Rated of 5
Ok, I gave this book a '4' for several reasons. It was good, really. But I felt her writing style got a little on the sloppy side. It read like an 6th grade level book through out the entire thing. I can't really give this book a 5 because this was a 'transitional' book, meaning, this was the book mainliy comprised of charcter development, plot hints, etc etc so I knew from the start it would only be 'so' exciting. The quidditch games weren't exciting at all, in fact the longest game was what? 2... 3 pages?
The thing that 'really' got me where the characters! Harry acted like a little ninny the ENTIRE book, if he wasn't moping, he was whining, if he wasn't whining, he was totally oblivious as to what was going on. The Aunt was 'helpful' to Harry, the uncle was just odd, and the nephew went from annoyance to thug?!
I'm going to try to make this next point without spoiling anything. I'm sure everyone knows that 'someone' dies in the book. Well when the time comes for X to die, it lasts all of one paragraph and I'm like "... that's it?!" So far as I can tell, I'm the only one who feels like this, but still...
All in all it was a good book, but after a three year wait... I expected more.