Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...
Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Be forewarned: As mentioned in the review of “Goblet of Fire” this book is when Harry is in the land of angst for a good chunk of it. Don’t let that deter you, however, because Hermione (and even Ron to some degree) are willing to both encourage and cut Harry down to size when he needs it. I personally love seeing Hermione call anyone out since she does such a good job.
In the “Order of the Phoenix” we get to know even more about Harry’s parents’ backgrounds and what kinds of things they did after graduating at Hogwarts. The relationship between Harry and Dumbledore is strained and yet at the end of the story we find out so much more about why Dumbledore has hesitated to share more before. There are a lot of small moments that build up to a huge event towards the end of the book, but I’ll leave the details at that to avoid spoilers.
Warning: Contains violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of the series – at this point you really need to have started with “Goblet of Fire” at the minimum.
Want to read the whole series?