A Reader posted a review at 2008-11-12 04:04:27.
I guess if Disney can romanticize 18th century pirates to the point of making them palatable enough to star in a blockbuster trilogy, it is no surprised that Rowling could present so favorable a fairytale world of witches and men. That said, I liked the book a lot and probably would have liked it more had I not seen the movie on television about five years ago.
High points: great characters, humor, irony.
Mid-points: it is almost too easy for Harry -as though everyone else (with the notable exception of you-know-who and Dumbledore) in the world of spells and magic is pretty impotent. There were very few times when I really wondered if he was really going to make it. Then again, this could be because I had seen at least some of it on TV ):
Finally, I do not recommend turning to witchcraft to escape your depressing life. Life can and will hurt. While it may seem like a good idea to get an edge on things by "bending the rules", that road is wide and it leads to destruction.