I remember reading this of the first time and feeling rather apprehensive. Harry didn't feel like his usual self. In fact, he was behaving like a bit of a tool. Yelling at people, throwing tantrums and just behaving a lot more childishly than he usually would.
Then I realised - Harry is growing up. He has become an adolescent, and those angsty traits are starting to kick in. I think Phineas Nigellus hit the nail on the head when he said that he hated teaching because the students always thought that they knew best. Harry is so used to everything being about him, he starts throwing tantrums when he feels left out. He no longer trusts those adults that have assisted him the past. His childish behaviour just shows that he is getting older.
The other great thing about this book is that it is really when the story really become more complex. We are well and truly being given insights into the true nature of the relationship between Harry and Voldemort. There are more and more clues and things to figure out. The story starts becoming more adult in a lot of ways, especially with the evil nature of Professor Umbridge and the adult ways in which she deals with the students.
The death of Sirius is of course sad, but it seems fitting somehow. It gives us a real glimpse of the true danger to come.
Another great book in the Harry Potter series.
What kind of read is this?
It is a kids book so it is very easy to read, but it is magical.
Do I recommend this book?
Do I recommend that you buy this book?
What do you think? Did you see a noticeable change in Harry in this book as compared to the earlier ones? What do you think is responsible for this change?