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My review is on behalf of ALL of the Harry Potter books and thats why my opinion is on a 50/50 split on all of the books in the series... The first book (Philosophers Stone) I have to admit was a really good book. it kept me hooked on right until the end, but then as the series went on the books started to swoop a little around the prisoner of azkaban and so i gave up reading them for a while it was only recently when someone told me that the books actually get better if i just hold on and keep reading that i forced myself to carry on reading... And suprise!! they actually did get better! i guess what stopped me liking them was that it seemed to get quite repetitive and boring with the same character and just generally predictable with the story line...but i have to hand it to the author it's a hard book to write.
This review is mainly on the series as a whole of the Harry Potter books and is not necessarily specific to this set, though I do own the book set, with seven aswell. I have been a Harry Potter fan for what feels like all my life. I have probably grown up in what as known as the Harry Potter generation and I was 6 when I went to see the first movie, from then on I was hooked, it was something very different to other movies and one that managed to captivate the whole audience. After seeing that movie I decided to go and purchase the book and having always loved reading from an early stage I could not wait to get started! I know that Harry Potter can sometimes be a controversial subject (though not nearly as far as controversial as that of Twilight), however, I really love the series of book and therefore this review will only be my opinion. I doubt I will be able to do the books justice, but hopefully change some people's minds who have never yet read the books. You can buy the books separately, in many different languages and also in sets, which although I got mine separately I have now also purchased a set. The sets come in a box set and can cost between £40 and £100 new, though can often be picked up cheaper second hand. I personally prefer buying the sets opposed to buying them separately as they all have the same style over and then will all come in either hardback or paperback. When bought in sets they all come in something handy in which you can display the books in, whether it be a small bookshelf like tidy away where you can slide the books into, or an old fashioned parcel type box in which you store the books. I do find that due to these items in which you are able to store the books being made or cardboard they can sometimes wear slightly in the corners and begin to peel. Nonetheless I find it stores the books well and keeps them looking neat and tidy. The particular set shown in the photo is the 'Adult version' set, which just means the front covers of the books are a little more 'grown up' and do not have the same sketchings of the characters as many of the other books do. Despite them being called an adult version, the book itself is exactly the same and the front covers are nothing that would be unsuitable for younger children they just have a lot of darker colours and are not as fun looking. The books themselves now are available in a host of languages from English and Latin to Welsh, Irish and Ancient Greek. The cost of the books retail from £5.99 to £17.99 each, so I do think it is worth buying them in a set if you are planning on purchasing them all. Though, of course you can pick them up much cheaper second hand. Where it all begins... This fist book is the beginning of the story and when we are first introduced to the wizarding world. It starts of with Dumbledore (Headmaster/Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizarding) delivering a baby Harry Potter to his muggle (non magical) Aunt and Uncle. It is very early on in the story that we learn his Aunt and Uncle begrudge having Harry dearly and devote all their time and attention on their own son, Dudley. Harry is perhaps most famous for living in the cupboard under the stairs (hence the neglect from his Aunt and Uncle) and the lightening bolt scar left on his forehead left by none other than a very dark wizard after he had murders Harry's parents. The story continues as we learn that Harry is infact a wizard and through his trials and dilemmas at his new school Hogwarts; it is here that he meets his best friends Ron and Hermione after being sorted into the same house- Gryffindor. This story is based around the idea of the Philosopher's stone and Harry's fight to find it before Voldemort... Having recently reread this story I have a very different view on it to the first time I had read it. The first time I read Harry Potter I was totally captivated by every sentence and truly believed I was part of this magical world with Harry. I thought that the story was very well developed with witty humour and some darker moments. Now, having read it again at 17 my thoughts have slightly changed. I still do believe the story to be magical and I am just as mesmerised by it when I read it at the age of 6/7, yet I now feel that this story is perhaps a way of laying the grounds for the next books. I believe this because although the book itself still captivates me, I feel that the story line is not quite as good as some of the others. This is because I believe that this book is a way of introducing all the characters and setting the scene, without