Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Written by Kevin Little
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes the Harry Potter series into previously uncharted territory. While there's still a lot of fun to be had with this new Harry Potter book, there is more of a decidedly serious undercurrent than in past books. Harry and his friends are growing up, and author J.K. Rowling doesn't spare them the trials and tribulations of gaining more responsibility in the world.

The darker side of Harry Potter first reared its head at the end of the fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. At the end of this book, Cedric Diggory, a fellow student of Harry's, meets his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort. The ramifications of this dastardly deed seep into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Kids Grow Up Fast

Cedric's death, which happens right in front of Harry at the end of the fourth book, proves that Lord Voldemort has indeed returned to power. However, not everyone is prepared to accept this reality. Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, staunchly refuses to take any action to defend his community against the destructive powers of the Dark Lord.

So it's left to the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organization made up of many of the most powerful and compassionate magicians in England, to deal with the imminent threat. Led by Albus Dumbledore, the Order includes Prof. Snape, Sirius Black, and the Weasleys. While Harry, Ron and Hermione are noit allowed to know what the adults are up to, you just know they'll get involved somehow...


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