Something occurred to me as I was reading this one: in the course of their education at Hogwarts, Harry and his wizard chums never actually study English or Maths. Nor do they study Science, or History. They do study History of Magic, but not the sort of History that would teach you things like why the Second World War happened and how to avoid it happening again. They do have a thing called Muggle studies, which I thought might be all of that, but the several details mentioned about the course in this book reveal that it is a sociological study of how normal people live day-to-day lives, not anything more in-depth than that.
So, to sum up: Hogwarts trains children in the arts of magic, then sends these unbelievably powerful beings out into the world with a reading age of eleven and the world-view of a pre-teen.
Am I the only one who thinks that’s not a very good idea…?
Oh yeah, there was a story. It was alright. Much the same as the first two, y’know.