revealing too many secrets that will be revealed in coming books. I do think that the storyline is still very strong (hence why it is such a well known book) but after reading the other books I don't feel the storyline is as strong. This is of course just my personal view and I am not saying that I disliked the book in anyway and would more than happily read it again. After reading the first book in the series we are now well aware of some of the main characters: Harry Potter- I think even people who have never read the books or have seen the movies know his name! He is of course the hero, yet still has humble characteristics and when finding himself thrust into a world where he is famous we see that he would much rather not be famous and simply have his famous. We also learn that having his parents killed by Voldemort has made him the evermore determined hero and in some ways, slightly fearless. Ron Weasley- Harry Potter's best friend. He is somewhat Harry's sidekick and seeks much that he has and in someways are opposites. Ron is often shadowed by Harry and would wish for nothing more than to be famous and be portrayed as the hero, yet is often cowardly, yet remains a true friend all the same. Harry in some ways envies Ron for having a large loving family- something which Harry has never known. Ron often provides wit and comedy throughout the novels, often at his own expense; hence making him my favourite character. Hermione Granger- Hermione is the more serious character. It is her aim to achieve well in school and to stick to the rules as best as possible; which is often hard having Ron and Harry as best friends. Despite this, she is often the brains behind the wild ideas of Harry and Ron so in that way seeks adventure as much as them. Draco Malfoy- Your average villain. After his first meeting on the train with Harry they become enemies and have a mutual dislike/hatred. He is sorted into the Slytherin house which have a well known dislike for Gryffindors. Dumbledore- Perhaps the most loveable character and is the sense of reason. As headmaster at Hogwarts he tries to ensure safety of his students at all times, though this is often hard and although he shouldn't, he does have favourite pupils; such as that of Harry Potter. Lord Voldemort- A dark wizard who most fear and will not speak his name. As a reader we immediately form a dislike for him after finding out he murdered Harry's parents. Though these are the main characters, there are others in which that form large role in this story as in the following, such as that of Rubeus Hagrid, the game keeper at Hogwarts who Harry, Ron and Hermione form an instant bond with and that of Severus Snape, who Harry takes an instant dislike to. Chamber of Secrets- The second book in the series. Here the story develops more and has some slightly darker, more sinister roots to it which again captivate the audience. Here, Harry is forced to face Lord Voldemort once again- though Lord Voldemort is not quite himself. As students as Hogwarts are being petrified and there are mysterious goings on, Harry and his friends realise they must try and put a stop to it otherwise 'history will repeat itself'. Through this story we watch the bonds of friendship (which is ultimately a key theme in the Harry Potter books) between Harry, Ron and Hermione grow stronger as they begin to rely on one another more. This book also introduces Ginny Weasly, Ron's younger brother, along with Professor Lockhart who provides some wit throughout the story with his appalling teaching. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a much bigger step up in terms of the storyline from that of Philsopher's stone. It definitely has some darker elements to it, which will appeal to a slightly older audience, yet they are still mild enough for younger readers. In this book we learn a little more about both Harry's and Lord Voldemort's past, hence developing the storyline further. This is another very enjoyable book in the series and the magical world was just as illuminating and 'new' in this book as it was in the first. Prisoner of Azkaban- The third book in the series and is one of my favourites. This book follows Harry and his friends through his third year at Hogwarts. Harry thinks he sees the 'Grim' (a black dog like animal) before returning to Hogwarts this year and so is slightly dubious as to what the year has in for him. Through different lessons and trials that Harry has to go through we soon realise that this may not be the easiest year for him and with some lives lost, can he and Hermione go back in time in order to resolve them? This book is one of my favourites as it is the first book that I read where I noticed some real dark tones in it, which made the book both exciting and enjoyable to read, with a sense of something more. These dark tones were through the use of more characters, such as the dementors (terrifying, black cloaked creatures who suck out all of the happiness), an escapee from the wizarding prison- Azkaban and the 'most haunted place' the Shrieking Shack. I really enjoyed this book and though it was dark, it still had the same elements of surprise, wit and magic throughout the book which meant the dark tones did not detract from the magicalness of the story. Again, this book develops the story a bit further in which we learn some interesting facts about Harry's past and the murder of his parents. Goblet of Fire- This is the fourth book