[Was that too melodramatic? Sue me 😉 ]
J. K. Rowling pulls herself together and delivers a riveting read, with many of the weaknesses from the second book stamped out. Gone is the totally obvious formula, gone are the long periods of boredom. We have a gripping story about Harry and his friends, and another bunch of new and weird adults. We have touching moments and thrilling scenes. More background history is revealed, and Harry gets to learn more about his past.
Well worth reading, as good as the first one, and ever-so-slightly more mature. Roll on book four.