and the Order of the Phoenix
by J. K. Rowling
published June 21, 2003,
Arthur A. Levine Books,
Mary GrandPré, 2003
who make my world magical.
This is the fifth book of the series.
It is the seventh Harry Potter book released (counting the
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film (Warner Bros. - 2007)
video games (Electronic Arts)
"Mourning" by Marta T.
facts & trivia:
author's comments about the book:
Notes about the covers, from
- "The contents of the book are so secret that even the artist,
illustrator Jason Cockcroft,
wasn't allowed to read it before drawing the cover. Instead J K Rowling and
her editor at
Emma Matthewson, came up with the idea and then told the artist
the kind of image they wanted them to create. The adult cover, designed by
Design director William Webb, is from a photograph by Michael Wildsmith
and again shows a phoenix."
Mary GrandPré once again
illustrated the U.S. edition of the book. She was given the book to read
in advance, a necessity since she drew chapter art as well as the cover.
JKR revealed the title of the book during the taping of the Today Show
and verified it in (NR2).
- This book is longer than GF by almost
Order of the Phoenix sold, uh, rather well. This is from The Scotsman,
7 January 2004:
- Potter's magical effect on U.K. book sales
- DAVID ROBINSON BOOKS EDITOR
- LOOK at a graph of sales of all British books last year, and you notice
a strange thing. In late June, there is a sudden blip. In fact, it's
more of a Matterhorn.
- A single book caused that. On 21 June alone, 1,679,753 copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were
sold. One copy for every 35 people in these islands. Nothing remotely
comparable has ever happened in British publishing - where the average
novel sells a mere 2,000 copies - and perhaps nothing remotely comparable
ever will. Until JK Rowling writes another, that is.
The title refers to a group
who band together to fight Voldemort, the "Old Crowd"
Sirius to call together at the end
of Goblet of Fire. This group
originally fought Voldemort
during the 1970s
and included James and
Frank and Alice Longbottom,
and others. Many in this group were killed or, in the case of the
- The phoenix in this title may be a reference to Fawkes, Dumbledore's
pet phoenix, whose tail feathers are embedded in the wands of
both Harry and Voldemort. Fawkes seems
to be playing an increasingly important role in the mythos.
Harry is in his fifth year at
Hogwarts in this book,
the events of which take place between July 31, 1995 [Y15]
and the end of June, 1996 [Y16].
I had to put in some things because of what's to come in
Books Six and
Seven, and I didn't want anyone to say to me,
"What a cheat. You never gave us clues." Because if I didn't mention certain
things in Order of the Phoenix, you could have said:
"Well, you sprang that on us." Whereas I want you to be able to guess, if
you've got your wits about you. There are a few surprises coming.
I think what I was trying to do with the death in this book was show
how very arbitrary and sudden death is. This is a death where you didn't
have a big death bed scene. It happened almost accidentally, and that is
one of the very cruel things about death, and they're now in a war situation
where that really does happen, where one minute you're talking to your
friend and the next minute he's gone. It's so shocking and so inexplicable...
"Where did they go?" I found it upsetting to write, because I knew what
it would mean to Harry.
Q: Regarding Harry's subconscious
feelings, how [have they] changed from book 1
to book 5?
A: Well, he's obviously been through a lot since
book one, and book five was the book when
he cracked up a little.
Q: What do you think Harry would
find more difficult to do: to fight
Voldemort or to kiss
A: People who have read Order of the Phoenix will have a fairly
shrewd idea what the answer might be.