in the series and in this book we follow Harry through the 'Triwizard Tournament' in which he has been entered underage (causing much uproar) by someone other than himself. In this book Harry will again have to fight Voldemort alone- but will people believe that he has returned? This book truly tests the limits of friendship as Ron becomes increasingly envious of Harry and at one point in the novel their friendship is really jeopardised by this jealousy. I must say, for some reason I watched the movie of this before finally getting round to reading the book and found that I was not that bigger fan of the movie, though the different deathly trials delivered adequate entertainment and the introduction of further new characters made the story slightly more intriguing I found the movie quite slow going and it didn't always grab by full attention. I have to say, that the book far exceeded my expectations and was much more gripping and felt a different mixture of emotions whilst reading this book. Whilst there was still the completely magical feeling I got when reading the other books and the thrilling sensation of the dark tones, there was also some sadness in this book, something which I had never much experienced from reading a Harry Potter book before, as although I had sympathized with Harry at the fact he had lost his parents at such a young age I did not feel particularly sad. Order of the Phoenix- Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is considerably different from his previous years, with the threat of being expelled from Hogwarts at the beginning and Hogwarts being under the watchful eye of the Ministry of Magic Harry is left to fight his own battles after being accused of being a liar after saying that Voldemort had returned ad decided to set up his own defence group- Dumbledore's Army- when his new Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher refused to teach the class defensive spells to be used in combat. I was not as keen on this book as some of the others, though parts of it are very important to the story and secrets are revealed surrounding the prophecy made, I feel that some parts are very slow going and it is as if we are left guessing for too long and therefore lose interest. Nonetheless, there were also parts in this story that I really loved and again felt completely mesmerised by, such as the use of Harry setting up his own defence army, which really reflected upon Harry's determination and his role as a hero and the united front of Hogwarts pupils. This book also has some devastating moments in it for Harry, such as the loss of someone who he has grown increasingly close to and as the reader we feel great sadness for him and sympathise with him dearly. Although this was not one of my favourite books, there are some very exciting parts in the book to which continue to grip me, such as the fight and the introduction of new spells which have not yet been in the previous books. Despite the introduction of the new spells, I felt that there could have been a little more magic in this book as it did not feel quite as magical as some of the others, which I think may be why I lost interest in this book at certain points. Nonetheless this story is very pinnacle to Harry's story and is where the prophecy containing both Harry's and Lord Voldemort's future is revealed. Half-Blood Prince- This is Harry's sixth and unbeknown to him final year at Hogwarts school. This book is revolved very much around a dirty, old, scribbled in book in which he has to use in Potions, but soon grows rather attached to after it puts him at the top of the class, much to Hermione's annoyance. It is also around a new teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Slughorn, where it is crucial that Harry retrieves one his memories in order to reveal something about Voldemort's past. New bonds also begin to form in this book, such as that of love and yet deeper bonds of friendship, again being key to the stories as this is something that Lord Voldemort has never really experienced. I really enjoyed this story and it is one of my favourites and I much preferred this book over the previous. I found that there was more wit and humour in this book, yet there were also much darker tones and even greater sadness as one of the main characters is lost. This book is definitely one of the ones that I struggled to put down as every sentence seemed to grip me and had a need to be there, rather than simply being for descriptive or filler purposes. Finding out the secret behind the horcruxes allows yet more excitement from a reads perspective as it highlights the fact that there is yet more to be revealed within these books. I like the fact that J K Rowling added the idea of love more so throughout this book as it is yet another feeling that the audience can relate to and is in great contrast to the feeling of sadness and loss that we feel towards the end of the book. I do feel at points in this book the dark, more sinister tones outway that of the magical points which perhaps makes this book aimed at a slightly older audience compared to that of some of the earlier books. In some cases J K Rowling has been criticised for this, however, in my opinion I think this is just a way of developing the Harry Potter series and for me it made the stories more thrilling and intriguing. Deathly Hallows- And it all ends. In this book the fight is really on between Harry and that of Lord