Reading level: Ages 9-12,At the least, book six in the Harry Potter series does what it needs to: it moves the characters along in their personal and magical development; it fills in some previous gaps of knowledge; especially with regard to Voldemort's past; it continues to raise the level of urgency and danger as previous books have, it adds a few more mysteries/cliffhangers; and it ends with a clear pointing toward a final climactic battle.Harry is now sixteen and has been devastated with the lost of his godfather from the previous year. Regardless, he trugs on. Afterall, he still has his friends (Ron and Hermonie), Hagrid, and Dumbledoor. Book six begins with Dumbledoor collecting Harry over the summer (quite strange--to say the least). Dumbledoor tells Harry of his inheritance from his godfather and that he would like to give Harry private lessons in addition to his normal classes at Hogwarts. Harry, of course, agrees. This year is especially dangerous for all witches and wizards everywhere, because now it is known by all that Voldermort has return with his Death Eaters. While Death Eaters create a rampange throughout the countryside, Harry overhears Malfoy's secret converstations with a curator well known for dabbling in the dark arts. Harry is certain that Malfoy is now a Death Eater like his father. Only no one will take him seriously. The story continues in this vein. Harry helping and discovering Dumbledoor's secrets, following and spying on Malfoy, and then there is the teenage romance that seems to involve Harry, as well as, all his friends.