As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full puberty, marked by regular tantrums, an almost crippling love, and a strong sense of rebellion. It was another crazy and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time our hero’s non-muggle friends. Feeling particularly stressed by the lack of news from the wizarding world, Harry wonders when the newly resurrected evil Lord Voldemort will attack. It’s a relief to be back at Hogwarts… or is it?
The fifth book J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series follows the darkest year yet for our young wizard, who finds himself devastated after the events of the previous year. Somehow, over the summer, rumors (usually tracked by the Daily Prophet of the Wizarding World) turned Harry’s tragic and heroic encounter with Voldemort at the Triwizard Tournament into an excuse to mock and belittle the teenager. Even the headmaster, Professor Dumbledore, has come under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Magic, which refuses to officially acknowledge the terrible truth that Voldemort has returned. Enter a particularly nasty new character: the toad-like and clownish (“hem, hem”) Dolores Umbridge, senior chancellor of the Ministry of Magic, who accepts—and succeeds at—the vacant position of Keeper of the Dark Arts. Hogwarts High Inquisitor quickly. Harry Potter’s life doesn’t get any easier. In fifth year there is an overwhelming burden of preparation for the Ordinary Level Wizarding (O.W.Ls) exams, huge changes to the Gryffindor quidditch team, vivid dreams of long corridors and closed doors, and the growing pain of his lightning scar, Harry’s scar. . endurance is severely tested.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, more than any of the previous four novels in the series, is a coming of age story. Harry faces a difficult transition into adulthood, as grown-up heroes are fallible and things that seemed black and white suddenly appear as shades of gray. Gone is the wide-eyed innocent, Targa Kivi’s brother. Here we have a teenager who is sometimes dark, often confused (especially around girls) and always questioning himself. Faced once again with death and a surprising prophecy, Harry ends his year at Hogwarts exhausted and groaning. On the other hand, readers are energized as they move on to the next amazing, magical series, which is again long.
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