Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is J. K. Rowling's fifth installment in her internationally bestselling series about a young orphaned wizard named Harry Potter. The "Harry Potter" books have been translated into numerous languages, have sold over 80 million copies, and appeal to a wide range of audiences including both children and adults. Published in 2003, The Order of the Phoenix has topped many Bestseller Lists, continuing to widen Rowling's extraordinary global fan base.
The 800-page novel sees the main character, Harry Potter, enter his fifth year at wizardry school, Hogwarts. Now fifteen, Harry encounters such teenage problems as moodiness and resentment of authority, while at the same time trying to untangle the mysterious return of the all-powerful, evil Lord Voldemort. By the end of the story, readers watch Harry transform from a young, confused boy into a strong leader of his fellow students, and a brave warrior against the dark powers of his world. This transformation is not without its difficulties, however, as one of Harry's dearest companions is lost in the final battle.
In a slower buildup to this story's main action than in earlier books, readers follow Harry's psychological journey toward a more mature understanding of himself and his place in the wizardry community. Rowling spends much of The Order of the Phoenix tracking Harry's growing frustration as those who care most about him continue to withhold valuable information from him in an attempt to keep Harry safe from Voldemort's powers. In the end, Harry learns, through a series of mistakes and triumphs, that he is finally mature enough to learn the full truth about his famous but mysterious past as well as his significant but ominous future.