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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J. K. Rowling
Original Publication Date: 2003
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Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts includes threats for Lord
pranks from the Weasley twins, a new Defense of the Dark
Hagrid caring for unusual animals, and more.
The departure from Hogwarts at the end of chapter 29.
This is not as much fun as the other books, as vanyel
mentioned in the
discussion column. It’s true to the nature of the story,
not quite what I was hoping for. Most of the dreary parts
in the book, so just keep reading and that’ll sort itself out,
I’m going to stick with our original scoring system for this
I agree that it needs modification (or at least, a standard
rubrics available to all), but it’ll have to do until we get the
model sorted out.
As you might be able to tell from the Premise above, the
is not even an original plan compared to the
Significant events tend to happen through the course of
year, happening primarily in the first week of school and at
holidays. Some of the finer details are new to the series,
are things that the readers of previous books would know
I give it 2 out of 6. (Entries in a series seem to suffer in
The imagery is the minimal detail that we had
in the previous
books. It’s good enough, but not earth-shattering. I give it
The story is similar in tone and planning to the
It seems like Goblet of Fire was where
Rowling decided to
step it up a notch, bringing the series into more mature
Mysteries have been revealed that were hinted at in the
but others (like the specific source of Dumbledore’s trust of
have been mentioned again, but left until later. Most of the
threads introduced here have been wrapped up, and some
seemingly pointless offhand dialogue from the last book
brought into this one. (In one case, rather forceibly.) I
give it 5
out of 6.
The characterization has some developments
for James Potter,
Sirius Snape, Cho Chang, Neville Longbottom, Severus
Dumbledore, Percy Weasley, and (in particular) Minerva
(Professor McGonagall, in particular, has some excellent
this book.) New characters, like the new Defense of the
teacher, are fairly well developed. Harry, Ron, and
virtually unchanged, which is unfortunate in the main cast.
I give it
4 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was
fairly good. I was
miserable when Harry was miserable (which happened a
bit too often, in
my opinion,) and I laughed out loud at several times,
when there were staff disagreements or when the Weasley
involved. I give it 5 out of 6.
The editing could have used a trim. For
Dumbledore’s comment at least year’s Yule Ball nor the
explaining that comment this year need have been
segment stands up well enough on its own without it. I like
hinting at things to come, but the repetition in describing
such was a bit much. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a welcome addition to a series
that just can’t
get published fast enough. I recommend it to any fan of
I give it 5 out of 6. Yes, it starts out dreary, but it looks like
it’s set to just move forward with events rather than
the rest of the series.
In total, Harry Potter and the Order of the
28 out of 42.