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  • Jun 17, 2010
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I was a bit skeptical years ago when friends began insisting I read the Harry Potter books, mostly because I knew they were written for teenagers and I couldn't imagine being terribly interested. I was so very wrong. I have since read each of these books no less than twenty times and always devoured each new book as quickly as possible, often staying up all night to finish one.

The story follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who doesn't know what he is until the age of 11. His introduction to the world of magic is full of humorous anecdotes that always make me laugh. He attends a school for witches and wizards and begins to make friends--something he'd never had before. As the books progress, he is called on to fight against various creatures and people, including Lord Voldemort, the most evil wizard of all time.

Rowling's writing style is wonderfully light-hearted and easy to read. She has a gift for dialogue and understanding the minds of teenagers such that their conversations will sound familiar to any parent. Because the story takes place across seven books, there are some inconsistencies which her editors should have caught, but they don't change the nature of the story or the outcome. I only mention them because I'm anal and they stood out to me.

Harry's story is one of the struggle in trying to be a good person in a world that isn't. He has constant temptations to join the darker side of magic, and it's telling of his character that he continues to choose the right path despite an unhappy childhood spent with negligent and ambivalent relatives. To me, that's the most poignant part of the story...that he does right though he wasn't really taught those kinds of things as a child. Rowling gives us hope that all will one day be right with the world, that evil won't always triumph, and that good will be rewarded. Harry suffers loss and experiences intense grief and pain at times, but he comes out stronger after each battle and never gives in. His story in these books has made me laugh and it's made me cry. In fact, the last book took me the longest to read because several times I had to put it down and cry for a while (don't want to spoil anything). My only real criticism is the epilogue at the end of the last book. I felt it was unnecessary and meant to appease those fans who would have hounded her for more information.

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June 28, 2010
Nice review. I agree with your dislike for the epilogue. I didn't like the sudden introduction of so many characters (most with names which were combinations of other names) that were really hard to keep track of. The whole epilogue just felt like a loose piece of something or another that needed to be torn off for comfort.
 
June 17, 2010
Great review! I too enjoy all of the potter books and have been a long time fan.
 
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review by . July 05, 2010
I had observed the Harry Potter (HP) craze for some time, with no real interest in finding out what the fuss was all about. Witches and wizards had never appealed to me. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (LOTR) somehow seemed an exception, with its clear-cut good-versus-evil story, and Gandalf as the white savior wizard. HP, in contrast, struck me as darker, all broomsticks and sorcery and magic wands. "Perfect!" might be the response from today's average kid, but …
review by . June 30, 2010
For the first year that Harry Potter became an instant cultural icon, I was not fazed. I considered myself to be a serious reader, even in elementary/middle school. I was already starting on works being read in high schools and colleges...what time did I have for silly children's books? One day I was in the school library looking for something new to devour, when the librarian, a woman who I owe my love of books to and whom I still speak with today, at the age of 20, handed me an already well-worn …
review by . July 27, 2010
A must-read series
This series truly masters your emotions.      Its based in modern-day England. A young boy named Harry Potter discovers that, much to the dismay of his evil aunt and uncle, he is a wizard. And that instead of his mom and dad dieing in a car crash, the evil Lord Voldemort killed them, and, when trying to kill Harry, could only give him his lighting shaped scar before 'dying' himself.      Harry then must go to a school for wizards only, Hogwarts. There …
review by . June 23, 2010
I first got into the Harry Potter books when I was in college, and would read them aloud to my roomie so we could both enjoy them at the same time. They were great fun, sweet and funny and full of nostalgia for me, back then. I loved the first book, it was the introduction to this amazing new world that used bits and pieces of all kinds of myths and legends and made them into something that was incredibly enjoyable. I knew I'd be reading this book to my children someday.      …
Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
The series got worse as time went by...more melodrama, more scenery chewing, more tedium.
review by . July 20, 2010
First, a necessary disclosure: I am a Harry Potter fan.  That being said, I will tell you why I think all people can (and should) embrace the J.K. Rowling's seven-part series.  As a student of literature (that's literal), I come across a lot of critics who disregard this or that author or novel because of its supposed lack of political solidarity, or its non-provocative nature, or even just because of its simplicity.  They look at novels such as the Harry Potter story as not …
review by . June 20, 2010
   Many years ago when the first Harry Potter Book just came out, before it got big, a friend told me to read it. I wasn't a big fan of reading let alone a 400 page book. But one day i was bored so i decided to read the first couple of pages and i was instantly captured in the world of wizardry. I was so caught up the book i finish the whole book faster then i ever had, this book was simply amazing. It had a great plot, amazing characters, and a storyline that would just pull you into …
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
Perfect series for young and young at heart! I loved this and can't wait for my children to share that love with me!
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
A series where the books grow older as the kids do--that's almost magic right there.
review by . July 11, 2010
Harry Potter's world is one of magic. loyalty, bravery, and the love of friends.  I guarantee that if you read this book you will find yourself laughing out loud as well as crying.  The books are so easy to get into.  Once I start to reread an HP book I can't put it down - and that is after reading the books numerous times!  The friendship among Harry, Ron, and Hermione are what I wish I had growing up.  If you've ever had friends who love you …
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Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quandary involving the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents in his quest to conquer the wizarding world and subjugate non-magical people (Muggles).

Since the June 30, 1997 release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, (retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.[1] The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of June 2008, the book series has sold more than 400 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages,[2][3] and the last four books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.

A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age, it has many cultural meanings and references.[4][5][6][7] According to Rowling, the main theme is death,[8], although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.[9]

English-language versions of the books are published by Bloomsbury in the United ...

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Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Literature
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Novels

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