Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
From the Publisher
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling, the
fifth in the bestselling series has been scheduled for release on
Saturday, June 21, 2003.
"We are thrilled to announce the publication date. Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix is absolutely superb and will delight
all J.K. Rowling's fans. She has written a brilliant and utterly
compelling new adventure, which begins with the words:
"The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close
and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet
Drive.... The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was
lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four.
"Later in the novel, J.K. Rowling writes:
"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.'
-Barbara Marcus, President of Scholastic Children's Books in the
United States, and Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words
compared with over 191,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet
of Fire. The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire.