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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
This is the best book I've ever read.


These are the best books I've ever read. I have read all threeof them and have never read anything so brilliant in my life.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
More depth


I disagree with the premiss of the negative reviews. In this book, Harry shows MORE depth of character. He is changing as you would expect a teenage boy to change. Of course he is angry! Look at what he has been through. If you want him to stay the same then just reread the first 3 books. The Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix are deepening the characters.The first three books introduced the main characters, the last two begin to explore who they really are and what they are about to become. It is very subtle, but I feel that I know these three better now that I have read the Order of the Phoenix. The book is a page turner. I couldn't put it down. The only disappointment was that I finished it too quickly; knowing that I will have to wait for the next one.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 3/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Good Read But Lost The Spark


I have been a rabid reader of the Harry Potter series for a couple of years, and I was one of those crazed people waiting for the fifth book to finally be released. Frankly, I was a little disappointed. The most disappointing aspect was the character development. The main characters in the series all seemed to have changed their personalities, motives, and emotional make-up. Sure, everyone grows and changes, and it was thoughtful and clever of Ms. Rowling to incorporate that as the character's mature. However, the 180 degree of change that some of the characters experienced left me with a feeling that there should have been book 4.5 to discuss why all the characters are behaving the way they are.Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed reading this book. The plot was good and the story moved along. However, I felt that the book could have been edited. I had the feeling that Ms. Rowling was in a race with herself. Each book in the series got longer with each new installment. Book five was no exception. It seemed like chunks of the book were filler and unnecessary to the plot development. Many times you would be reading about a conversation between Harry and Ron in the great hall and then suddenly you were reading how Luna Lovegood walked out of the hall and the reasons behind it. Things like that could have been edited out and not have hampered the story development. As I said before, I enjoyed the book and it was nice going back to Hogwarts after the long time away. The story moved along, but slowly and I didn't devour this book like I did the previous four. If you are into the series, then read it and hope that Ms. Rowling had to use this novel to set us up for greater things in books 5 and 6.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 2/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Waste of Money


Borrow this book from your local library. The reader learns almost nothing new about the characters, except maybe for Aunt Petunia, but the plot doesn't thicken past what we learned about Harry and Lord Voldemort in the fourth book.I understand that pubescent young adults go through a rebellious stage. But couldn't Rowling have given the progatonists an identity crisis to preserve what we like about them -- rather than make all of them plain angry and obnoxious? Harry and Ron were not likable. Authors of young adult books rarely make the characters obnoxious to indicate that they are going through changes. There are other ways to imply that. Oh well. We writers learn from each other's mistakes.Sirius and Lupine were flat characters with no personality, as were ALL of the other characters. This book was not loved by the author when it was being written.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
One of the Best in the Series


While I like all the books so far (1-5), the last two installments are just too dark and scary and gory for kids. They discuss instant death curse and pain-inflicting curses in detail, and all the killings are just too scary even for older kids. Furthermore, the parts about the tortures are just disgusting. I bet younger kids will have nightmare if they read those parts. The detail about Cedric's death doesn't help either. I don't recommend these two books (4&5) for kids. Keep these two books for yourself until they are at least 13.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Outstanding - the story continues to mature


Order of the Phoenix is truly the best installment in the series yet, and it is exactly what it is meant to be: a more serious and mature point in the Harry Potter storyline. This is Harry's 5th year at Hogwarts; everyone is older, their personalities are more refined, and greater responsibilities are at hand. A lot of bad things are starting to happen in the world of magic. In essence, the fun - or most of it - is over. This book still made me laugh plenty of times; Rowling's humor will always be there. But this is a serious story and she has the ability to make it seem very real. I think anyone who is disappointed about this book not being as "fun" as previous ones has the wrong idea. Life was not exactly "fun" when I was an adolescent, and Rowling brings all of those fears, anxieties, uncertainties, and doubts to life. You may not be able to read Phoenix to a six year old, and THANK GOD for that, because it means that the characters, as well as the story itself, are growing up. Somehow, I have the feeling that the events in year 5 will be nothing compared to what happens in the next two. I can hardly wait!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Banish the Editor to Azkaban


To start, I loved the book, Potter fans shouldn't be disappointed, I enjoyed the plot and many of the new characters. Ms. Rowlings wrote another winner.
HOWEVER! Who edits for Scholastic? Can they read? There are numerous stupid errors, probably from typesetting, that should have been found by editors. I'm reading a conversation, Snape says something, and I stop because SNAPE WASN'T IN THE ROOM. In Potterworld all sorts of strange things do occur, but I re-read the section twice before I figure out it was an error. I also find a close parenthesis ")" without its opening mate. 5 points for the author, 50 points from Scholastic.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Stunned ... Amazed and Amused


I of course had to read HBP as soon as I could and started at 8 am the day of its release. The book has more humour then the others and more romance. It didn't focus too much on the war, which I first found odd, and then realistic. Rowling makes the point that the world keeps turning even in the most deadly circumstances.
The death of a major character was very sad, but not completly unexpected. There are many hysterical scenes and Rowling adds new depth to Harry and his world, rightly. It is another wonderful book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Audio versions a must


There's nothing left to add to the barrage of words written about these wonderful books. So let me just add a few regarding the audio versions, which strangely, are more easily available on Amazon than in my local bookstores. I can't imagine that reading the books is a better intellectual or emotional experience: Jim Dale's performance is pitch-perfect. Each character is so fully realized that the tapes sound more like one-man shows than book readings. I listen to audiobooks during a relatively long commute and I judge them by my unwillingness to get out of the car before the end of a chapter. The Harry Potter audio series is worth a few otherwise pointless trips around the block. Oh, yeah, kids seem to like it too.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Better than the other 3!


Okay, so I realize that it's a book for every year Harry is at Hogwarts, but it would have been nice if this one could have been split into two - it's just too long.Don't get me wrong, it's still a very good book, but I just don't see myself rushing to pick it up again any time soon, which I do frequently with the other 3 in the series. And that's really why this is only 4 stars instead of 5.Ignoring the length, how is the book? Very good: the characters all grow, their relationships become more complex, and the world they live in becomes darker and deeper, just as it does in real life. We get a better look at the global world of wizards and witches (although some of the accents are a little ridiculous) and there is a more palpable sense of evil in this book.Are there any complaints? Sure, but there's always going to be a few. JK Rowling seems to be pandering to new readers by explaining previous events ad nauseum, which means that there's little point in buying the previous novels if you read Goblet of Fire first. And the death that was so well hyped...well, no spoilers, but I imagine there will be a few shrugs from adults as to the victim.To finish, it's a great read (maybe not 12am to 6:15am great, but that's my fault!) that would have benefited from tighter story telling. And if that's the only complaint, then it's worth your time and money.



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