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The Harry Potter Collection 1-4 (Harry Potter, #1-4)

4.65  ·  Rating Details ·  43,407 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
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 Hardcover Box Set ( ...more
Hardcover, 1500 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published January 1st 1999)
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Nov 06, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
This was not a series of books for me. This was (and although I rarely admit it, is) my life. I read the series every year - always aiming to finish it on July 31st: Harry's birthday. I used to (and still would if I could) pretend to be Harry, or Hermione in reception! I told all my friends to read them (just as my sister had when she was younger and the first books had only just come out) - always persisting that these books were nothing short of revolutionary (considering I was in primary scho ...more
Mar 19, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't care to admit how many times I've read this series, because it's a little indecent. Let's just say I'm a fan, okay? Having grown up reading C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was primed for another installment of a young, unlikely hero marked by fate to battle the forces of evil, getting by with a little help from his friends. Unlike some Tolkien/Lewis buffs, I am not offended by Rowling's similarities to their works, because archet ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Traveller marked it as temporarily-stalled  ·  review of another edition
I'd much rather attempt "Arry P'otter, than, um... - well, see, i can check the English version after every sentence/paragraph..

I tried a kid's book, but without pictures, i don't get far- looking up the words becomes tiresome, so this is perhaps a way to go. :P
Oct 17, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
My nephews and nieces gave me this set, and I've so much enjoyed reading them. This family got me hooked onto Harry. I'd be at their House, and they'd have Harry games, Harry this and Harry that. I could tell I better get caught up quick, so I read the first four books quite quickly, then I felt I was caught up with my family. As the movies started coming out, I'd read all the book up to and including the movie book each time, so I've read or listened to them all at least 3 or more times each, u ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
This series is an integral part of my childhood. It taught me to dream, imagine, create- and all other things that are essential to life. I remember my grade school and how I and my classmates would imagine that we are in Hogwarts. It was that good. It inspired young children and even adults to believe and imagine. All great things come to an end but the epic that is Harry Potter will continue to live on. Someday when I'll have a family of my own, I'll encourage my children to read Harry Potter. ...more
Annisa Hartoto
Aug 26, 2012 Annisa Hartoto rated it it was amazing
I still remembered that day, years ago, when I stumbled upon the first book. I thought, why on earth that a book about young wizard sitting on the popular bookshelves. I took one home out of curiosity and from then on, I am enchanted.

I also still remembered the scent of the last book of the series, so bittersweet, because after that turn of the last page, there will be no more stories about friendship, love, sacrifice and moreover, courage.
Aug 27, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Of all these books, the first was my favorite. The series gets very dark--extremely thought provoking which I absolutely loved. And yet, nothing is like the whimsy and falling in love-ness I associate with the introduction we get to Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione and Ron. Thoroughly delightful--all of my children have also enjoyed these well-written imaginative stories.
Oct 25, 2012 Yang rated it it was amazing
My favorite books ever!!! I'm crazy about HP, reading every detail to detail. Each summer or winter break, I cannot help myself, and I must read through the whole series once.
Aug 08, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I started out reading these to my daughter and I was hooked! Love them! Truly magical in every way.
Lynn Palin lutz
Will read again
Dec 02, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The series of Harry Potter include 7 books: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone; 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. I loved reading all of these books, and my favorite book was the Order of the Phoenix. It is when Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley are preparing ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Nico rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This was a very good book. After the first time reading the first book, I doubted Rowling could do any better. How wrong I was. This book is just as good as the first, filled with humor, action, and friendship. I now know why it has been such a good series. This book is about Harry Potter, who is attending his second year at Hogwarts. He faces many challenges there and at his Uncle's house. He also receives a warning from a mysterious creature that he is in danger-and Lord Voldemort will return.
Nov 29, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
I think I was too old when I first read...
Oct 27, 2016 Oceana rated it it was amazing
Yay! Always a joy reading Harry Potter.
Alicia May
Dec 13, 2016 Alicia May rated it it was amazing
Stand in for a reread of prisoner of Azkaban
Sep 26, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Pure genius.
Dec 20, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
OVERALL: ~4.3 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - 4 stars

I held off on reading these book until the third one came out and I got them all for Christmas. I was immediately hooked! The storyline was great and the characters were fun and easy to relate to (you know without the magic aspect).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) - 4 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) - 4 stars
This was an interesting continuation of the serie
Jun 16, 2011 Orlaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I read from the Harry Potter series was the third one, Prisoner of Azkaban; it remained my favourite until the later books were published. The series is fantastic, as the world wide fandom can testify. The sotries are moving and magical, and although the content of Harry's story is quite dark - an orphaned boy who has an abusive childhood only to discover at the age of 11 that he is a wizard and famous in the undergroud wizarding world and that his parents were murdered by the mos ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Mondaynoaware rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Dianna Wynne Jones, you may find the first book enjoyable but bordering on pastiche. It's very similar to the Chrestomanci world. That said, it's a fun read and leads you into a world that DWJ fans would find familiar and interesting. The second book, Chamber of Secrets, is a bit more of the same, also enjoyable. I would give both these books maybe 3 1/2 stars. It's not until you read Prisoner of Azkaban that Harry Potter really comes into its own. This is where the world star ...more
Khairul H.
Nov 14, 2007 Khairul H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Hey, I read Harry Potter before he was famous. I don't know why I said that...just being annoyingly pretentious I guess. I'm weird like that.

