I ve resisted writing reviews for these books for a while now, because it sort of seems like a pointless effort Everyone knows these books, and there doesn t seem to be anythingto say about them But then I figured, why not add my two cents So here we go I am a member of what I ll call the Harry Potter generation ie, I was a kid when these books first came out, and I ve literally grown up with the series My best friend in elementary school gave me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone for my twelfth birthday, and I was hooked immediately The seventh book came out only a couple months after I had turned eighteen Because of this, there was neverthan a year or so difference between my age and the ages of the characters I was reading about I m only just starting to appreciate what a special experience this was In light of this, I ve decided to give myself a summer project in addition to The List, which I continue to hack away at My goal for this summer is to re read the entire series, one book right after the other It s been at least five years since I read the first three books, and I never went back to re read the seventh book once I d ripped through it in three days right after it came out Writing reviews of the books as I read them strikes me as a pointless and overly time consuming job, so I decided to try something else In the tradition of my abridged Shakespeare reviews, I ll review the Harry Potter books by writing a single sentence plot summary for each book We ll see how it goes spoilers should be expected, obviously, but frankly if you haven t read these books by now you probably don t care that much about someone ruining the ending Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone Harry Potter skips off to wizard school, and millions of children read about this and are cruelly made aware of the soul crushing mediocrity of the lameass real world they are forced to inhabit The Chamber of Secrets Trouble starts its yearly brewing at Hogwarts, and we re expected to believe several increasingly improbable things that three kids who aren t even old enough to get into a PG 13 movie solve a mystery that stumps Albus freaking Dumbledore, Hagrid is sixty three, and the word Mudblood is somehow aeffective insult than motherfucker The Prisoner of Azkaban Harry finds out he has a cool living relative who doesn t hate him, and the universe responds by delivering yet another bitch slap to the face and fucks it all up, AGAIN The Goblet of Fire Hogwarts hosts the conveniently reinstated Junior Wizard Death Olympics, and the laws of the universe are once again suspended so Harry Potter can be awesome The Order of the Phoenix ANGST The Half Blood Prince We break from the usual magical fiascos for some Gossip Girl esque romantic drama, and Harry and Ginny decide to hook up four years later, and I am still not okay with this The Deathly Hallows which will getthan one sentence so I can discuss the infamous Epilogue I ll paraphrase one of my friends, who said after finishing the book, What the hell kind of crappy fan fic ending was that And she has a point But dammit, this is one thing I just can t be cynic about Screw you all that boy deserved a happy ending. OverPages Of Harry Potter And His World, Including AllBooksAll Seven EBooks In The Multi Award Winning, Internationally Bestselling Harry Potter Series, Available As One Download With Stunning Cover Art By Olly Moss Enjoy The Stories That Have Captured The Imagination Of Millions Worldwide Thousands of Golden Stars for this Masterpiece Epic MagicalI m really honored to read that I really love every single pages HP made me a BookDragon I should ve shown my Lovea must read for everyone who loves Magic, regardless of their age 3 never gets old 3huge fantastic world, full detailed, we have a wizarding communitiy, magical school lessons, ministry even a popular magical sport worldwide magical society in secrecy, under muggle s nose XDthis story the world writing style in one word Magicalreally I still find clues I haven t found in those other 7 13 reads all my HP reviews as you know, all Golden the Philosopher s Stone 5 15 times read the Chamber of Secrets 5 15 times read the Prisoner of Azkaban 5 13 times read the Goblet of Fire 5 12 times read the Order of the Phoenix 5 1q times read the Half Blood Prince 5 9 times read the Deathly Hallows 5 8 times read DUMBLEDORE S ARMY, STILL RECRUITING. Welcome, new fans.here is my journey, from platform 9 first read I was 9 I remember every details from what I wore who gave it to me as my late bday present I owe her to which parts I read fast.I was in the generation who looked forward every HP books movies to come in the gaps, I re read them XD I am first generation Potterhead.BIG FAN Hardcore since 2000 1Childhood Nostalgia 3You probably askAfter all this timeI reply . Always I just re read re read HP from the beginning to the book recently had come out that s why I say I m a professional re reader I love re readng, because those stories never get old for me even though I know almost every sentences events I know how it ends I loved with HarryI laughed with HarryI cried with HarryI felt like Harry about characters situation I was excited with HarryI was angry with Harry I was scared with Harry 1st year, we got to know a whole new world with Harry, we received our letters, we went toHogwarts , we learnt magic, we had many adventures, many riddles We cheered during Quidditch We saved the Stone 2nd year, I felt sad for