Voldemort and it is a race for Harry to discover and destroy all of the horcruxes before Voldemort figures out what he is doing. Harry, Ron and Hermione do not attend Hogwarts this year in order to seek out the horcruxes and again this puts a real test upon their relationship. They are led back to Hogwarts though after believing there is a horcrux there and there takes place the Battle for Hogwarts and then end doe either Harry or Voldemort. This book had me captivated from the moment I started to read it, knowing that it was the last book in the series I almost wanted to save it as I did not want the series to end. This book does have darker still tones, which are just as gripping. Towards the beginning of the story I did find that I felt at a bit of a loss without Hogwarts- weird I know. I think this was mainly due to the fact that it mainly revolves around the 3 main characters of Harry, Ron and Hermione and through this we lose some of these magical sense of Hogwarts as this extraordinary school. That is not to say I didn't enjoy the book, as I thoroughly did and was once again mesmerised by the use of magic. This book again deals with death and loss and again, as a reader we feel sadness. Though, this book again deals with themes of love and friendship and how strong they can be and when united we are much stronger, which may be the fact that Voldemort did not know how to feel compassion towards others may have been his greatest weakness. The thing that really stood out for me in this novel was that not all of the loose ends were tied up, granted most of them were, though there were a few facts that did not end completely closed. I like this as it gave the sense that the story is still in the present and it has not yet finished, it has also allowed J K Rowling to allow some facts and secrets to herself, which I am sure, should she ever wish to, she could write another book from, even if it is more a 'sideline' one. I really enjoyed the epilogue at the end as it allowed you to have a sense of closure on the books, though the novel was still left somewhat open. The epilogue in someways showed a little insight into the characters future which really did give a sense of then and now. *This may be a slight spoiler, though I think most people know the ending, if you do not you may want to skip onto the next paragraph*. Of course, the books end with the idea of good coming over evil and to be honest, I personally don't think I would have preferred it anyway. This really highlighted the fact that Harry was the true hero throughout the story, but also the slightly unlikely heroes of Ron and Hermione who both destroyed a horcrux, despite Ron being well known for being a coward and for Hermione who likes so stick to the rules. We also are able to see the goodness of Harry's character when he helps to save Draco Malfoy, despite them being enemies. The themes throughout this novel were of course that of dealing with death/loss, friendship and love. Though these ideas may seem very simple, the fact that they have been placed into a magical world, something very different from the one we know is something really very special, especially as we are still able to relate to the characters. I believe that J K Rowling is a fantastic writer and her stories have all captivated me, though the fact that Harry Potter is written in the third person does mean there is this slight distance between him and the character I believe this both works well and not so well. I believe it works well as we are able to find out more about other characters and generally have more description, hence adding to the magical-ness of the book. yet sometimes I feel it would be better to have more of Harry's feelings as although there are a lot of statements such as 'Harry felt....' or 'Harry was shaking' it would be nice to hear/see the story from his perspective and have more of an insight as to how he was thinking. Nonetheless, throughout the story I believe J K Rowling using the third person to her advantage and the descriptions she is able to create do make the magical world something really memorable. I am looking forward to reading J K Rowling's upcoming book (which I think is written in the first person) as it will be interesting to see her writing style when writing in the first person and whether she is really able to become a character. Overall, I really love the Harry Potter series, it was something really magical for me whilst growing up and despite being 17 now it is still something that has be completely captivated and in a sense of being in another world. I of course understand that these books may not be for everyone, but in my opinion they are one of the best series of books I have ever read. I think it is the storyline and the characters which make it so magical as although J K Rowling is an amazing writer, the books are not too complex and there is not too much description, hence it being the actual storyline that it is truly astonishing- I cannot believe that she had all this going on in her head!! I really do think these books appeal to all age groups, of course, the last few books in the series do have slightly darker content, yet it is nothing too bad and I think it just makes it more appealing to an older audience. I think I will continue to read the books and watch the films for a long time and I do really feel like I am part of it (though I know I am not!) through growing up alongside them!
