Why is Harry more affected by events in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix than in any of the previous novels?

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Being 15 is hard for anyone.  I remember reading a review of this book when it first came out, complaining that Harry is whiny and depressing.  Isn't everyone at this age?  Once he enters his fifth year, more is expected of Harry than ever before.  Up until now, he has...

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Being 15 is hard for anyone.  I remember reading a review of this book when it first came out, complaining that Harry is whiny and depressing.  Isn't everyone at this age?  Once he enters his fifth year, more is expected of Harry than ever before.  Up until now, he has had protectors and little adventures.  Things turn dark for him after his duel with Voldemort, and Cedric's death.  He is dealing with the regular teenage problems of love, friends, adults' expectations and deciding who he is.  On top of that, he feels the weight of the hero on his shoulders.  He has doubts.  He knows he needs to save the world, and he is not sure he can.

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Harry is more aware of what he is facing and what he is losing.  This is the first time that Harry went for a whole summer with no contact from the wizarding world.  Harry finally found a parental figure in Sirius, and that made him happy.  In this book all of his  happiness is being taken from him.

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Harry is affected more by events in this book than in any of the previous novels because he faces more disastrous circumstances in this book than in any of the other novels, and considering the circumstances of The Goblet of Fire, that is saying a lot. To begin with, he suffers a dementor attack in the Muggle world only to be charged and threatened with prison; he is tortured over and over with nightmares sent by Voldemort. Perhaps the worst events of the year for Harry come in the form of being kicked off the Quidditch team, his one source of escape, his detention torture sessions with Umbridge, in which he is forced to cut “I will not tell lies.” into his hand over and over, and finally the ministry battle and losing the one person he has loved as a parent. Harry faces so much devastation in his fifth year; it is hard to believe that he comes back in his sixth year with as little damage as he does. He is a very resilient and strong young man, with the help of his friends.

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