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A book series by J. K. Rowling

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A whole greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Jul 20, 2010
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I doubt that there is much which can be said about the Harry Potter books which has not long since been said many times over.  Notwithstanding that likelihood, I must add my praises to the towering mountain of accolades.  Good work deserves praise, and true art merits appreciation.

 

I was a late-comer to the Harry Potter series.  Due partly to the fact that I have a pathological hatred of jumping on bandwagons, and partly to the fact that I judged the first book by its cover, I did not begin the series until the sixth book had been released.  It did not take long, however, for me to realize that I had stumbled onto something truly phenomenal.

 

The first Harry Potter book was published in a world where even adults had to be coerced into reading, and where children would only read if Pizza Hut, or some other company, offered them an incentive to do so.  If you had suggested then that children as young as eight or nine would pick up and read, of their own accord, a book which was more than three hundred pages long, and which had no pictures other than one whimsical illustration at the beginning of each chapter, people would have looked at you as though your head were spinning on your shoulders.  And yet, here we are, at the latter end of this incredible literary adventure, gazing out upon a world where young children stand in line in the small hours of the morning to purchase books which are thicker than some editions of Webster’s dictionary.

 

But it is not just the success of the Harry Potter books which is so remarkable.  It is the reason for that success.  Not since the Chronicles of Narnia has a series of so-called children’s books so awakened the imaginations of so many people.  On every continent, and in almost every country, children and adults alike have first marveled at, and then fallen in love with these stories.  But there is really nothing new in these books.  Loyalty, friendship, hope, endurance, and love are the stuff of every story worth reading.  Witches, wizards, and a world of wonder are all things we have seen before, many times.  We are not strangers to the story of the orphan, who, after much suffering and the learning of many valuable lessons, finally comes to find a place where he truly belongs.  But these elements, though they are as familiar as our faces in the mirror, are also as timeless as the stars.  We do not grow tired of them because they are the stuff of which our lives are made.  And in these books we find them coupled with characters who seem wholly real, whose doubts and fears and faith and hopes we fully understand, and set in a story, a rolling, leaping story, which excites and inspires us.  J.K. Rowling may have drawn us in with her story’s charm, but she captivated us with its substance.

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review by . July 05, 2010
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review by . June 17, 2010
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review by . July 27, 2010
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review by . June 23, 2010
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Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
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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
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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.
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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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