I remember picking this one up a few days ago. The premise and the first chapter were really good, but I couldn't hold interest after that. Looking back, it would have made more sense to use his influence to gather support first, before jumping into this Dark Lord business right away. I expected more planning and action. If you're going to give up your status as the world's hero to become the villain, you might as well do it right. Harry's goal was to restructure the whole social order, but everything he's done up until this point has fallen short. Once again, I think it was the great start and the resulting failure to follow through that's causing so much disappointment. The gradual descent into darkness is there, and it's done fairly well, but everything else doesn't seem to fit. Despite this, it's not a bad story by any means. It just hasn't lived up to the hype of the beginning. 3/5.