend himself, which of course is not allowed for any underage wizard. This lands Harry in trouble, and he soon finds that the summer has had a profound change on how people view him. No longer is he the darling child who survived an attack by "he who can't be named", but he is viewed by a large segment of the wizard world as an ego driven boy who makes up stories to make himself appear a hero.
This turn of events is largely due to the fact that Harry is being used as a pawn by the minister of magic who for some reason has decided that Dumbledore wants his job, and so he is trying to discredit Harry and Dumbledore's claims that Voldermort is indeed back by having damning stories published in the wizard papers about how it seems Harry is in fact a little mad and should not be believed, and as we know people do tend to believe what they read. All of this leads to a hard year at Hogwarts for Harry, where everything he enjoys about being a wizard is taken from him, and the things he hates about being a wizard are compounded, and then of course to make matters worse its OWL's year (exams year).
The plot is excellent with a great climatic battle and more than a little sorrow. The humour is plentiful, as you would expect from a Harry Potter book, with Ron getting most of the comic lines, and Fred and George causing most of the comedic mayhem.
Harry is far more aggressive in this instalment, which is no surprise from a teenager, though I did find that some of his outbursts towards Ron and Hermione were without cause and a little unlikely. I remember being an angry teen myself, but it was not so often that the anger got directed at my closest friends without a lot of reason.
I did also find that Harry reminds me more of a thirteen-year-old girl emotionally than he does of a fifteen-year-old boy. This could be a lot to do with the fact it is written of course by a woman who doesn't have a clue as to what hormones are raging in the body of a fifteen year old boy, but this is my only couple of complaints in an otherwise brilliant read.
I doubt anyone will need prodding to buy this excellent book, but just in case you do, BUY IT NOW!
A week before the release date I decided to read the first four books again and I'm really glad I did. Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix has Harry facing more exciting adventures and dangers than ever before and the excellent writing of J K Rowling keeps you wanting more the entire time. I actually read this book in a day and a half because I just couldn't put it down (and it's a heavy book ,my arms are aching now!).
I don't want to give away too much about the book, despite all of the spoilers that are already circulating so I'll try to keep this review a bit nondescript. In this book we find Harry continuing through adolescence and because of this, there are certain elements of the book that will not appeal as greatly to younger children as much as the first four have done. However, J K Rowling seems to have realised this and kept the book as interesting and exciting as she can for all readers.
As you will have noticed through the Harry Potter series, the books gradually take on a heavier theme and this book is no exception. The plot definitely starts to thicken and there are a few surprises, some of which may have been given away slightly by the end of the fourth book.
There are also a lot of new characters that are introduced in this book, a fair few of them appearing in the first few chapters and all the old favourites from previous books are back such as Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, 'Mad Eye' Moody, Cho Chang and many more.
If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series then you obviously can't go wrong with this book. If you are new to the series then...where have you been!? You really need to start from the start but when you get to this book you wont be disappointed.
Harry is growing up and since the return of Voldemort at the end of the Goblet of Fire, and the reaction of a disbeliving Minister of Magic the battle lines are being drawn and not everyone is standing in the places you think they will. This leads to conflicts between friends and between what needs to be done and personal life, and exam hell to boot.
The new defence against the dark arts teacher is anyone's worst nightmare (and no it's NOT Snape).
Without putting in a 'spoiler' for anyone who hasn't read it yet, yes J.K does kill off a favourite character and it's someone
who will be missed. At the same time two other well loved characters fly off into the sunset.
This was well worth waiting for.....if you haven't got it yet read it it's worth every second.