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Order of the Phoenix Review with images

AdvantagesDark plot and mind games

DisadvantagesNone

"...K Rowling’s masterpiece, that is Harry Potter, is a must for fans that have already enjoyed the first four instalments. At over 700 pages this is an epic part of the tale but fear not as every page is worth your time. The image of the phoenix rising on the cover gained my interest further and the blurb on the back cover confirmed to me that Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts is not to be missed. ===Short synopsis….=== Harry Potter has been aware ..." Read review
24.11.2012

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Community Level 4e_coleuk

e_coleuk

Book 5: Potter gets Political!

AdvantagesUnmissable story, possibly the backbone of the upcoming war!

DisadvantagesResembles a large brick, not good when carrying around

"...end of Book 4, with Harry Potter the soul witness to Lord Voldemort's return to strength. But the wizard newspaper 'The Daily Prophet' has made him out ot be an attention-seeking psycho. Nobody in their right mind is going to believe the feverish testamony of a fourteen-year-old boy and his eccentric old headmaster Dumbledore, when the Ministry of Magic (sort of wizard government) says one's a pathological liar and the other is going senile. The ..." Read review
20.07.2005

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Community Level 2Hardyhardnut

Hardyhardnut

Harry and the Teenage Angst.

AdvantagesBrilliant continuation of an excellent series.

DisadvantagesAs Stephen Fry puts it, "it is heavier than a small fridge."

"***INTRODUCTION*** The Harry Potter series is by far my favourite literary work; I started reading HArry Potter from the release of the first book and have been an adoring fan of JK Rowling and her work ever since. Harry Potter is a wizard, and narrowly escaped being killed by his arch-nemesis, Lord Voldemort when he was a baby. This infamous dark wizard murdered his parents, which was essentially his downfall as the sacrifice of Harry's mother ..." Read review
29.01.2006

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The Magic Continues...But Does it Match the Hype

AdvantagesEasy to read, engaging, great characters

DisadvantagesNot as good a story as some others in the series

"...the release of the latest Harry Potter novel. Shops across the country were open at midnight on Saturday 21 June so that all the kiddies, and their parents, could get their grubby little hands on the fifth instalment in the reported seven-book series, as soon as it was released. A three-year delay since the publication of the last book in the series, The Goblet of Fire, has seen expectations built up uncontrollably, deliberately or not, I cannot ..." Read review
25.06.2003

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Community Level 3Lightpants

Lightpants

Long Live Magic!

AdvantagesAbsorbing read

DisadvantagesBit big and long for some kids / ages...

"...all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year will turn his world upside down…” Not the best synopsis, but let’s face it – this book was a winner when it was only in it’s suggested phase. Wow, wow and thrice wow. The fifth instalment of the wonderfully successful series by J K Rowling about a young boy who finds out his true self when he’s 11, and is thrust into the parallel world of wizards, witches, spells, potions ..." Read review
08.02.2004

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Community Level 4Cici_Ying

Cici_Ying

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

AdvantagesSomething to do

DisadvantagesFailed to keep me captivated

"...include much background information to Harry Potter as it will just sound like I’m droning on and on and repetitive for those that have read my previous op’s. Unsurprisingly, the book again opens up with Harry staying with his only living relatives, the Dursley’s during his Summer Holiday. Harry has never enjoyed coming back here because the Dursley’s never hid the fact that they thought looking after Harry was a burden ..." Read review
09.09.2003

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Community Level 4amytheduck

amytheduck

Harry Potter of the Finest Order

AdvantagesEverything!

DisadvantagesNothing really, though in hardback this book is very heavy!

"...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 is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is ..." Read review
08.07.2007

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Community Level 3jammy_mint

jammy_mint

Aw, Harry's all angry....

Advantagescompelling plot, imagination-overload!

