Psst! Don’t tell my wife. I finished the last HP book without her.
It’s been seven years of reading since the summer I first gobbled down books one through four. I enjoyed this story. Very much. One howling editing error–a day in the narrative that seemed to last about an hour or two, but otherwise it is a good book and a great read.
To me, Prisoner of Azkaban still stands as the zenith of the series for its plotting, pace, and sheer surprise. I’ll need to digest book seven a bit before I decide where it sits in the Potter pantheon.
I think I’d rate the series in order: 3, 6, 4, 5, 1, 2.