Harry on his birthday We met a wizard family, we flew to Hogwarts, we witnessed some horrors, view spoiler we knew Harry was not behind the attacks hide spoiler No books have influenced me the way the Harry Potter series has It shaped me as a child, as a teenager, as a young adult, and it shaped me as a person I don t know why I don t know what magic they hold that makes me overlook every flaw they might have, I don t know why it was these books specifically I can t explain it All I know is that these books came into my life and lit up my soul in a way that I never knew was possible Years and years later, I still re read them and sink into that world and I just feel so alive Hogwarts is my childhood, it is my shelter, it is my home and it is so muchIts influence goes beyond the page and I carry it like an amulet in my daily life The way I perceive and question the outside world is intrinsically linked to the series I sort the people I meet according to the Houses I think they belong in, I feelpride at the idea of being a Gryffindor than I do for any other organization in the real world, and my fear of death has greatly dimmed which, honestly, is an accomplishment I didn t think a book could ever achieve If you ve never read them, I feel sorry for you I really do My heart actually sinks in my chest a little every time I hear that because you re missing out on so many great things, and goddammit, just exactly what are you waiting for What are you possibly doing with your life that can justify the postponing for so many years of the best reading experience you could ever possibly imagine They are the best series of the century, it s not like they re a secret EVERYONE knows about these books There s a reason its impact was so phenomenal on the world Anyways So it seemed incredible and wrong that I only had a rating, and no review for these books, not when they re so important to me Also, if you re still not convinced about how much of a hopeless groupie I am, one time I got really drunk on red wine and I ended up sobbing LEGIT sobbing because I actually ached from not being at Hogwarts There s my 5 star rating if I ve ever seen one. Aparecium How to choose a single book in the Harry Potter saga How to choose a part of something that needs each part to generate the expected impact I was precisely trying to choose one book to use as example in my favorites virtual shelf but I realize that not matter which book would I chose, it would feel incomplete So I think that the better way is to add this complete edition including the seven novels to use it in my favorites virtual shelf.The rating to the collection is basically the average result combining the seven ratings There will be books written about Harry Every child in the world will know his name. The Harry Potter novels are truly special to me, since it was return to reading for me I ve been a reader all my life, but there were like a hole for a couple of years when I wasn t reading anything and certainly it wasn t something good since reading is really important to me and an essential part of myself.I had already watched four films of Harry Potter when finally I decided to read the novels I have to thank a friend that he insisted in lending me the first book Odd enough, he had it on English language while he didn t read English at least at that time , so he told me that he was glad that somebody was actually reading the book He already had read the first 4 books but in Spanish language I am not a fan of borrowing books and also I don t like that people lend me books, basically for not being in situation where I may feel obliged to borrow some of my books returning the favor However, since he insisted so much and I knew that he won t ask me for any of my books, finally I accepted SOMETHING REALLY MAGICAL STARTS THEN Wow I enjoyed a lot the first book, so after that, I started to buy by my own, the following books, even when I already read the seven books, finally I bought my own copy of the first novel to complete the collection As far as I remember I was able of not having to wait any novel until the final seventh book such a long wait for that final novel I ran to the book store to buy it on the very day that it was out and I read it in like 3 days to avoid that somebody would spoil me something crutial or some news on papers and or internet would spoil a key detail A reading odyssey of like two years for me The Philosopher s Stone 5 stars rating It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Truly magical experience where J.K Rowling, the author, was able to merge such fantastic world with wizards, witches and other paranormal beings with the real experience of parents and kids when they are going to school, needing to get school supplies, books, equipment, etc Along with all these, the forging a honest and strong friendship between three great characters And a good thing is that I didn t need to wait years to know how to pronounce the name of Hermione D Hermione rules The Chamber of Secrets 4 stars rating It is our choices that show what we truly are, farthan our abilities. Maybe I am not fair with my rating on the second book, since the story is quite awesome indeed I have to admit that my main reason of taking away a star is something involved with Ron Weasley, I can t detail to avoid a spoiler, but I can say that well, I am not much fan of Ron, sorry, what can I say So, since he got a prominent role at some point here, well, I miss the one that isn t there