Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
and others in the series by J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator).
Comments by J. Zimmerman

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DVD starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Book 5: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J. K. Rowling.

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Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth in J. K. Rowling's enthralling series, is a welcome book. Surely most of the western world has been longing to know what becomes of Harry in his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and in the start of his difficult transition into adulthood.

During his long summer exile from magic with the mean and boring Dursleys, Harry is peevish from the lack of contact with his Hogwarts friends. His adolescent anxiety and anger is a welcome change from the all-too-sweet-and-nice Harry of the previous volumes. At last (this reader thinks) the kid is growing up.

Fueling Harry's crankiness and feeling of alienation, gossip (mainly initiated by the Daily Prophet) belittles Harry's heroic battle with Voldemort at last year's Triwizard Tournament.

Other rumors suggest that Headmaster Dumbledore is mistaken, or even lying, about Lord Voldemort's return. So Professor Dumbledore is investigated by the Ministry of Magic, which refuses to acknowledge that Voldemort is back and strong. To his additional frustration, Harry realizes that Dumbledore is hiding something from him, but cannot discover what it is.

Returning to Hogwarts, Harry finds that the Ministry is sending their loathsome Dolores Umbridge, to become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. She takes over at Hogwarts much as a fascist dictator might do, and removes some teachers.

Gryffindor's Quidditch hopes look grim because of deletions from and additions to their team. What magic is needed for Gryffindor to win the Quidditch Cup?

The stalwart bonds of friendship, loyalty, and trust among Harry and his friends are challenged by threats around the return of Voldemort. Harry endures much frustration and emotion amid uncertain relationships in his dangerous world. His developing and unrequited love adds complexity and distraction to his attempts to understand himself and the people around him.

To add to the challenge, Harry and his fellow fifth-year students are supposed to spend much of the year preparing for their O.W.L. (Ordinary Wizarding Level) examinations, and to get excellent exam results in the subjects needed for the careers they are starting to think about. Their studies let us learn much more about the training of young wizards, including new spells and new magical creatures. We also visit new areas of the magical world, and we discover more about Harry's parents and some of the Hogwart teachers.

During all this, Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are gaining strength. Harry's scar (which is sensitive to the strength and closeness of Lord Voldemort) burns. Harry, pulled into Voldemort's mind, learns Voldemort seeks a secret weapon, something to which Harry may hold the key.

And then, yes, someone close to Harry does die. But who? Bewitch yourself! Read the book! Buy 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)'

* See the Hogwarts' Spells: Do the magic.

Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J. K. Rowling.

For a special treat, check out the original English BBC recording by Stephen Fry of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)". Stephen Fry's skillful voice presents each character as delightfully unique.

In the summer of his 14th birthday, Harry Potter has two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School. After Harry has an upsetting vision, he contacts his godfather for advice. It is probable that Lord Voldemort and his "Death Eaters" plan murder.

Meanwhile, Harry tries to forget his troubles when (with Ron's family) he attends the important Quidditch World Cup.

This year, instead of the annual school Quidditch match, Hogwarts will compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament with two other magician schools: "Beauxbaton" and "Durmstrang." The students chosen to compete will have to face difficult tests that challenge their skills of magic, their intellectual skills, and their abilities to cope with danger. Will Harry represent Hogwarts? And if he does, will he be completely outclassed by more experienced students from the other schools.

* See the Hogwarts' Spells: Do the magic.

Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J. K. Rowling.

In the summer of his 13th birthday, Harry Potter again endures the holidays with his horrid Dursley aunt, uncle, and cousin. Harry uses his magic to convert Aunt Marge into an enormous floating balloon. Fearing punishment from his uncle and officials at Hogwarts or "the Ministry of Magic" for unauthorized use of magic in the Muggle world, Harry escapes.

He is rescued by the "Night Bus", an erratic and enchanted vehicle that lurches around Britain, delivering witches and wizards to their destinations. Harry is delivered to the Leaky Cauldron inn, where he is followed by his pet owl, Hedwig. He discovers that he not punished for his misuse of magic because Sirius Black (a prisoner from the Azkaban Prison) has escaped and is seeking him.

But is Sirius Black the worst threat to Harry yet? Or is the greater threat from the guards sent to protect Harry?

* See the Hogwarts' Spells: Do the magic.

Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J. K. Rowling.

Harry in danger when he and Ron miss the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin their second year. Ron "borrows" his Dad's magical flying car to get to Hogwarts. Arriving at school exhausted, the car crash-lands on the "Whomping Willow", which is furious with them.

At Hogwarts, a huge message appears on a wall: "The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware." What does the message mean? Will Harry and his friends enter the Chamber of Secrets? And if they do, will they come out alive?

* See the Hogwarts' Spells: Do the magic.

Book 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling.
The rest of the world knows history and philosophy that is ignored in the USA, and knows this book as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1).

Harry leads a resilient life, tormented by the Dursleys, the relatives he lives with. But on Harry's 10th birthday, the giant Hagrid forces his way into Harry's life with the acceptance letter saying: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

Leaving the "Muggle world" of non-wizards, Harry enters the wizard world. There he discovers he is famous, having defeated the evil wizard Voldemort (who killed his mother and father), leaving a lightning-bolt scar on Harry's forehead.

Harry meets his deepest friends besides Hagrid - Ron and Hermione, as well as Ron's brothers and the inept but sincere Neville Longbottom. He also meets the proud Draco Malfoy, the fellow-student who soon becomes his enemy.

Learn how the "Sorting Hat" decides which House (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin) each first-year student will join, making a decision that rules their school lives, guides their friendships, and may eventually determine their careers.

Learn not only the basic rules of the game of Quidditch, but also how the initial spells taught to first-year students at Hogwarts, and used by Harry and his friends to challenge and defeat the forces of evil.

Check Amazon for other media: paperback; audio cassette; CD. Also available are Deluxe Leather Bound Edition, Large Print, and Braille.

* Books in Spanish.

* See the Hogwarts' Spells: Do the magic.

Spells introduced in Book 1:
"Alohomora!"; "Locomotor Mortis!"; "Petrificus Totalus!"; "Wingardium Leviosa!".

Harry Potter en Español

Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Libro 1) por J. K. Rowling, Alicia Dellepiane.

Harry Potter y la cámara secreta (Libro 2) por J. K. Rowling, Adolfo Munoz, Nieves Martin Azofra.

Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban (Libro 3) por J. K. Rowling, Adolfo Munoz Garcia, Nieves Martin Azofra.

Harry Potter y el cá de fuego (Libro 4) por J. K. Rowling, Adolfo Munoz Garcia, Nieves Martin Azofra.

Harry Potter auf Deutsch

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (Bd. 1), J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (Bd. 2), J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban (Bd. 3), J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (Bd. 4), J. K. Rowling. [May be out of print.]

Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix (Bd. 5), J. K. Rowling.

Spell (derived from Old English for story or statement): an incantation or charm; a formula of words with magical powers.

Spells are magic! Here are some of the best.

MFP (Magical Fine Print): Note that appropriate wands and hand gestures are required to perform each complete spell. For tools and information, contact your usual Magic-Guild-registered OMS (Official Magic Supplier).

MMFP (More Magical Fine Print): The provider of this list recommends that you master the easier spells under appropriate tutelage. As always "Kids, don't try this at home."