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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 31, 2010

really liked it

If you're a fan of Dianna Wynne Jones, you may find the first book enjoyable but bordering on pastiche. It's very similar to the Chrestomanci world. That said, it's a fun read and leads you into a world that DWJ fans would find familiar and interesting. The second book, Chamber of Secrets, is a bit more of the same, also enjoyable. I would give both these books maybe 3 1/2 stars. It's not until you read Prisoner of Azkaban that Harry Potter really comes into its own. This is where the world starts getting a lot darker and more complicated, and the DWJ comparison starts to fade away. Where DWJ's books often sticks closely to their junior fiction roots, Harry Potter in the third book starts to break away and verge into Young Adult territory, with the characters starting to develop a lot more, and Harry's flaws becoming a bit more obvious. He isn't a perfect hero by any means. It was a while ago since I read it but Prisoner of Azkaban remains one of my favourites in the series.
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