at that moment The Prisoner of Azkaban 5 stars rating Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Easily the strongest book of the whole bunch Not only it has a truly well crafted mystery but also, you will amaze to realize how a lot of elements presented in the previous books are explained the reason of existing here in this novel and all is turning around of a character The Goblet of Fire 5 stars rating If you want to know what a man s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. Awesome book where the magical world just got bigger and better You get to know that not only at UK there are wizards and witches but also in other countries Also, you realize that while the characters have faced dangerous situations before, well, they will have to realize that things are not a game any and there will be consequences and dealing with events that they can t be undone The Order of the Phoenix 4 stars rating Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect. Maybe another unfair rating I felt the need of taking away a star just because to reflect the high levels of stress that I suffered while reading this book Honestly, I really felt trapped by it Hogwarts becomes an awful place to live There are several really cool scenes There are moments of wonderful amazement And of course, you get new wonderful characters too Luna and Tonks rule However things became so dark and awful at Hogwarts that I really got stressed each time that I was returning to the book The Half Blood Prince 5 stars rating People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. I don t know, but I think that I was so stressed on the fifth book that that reading the sixth book was a truly joyful experience Really, I think that it can be the book in the saga that I enjoyed the most to read Love is in the air on the book Wasted characters so far, they are able to shine in their own way each You get to know the tragic but truly interesting past of Lord Voldemort that certainly it didn t justify his actions but indeed they give a lot of depth to the character The Deathly Hallows 3 stars rating Do not pity the dead, Harry Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love. I don t know if there was the pressure of reading the book as quickly as possible to avoid any spoiler since it was worldwide news the final book of the saga or that the development of the story was tedious at some points, or the many stuff that J.K Rowling left unexplained on the saga, but at the end, this book is without a doubt the novel that I enjoy the least in the whole saga I suppose that endings are a sad moment, you have enoying so much reading the saga that knowing that finally you get to the closing of it, you didn t want to end I AM TRULY GLAD OF HAVING READ THIS MAGICAL SAGA AND I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE I am an absolute Harry Potter fan I picked up the series when I was in college and was blown away by this mesmerizing and page turning children s book J.K Rowling is an absolute genius I ve always had an active imagination, and this world was so easy to enter In fact, the world Rowling creates in Harry Potter is so real that I often find myself and this is scary to admit believing I can do magic Seriously, I once tried the Accio spell on my cell phone and was annoyed when I realized I wasn t advanced enough to do non verbal spells and needed my wand When I read this series I laugh out loud, gasp in terror, sputter in anger, sigh with romance, cry in sadness, and smile with joy This will definitely be a series I enjoy throughout my lifetime, reading them both on my own and with my children In fact, I love Harry Potter so much, that I named my car Hermione and have a picture of Emma Watson hanging from review mirror Yeah, I know, I m crazy Complete Harry Potter Boxed Set Harry Potter Boxset Harry Potter 1 7 , J.K RowlingHarry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J K Rowling The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry The main story arc concerns Harry s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and muggles, a reference term that means non magical people 1997 2008 . I know I have specific reviews for each of the books, but I just wanted to add a general review, especially for those wondering what people, especially adults, see in Harry Potter When my brother was in junior high, he lent me his copies of books 1 4 Maybe it was because I was seeing the story through his eyes or that I wasn t expecting much from children s literature but I was surprised to find how entertaining and well written these books were They had that it factor where you can t put it down and you can t stop thinking about when you do But you ve read the first book, maybe even the second, and cannot comprehend how someone would label these books as their favorite books, especially an adultThat is because the amazement, the depth, the attachment is gradual The power of this series unfolds in books 5 7, mostly in 6 You expect me to read 4100 pages in a series and not really like it until the endNo Read the first one and if it s entertaining don t worry about amazement yet read the second one While I love the 2nd book, it s not everyone s favorite, so if you like it enough, read the 3rd which is many people s favorite Just please don t quit until you ve read the 4th Don t worry they re quick reads The reason I pick the 4th is because it is the pivotal book in the series If you make it to the end of 4, you ll have to