What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous.. . . Full color.What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous.. . . Full color.Read Less
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If you haven't read any Harry Potter, then you have missed a great story. The story of a lonely boy with a miserable life and how, suddenly, everything changes- and not all of it is good. Fantasy's newer classic in the same lines as C.S. Lewis and J. R.R. Tolken.
Aug 21, 2013
Having never seen ANY of the films of this mega-behemoth franchise, I decided to buy all 7 books to read first, before indulging in the movies. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about, and how this Harry character made Rowling a household name. I've always believed books are better than their film adaptations, and didn't want the film to 'spoil' the story for me so. After breezing through Sorcerer's Stone, I couldn't hold out to read the remaining 6 books, and decided to watch the first Potter film.
To be honest, I actually liked the films better than the books, but I 'get' the appeal children have to Rowling's series. Harry Potter includes every magical element a child could possibly want in a story. She also has a style of writing that effortlessly captures the imagination a child (or an adult who still has the heart & mind of a child) through her vivid descriptive characters. It's a quick read that isn't merely dumb-downed writing for a child's level, but has an easy flow that seamlessly draws the reader into Harry's world of wizardry.
As a bibliophile, I'm glad I bought the hardcover books - the complete set is well-worth having on the shelves of any collection. I now understand how the success of Harry Potter made JK Rowling a billionaire. I would recommend the books for any avid reader of any age who wants to escape into fantasy, or parents who want to get their children to read more.
Aug 18, 2013
Great after all these years!
These books were replacement books as the first set got too worn out. My children love these books when they first came out and loved them still!!!
Oct 24, 2012
Potter teaching high school hearts
This book teaches a lot about keeping your head up in hard situations. It is really needed in a high school classroom setting to get kids across certain topics that parents don?t fully elaborate with teenagers as they are progressing in their lives towards college. Harry Potter shows a lot of promise with 7 movies already out you should give it a read from what it gives on what is right and wrong to the shaping of good citizens interested in perserving life. It grows on what is good in humanity and the downfall pits that humanity falls on through the wizardry world that can be used for our typical world. Potter shows a creative base for mental, physical, and emotional development in high school students that read it. I was truly empowered with the first book to the very last last 7th book of Harry Potter so you should begin reading immediately. It is really short and leaves an open part from where the next book will start but for the most part if you love magic and the use of magic J.K Rowling sure does give people a killer dose. Besides, being really short it has a lot of complicated twists that unweave at the end of the book so if you do not like suspense this could not be the book for you. Harry builds people that need love and feel that they don?t belong by creating a world where you may be all alone but in the end if you made the most of it people will love you for what you are. It is a really good book that you shouldn?t not miss and it will help you understand the next 7 books that J.K Rowling has published. It is an opener for the epic battle between good and evil, muggle and wizard.
Aug 30, 2012
Harry Potter delivered
I received this library copy at a steal of a price and in a nice box. Such a deal!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-11 With more than seven million copies of Sorcerer's Stone and its two sequels sold in the U.S. in a year's time, it would be hard to find many school-age children who haven't at least heard of Harry Potter. British author Rowling's tales of a young wizard-in-training who attends the unusual Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have enchanted children (and their parents, too) like no books before them. Now, with this sharp audio production, those who haven't yet met Harry will soon be swept up in the fun, and established Potter fans will delight in hearing Harry's adventures anew. British actor and Broadway star Dale is an inspired choice as narrator, reading with a light, assured air that makes Harry's fantastic, sometimes dangerous, world very real, while never losing sight of Rowling's humorous underpinnings. His numerous vocal characterizations are dead-on, especially his fast-talking take on Harry's sweet but overachieving witch friend Hermione Granger. A gruff and sensitive Hagrid (the school's gamekeeper), evil Malfoy, kindly Dumbledore and appropriately Scottish Professor McGonagall are also crisply distinctive. The combination of Rowling's exquisitely evocative writing and Dale's nimble reading make this a magical addition to the bewitching Harry Potter canon. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-07-20 Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl. As the story opens, mysterious goings-on ruffle the self-satisfied suburban world of the Dursleys, culminating in a trio of strangers depositing the Dursleys' infant nephew Harry in a basket on their doorstep. After 11 years of disregard and neglect at the hands of his aunt, uncle and their swinish son Dudley, Harry suddenly receives a visit from a giant named Hagrid, who informs Harry that his mother and father were a witch and a wizard, and that he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry himself. Most surprising of all, Harry is a legend in the witch world for having survived an attack by the evil sorcerer Voldemort, who killed his parents and left Harry with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. And so the fun begins, with Harry going off to boarding school like a typical English kidĉonly his supplies include a message-carrying owl and a magic wand. There is enchantment, suspense and danger galore (as well as enough creepy creatures to satisfy the most bogeymen-loving readers, and even a magical game of soccerlike Quidditch to entertain sports fans) as Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione plumb the secrets of the forbidden third floor at Hogwarts to battle evil and unravel the mystery behind Harry's scar. Rowling leaves the door wide open for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for one. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly, 1999-09-13 The breakaway bestseller is now in paperback. In a starred review, PW said, "Readers are in for a delightful romp with this debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl." Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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