The fifth book in the Harry Potter series proves to be the most detailed and action packed. In this installment, Harry finds himself to be at one with Lord Voldemart's (He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) thoughts. Harry begins having prophetic dreams, which are later revealed to be Lord Voldemart's plans.
Harry also begins dating in this novel. His longtime crush, Cho,returns his affections. However, there's only one problem, Cho happens to be the former girlfriend of Cedric, Harry's friend who was murdered by Lord Voldemort. Harry may be able to make himself invisible, but even wizards have problems understanding members of the opposite sex.
While most of the characters are returning players in the series, we are introduced to Ministry of Magic undersecretary Dolores Umbridge, the phony and dangerous teacher who takes over the trusted Dumbledore's position.
Sirus Black, Harry's godfather, returns to help the Order of the Phoenix, but he is forced to remain inside his family home since he is a wanted criminal. Sirus's support gives Harry the closest thing to a family that he has ever had.
This fifth book in the series is the most detailed. While the media reports have toted the death of a "major player" to be the big story here, the real story lies within the clues that are dropped by the author. We finally learn the truth behind Harry's scar and why it throbs when Voldemort is near. We also learn why Professor Snape despises Harry's father so much as he sees how his father treated Snape when they were teens.
The much talked about death is handled carefully and realistically as Harry questions whether or not he'll be able to see his deceased friend again since ghosts like Headless Nick frequent Hogworts school. The author lets the finality of death sink into Harry's conscious as he realizes that his friend will not be coming back.
This book is a must for Harry Potter fans. While it is the longest book in the series, it does not disappoint the reader with its roller coaster ride ending and the heartbreaking, yet touching conclusion. J.K. Rowling has remained true to her characters as she has let them grow older while still maintaining their original personalities and integrity.