Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Personal Library
Description: Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected . . . (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: At one point, I wanted quit reading it, as I felt that Harry was getting too petulant for my liking, but somewhere I remember that being 15 was no easy feat and was probably one of the hardest years I had to go through and gave Harry a bit of slack and understanding. As for the story, it probably is the darkest book of the series, as it touches upon things that are significant in the final two books of the series. It also shows how far the Ministry of Magic will go to cover up the fact that He Who Must Not Be Named is back (love the line in the movie when Fudge realizes that he is back; its simple but very effective).
Speaking of the movie, if they were going to include most of the stuff in the book, it would have taken either a very long movie (probably about 3 hours) or at least 2 different movies. And yes I realize that some people really don't like the fifth movie in the franchise (I saw the movie about 20 times in the summer it came out; I was bored and couldn't find another movie that captured me enough to see it).
Anyways, the book does a good job in showing the paranoia that was starting to envelope the wizard world and that they would do anything to make sure that bad news didn't leak out.
Bottom line: It wasn't my favourite book in the Harry Potter series, but it was probably the book in the series that moved the storyline along the most, in that the reality that Voldemort is back is starting to have its true impact. Interesting themes of censorship, absolute power, etc. Highly recommended.
Pages for 2013: 15,626