JK Rowling has given children and adults alike something mind blowing to think about. this magical series of books and films, the attention to detail in the films is amazing from specks of dust on shelves to books in the shops in diagon alley the films have transformed the actors lives forever after a ten year spell the film franchise has finished but they are have now opened the studio tour (in London) and the theme park in America is so popular you have to queue for at least 45 minutes and the new pottermore website will let people sign up in early April. The films have definitely done the books justice. JK Rowling has sold over four hundred and fifty million copies of her books worldwide. Personally my favourite part in the books and films was when Harry Potter first stepped into Diagon Alley and got his wand from Ollivander's
Although these books are aimed at children - they truly are so great and exciting that I think many more adults would read them if it wasn't for the stigma that they are children's books !! Which is a shame because they have impacted my life alot - they have such a variety of morals behind each story, and each book is so original and different from the last. J.K Rowlings ease of writting makes it thoroughly enjoyable to read, and Ron Hermione and Harry are depicted as such different characters and my favorite parts of any book are when the three of them are together..... They often have me in hysterics with Rowlings witty writting. The first two books - The philosophers stone and The chamber of secrets are clearly written for a younger child, but after this they become more appropriate for adults in my opinion - with a highly complex plot that has ties to each book and brilliantly created revelations. My absolutely favorite books of all time, they hold a place in my heart - and on my book shelf !!! Do buy & enjoy :)
As I grew up with Harry Potter I would say that the series became more than a book for me - each character containing their own personality and becoming even more 'fleshed out' with the films that were released. My favourite book was the Goblet of Fire as it contained such vivid imagery - from the fire breathing lions to the death of Cedric Diggory. I would also say that the books were targeted towards a child growing up with the books and as a result each book is more mature (and longer than the last). For this reason I would not recommend the later books for children, unless they have followed it avidly from the beginning. The initial novel is perfect for a child aged between 9 - 11, the final books for 14/5 onwards. All are suitable for adults however without reading the earlier ones (the films are quite different), the stories may be hard to follow. A terrific series though as it has a good moral backbone to it, and the book is so detailed as it describes its own world, both our one and the wizarding one behind it - something that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime!
I am very lucky in that the whole Harry Potter adventure has been in my time and was an extremely influential part of my childhood, the first book 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was first published in 1997, when I was 3 years old, when I was introduced to the story by my Mum. This may sound pathetic, but I can honestly not even remember a time when Harry Potter wasn't a part of my life and I have to admit that I have religiously followed all of the books, and then all of the movies. Part 2 of the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' movie was released a little over a week ago now, and I feel as though a part of my childhood has gone forever. As me and my friends have grown up, we have watched as Harry Potter and his friends grow up in a world that we all wished existed. Harry Potter is extremely well known all around the world, but if anyone out there has NOT read these books, I would highly recommend them. I have read the whole collection at least 10 times over, and own the whole collection of both books and movies (excluding Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which I will own as soon as it is released on DVD).
