"Hang on," he said. "Gotta get my quidditch costume. I mean
uniform. I mean welters."
Fairy tale references aside, this is definitely not a children's book. It's about the darkest possibilities of magic. While there are plenty of delightful little magical images and tricks (love the part when the students are transformed into geese, and the author's descriptions of how a goose feels and thinks), much of the book is grim, sly, cunning and occassionally even shocking. (At one point I actually gasped and said, "Holy shit!" out loud while reading. Ladylike!) This darkness reminded me a little of Wicked and the other Gregory Maguire books.