Genre = Novel, Fantasy
The Dark Lord Voldemort has returned but rather than prepare for war, the Ministry of Magic denounces it as lies. Those who are disagree with the Ministry’s version of the truth are vilified such as Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore. News to discredit both is ubiquitous. Even as Potter is put to trial due to using magic to fight of dementors, events are set up to prevent Potter from receiving help. Fortunately, Potter has allies in the Order of the Phoenix who come to his aid. Order of the Phoenix is a secret society which has few members but are tasked with fighting Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
Things at Hogwarts are more difficult than previous years. Besides being the 5th year when the students take O.W.L. exams which determine their future careers, many of the school believe the news about Harry Potters’ lies. Made even worse with their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who reports directly to the Ministry. The miseries of the year are alleviated only with a secret club formed to practice magic which Harry Potter teaches. The Order of the Phoenix and those who believe that the Dark Lord has returned need find ways to prevent Voldemort from achieving his aim which seems to be a weapon he did not possess the last time he was around.
There is a bit of a disconnect between the previous books in the series and this one which has to do with Harry Potter. For some reason, Harry’s personality is drastically different. Not that some change due to previous books events should not have occurred, but the change is too drastic as to be meant for drama rather than narrative.
Pages to read: 670
1st Edition: 2003
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