I read this book about 10-Nov-2001. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1999. This note was last modified Monday, 01-Mar-2004 11:26:49 PST.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
I read this after the first story in the James Schmitz Agent of Vega collection.
She finally did something with working on the Quidditch balls to take sides. Nobody commented on whether it was common or not, though, and the particular method used was amazingly blatant. And I didn't really see the level of outrage it should have caused. I'm starting to think Rowling doesn't think these things through.
The whole plot of the book falls apart if people had known the previous name of Lord Voldemort, or however it's spelled. The big deal about not saying his name has seemed stupid anyway, and now the big deal of secrecy about his origins seems very stupid; it almost let him come back, which nobody wants.
Once again, the kids keep really important stuff to themselves and fight it through on their own, even though there is good support available from the staff, and a good relationship with the relevant staff members. I wonder how they'll deal with this in the future? Because it's been really clearly demonstrated in this book that Dumbledore is smart and reasonable and would help them get the right things to happen; there's really no excuse to distrust him after this.
So, fun and fast moving, but doesn't really stand up very well to serious consideration.