i agree, heather, this book starts to recognize more that adults are reading as well as kids. i thought it was great how she phonetically wrote out hermione's name twice for us americans that wouldn't know how to pronounce it otherwise (myself included). and i loved how prejudice kept coming up throughout the book, and how hermione wouldn't let that issue go.alright, people. a quick explanation - if i like a book, it gets 2 or 3 stars. it has to be fantastic to get more than that. most books will get 2 stars, that's not negative, ok? i am enjoying this series, finding it fun and engaging. the endings are all exciting and page turning, but the lead-up hasn't been in any of the books yet. these are good books, don't get me wrong, and i'm looking forward to what comes next in book 5, even though i know it will follow the same pattern.