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Focusses on Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts. Lord Voldemort has risen again, but no one except Harry and the Order of the Phoenix (a secret society run by Albus Dumbledore to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters) are aware that the Dark Lord is on the loose again. The Ministry of Magic believes that Harry is an attention-seeking liar, and Dumbledore a fool to believe him. The book begins with Harry at Privet Drive, with his aunt and uncle. After a mysterious Dementor attack on Harry and his cousin Dudley, Harry is temporarily expelled from Hogwarts pending a hearing regarding his use of the Patronus Charm outside of school in a Muggle-inhabited area and in the presence of a Muggle. Members of the Order of the Phoenix come to the Dursleys' to rescue him about twenty-four hours later. He flies on his broomstick with the Order to 12 Grimmauld Place, the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix in London. The Weasleys, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Hermione are at headquarters, along with a number of people Harry doesn't know. On his first night, Sirius tells Harry about what Voldemort has been doing over the summer, hinting that Voldemort is looking for a weapon. Harry presses him, but Sirius refuses to tell him more. Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys spend most of their days cleaning the dilapidated house that belonged to Sirius' parents, much to the displeasure of the resident house-elf, Kreacher. Harry attends his hearing at the ministry, and becomes aware of how much the Ministry dislikes him for disturbing the peace. He is allowed to return to Hogwarts thanks to Dumbledore's help, but is rather put off by the fact that Dumbledore neither spoke nor looked at Harry during the hearing. Harry also gets his first look at the Department of Mysteries on level nine of the Ministry. A few days after his acquittal, letters arrive from Hogwarts with Prefect badges for Ron and Hermione. During a party that night, Harry discovers that Mrs. Weasley is having nightmares about dead friends and family.
On the Hogwarts Express, Harry catches up with old friends like Neville Longbottom, and meets a rather odd 4th year named Luna Lovegood. He also has a very embarrassing encounter with Cho Chang, a girl he has a bit of a thing for. Ron and Hermione spend half the journey in the Prefects' carriage and discover that Draco Malfoy has also become a prefect. On his way up to the castle from the Hogwarts express, Harry discovers strange skeletal horses pulling the carriages rather than the usual invisible horses. He is even more alarmed to find that no one else can see them, just Harry and Luna Lovegood, whom Harry is not so sure about.
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