I'd like to keep this a lot shorter than need be, as I could go on forever about these books. When I first watched the Philosophers Stone at the cinema when I was little, I was brought the books for Christmas by my parents. They got a little dusty for a few months, as I loved reading but only read a bit of the first book and got bored. Eventually I picked up the books again when I saw that the second book (the Chamber of Secrets) was being released at the cinema, I read all the books after giving the first one a chance, non stop, I could not put them down. At this time there were only four books, but JK had won me over to the neat "little" following Harry Potter books have. For the whole series, I'm not going to go into what happens, just what is explored as no doubt you have either seen the films, read the books, or seen on the internet what happens or even heard about it, so I will spare the plots. The books are brilliant at relating to aspects which go on in soceity today. "Mudbloods" is the term for wizards/witches with muggle (non magic) parents, Mudbloods is a derogatory phrase, and relates to the phrases some people use in soceity to people that're different from themselves. You also have the romance's and the development of the three main characters - Harry, Ron and Hermione and you follow them growing up into the three adults they are in the last book. The main character isn't perfect, unlike many main characters in books. JK has identified Harry's flaws, as well as Ron and Hermiones which is a great addition to the imaginative plots. These imaginative plots, gripping story lines and sometimes sad stories are what made me join the crazy people, getting the last three books at midnight. If you want to get your children reading, then I recommend these books, they are excellent. If you haven't read the books and simply dismissed them as rubbish, then I recommend you give them a chance. If you have just watched the films and therefore aren't reading the books I will tell you this - the films do the books no justice whatsoever. It's a great series, and the books just get better as you go through the series.
i have to admit when the series first came out my younger sister was mad for it but i wasn't fussed. it seemed like a typical childrens book and i was a teenager at the time. but after going to see the first movie i decided to read the philospher's stone. i loved it! each book the has come out we have seen the charactors grow and develop and we have grown with them. the writer j k rowling ha the most fanatstic imagination and as truely created a whole new world! i have read the entire series several times. i find myself needing an easy familiar read and i absorb myself in harry's world often. i find the books friendly and a perfect escape. every detail in the books is so accurate that you find yourself completely imersed in this new world. i have favourite parts of each book. i have to say i love the way the series ended. amazing 11/10
I just realised something that comes as very surprising to me. That is, that I haven't yet reviewed my all time favourite book series, which is of course - Harry Potter. I was about eleven or twelve years old when I first picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Every once in a while at my school they would have a sale where they sold brand new books. I bought The Philosopher's Stone from one of these sales, and have been addicted to the whole series ever since. There literally isn't a single bad word I have to say about this series. I just really do think that it is absolutely, incredibly amazing. I have NEVER read any book that has made me feel as utterly mesmerised and compelled to read on as I did when I read the Harry Potter books. I own the whole series, and I will never, ever sell it or give it away. It is one of my favourite, most valuable possessions. I am a bit of a bookworm and have read many, many books in my time including a popular series, the Twilight series, but it really just doesn't compare to this. The books in the series go as follows: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The author who wrote the series is of course, J.K Rowling. In my opinion she is totally my idol and I think her talents are absolutely phenomanol. Forget that rubbish on Britain's Got Talent, this is what I call talent. Whether you like the books or not you can't deny she is probably the best modern author alive. She is one of the richest women in the country and I definitely think she deserves all the success she has got. I think the books are probably aimed at children, although really I think people of all ages will enjoy them. The main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all children and the book follows them through their years at magical school, Hogwarts, which is a bit like a secondary school except with the obvious difference that it is for wizards and witches and not muggles, as they would call us. These books are definitely worth the hype. If you have seen the films but not read the books then I definitely recommend reading the books because they are so, so, so much better as books often are. Definitely recommended without one question of a doubt.
