Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Discussion Questions

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Allowing time for open discussion can help students process what they have read. The discussion questions offered here will engage your students in all aspects of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Discussing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is J.K. Rowling's fifth book in the series. The battle between the forces of good and evil is strengthening and there seem to be people out to get Harry around every corner.

Your upper middle school and high school students will be enthralled with the book. Due to some very difficult concepts, violence, and dark themes, you may want to use discretion when choosing to allow students to discuss this book amongst themselves.

Symbolism and Other Literary Tools

  • The phoenix is a bird that burns to ashes at the end of its life only to be reborn from those very same ashes.
    • Discuss what the name Order of the Phoenix symbolizes in the book.
    • Is this accidental symbolism or intentional? Why do you think so?
  • Do you think there is any symbolism in the manner in which Delores Umbridge treats her students (especially Harry)?
    • What does she symbolize in the greater story?
  • Discuss the forming of the D.A.
    • Why did the students form this group?
    • What possible symbolism is in the naming of the group?
  • The Black home is a metaphor for prison for Sirius Black.
    • Discuss the veracity of this statement.
    • Give examples of why it is true or untrue.
  • What important lesson about life at Hogwarts can be learned from the sorting hat's song?
    • Do you think that you would have paid enough attention to the words of the hat to learn the lesson it was trying to give if you were a student at Hogwarts?
    • Do you see any evidence that the students of Hogwarts have heeded the message of the hat?
  • Discuss the irony of Voldemort ensuring that the prophecy about the 'boy born in July' would come true with his actions designed to prevent the prophecy from coming true.
    • Do you think it is possible to change destiny?
    • Do you believe in destiny and/or prophecy?

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