Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Hardcover)

Author: Rowling, J. K.

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First and foremost, J.K. Rowling is a very good author and I'm not writing this review to bash her. I am writing this review to remind all of you faithful Harry fans that Rowling borrows much of her content from stories that have already been told. Her writing style is pretty straightforward (i guess it would have to be when you cater to that age group), and she hasn't done much for the fantasy genre that hasn't already been done. The one thing she has done is get young people to read again and that is great...but the books are only okay. I'm halfway done and I could have spent my $18 elsewhere.

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A wonderful book. It's a bit dark and somewhat jarring, but difficult, if not impossible, to put down. I strongly recommend it. Rowling is very consistent with her characters, weaving them together and not forgetting this and that and them and that. Anybody who's ever written about one character or place for a long period of time knows how difficult this can be, because that character or place becomes more detailed and complex as time passes. Sticking with it takes a lot of discipline, intelligence, and will-power, and I commend her for that. And don't let eager naysayers scare you off. I've read quite a few books, and while there are minor similarities, such as a bad guy, a good guy, and looming danger, only jaded elitists will be harping on about how "done before" the book is. Now a word of caution for others writing reviews, please be considerate and don't insert spoilers in your text.

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Come on guys...read between the lines...

by Brett on 6/21/2003

First and foremost, J.K. Rowling is a very good author and I'm not writing this review to bash her. I am writing this review to remind all of you faithful Harry fans that Rowling borrows much of her content from stories that have already been told. Her writing style is pretty straightforward (i guess it would have to be when you cater to that age group), and she hasn't done much for the fantasy genre that hasn't already been done. The one thing she has done is get young people to read again and that is great...but the books are only okay. I'm halfway done and I could have spent my $18 elsewhere. Read More

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A wonderful book. It's a bit dark and somewhat jarring, but difficult, if not impossible, to put down. I strongly recommend it. Rowling is very consistent with her characters, weaving them together and not forgetting this and that and them and that. Anybody who's ever written about one character or place for a long period of time knows how difficult this can be, because that character or place becomes more detailed and complex as time passes. Sticking with it takes a lot of discipline, intelligence, and will-power, and I commend her for that. And don't let eager naysayers scare you off. I've read quite a few books, and while there are minor similarities, such as a bad guy, a good guy, and looming danger, only jaded elitists will be harping on about how "done before" the book is. Now a word of caution for others writing reviews, please be considerate and don't insert spoilers in your text. Read More

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the latest volume in the thrilling, moving, bestselling Harry Potter series!

From the Publisher:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be absolutely superb and will delight all J.K. Rowling’s fans. She has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure, which begins with the words:"

The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.... The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four.

"Later in the novel, J.K.Rowling writes:"

Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. ‘It is time,’ he said ‘for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.’

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words compared to over l9l,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

About the Author:
Like that of her own character, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's life has the luster of a fairy tale. Divorced, living on public assistance in a tiny Edinburgh flat with her infant daughter, Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at a table in a café during her daughter's naps — and it was Harry Potter that rescued her. First, the Scottish Arts Council gave her a grant to finish the book. After its sale to Bloomsbury (UK) and Scholastic Books, the accolades began to pile up. Harry Potter won The British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, and the Smarties Prize, and rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Book rights have been sold to England, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Sweden.

A graduate of Exeter University, a teacher, and then an unemployed single parent, Rowling wrote Harry Potter when "I was very low, and I had to achieve something. Without the challenge, I would have gone stark raving mad." But Rowling has always written; her first book was called "Rabbit." "I was about six, and I haven't stopped scribbling since."

For Rowling, the change in her fortunes has been slightly bewildering. But her daughter has no doubt about her mother's new career: when asked what mommies do, she replies without hesitation, "Mommies write!"

