YAY! I got through three of the Harry Potter books! The first two were difficult, mainly, I think, because I had read them before (in parts) and I remembered the story too well.
While I took my time with this one, I did enjoy it and there's hope yet for me finishing my Harry Potter challenge.
I feel weird explaining this story because I think I am the only person in the world who has yet to read the series so I'll be brief.
Sirius Black is a convicted murderer, who betrayed Harry Potter's family and ultimately, caused their deaths. He escapes from the most notorious prison for wizards and the hunt is on for him, before he reaches Harry Potter.
The antics that Harry, Ron and Hermione go through, while avoiding Sirius Black, looking for him, or helping Hagrid and his Buckbeak, is what makes these stories so enjoyable. I absolutely love Hermione and her transformation into the rule-breaking gal she is in this book.
The story still seems pretty lightweight in terms of violence and darkness. I know it will get darker and darker and I look forward to that but it is kind of nice that there is a silver lining at the end of this one.
I suspected that Black was not the bad man they made him out to be. I was *so* happy that he was going to take over Harry for the summer's and then I almost freaked when I thought he was going to be killed. What truly surprised me was Scabbers, which was a great little twist since he'd been a part of the series from the beginning. I LOVED IT!