First, here is what was going through my head most of the time while listening...
~This is the first book where I thought Harry was a complete butt. He was whiny and rude to Ron and Hermione in the beginning, middle and end. And he was a jerk (or typical 15 year old) towards Dumbledore at the end (when he was explaining everything).
~Who hurt Hedgwig? Was it Umbridge while checking the mail? Its never really explained...
~For me, a lot of what Umbridge was doing, with her Educational Decrees, reminded me a lot of what is happening in education today---the feeling of control being taken away, having to teach in ways that we don't agree with / subject matter that we dont agree with, etc. And by someone who doesn't have a background in education! I think that's what gets me the most!
~Aaron brought up that this was the first book for him that made him see why the Sorting Hat wanted to put Harry in Slytherin.
~We also agreed that we would have liked to have seen, and there were a few opportunities for it, Draco and Harry as being portrayed as different sides to the same coin. Dark and light. The hero and the anti-hero.
What do you think? Do you have any deep thoughts on Harry Potter?