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Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)

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The exciting tales of Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training, have taken the world by storm, and fans just can't get enough of the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond. If you buy one of the Harry Potter books, we guarantee you'll want the next...and the next...and the next -- so why not have them all, right at your fingertips? With the Harry Potter Boxed Set (Years 1-...more
Hardcover, 4100 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Manny
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Looking at the comment thread, it is abundantly clear that the review not only may, but indeed has caused emotional distress to several Potter fans. I would like to offer my apologies to these...more
Annalisa
Aug 31, 2008 Annalisa rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
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 i...more
Madeline
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 anything more to 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 Sto...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

A truly seven masterful works of fiction..

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Eric
This is a review for the HP series as a whole, not this particular boxset.

Overall, I loved the series. The biggest thing for me was the world Rowling created and all the imagination that went into it. Strip away the world and you've got a fairly good storyline/mystery and some good characters. But it is the fantasy world that elevates this series for me. I remember reading the first book and thinking, "Rowling presents a new invention on almost every page!" Imagine how long a list would be of al...more
Rachel
May 29, 2009 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Those willing to enter the deep places of their imagination
Recommended to Rachel by: Series Loyalty
Shelves: 1-favorites
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...more
Christopher
Right before the last installment came out, I went to the public library and checked out the first book in the series, and didn't stop until I had closed the final one. It took me about two and a half months, but I read the whole series from start to finish.

Say what you will about the story, the characters, the writing, but from my experience in child care over the last five years, I can assure you that it is not all too common to see a child toting a book under their arm, waiting for three minu...more
Sara
I wish it wasn't over! I love Harry Potter.
S.
At last.
It's been fourteen years, but I think I have finally acquired enough distance to be able to review these books in an honest way:

They are utterly flawed, but utterly enjoyable.

The books carried me through an incredibly trying time in my life and for years I wasn't able to hear any valid critique about either the writing, the messy way in which certain plot threads were resolved etceteras.
But I knew they weren't perfect, I knew they weren't even all that orginal, I knew they were hyped b...more
Bev
I have read the books AND listened to them on CD. Here's the story of how I became a fan of HP:

I am an avid reader and years ago, when the Harry Potter books first came to the U.S. and caused such a sensation, I resisted reading them. I'm not a big fan of fantasy lit, so I thought that reading about wizards and such was not for me. It was as a mother of two cranky children that I ended up trying the books, and I am SO glad that I did not end up missing out on this brilliant and wonderful series...more
Faith Quick
I LOVE ALL OF THESE BOOKS! i was brought into the harry potter world after the second book came out. i enjoyed every book each in it's own way. i loved the first book because it helped me believe in magic again like i did when i was little. i liked the second book because i got to see hermoine grow as a stronger witch. i loved the third one because harry started to really step into his role and there was so much happening. it was an exciting book.i was introduced to dementors, azkaban, escaped c...more
Shayne
Dec 30, 2013 Shayne rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Shayne by: Rane Magnayon
Shelves: favorites
I AM A POTTERHEAD.
So for me, these would be the best books ever!!!

No matter how other "cool" people would say that I am a geek and even too old for those books, who cares, I'm even proud of it!
haters gonna hate

I know I have just read this series when I was in high school, and I just borrowed my classmate's books then, yet I am still proud to say that IT DEFINITELY CHANGED MY LIFE.

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always loved reading, and yet at some point, and I forgot how, I suddenly stopped. And...more
Ksenia Klykova
May 07, 2011 Ksenia Klykova rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Basically to anyone. If you still think that HP is a book only for kids/teenagers...think again ;)
Shelves: literature
There are countless reviews about the HP book out there, so I'll try to be brief. After all, who hasn't read at least some of the books or seen the movies?

I began to read the books after watching the first movie because I loved it..and well, why deny it? Because everybody else was doing so. But I was ten years old and I had nothing to compare it with. After reading Harry Potter, I realized how different they are. The movies are OK, entertaining but nothing more. They lack the magic of the books....more
Iram Yousaf
The Harry Potter series was the beginning of my special relationship with literature and 'The Philosopher's Stone' was one of the first novels I found exciting and fun when I was in primary school - it was possibly the first novel I ever read.

I remember this being read to me and my fellow classmates when I was in year 5; my teacher would read it to us as a reward for good behaviour. However, I found that I could not wait for my teacher to decide when we could read it, so I went to the Newham bo...more
Terence
Sigh...

I've finally added Harry to my list. Though many of my friends here at GoodReads have given it very high marks, it simply didn't move me. Perhaps, if I had come to the books when I was 8 or 10, I'd be more impressed (though my reading was pretty sophisticated even then -- I was devouring The Silmarillion at 11). And I would (and do) give the last few volumes 3 stars -- Harry was getting older and more interesting -- but I didn't find anything particularly amazing or innovative about the c...more
JoAnne Johnson
I wanna go to Hogwarts!
MIchelle Kelly
Ok.. I am putting a series review as opposed to an individual story review.