Disadvantagesnone

"Harry Potter is, as surely everybody now knows, a young wizard who attends Hogwarts School for witches and Wizards. He is, however, not just any young wizard teen. He is the only person to have survived a direct attack from the most feared wizard of his age, Lord Voldemort; he is the boy who lived. First killing his parents, Voldemort turned his wand on Harry, only to feel his spell backfire and destroy his own body. Harry was left with a scar on ..." Read review
05.08.2003

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Community Level 5Simmer

Simmer

WORTH THE WAIT

Advantagesfunny, great plot

Disadvantagesfirst 200 pages a bit boring

"If you’re as obsessive about Harry Potter as I am, you’ll be well aware that the fans of J.K. Rowling’s hit series of novels had to wait three years for the fifth installment; “Harry Potter and the Order Of the Phoenix”. Book Four, entitled “Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire” was published in July 2000, and in the time that passed between then and June 21 2003 (the release date of Book 5), I heard all ..." Read review
07.07.2003

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Community Level 4bigbtommy

bigbtommy

Sparks of inspiration seep from it's tail

AdvantagesIt isn't by Jilly Cooper

DisadvantagesIt isn't by George Orwell

"I started reading the new Harry Potter book whilst on a number fifty-two bus, but I didn't unwrap it from it's crinkly little plastic bag and just throw myself in. I kept it in the bag, hidden from the world, for a few minutes, and then read a chapter. Then I put it back. And let the first chapter swill around, savouring the flavour that a fever of anticipation had caused. I'm not one to bath in fever pitch anticipation but even I had to admit: "the ..." Read review
24.07.2003

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Community Level 7nicanddarr...

nicanddarrell

Harry becomes The Terminator

AdvantagesI still enjoyed the story

DisadvantagesBig anti climax

"...the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, is nothing I have witnessed before. JK Rowling said she felt under real pressure to write the book, and at times she found it very difficult. I wondered whether the book would live up to the previous four, or would she have rushed too much to provide the magical tales she has before. Before it was even released, we knew that one of the characters would be killed off, and the odds changed on a daily basis ..." Read review
15.09.2003

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Community Level 2sargonau

sargonau

Ready for another incredible journey?

AdvantagesMany fresh ideas are rolled in.

DisadvantagesThe weakest book in the series.

"...the unprecedented success of the Harry Potter series, children’s novelist J.K. Rowling has good reason to be in shock. Rarely has fictional literature been met with such hype and hysteria. In the most recent instalment of the seven part series, which was released on June 21 this year, Rowling proves that she still possesses a flair and wit that will no doubt keep readers captivated for generations to come. On the day of reckoning it didn’t matter ..." Read review
21.07.2003

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Community Level 4tastebud

tastebud

Know the Perils, Read the Signs Diamond review

AdvantagesThe wait is finally over and some important questions are answered

DisadvantagesQuite a few tiresome passages instead of action; no idea how long until the next instalment

"...read Books I-IV in the Harry Potter series is looking for primarily one thing in the pages of "The Order of the Phoenix": answers (oh, and some good action, yes). Why did Lord Voldemort, the most evil wizard ever to have risen to power, try to kill Harry as a baby-leaving him orphaned and sporting a prominent scar on his forehead? How did his parents come to have so much gold stashed away, essentially securing his financial future? What is greasy, ..." Read review
26.06.2003

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Community Level 6timmyotoole

timmyotoole

Let's All Go Potty

AdvantagesEntertaining. Enjoyable. Heroic. Examines emotions and politics.

DisadvantagesPlot a bit thin. Not as fast-paced as earlier books.

"Harry Potter. Have you heard much about him lately? Have you read the odd opinion about him? I thought so. The release of the fifth instalment of J. K. Rowling’s immensely successful Harry Potter series brought new levels of hype to our already hype-ridden world. Usually I can’t see what all the fuss is about, but this time, having read the previous Harry Potter tales, I joined in with the excitement. So much so in fact that I bought my copy of ..." Read review
25.07.2003

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Community Level 7Pumpkin

Pumpkin

NO ANSWERS YET...

AdvantagesWe get to find out the next instalment of Harry's adventures

DisadvantagesNot as exciting as I'd hoped

"...the purchase) of my new Harry Potter book, ordered some 6 months previously on Amazon at half price (£8.49 compared to the usual price of £16.99 for a hardback). I don’t normally buy hardback books, but this reduction, even when postage was added on, seemed like a bargain, especially when I had been waiting some two years to read the fifth instalment of Harry Potter’s life at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Just to give ..." Read review
04.08.2003

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