This book is my all-time favorite of the series, which is saying something because I've read the series over 14 times! It's my favorite because it's Harry and his friends against the world; and if that's not enough, you throw in a creepy, bigoted, obsessive little woman who looks like a toad and talks with the voice of a 7th grade school girl. That right there makes for an excellent story!
* Rowling brings out a wonderful plot, with unexpected twists and turns!
* The characters are so life-like that I feel like I'm standing there, talking to the characters themselves!