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Genre: Series (Harry Potter, book #3)
Start Date: May 30, 2011
Finished Date: June 6, 2011 (7 days)
Where Found: Birthday gift (the first 4 books)
Why Read: Re-reading for fun & to finish off the series
Summary: In his 3rd year at Hogwarts, Harry is threatened by the escaped convict Sirius Black, a former follower of Voldemort, while discovering more secrets about his parents' past.
I had forgotten how much darker this book is than the first two in the Harry Potter series. Murder, capital punishment...but then there's a flying griffin, a secret passage to a candy store, mysterious happenings with Hermione, and a nail-biting Quidditch championship to lighten the load.
From the beginning, I could remember why this book was not my favourite of the three. It does take some time to get the plot rolling, then at about the time where *spoiler* (highlight here: the Fat Lady portrait gets slashed), the story breezes on to a fantastic finish, more than making up for what seemed to me to be a bit of a sluggish start. Then again, everything prior to the spoiler incident above was intentional and comes into play later on. So maybe it was just me & my impatience :)
What I loved most about book #3, and forgive the cliche, is the thickening of the plot. There is much more risk and even greater reward. The chapter covering the Quidditch match was written with great excitement and was exhilarating to read. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are getting a little more mature with age, a little less trusting (at least immediately) of new faces at Hogwarts given their past encounters, and even more secrets of the school & Harry's parents come to light.
So far, 3 down, 4 to go with the series. I haven't read The Goblet of Fire before, so I can't wait to dive into it as many bloggers count it among their favourites of the series. I would count Prisoner of Azkaban as my 2nd favourite so far. It was better than The Chamber of Secrets but still doesn't have the same effect for me as The Philosopher's Stone.
Rank: (A)- Excellent, Highly Recommend