I remember my life before Harry Potter. I was a bitter, cynical man who sneered at the idea of adults reading children's books, and looked down his nose at those who did, judging them to be little more than half-wits. When ever anyone asked me if I had read any of the Harry Potter series, my stock reply was always the same - "No, I'm not 8 years old." As the hype surrounding the books (and then the films) increased I persevered with the idea that no self respecting, literate adult should be caught dead with a copy. It was poetic justice, then, when on my 27th birthday I received the complete Harry Potter box set, containing each of the 7 novels. I decided to give them a go, especially as I will shortly be training to be a primary school teacher (can't have the kids knowing more about literature than me!) In my defence, I can at least admit when I am wrong, and OH MY GOD WAS I WRONG about Harry Potter!? I am now about halfway through the 5th book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I can't get enough of it. I take it everywhere with me: on the bus, to work, to the toilet (gross but true!) I have read the first 5 back to back, starting the next one as soon as I finish the previous one. If, like me, you were thinking that the plot would be a bit juvenile, the vocabulary a bit limited or the characters a bit 2 dimensional, then like me, you would be wrong! Rowling crafts the world of Harry Potter with such finesse and vivid imagination that it is impossible not to fall in love with it. She blends the fanciful world of wizardry and saucery with the everyday aspects of life to create a world in which you really care about the characters. The sheer weight of imagination is staggering. In the world of Harry Potter, Rowling has invented everything from Quidditch (an airborn version of Polo, played on broomsticks) to a thousand and one spells, incantations and magical creatures which both astound and delight the reader. It really is amazing to think that the entire world of Harry Potter, imagined in exquisite, minute detail is the product of one persons imagination. I wont give away any of the plot lines here, but suffice it to say that there are many, many twists and turns along the way to hold your attention. Even when you think you have worked out "who-done-it", more often than not you will have fallen for a bluff (well I did, at least). The books are also wonderfully atmospheric, ranging from the tear jerking scenes with Harry's deceased parents, to the chillingly evil incarnation of Lord Voldermort. I am aware that I am sounding rather gushing in my praise of J K Rowling but in truth, I can't really stop myself. I only hope that the final 2 books in the series live up to the exceptional standards of the first 5. It is probably just as well that there are no more books scheduled for publication, because if there were, I could easily see myself dressing up as Dumbledore and camping outside my local book shop on release night!
There is simply no bad words that can ever be said about the whole series apart from the fact that there maybe should be more of them!! As a 22 year old woman I decided a while back that those books weren't for me, id watched the first film and assumed as great as the film was visually, it was for children. One day I must of had a bit of time on my hands and decided to have a gander at the first chapter, still convinced that i would get extremely bored and have to put it down. I was very very wrong and also very very gripped J.K Rowling made me feel like one of the gang. I felt just like a child again and as though I was drawn in to the book, and had me wishing such a place as Hogwarts really existed so that I could join in with the spells and all of the great adventures, alongside Harry, Hermione and Ron. The books keep you guessing all the way through to the end and then have you wishing for more. I couldn't put them down until id finished the series and found out all the twists and turns harry and the gang have to deal with.
Over 10 years ago now when J.K. Rowling started the Harry Potter series, noone could have imagined how strongly it would grip the entire world. Each book lasts a year and chronicles Harry Potter, the orphan's school year at the magic school Hogwarts. The books increase in legnth from one year to the next and are written with great detail and complexity which has gained Ms Rowling critical acclaim. The books have since been made into films and each and everyone has become huge blockbusters and the DVDs have made their way into almost everyones books shelves. We are just waiting for the last one to come out, as the film makers cannot keep up with the writing! The actors (including Daniel Radcliffe) get older and older, but are still kept for use in the films. A lot of reviews I have read have said the books are suitable for all ages. I have to disagree slightly with some parts of this. There is generally a few action scenes and baddies in each story, and this can be scary to youngsters. Also some of the story is extremly complax, so the younger viewers may not be able to follow this, but will still be bowled over by the magic and drama that unfolds. Worth a read/ watch.
