Now that summer is going away and I'm starting to get back all of my energy and inspiration and general enthusiasm, I went searching for one of my most favorite, most banal, most fangirl-y things: 30 Day LJ Challenges. And I've stumbled across a Harry Potter one which I cannot let myself pass up in good conscience.
( Here's the meme in all its glory. )
Your favourite of the 7 books.
After some deliberation after reading DH, I decided that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ranked the top of my list by the barest margin. I've said this in other places so I'll be brief: it's a wonderful transistional novel from the lighter and softer magical adventures of the first three books to the more mature content of the later novels--notably, we get our first death in this one, which was quite a shock to nine-year-old me. It's the novel in which the wizarding world expands beyond what little Harry has seen and the political elements of the series are finally given exercise. Most importantly, it puts the lessons in magic that Harry has learned to their first practical uses, namely the Triwizard tournament and the graveyard duel with Voldemort.
Also, I really liked the Quidditch World Cup.