read 5 to make sure the world isn t overrun by evil And if you read 5, you ll have to read 6 to find out how Harry could deal with such tragedy And if you read 6, well I have no doubt you ll read 7 at that point It s not just the cliffhanger but the ambiguity of it You re not sure what to believe any at that point And then you ll pity all of us who waited years for a resolution So if you make it to 4, you ll be hooked I haven t answered your question about why I find this series so amazing have II don t have 4100 pages, but here goes my attempt to condense all I love about Harry Potter in 7 reasons for 7 books 1 This story preys upon every child s dream to be somethingthan ordinary And for all humans, it preys on our subconscious desire for there to be a little magic in life Explain the curious and give us all something to hope for in a universe we can escape to where the rules of own do not apply.2 There s bound to be a character you relate to the emotionally neglected boy who wants to be anything in life, that funny guy who isn t the smartest or the best looking but he knows how to make life happy, the self motivated brain who craves acceptance through brilliance, even the kid with overbearing parents who expect much And even the ones you don t relate to become real people as you watch them grow up, mature, and find their places in life It amazes me that Rowling can write each character progressively from an 11 year old child to a 17 year old one, keeping all their personalities straight and yet evolving.3 Rowling never underestimated her position as role model nor her character s ability to shape children s life The book is clean minus one well placed swear word in the 7th book which is written at a 17 year old level There is no sex or even heavy making out, but there are the ups and downs of relationships as well as the sorrows and joys of teenagers growing up It s relatable The main heroine is not stupid or boy crazy, but a girl with a good head on her shoulders The characters care about school, work hard to achieve their goals, and are loyal friends to each other I think Rowling made a point to include role models she d want her own children to emulate.4 The books are fairly well written and humorous While I think sometimes Rowling tries too hard, her writing isn t bad by any measure I could not endorse a series with cheesy, slow, over the top, sordid, grammatically incorrect, wordy, choppy, incoherent, nonsensical, or any other writing style that distracted from the story.5 Each book is packed with page turning plots Very few places in the series ever drag and the slowest is actually vital to the storyline The world has changed its consciousness to include Quidditch, muggles, and spell names because these books are exciting In every book we learn something new about magic and we find Harry closer to his destiny While we all know we are moving along to that ultimate battle, the entertainment in each book stands alone I wouldn t have made it to end if I ever felt Rowling was trying to fill up space and time to make it there 6 The story is deep and enduring While there is a lot of description, the story flows quickly, and that description, wow, it s there for a reason And yes it will take you 4100 pages to fully understand why Harry s cape in 1, Tom s journal in 2, the Potters death in 3, Voldemort s bond in 4, Snape s memories in 5, and Dumbledore s hand in 6 are important And it will amaze you The extent of Rowling s imagination, the depth of the story, and the definitive plan from the start You will be satisfied that this epic tale had an ending and a plan and everything works toward that end As someone who loves symbolism, I loved the underlying themes the universal good vs evil, Christian themes, the parallels between the Nazis and the Ministry, the statements about activists, prejudices, and so muchThere is so much that encompasses these pages.7 My absolutely favorite thing about this series is how it comes full circle You start the series with a fun magical tale of a nobody boy who finds out that not only is there a world with witches and wizards but that he is one of the most important people in this world Sure it s entertaining but it s not deep Then you get to the end when you see that same boy as an adult standing in the same spot his adventures began and you start to see the story from other points of view The second time I read the series I couldn t just see Harry s light hearted experiences, but Dumbledore s careful hand as he guided and prepared this boy for a mission in life that not many people could handle To see this small sad boy and know the sacrifices he had to make, somehow prepare him without letting him know the extent of the personal hell he will have to endure, and to love him enough to teach him and somehow be able to let him go in the end well that is not a story a child could understand That is a story for an adult.This is one series that deserves its hype and fame The story pulls you along, the characters feel like friends, and in the end I could not close the last book without feeling like a chapter in my own life had ended I cried I couldn t be done with the series and I had to immediately read the entire set again to help get over my sense of loss at being done with Harry Potter I don t get attached to many things and I cry over less, but this series is one that will always be close to my heart. I ve been thinking a lot lately about why theHarry Potter series is so damn good I