This is the fifth book in the series and everyone will have made up there mind about Harry Potter by this point. I personally think that the books slowly improve as they go along. They also move away from Children's lit and into YA. This book is quite long and should have had 100 to 200 pages removed from it. It continues to be a strange mix of darker elements and sillier elements, but Rowling brings it off because her prose goes down smoothly. Not a masterpiece by any means, but a nice distraction from more challenging stuff.