I’m listening to these all in order, and already things are getting blurred together. The stories are great, entertaining, not too childish, decent characters, funny moments. Pretty much everything I expect from a wands and wizards type story.
I also appreciate that the book doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has some fun with the specifics – maybe a bit over the top on one hand, but still quite entertaining. Flying car, whomping willow, herd of giant spiders – all great things that tie in to later books and it’s nice to remember where they got their start.
So – Gilderoy Lockhart. OMG, I wish worse things had happened to him. Probably my least favourite character anywhere, and partly because Dumbledore must have known how much of a true idiot he was when he put him in from of the students. And the school is worried about what kind of teachers are teaching their students, he was by far the worse – though Hermione’s complete airheadedness when it comes ot him must be some indication that he has a bafflement spell on himself or something to befuddle people.
Overall plot of this book – great. Mystery that kept you guessing for a while – total twist at the end that I’m not going to ruin for anyone, and an overall compelling heroic story at the very end. A bold triumph of good over evil (of course).
Favourite character in this book is Dobbie, how can you not love him?
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”