Specifications

Publisher Scholastic
Mfg Part# 9780439358064
SKU 31105311
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 043935806X
Release Date 6/1/2003
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 2.25T
Author Info
J. K. Rowling
One night, as a young J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling traveled from Manchester to London by train, an idea for a book about a boy wizard named Harry Potter formed in her mind. It would change the course of her life forever. As a young girl growing up in Chepstow, Gwent, a historic town near the Lower Wye Valley in Southern England, Rowling loved to tell stories, and started to write them down when she was 6-years-old. Throughout her schooling, she entertained her friends during lunchtime with fantastic made-up stories. After studying French at the University of Exeter, Rowling went on to work in London, until at age 26, she moved to Portugal to teach English as a second language. There, she married, became pregnant, and worked on her Harry Potter manuscript whenever she had a spare second. The death of her own mother made his orphaned state much more real to her. Rowling's marriage ended in divorce, and she moved to Edinburgh with her newborn daughter, Jessica. ||After five years of writing, and a year's worth of publisher rejections, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was bought by Bloomsbury (U.K.) and published in June 1997. Shortly after Bloomsbury bought the manuscript, the rights were sold in America, where it was published in September 1998 as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Her book not only received lavish praise, winning the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize, but earned Rowling enough money to quit teaching and write full time. Her six subsequent Harry Potter books, all spectacular bestsellers, have continued to receive British and American awards, and are all being made into films. Having reached her lifelong dream of becoming a professional writer, Rowling encourages children who want to write to read as much as they can.
Praise
"One of the many things that makes Rowling's series so wonderful is that Harry, who started the series as an 11-year-old, is aging believably as each book covers a year of his life. And as his sense of himself expands, so do the books and the Potter universe."
"All the qualities that marred the fourth book--the loping, uneven pace of a novel that seemed churned out rather than written--have evaporated. Indeed, the faux gothic horror of the fourth has been replaced by a return to the wonderful, textured writing of the three earlier novels. The novel does not have the frankly grisly scenes that were so disturbing in GOBLET OF FIRE."
"J.K. Rowling's great gift -- her ability to conjure a rich, teeming, utterly believable alternative world -- hasn't failed her....she has also let Harry blossom into a genuinely complex and persuasive character."
"J. K. Rowling is the real magician....HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is rich and satisfying in almost every respect. It also delivers a genuine apocalyptic shiver, as dated as Daniel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New or the Dead Sea Scrolls and the poems of Blake."
"Rowling favors psychological development over plot development here, skillfully exploring the effects of Harry's fall from popularity and the often isolating feelings of adolescence."
"If Harry has hit his awkward age, Rowling the writer has already passed through it. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, her first long novel, was a somewhat lumpy affair; though ultimately winning, it suffered from her lack of experience with the form and her rush to meet her publisher's deadline. If that book was the work of a born storyteller still sorting out her technique, PHOENIX is the smooth product of a natural at the top of her game."
"In dramatizing the angst that Harry experiences, Rowling does her usual page-turningly good job. Although this is a complex novel, the high energy level almost never flags, thanks in part to the author's ability to create vivid scenes and set pieces. And although her tone is much darker than previously, there are welcome elements of humor too, many of which are rooted in the characters and quirks of Harry's friends Hermione, Hagrid and Ron, who comes into his own as a newly designated prefect and keeper for the Gryffindor quidditch team."
"Is HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX as good as the other Harry Potter books? No. This one is actually quite a bit better. The tone is darker, and this has the unexpected -- but very pleasing -- effect of making Rowling's wit and playful black humor shine all the brighter."
"With this book Rowling enters the realm of the coming-of-age novel. The children are fifteen. They have begun pairing and unpairing; moods swing; they see once-idealized adults more in the round. One of the restrictions of the novels has been how focused they are on the three friends, concentrating on the partiality of their experience and their abilities to reflect on it. Rowling makes it quietly clear that Harry's intermittent alertness to the dangers of his own gifts recapitulates the arrogance of his parents' generation, which came from self-assurance built on good looks, physical prowess, intelligent courage, and confident leadership. If, as Rowling wrote earlier, it is not our abilities but our choices which make us what we are, then this book revolves around the implications of choosing and the unforeseeable consequences of even our best decisions."
"Rowling cheerfully turns her own conventions on their ears, and the result is a surprisingly enjoyable ride....Rowling has managed to make Harry and his fate a bit less predictable, which, in the fifth of a seven-volume series, is a very good thing."
From the Publisher
First Line The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.
Annotation Most critics and readers agree that HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX marks a turning point in J. K. Rowling's enormously popular series in that the story takes on a more mature, darker tone. Now 15 years old, Harry faces the downside of being the world's most famous wizard-in-training and must adjust to changes in his relationships with friends and mentors. He also learns something quite disconcerting about his deceased parents and begins to realize how his personal demons make him vulnerable to the evil Lord Voldemort. Further complications arise when Harry grows disillusioned with the government of the magical realm and begins to question the power of the authorities at Hogwarts.
Editors Note The next volume in the thrilling, moving, bestselling Harry Potter series
Annotation 3 Most critics and readers agree that HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX marks a turning point in J. K. Rowling's enormously popular series in that the story takes on a more mature, darker tone. Now 15 years old, Harry faces the downside of being the world's most famous wizard-in-training and must adjust to changes in his relationships with friends and mentors. He also learns something quite disconcerting about his deceased parents and begins to realize how his personal demons make him vulnerable to the evil Lord Voldemort. Further complications arise when Harry grows disillusioned with the government of the magical realm and begins to question the power of the authorities at Hogwarts. A film version was made in 2007, releasing just days below the final book in the series.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 08
Number of Pages 0870
Publisher Arthur A. Levine Books
Series Part 05

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