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harry potter and the order of phoenix book


It's been another long, hot
summer at the Dursleys' for
Harry Potter. Having spent
most of it in an adolescent
"funk" of depression and
bitterness over his friends'
lack of informative letters
about Voldemort's return,
he's suddenly jolted out of
his bad mood when two
Dementors show up in Little
Whinging and attack him and
his cousin, Dudley. When
Harry uses magic to drive
them off, however, he
quickly receives a
succession of owls from the
Ministry, requiring him to
attend a disciplinary hearing.
His heart sinks when he
reads that his expulsion
from Hogwarts will be decided
When Harry finally manages
to make it back to school, he
finds his long awaited return
jarringly different than usual.
Hagrid's missing, there are
now skeletal horses pulling
the school carriages that
only he can see, and the new
Defense Against the Dark
Arts teacher is none other
than toadlike, repulsive
Dolores Umbridge, a Ministry
Representative whom Harry
is all too familiar with.
Even worse is the constant
mutterings of the other
students. Having spent all
summer discrediting both
Harry and Dumbledore, the
Ministry has succeeded into
convincing everyone they're
both crazy and that
Voldemort's return is nothing
but a figment of their
With only Ron and Hermione
standing by his side, Harry
is hard-pressed to stay in a
good mood and often lashes
out at the ones he is closest
to. His defiant behavior lands
him in detention for weeks at
a time with Umbridge, who
soon rises to the status of
Hogwarts High Inquistor and
revels in sacking teachers
and keeping the entire
school under the control of
her stubby, ugly-ringed
As the school year
progresses Harry and
Umbridge frequently lock
horns, and she retaliates by
taking away everything he
cares about: Quidditch,
letters from Sirius, and visits
with Hagrid. So Harry fights
back the only way he can, by
forming a secret Defense
group and teaching his
friends how to fight properly.
In spite of the frantic
workload of O.W.L. year, the
tyranny of Umbridge, and an
unbearable crush on
Ravenclaw Seeker Cho
Chang, Harry keeps having
tantalizing dreams of dark
corridors and locked doors
that are distracting at best.
His scar prickles constantly
and he soon finds he's
turned into a tiny antenna
for Voldemort's mood swings,
which certainly doesn't help
his own temper.
Things take a disastrous
turn when Dolores Umbridge
finds out about Harry's
secret Defense group. Harry
is thrown into a world of guilt
when Dumbledore, protecting
Harry, claims credit for the
group and has to flee the
school in order to escape
Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix ends with an
epic battle of good and evil,
resulting in a devastating
loss to Harry and the full
revelation that his destiny
lies intertwined with none
other than Voldemort himself.
He finds out what true loyalty
is, and how to stand strong
in the face of ultimate

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