A darker shade of gray
Harry potter has once again managed to foil my best laid plans to read his story slowly and savor each chapter. from the very start i found myself sucked into the quidditch world cup, the hints of you-know-who's eminent return, and the red-herrings as to who was on which side. ... those that claim that the book is darker need to look at the facts as they stand: harry's parents are dead. many wizards did not survive voldemort's first reign. there are plenty who would be happy to see the dark days return. none of those is a bright happy thing. the point is that j.k rowling has given us a character that uses his abilities and morals for good, not evil, despite the "darkness" around him. overall, the 4th book takes harry (and the reader) on a more intense emotional roller coaster, complete with thrills and chills. i for one cannot wait until the next train leaves the station!