Reading Journal Entry: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'm brushing up on my Harry in preparation for this week's release of book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I listened to the audio version read by Jim Dale, who is a genius. Seriously, the Harry Potter audio books are the best I have ever listened to. His performance is superb, and if you've watched the movies, you can really tell how his voices influenced the actors portraying the characters.

I like the Harry Potter books a lot. Every time I start thinking that Rowling is just writing cute kid's books she surprises me....the structure of the books is excellent. Everything ties together and into the emotional climax/conclusion. I'm impressed that she dealt with a difficult subject (death) in such a mature, thorough way.

In sum, buy it. And then buy the next one.

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