Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry Potter, Book 5

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Rowling mixes up a more intense brew in fifth book.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 134 reviews

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age 10+

The Order of the Phoenix is More Intense Than Previous Books

Now, this book is more intense, especially towards the end. References of the death in the previous book, The Goblet of Fire, is mentioned a lot, and there is also a place where a lot of boyfriends and girlfriends are kissing (snogging), but not as graphic as the sixth book in the series, The Half Blood Prince. There is a major death towards the end, and cruelty by a Hogwarts teacher him or herself, who is seemingly evil and is hated, which makes two students leave for the year because of them. A character is mean and mocks, and this character is also the person who kills the person who is described as the 'major death' in this book. It does teach you some new words, has violence, has the D-word and the word 'hell', and has little educational value, but has plenty of positive role models that might just even it up.
age 13+

Good, violent but not gory!

This movie had a few times of violence. A character is bit by a snake but not with much detail (almost none). It is implied that he bled but not said. There are only 2 uses of d*m. There is a part when Harry is in intense pain but there is little violence described. Overall there is violence but not much described (in a gory way) very little blood. I said all instances of the more major violence. *Spoiler*- Sirius Black dies! It is a sad moment but no blood and no gory,

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