My girls are getting read the Potter series. I read them years ago and am enjoying rereading the series, this time out loud. (The girls are 7 and 5.)
I totally agree with ollyoxenfree about the weak motivation for Voldemort, which was a big complaint in both the book and the movie-- especially in the movie! The best I can ascertain is that Voldemort is overly obsessed with Harry Potter as his character flaw (not on Rowlings' part. Throughout the books Voldemort is brought down by his own obsession with Harry.)
In the end, as much fun as it was to read Phoenix, it is my least favorite book. I felt cheated in the end. I read it ravenously even though Rowling needed the editor to whack her upside the head, and the ending left me underwhelmed. It was, however, merely the dimmest of an incredibly rich series. Half-Blood Prince was fantastic, in my opinion, and Deathly Hallows held its own right to the very end (I won't say any more!) Rowling managed to finish the series with the entire world breathing down her back, and she did it superbly.
So, if you are enjoying Phoenix, then you are in for a treat for the rest of the series.
My dh and I finished watching the movies. I've always been just a hair disappointed in the movies as wonderful as they are. I think mainly because the way the stories are pared down doesn't always meet with my approval. However, we as a family are having a blast with both the books and the movies. We just finished my favorite (book and movie) Prisoner of Azkaban.
Edited by SweetSilver - 2/4/12 at 9:02pm