Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

Written by J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by Mary Grandpre

Reviewed by Luke D. (age 10)

This is a very good book about a boy called Harry Potter. He becomes a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In his fifth year he learns of a secret society created by the headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, called the Order of the Phoenix. When he finally convinces the wizards in the order to tell him about it, the truth is finally heard about the past order. To his amazement, his parents were members of the Order. When he gets in some trouble at the Ministry of Magic, they get involved in a wizard duel over a crystal ball prophecy that will tell how his parents died and why they died. When Lord Voldemort, the person who killed his parents, comes, the prophecy gets smashed. Bellatrix Black, the death eater who was supposed to retrieve it, gets punished. Also, his godfather, Sirius Black gets killed by his own cousin - Bellatrix Black. Bellatrix was the one who was sent by Voldemort to retrieve the orb. It was sad because Harry has lost his only relative. Or has he? When he gets back to Hogwarts, his past is discovered. His headmaster, Dumbledore, tells him shocking facts about his past life that is one of the saddest ever heard.

I think this book is like no other, except possibly feudal age books such like King Arthur and the magic of Camelot castle. In conclusion, this is a very good book especially because it is by J.K. Rowling. This is the fifth book in the series. I think you should read all the books in order first so you can understand what's happening, because it would make no sense to you otherwise. One of my favorite parts about it is the sword of Godric Gryffindor because it's like the dark dagger from the legends temple. One thing unique about this book is the way they include all the magic and witchcraft into the story.

This book is really great. I recommend this to ages seven and up. People who have read all the other books will find this book a sad one. Mainly it is because his godfather, Sirius Black, dies. Secondly, it is what he discovers about his true past. I recommend this book because its very good and I think that readers that mainly like mythological and feudal age books should read it. In conclusion, this is a very good book especially because it is by J.K. Rowling. I'd probably recommend it to anybody. Age really doesn't matter as long as you have imagination.

Luke D. is a student in Mrs. Wadsworth's 5th Grade Class
2004-2005