Late last night, I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

You know, it’s hard to argue with success, and Rowling has gone from being a struggling single mom to being richer than the Queen on the strength of this continuing story. But I can’t help thinking this would have been a better book had it been about a third shorter.

UPDATE: My wife reminds me I said the same thing about Goblet of Fire. Yeah, well, ok. Make it one-half. (C’mon, it’s not like she’s being paid by the word.)