Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling
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full title  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

author  J. K. Rowling

type of work Children’s Novel

genre Fantasy

language English

time and place written Scotland, 2002

date of first publication 2003

publisher Scholastic Inc.

narrator Third-person, very close to Harry Potter

point of view Intimate third-person, with insights into Harry’s private thoughts

tone Playful, ominous, suspenseful

tense Past

setting (time) Present day

setting (place) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United Kingdom

protagonist Harry Potter

major conflict Harry and his friends help the Order of the Phoenix in their quest to thwart the return of the evil Lord Voldemort.

rising action Lord Voldemort begins to invade Harry’s mind, controlling his dreams.

climax Harry has a vision of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured by Lord Voldemort, and he rushes to the Ministry of Magic to save him.

falling action The prophecy is destroyed, Voldemort escapes, and Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogwarts.

themes The relationship between knowledge and time; education as empowerment; the importance of unity

motifs Lying; segregation; blood

symbols Occlumency; educational decrees; O.W.L. exams

foreshadowing Harry’s increasingly revealing dreams consistently foreshadow events to come.