What can I say? This series just keeps getting better and better, and according to a couple of my booklikey friends, BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants, Line Bookaholic and SilverThistle, the third is even better. Thanks fellow Booklikers. Since I’m already on that book, I’m pretty damn eager to read.
This one starts off during the summer with Harry spending the holiday in the home of his mean relatives, the Dursleys. I always feel really bad for Harry when he spends time with them and wish someone would do something to help him out. Luckily for me my wish was granted when Harry’s friend Ron arrives with his brothers to extricate him from the home. I still worry about him going back there at the end of every book. Crazy, I know!
After that we’re back to the familiar, but never dull, school of wizardry, Hogwarts. I’m not at all bored with this familiar setting, and don’t think I ever will be. Here Harry again gets caught up in a sticky situation, his best friends Ron and Hermione never far behind.
I didn’t think it was possible to enjoy this one more than the last, but I did. I think it was a mixture of the familiarity, the fact that I felt like I was seeing friends again, and the more substantial plot that did it. Things moved at a slightly quicker pace in this one and I loved the edition of a new character, Mr Lockhart. J K Rowling seems to be able to infuse character, humour, adult themes and a lighhearted story, with just the right amount of tension, perfectly. Even though the book is steeped in fantasy, there’s a real feeling of plausibility to the story, which makes it highly readable for young and old alike.
Anyway, happy reading everyone, I’m off to Hogwarts again!