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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author J. K. Rowling
Type of Work Children’s Novel
Time and Place Written Scotland, 2002
Date of First Publication
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
Setting (time) Present day
Setting (place) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United
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
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.
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