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The fifth Harry Potter book is my favorite, chiefly on account of its representation of the Wizard system of government. Harry's endless struggles with the Ministry of Magic -- some humorously bureaucratic, some downright nasty -- and the attitude he developes toward the Ministry give the book a very rebellious and anarchistic tone. I think it's an important aspect of the broader story and it's clear that J. K. Rowling isn't a big fan of government.

However, I don't think this observation merits an entire law review article published by one of the nation's top law schools. And the fact that the author is a real-life law professor who looks like he's on his way to a sorority formal just embitters me even more.

And while we're on the subject, I will happily read the seventh Harry Potter book, knowing full well that it may be as lousy as the sixth, but under no circumstances will I allow Harry Potter and the Law into my home or office.


Order of the Phoenix 4evah!

Re-reading the books for the fourth time, it's interesting how much Book 2 suffers on re-reads, while Book 4 gets relatively better. Book 3 is still the lodestar of the series, but Book 5 is really the masterwork in terms of writing and characterization.

Book 6 is a nightmare. I call it Everwarts, or possibly Dawson's Castle.

Hey! I resemble that remark!

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