A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? It’s not just the upcoming O.W.L. exams; a new teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a venomous, disgruntled house-elf; or even the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Now Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. This gorgeous new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone features a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré.
Like so many others, I’m a big fan of Harry Potter. The fifth book is particularly fascinating because, for the first time in the series, you just want to yell at Harry sometimes. In book five, Harry feels like the world is against him. He fights with his friends (okay, this isn’t the first book with fighting among the trio of friends), fights with Snape (again, nothing new), and even lashes out at Dumbledore. I think the book captures marvelously the nobody-gets-me attitude so often stereotyped upon teenagers. The book gives you a chance to remember what it’s like to feel upset at times without really understanding why you’re upset.
More generally, the Order of the Phoenix is chock full of the fun, adventure, magic, mystery and fantasy we love from the wizarding world. After a nightmarish escape from the graveyard where Tom Riddle lies in his now-disturbed tomb after Voldemort is returned to his able, physical form, Harry struggles to understand why the wizarding world seems to go silent over the summer. He doesn’t hear from his friends, Sirius, or anyone else over the summer, and it isn’t until he has nearly returned to Hogwarts that he learns the wizarding world has turned against him. Harry has to struggle through the school year as friends and classmates, once loyal, ridicule him. The book culminates with an intense, energizing duel, the first real display of large-scale good vs. bad dueling between the wizards fighting with Harry and the death eaters sent to destroy him.