in Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts, we meet him where we left off in the Goblet of Fire. Voldemort has risen and with the select few Death Eaters that remain he is trying to regain power. Harry is back with the Dursleys but after a dementor attack on Dudley that was blamed on him, Harry is taken to Number 12 Grimmauld Place where Hermione and the Weasleys have been living. This is both Sirius Black’s family home and now also the new headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, a group of adult Wizards headed by Albus Dumbledore, formed to stop the rise of Voldemort to power.
The Ministry of Magic doesn’t believe Harry or Dumbledore about the rise of Voldemort and are having the Daily Prophet publish daily fluff articles trying to discredit them. They don’t even believe Harry was attacked by the dementors. So he has to go to trial for doing underage magic. With the help of Dumbledore Harry is acquitted but Harry is getting frustrated that he is starting to have dreams but Dumbledore won’t tell him anything about them.
Upon returning to Hogwarts the undersecretary to the Minister of Magic, Dolores Umbridge, is appointed as the new defense against the dark arts teacher by order of the Ministry. She soon sees all kinds of things going on that she doesn’t like and makes it her mission to reform the school using whatever means possible and for very selfish reasons.
This installment in the series is much better than Goblet of Fire. Though the first part, before they get to Hogwarts, drags, once they get back to Hogwarts things start to pick up. There are a lot of mysteries in this one that have the reader constantly trying to guess what’s going on.
Dolores Umbridge may be one of the most evil villains in the history of literature. Her motives and treatment of children is startlingly cruel. She’s narcissistic, racist, and egocentric, and the whole time you are reading you want nothing more than to reach into the book and choke her.
it also has one of the most emotional endings I’ve ever read. Being this far into the series has the reader emotionally invested in the characters and sympathetic to their emotions. I was ready to jump right into the next book. I would give this one a 5 out of 5.