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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling (more about J.K. Rowling) 1725/100 first published 2003
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 to 99 published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £8.49, usually dispatched within 24 hours.
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
The biggest challenge so far for Harry and his devoted readers!
What happens?
Everyone seems to have forgotten about Harry, his summer holiday is turning out to be lonely and lacking in news from his friends, but things take a very different turn when he and his cousin Dudley are attacked by Dementors in a dark alley. Suddenly it appears everyone has been watching Harry and that they all know what is going on. Only they don't seem too keen on telling Harry himself what it's all about. Harry finds himself feeling left out and confused. His Godfather, Sirius is confined to his house in London and there has been a terrible smear campaign in the press to discredit Harry and Dumbledore. At Hogwarts the other students don't seem to know who to believe. This is the least of his worries, Hagrid hasn't returned for the start of term and there seems to be a new force of power at work in Hogwarts. Professor Umbridge has got it in for everyone particularly Harry, she is mean, vindictive and very ugly, soon all the things that are important to Harry are being taken away from him. It appears the Ministry for Magic doesn't want Harry around anymore. Things just keep getting worse for Harry. Is Voldemort behind all these terrible new Ministry decisions?
Is it easy to read?
This is a very long book, over 700 pages so pace yourself, easy to read and suitable for everyone.
Anything else?
Finally the next instalment is here and it has definitely been worth the wait. Rowling continues the story with a wonderful flowing hand, it might just be the next day after reading the last book. There is so much going on in this book that you need to keep your wits about you to take it all on board. So many new issues are brought to the surface and also one terrible secret. I found it hard to put down and was particularly happy to see that some of Harry's ideas about people from his past were questioned and that he has to start recognising that people aren't all good or bad. A brilliant novel that continues a wonderful series, these books will definitely be around for a long time yet.
Other books by J.K. Rowling include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
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."
And here's a sample...
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."
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