I'd just like to mention that I had seen the movie many times before actually reading the book. I never planned on reading any of the Harry Potter books, because I was quite happy with the movies, but did so on my cousins request and how she thought, for me loving the movies, it'd be important to read the books to understand the characters more in-depth. Out of the first six, this one took my the least amount of time to read. I must say, I do like the difference there are in this book compared to the movie. After reading this book, I do see certain characters, such as Draco Malfoy, in a different light, and I really do enjoy the emotions J.K. Rowling's writing makes you feel, almost as if you're the character rather then a spectator. HBP is definitively my second favorite in the series, after POA. 6 out of 5 stars for sure.