Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter #1-7)
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 B...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I love these stories anyway, and this is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
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.
But further, Rowling has created a body of work whose architecture withstands...more
started reading late 7/30/11, 7/31/11 UK time and finished reading 10/4/11, taking much longer than I’d expected, but thoroughly enjoying the experience, and more convinced than ever that this is a brilliantly told story
This is the first time I’ve read the paperbacks in the box set. I also own and have read...more
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
Rada-rada berlebihan kali yaa, kalo Rowling kita bandingkan dengan Eiji Yoshikawa lewat Mushashi (yang juga terdiri dari 7 buku). Ato malah dengan Tetralogi Pramoedya. Ada bingkai yang jelas dan utuh mengapa mereka harus menuliskannya lebih dari satu buku. Gak cuma karena “sekolah di Hogwart sampe kelas 7, makan...more
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
The first book for me was about 3 misfits in a new school:
the minority student: Hermeinie, muggle parents
The poor student: Ron, gets by as best he can
Mysterious past, has little background and not much experience: Harry
The series is not about teaching witchcraft and spells and dependancy on the occult. Its about friendship and finding out where you fit into the society you live in....more
The last book, when Harry got killed by Voldermort and met professor Dumbledore in the after life. After THE conversation, Harry returned to Hogwarts to save the world.
Harry Potter returns again for his third year at Hogwarts. On his
return he learns of a murderer and mad-man named Sirius Black who has
escaped from the wizard prison of Azkaban. Harry is told that Black was
one of Voldemort's most loyal followers and that the crowning
expression of loyalty to the fallen Dark Lord would be to kill Harry
Potter. Thus Harry is surrounded by protections at Hogwarts, including
the wise council of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,
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