Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix Study Guide

Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix By J.K. Rowling

Background

Harry Potter is a young wizard who is famous for being the only survivor of an attack from an ancient evil wizard named Voldemort, who killed his parents. Voldemort hasn't been seen since, and Harry was placed in the care of his Muggle (non-Wizard) family, Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and their son Dudley.

At age 11, Harry entered the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and made fast friends of Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. He soon encounters Voldemort, who is making a comeback. He thwarts a few attempts of Voldemort to regain power, but at length, Voldemort succeeds.

The Order of the Phoenix

Harry and Dudley are attacked by dementors (mind-warping spirits), and Harry fends them off by using magic in the plain sight of Muggles, a serious crime. He is cleared of all charges as he was defending himself.

Having heard of Voldemort's return, Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, re-activates the Order of the Phoenix, an old group which opposes Voldemort. Other organizations of Wizardly bureaucracy refuse to believe that Voldemort has returned, including the Ministry of Magic, the Wizarding world's most powerful political group.

Unhappy with Hogwarts' cirriculum, the Ministry appoints a High Inquisitor at Hogwarts named Dolores Umbridge. She turns the school into a dictatorship and, among other things, cancels the important Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Harry forms a secret group to study the subject regardless.

Harry meets Luna Lovegood, an oddball witch; he also comes across a prophecy concerning his eventual clash with Voldemort. Harry also learns that he has a telepathic bond with Voldemort and occasionally sees what he's doing.

Harry and his secret group finally face off against the Death Eaters, Voldemort's personal army, and survive only because of the intervention of the Order of the Phoenix. Harry's godfather dies in the climactic battle, but many Death Eaters are captured, and most importantly, everyone is forced to acknowledge Voldemort's return.

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