Jaimee wanted to read it first, and my summer class takes up most of reading time during the week, so I wasn't able to put the nail in Harry Potter
#6's coffin until earlier this morning. On a point-by-point basis, for most of the book I actually thought Order of the Phoenix
was better, and #5 may in fact be the better read overall -- but the last hundred or so pages of Half-Blood Prince
are far superior to everything else Rowling's written so far.
There's really nothing else I can say about this without spoiling plot twists, so until the Supreme Court issues its definitive decision on book-spoiler waiting periods (one trimester? two
trimesters?) I'll just cut it off here and just direct you to absolutely the best Harry Potter site on the 'net, Weasley is Our King
(previously blogged here
), which quite persuasively argues that Dumbledore is in fact a time-traveling Ron Weasley, marooned in the past and grown old.UPDATE
: But if you're aching for more Harry Potter in your life, and you've either read the sixth book or just don't care about spoilers, I suppose there are worse things you could do with your life than read this [SPOILER LADEN] three-part interview [/SPOILER LADEN]
with J.K. Rowling herself. Most interesting fact? She spends a lot of time lurking in Harry Potter fansites, which seems like a very bad place for the author to hang out.
For anyone to hang out, really.