I re-read this book as part of the Harry Potter read-a-long.
Synopsis (from Amazon)
Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. ‘It is time,’ he said, ‘for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.’ Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his whole world upside down …But before he even gets to school, Harry has an unexpected and frightening encounter with two Dementors, has to face a court hearing at the Ministry of Magic and has been escorted on a night-time broomstick ride to the secret headquarters of a mysterious group called ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. And that is just the start. A gripping and electrifying novel, full of suspense, secrets, and – of course – magic.
Considering that Order of the Phoenix is the longest Harry Potter book I feel that very little of importance really happens in it. After the ending of Goblet of Fire I must admit I would have expected a really action packed book, but really it isn’t. That’s not to say it has nothing of importance to the overall Harry Potter storyline. The prophecy is of utmost importance, and some of the knowledge about Voldemort and the Order are useful later on too. Of course to say a book contains little of importance doesn’t mean it’s not good. In fact as a stand alone book Order of the Phoenix is quite possibly my favourite. I really enjoy reading about DA (yes DA not the DA, that would mean the Dumbledore’s Army, which makes no sense). I love hating Umbridge, in the same way I liked hating Snape in the early books, it actually makes her a really entertaining character. Oh and Fred and George’s antics in this book are a favourite bit too, especially the ‘Give her hell from us Peeves’. Awesome. I wish there were more fights like the one between Voldemort and Dumbledore too. The battles are good but you never see that expanse of magic again, and haven’t before. Oh and the introduction of Luna who is my very favourite character.
Plus you know this is the book which really introduced me to Harry Potter fandom. There is no greater praise.