love it And it s had an incredible amount of success Why What makes it so damn special Well for me, the answer is simple It s so great because J.K Rowling knows exactly how to speak to her reader She begins her story by showing the reader an incredibly boring world it s reality it s mundane, grey, tasteless and monotonous So, in essence, it s everyday life It s just the crap that every kid has to deal with, and adults too Well, maybe to an extreme with the abuse and coldness that Harry receives, but you get my point Life sucks for him But then she reveals what every child longs for she reveals a world of mystery reeling with the fantastic and wondrous things she writes Under the normal boring world there is hidden a better world, aexciting world a world of magic Thus, Rowling turns off the realism and starts writing fantasy, and this is where she completely grabbed me Harry receives an invitation to a school of magic, a world of wonder, and to quote Roald Dahl s Willy Wonker, a world of pure imagination Despite his rough upbringing, nasty experience with several bullies, his awful tutelage in potions class, and living in constant fear of an evil sorcerer who wishes to murder Harry and all his friends, he actually has a brilliant time at Hogwarts He makes wonderful friends and learns much about life along the way By the end he understands the power of love, the true meaning of sacrifice, and the follies of judging someone on face value I didn t read this when I was a child I read these books two years ago in my very late teens I considered myself an adult I considered myself mature When I read these I came to the realisation that that s not necessarily a good thing Childhood is the time when once is most free, and perhaps when the imagination is at its peak These books brought backs lots of memories, memories of being at school and imagining a better world As a child I longed for adventure Being the fantasy geek that I was and am I wished for Narnia and Middle Earth I wished for somethingthan the drudgery of everyday life So I was a weird kid I was a day dreaming introvert, I probably still am Well, my point is, these books reminded me of my inner child, and the wonders that run through fantasy and children s literature I could go on to talk about the awesome magic system, the perfectly written characters and the brilliance of the plots of each individual book, but to do so would be to do an injustice to the wonder of the writing I m going to be posting individual reviews for each book in the series at some point soon to explainin depth things, and exactly what I like about each book But, for now, I just kind of wanted to say that this series is awesome So yeah, I think I ve done that My review has somehow turned into a semi autobiographical piece Not sure how that happened, but I guess with some books, the books that move you and affect you deeply, you can t describe without talking about yourself Some books stay with you, some books even haunt you, and some books become a part of you Damn, that was deep, though it s true Only a real book lover would get this A great book is like a great piece of music you hear it in your dreams and carry it with you as you walk it becomes a part of you And my inner child will always be inattentive to the real world and dreaming of a faraway place like Hogwarts So, like I said at the beginning, J.K Rowling knows exactly how to speak to her reader This gif says it all to me
Robert GalbraithAlthough she writes under the pen name J.K Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling She calls herself Jo and has said, No one ever called me Joanne when I was young, unless they were angry Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling n e Volant , on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles 16 km northeast of Bristol Her mother Anne was half French and half Scottish Her parents first met on a train departing from King s Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964 They married on 14 March 1965 Her mother s maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran Her mother s paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles le Comte during the First World War.Rowling s sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four She attended St Michael s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More Her headmaster at St Michael s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister She recalls that I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it Certainly the first story I ever wrote down when I was five or six was about a rabbit called Rabbit He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind, gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford s autobiography, Hons and Rebels Mitford became Rowling s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, I wasn t particularly happy I think it s a dreadful time of life She had a difficult homelife her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father she is no longer on speaking terms with him She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department Rowling said of her adolescence, Hermione a bookish, know it all Harry Potter character is loosely based on me She s a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I m not particularly proud of Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as not exceptional but one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.
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