Harry Potter was written by J. K Rowling. I would definitely recommend buying them for your children, nieces, nephews and even try reading them yourself! They are available at a discounted price on Amazon and the whole series is a bargain. They are the perfect gift for everyone, if not the book then surely the DVD. The Harry Potter series has been very well planned out. From the beginning to the end, you can tell the author has done a lot of planning as the story fits together 'magically'. Harry Potter is a orphan wizard, his parents were killed in what he thought was a 'car crash' but on his eleventh birthday, he finds out that they were really killed by the evil wizard Lord Voldermort. You may think that you are too old for Harry Potter, but honestly, you're not. So don't be afraid to try them out! The final book, 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows' wraps up the whole series and also includes 'Nineteen Years Later' which is set in the future and no surprise 'Nineteen Years Later'!
Before i ever read a Harry Potter book i had read many other stories about witches and wizards including several series of books about the same charactors. My friends kept telling me just how great the harry potter books where but i refused to read them believe that they could not be better than any of the other books i had read, especially seeing as my favourite books at that time were by an author who wrote a series about magicians and wizards. I believed that the harry potter books (at the time only nubers one to 4 were out) were being hyped up too much. However i was forced to read The philosophers stone at a book club i was a part of at that time, from then on i was hooked on the whole series of books, lucikly for me just as i finished the thrid book the fith had been realeased and a week later i was already up to reading it. After that came the long, hard wait for the next oen to come out , which sadly i had to miss going to the launch of. I became so obsessed with these books that for the 7th book i made sure to attend a midnight launch and straight away after midnight after being one of the first to get my book, i went home and me and my friend stayed up reading it till 2 when my friend wanted to go to bed. For the whole of the next day and the morning after that i read without stoping for more than a hour and finished the book. These storys hold so much inspiration and adventure, each page is full of suspense and excitment so much that i have read them over and over again. The plots to these storys are brilliant , it is evident that J.K Rowling has thought long and hard over her stories and her charactors before writing. Her charactors are so in depth and well described that we almost feel as though they are alive as we read the stories. I think that this series has been such a phononomon because the charactors although having magic powers are very much like normall teenagers going through things that normall teens go through, having to learn to be adults, noticing the oposite sex, first crushes, new schools, new friends. I think that children like the fact that they can identify with the charactors of the book and feel like the story could really be happening out there without us knowing.
I'm not really your everyday Harry Potter reader. I tend to read 'adult' books rather then ones that I have always seen as childrens books and the magical world of witches and wizards holds no interest to me. For those of you who do not know Harry Potter is a young wizard who lost his parent's at a young age due to 'He who must not be named'. The Harry Potter books go through the time from when he finds out he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts school right through to his adulthood. His two best friends Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley also feature heavilly in the books and all three have wonderfull characters and are very likable. Unfortunately for Harry his past is not behind him and 'he who shall not be named' will not be happy untill Harry is no more. Who will win in the end? The first Harry Potter book I came across was Order of the phoenix which is actually the 4th book in the series. A friend gave it to me and pleaded with me to read it. I reluctantly agreed and put it in a drawer to be forgotten about. A few weeks later finding myself with nothing to read I decided to give the book a go. I picked it up not expecting much and began to read. Within the first chapter I was captured. The world of Harry Potter and his friends seamed so realistic and it took me back to my childhood when I dreamed of a magical world such as that of Hogwarts. Reading through the book I began to realise that I really had to start at the beginning and so I called my friend admitting that she was right all along and asked to borrow the first three books. It took me just one week to read all 4 of them as I was so captured I read through them at lightening speed. After I finished the 4th book I felt lost, what would I do without my nightly treat of Harry Potter? From that point on I was a huge Harry Potter fan and now own the entire collection of 7 books. As well as all the dvds and even the computer game. J.k Rowling is an amazing author and really makes the characters and events seem so real. Although the books are aimed at children it is not too childish for an adult to read. The wording is good and it does not feel like a child's book once you are reading. Anyone who has not yet read a Harry Potter book, you really don't know what your missing!
Surely the Harry Potter series has been one of the most popular series of all time, and has certainly performed very well for the author, J. K. Rowling. Are the stories worth the hype? Do they bring a whole new generation of readers into the world of literature or is Harry Potter merely candy floss for the brain? Let us know what you think.