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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by: JK Rowling
Review by: Tina Morgan

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The latest edition of the Harry Potter series has lived up to my expectations and provided several hours of reading pleasure.

As promised the book is a bit darker than the first few novels but I was impressed by Harry's growth. He's no longer the innocent eleven year old and has become a rather petulant teenager. The trials he's faced in the past have had an affect on his attitude and behavior. Add a few pubescent hormones and he's a very believable fourteen year old boy.

Harry isn't the only character feeling a bit of angst. Ron, Hermione and Neville are all growing and changing. Ron's brothers, Percy, Fred and George play significant parts in the story. The twins take their pranks to an entire new level and create a swamp in retaliation to Dolores Umbridge's tyrannical behavior. Umbridge is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and like many of her predecessors is not quite what the students or staff imagined when she was hired.

While there are many twists and turns I would like to share with our readers, our founder, Lee Masterson and my co-author, Ciara Grey haven't finished the book. They've threatened serious bodily harm if I reveal any. However, IF our readers demanded, I would share them anyway. Since the book has only been out a few days, I will refrain because I'm sure a lot of you are still reading.

There are a few rumors that I can substantiate. Rowling does kill a major character in the book. I'm not sure if the rumor added to the suspense or not but I found myself unable to put the book down when a parent and a teacher are critically wounded. Rowling creates an enchanting world and very believable characters so I doubt the rumors added anything to her story telling ability.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix rates
* * * * * stars.

Rating Scale:
* * * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* * = Slow, difficult to read, could have been improved.
* = Imminently forgettable.


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