Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series that was created by JK Rowling. The book was first released on June 21, 2003 in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States. It sold nearly seven million copies in the United Kingdom and the United States on that first release date. The film version of this volume is scheduled to be released on July 13, 2007.
When this title opens, Harry has just had a big fight with his aunt and uncle. He wanders around Little Whinging when he and his cousin Dudley are attacked by the dementors. Harry uses the Patronus Charm to ward off the dementors, but Dudley remains shaken badly from the encounter. One of their neighbors,, Arabella Figg, comes to their aid. It is revealed that she is a squib, a person who is not magical but who is born into a magical family. Arabella Figg was asked by Dumbledore to watch over Harry when he is staying with the Dursley's. When they get home, Harry finds that an owl has delivered a letter that says he has been expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for using magic outside of the school, and that he must appear before the Ministry of Magic for a special hearing. Members of the order of the Phoenix arrive to take Harry to their secret headquarters at the Black family home in London. Arthur Weasley accompanies Harry to the hearing but they are late because they were not told the correct time and location. Fortunately, Mrs. Figg arrives and testifies in Harry's favor and he is cleared.
Back at Hogwarts there is a new instructor, Dolores Umbridge, who appears to be there to spy, and who has a prejudice against centaurs and so-called half-breeds. Ron is made the new keeper for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Ginny replaces Harry as the seeker. Harry and Hermione learn that Hagrid has been sent on a special mission and that he is secretly keeping his half-brother Grawp hidden in the forest. Professor Umbridge demonstrates a strong disliking for Hagrid. Harry continues to have the same nightmares that have haunted him for a while. Harry has dreams about Arthur Weasley getting bitten by a snake, and then he learns that Arthur has indeed been bitten by venomous snakes. Harry worries that Voldemort is trying to take control of his body, but Dumbledore assures him that is not the case.
Hermione convinces Harry to form the D.A., the secret Dumblore Army, and she convinces Harry to teach students defense against the dark arts in secret. Umbridge discovers their secret meetings, but Dumbledore protects them. The Weasley twins also begin a student revolt when Umbridge appoints herself as headmistress, and none of the other teachers help her retain control. Shortly after, Harry receives visions that Sirius Black is being tortured. When Umbridge catches Harry trying to contact Black, Hermione distracts her by taking her to the forest where she insults a bunch of centaurs and she is carried away.
Harry and his friendâ€™s use the schoolâ€™s Thestrals to fly to the London Ministry of Magic, where they believe that Sirius is being trapped. However, it is not true, and when they arrive they find themselves ambushed by the death eaters. The students battle the death eaters and a glass sphere that Voldemort has been pursuing breaks. Sirius Black is killed during the battle by his cousin, a death eater. Dumbledore arrives and most of the death eaters are captured. Harry yells at Dumbledore for neglecting him for over a year, and Dumbledore reveals to him the lost prophecy: he must kill Voldemort, or be killed. Another year ends, and Harry returns to the Dursley's house for yet another summer with them.
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