I found this to be a fascinating series.

Its clear once you close the cover on the final tome, that the author had the entire story mapped out before she began to write the first novel.

The characters are complete, complex and compelling.. The wizarding world setting takes a back seat to the larger themes of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and to paraphrase a wonderful character, doing what is right, not what is easy.

I think...more
Barbara
The reading of this series is done by Jim Dale. He is a fantastic reader in this series. You are transported to the world of Hogwarts through his character voices and beautiful accents.

I love these stories anyway, and this is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
Rosa
I read the first book for my Children's Literature class at BYU when it first came out. Well, of course I was hooked and had to read the rest of the series each time a new book came out.
I do have to say I was disappointed in the language in the last book. I really think swearing is unnecessary and I'm sad that she included it in a children's book. I know people will argue that, Rowling "didn't write that last book for children" and that the books were supposed to mature with her audience, but...more
Lisa Vegan
this “review” is simply notes to myself, not much of interest to anyone but me, and not containing much in the way of spoilers given how cryptic the notes are, but just in case:

(view spoiler)...more
Sam
Books 1-7 all get a much deserved 5 stars from me. This is the best series in existence.
Hollis
Hmm. I really must be missing something with these books, unless all the fans wouldn't know a good book if it bit them (which is possible). Yeah, they're OK. They're young children's books: they read like young children's books. It's obvious (to me, but not apparently to other people) that Rowling has basically gone through all the mythology and popular fantasy literature she can find, grafted it all together, got together three characters and set them up in a 'magic school'. Am I the only perso...more
Micheline
Obviously, I've read, rated and reviewed these books independently; I'll post links to all 7 of my reviews below, but for consistency's sake and for any potential readers looking up the box set instead of the individual books, I figured I ought to add this version to my shelf as well.

The Harry Potter series is without a doubt my favorite and most loved story of all time. It is the story responsible for getting me reading again as an adult, after having taken a lengthy sabbatical during my years...more
Amanda
Aug 29, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amanda by: my sister Lisa (THANK YOU, OH THANK YOU, LISA!)
This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SERIES! These books are nothing short of fantastic for adults as well as children. J.K. Rowling's style of writing is completely mesmerizing. It's so easy - and so enjoyable to get lost in the world that she's created. I have found that people who don't like or approve of these books are always the same people who haven't actually read any of them through. If you read them, you will find that they are in fact very endearing as well as inspiring. If you've only seen t...more
Michael
NOTE: Most of this review is about the last book. Because of this, there are some minor spoilers of that novel.

This is possibly the most unnecessary review I've ever written. Everyone in the free world has read these books, and I'm probably the last person on earth who just finished reading Deathly Hallows for the first time. I'm sure my opinions have been stated at least ten times before me, but that's okay. Onward with the review!

My absolute favorite thing about this series is how normal most...more
Jessie
Apr 28, 2008 Jessie rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ages 7-50
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
D.M. Kenyon
Just because a book series is uber-popular does not mean that it is cliche. Harry Potter will endure as one of the greatest literary platforms in the history of the English language. Fifty years from now, a whole new generation will find it anew and it will be just as interesting then as it is now.

It takes an incredible imagination to sustain a story line across seven books. Even more so, it takes incredible planning to have that story line worked out in book one even though it would take six mo...more
Colshy
OK, let's see. Erin turned me on to the series right after we graduated high school. She said it would be good, she was right. I hate it when she's right.
I finished the book in England and bought book two there and immediately noticed that the American book cover art is eleventy billion times better than Britain's. Which I find odd, don't you?
Book three came out that summer. Then we waited for Book four and it started to get a little annoying because now everyone was reading it, but oh well. Go...more
Lauren King
I'm way late to the party on this one. Perhaps one of the last people on earth to read about Harry, I decided to start. It took me about 6 weeks (would have been less had I not had to take care of 2 adorable short people in that time) but I have finished the series.

I was reluctant for so long. Wizardry? Um, no thank you. Totally not my cup of tea. But this year I have a student whose passion for Potter is contagious, and I'm happy to say how wrong I was.

I don't 100% understand the obsession - at...more
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Although 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...more
More about J.K. Rowling...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

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“There will always be a easy path and a right path.” 8 likes
“I saw you
Wandering
Like a lily in a meadow
Afraid
Of your secret potential
I knew
Who you were
And
Who I was.
Your eyes
As green as the grass
We laid in,
Your hair
As orange as the butterflies
We created.
We shared secrets
Of powers
Of mysteries
Until we’d see each other
Soon
But we split and
You fell hard for a
Buck.
I was
Like a doe in the headlights
I loved you, but
I lost you this time
Forever
But not for
Always.”
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