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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. Harry starts having dreams about locked doors and long windowless corridors.
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. The Sorting Hat uses its song to encourage the school to be united and break down barriers in the future. Hagrid is mysteriously absent, and a substitute takes his place without explanation. The new DADA teacher is introduced, Professor Umbridge. Harry remembers that she was present at his ministry hearing. Umbridge gives a speech about magical education that makes Hermione very concerned, but that no one else really listened to. When Harry proceeds up to Gryffindor Tower, he has a heated argument with fellow 5th year Seamus Thomas, who accuses him of lying about Voldemort's rebirth.
The next morning, Harry discovers how hard his year is going to be with O.W.L.s coming up. Professor Umbridge informs them that they will not be performing any magic in her classes. They will only be learning the theory. She tells them that Harry and Dumbledore are lying to them to make them frightened. Harry becomes very angry and loses his temper. As a result, Umbridge gives him a week of detention. McGonagall warns Harry to be careful around Umbridge. Harry will have to miss Keeper tryouts for the Quidditch team for the detention. Harry's first detention shows how sadistic Umbridge is; she forces him to write lines with a special quill that carves the letters into the back of his hand over and over, leaving a permanent scar. Harry discovers that Ron is going to try out for Keeper, and refuses to tell Dumbledore about Umbridge's detentions. During his last detention, Harry's scar hurts when Umbridge touches him. He isn't sure what it means, so he decides to write to Sirius and ask about it. On the same night, Ron gets Keeper. The next morning, the trio discovers that Sturgis Podmore, an Order member was arrested for trying to get through a locked door at the Ministry. Ron's first Quidditch practice does not go well; it ends early with a nasty incident regarding the Quaffle, Ron, Katie Bell, and a Nosebleed Nougat (trick candy from Fred and George). Ron receives a letter from his estranged brother, Percy, warning him that affiliation with Harry may not be a good idea. Ron ignores it. Sirius appears in the fire and lets them know that Harry's scar probably isn't serious, and that Hagrid will probably be back soon.
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Harry James Potter Born 31 July 1980. Boy wizard orphaned on Halloween night in 1981 when his parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort. This book discusses the unique connection created when Voldemort's killing curse failed to kill Harry. 5th Year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore Born 1881, Died 1996. The only wizard that Voldemort ever feared, Dumbledore is elderly, but incredibly wise and energetic, with a great sense of humor. He is the leader of the Order of the Phoenix, and known as the most powerful wizard of the time. He defeated the Dark Wizard Grindlewald in 1945, and this book depicts a spectacular duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort, though neither are defeated.
Lord Voldemort aka Tom Marvolo Riddle Born 1926 died 1998. Also known as the Dark Lord, he lives in secret until the end of this book, when he is forced out of hiding by Harry and Dumbledore. His followers are known as Death Eaters. Nagini, his snake, plays an important role in this book. Throughout the book, he is searching for a prophesy that supposedly describes how to destroy Harry Potter, the only wizard who can destroy Voldemort. Voldemort is always searching for Harry obsessively so that he can finally finish what he started and destroy wizards' only hope of ever destroying Voldemort.
Ronald Bilius Weasley Born March 1, 1980. 2nd youngest of the Weasley clan, Ron is tall and gangly like his father. He has a very large appetite, and can sometimes be a little thick when compared to Hermione. He has bright red hair and freckles. He is also a 5th year at Hogwarts. He is often used as a comic relief character in this book, as it is very dark compared to the previous four. He is a member of the D.A.
Hermione Jean Granger Born 19 September 1979. Only child, muggle-born; her parents are dentists. She has frizzy brown hair and large teeth prior to book four, when she shrinks them. She is described as "the cleverest witch of her age" in everything except for Defense Against the Dark Arts. The D.A. is her idea. She truly loathes Rita Skeeter and Dolores Umbridge.
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French: Harry Potter et L'Ordre du Phenix
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