Anyway, it was a warm summer's day in 2000 when I picked up this boxset of the first four books of the HP series. Even though I wasn't the target audience for these books I nevertheless found it good enough to invest the time to read them all.

Now that the series has ended I can ask myself what was so great about the Potter books? They certainly aren't the
Anthony Alessi
Feb 11, 2011 Anthony Alessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
Harry Potter is, at this point, an Iconic kids book. I am still up in the air at this point wether to book is good enough for 'everyone' to read wether you like fantasy or not, so I am going to give it 4 stars, but it is close. Rowlings captures the wonder of magic, and being thrown into the center of that world at a young age as she wisks the reader along for the journey that harry takes from starting school to leaving school. The thing I found most interesting was that with each book, the stor ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it
Okay. I did not actually read this version. I read the books seperately like a normal person, but I found this on the web and thought I should review it. Yeah, I have to say, I liked the first four books. Probably my favourite one in this four books is either the (1) book or the (4) book. The first one is because that I love the way the author can express so much in so little words, and the story is actually pretty interesting, and is a perfect start and intro to the series. The fourth book beca ...more
Mary Kimball
Mar 10, 2015 Mary Kimball rated it it was amazing
Books 1 and 2 read more as very young adult fiction, but Rowling really opens into a deeper world with books 3 and 4. 4 is one of my favorites as it gets out of the bubble of Hogwarts and reveals more of the magical world in which Harry Potter resides.

It surprises me how many of my high school students have not read any of the HP books, let alone the entire series. This is due in big part to the films, but still, the books have so much more in them and so much more to offer the reader.

Harry Po
Johanna Menges
Aug 18, 2015 Johanna Menges rated it it was amazing
I love all Harry Potter Books. I read them so often, that it feels like I lived in Hogwards together with Harry, Ron and Hermione. The moment I am opening a Harry Potter (just anyone of them) I forget everything around me until I finished it. Usually it even takes me some days after I finished reading it to really waking up from the world of J.K. Rowling. The Harry-Potter books are those kind of books with which I get really sad, when I finished reading them. Unfortunately they are so exciting t ...more
Bob Ladwig
Aug 12, 2015 Bob Ladwig rated it really liked it
Enjoyable stories, the scenes with the Dursleys are hands down the best, I love it when Dudley is stuffing his face while Harry is served a meager portion. These read almost like a "who done it?" type of novel and keep you guessing the whole way through. As far as the message, there are still fairly clear lines between good and evil, Harry and his company are display many virtuous traits.

My primary complaint is with Harry's dishonesty, but this can also serve to show that the characters while p
Jun 12, 2009 Imani rated it it was amazing
I'm reading the first book right now. And I love it! I'm going to start and possibly finish the whole series this summer. I love J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books because they give excitement to her readers and I'm pretty sure at the end they leave the readers thinking what happens next. Even though I'm not at the end yet I'm pretty sure that it WILL leave me thinking what happens next so I can read the other 6 books. I can't wait to read the next book Harry Potter and the chamber os Secrets bec ...more
Rebecca Mullins
The Harry Potter Collection is good for children reading on an advanced level (4th or 5th grade). The books start out innocently enough, and get darker and darker as Harry gets older. So, you should expect the child to read one book a year based on J.K. Rowling's sequencing. It's about a boy whose parents were killed and he was left behind to live with his aunt and uncle. Harry discovers that he has powers and ends up going to a magic school. Throughout his life he tries to find out how to kill ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Sereia rated it liked it
Dado a que yo me vi las adaptaciones literarias al cine de toda la saga, y luego quise leer los libros, no me sorprendieron lo más mínimo y se me hicieron lecturas pesadas, pero a la vez, entretenidas. Las películas están, por supuesto, a la altura de los libros. Me considero una loca fanática de esta saga al completo, pero no únicamente por las historias que J.K.Rowling nos ofrece del pequeño mago, mas bien a todo el mundo fantástico y mágico que crea la autora alrededor de todas sus historias, ...more
Renata Audrey
Jul 27, 2013 Renata Audrey rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure that I will buy this collection for my children in the future. I had such a wonderful time in my youth reading Harry Potter. I can remember that I got anxious waiting for each new book release arrive on the bookstores' shelves. My sister and I read all the book colection borrowed from my cousin and of course my cousin read the new book release before us and we rushed her reading time. And after everybody read, we discussed our points of views. I miss these times...
Rachel Muir
Nov 30, 2013 Rachel Muir rated it it was amazing
I grew up with Harry Potter and although I think there are many faults with the series (namely that Rowling needed a better editor in books 4-7 - genuinely, who wants to read like 10 chapters of a tent moving around?) I absolutely love it.

I will also secretly admit to reading fan fiction and seeing how others perceive and utilise the universe/concepts/characters. So much so that I no longer know if the facts and opinions I have of the series come from canon or fanon.
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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 ch
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