Harry Potter books related reviews


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)
Unsettled grown-up


When my daughter took her own money, bought Goblet of Fire and read it twice in four days, I decided I needed to read these books myself. She insisted I start with number one and read through, which I did. I enjoyed the books but I found number 4, unsettling. I notice the suggested age range is 9 to 12, but I would not give this book to a child under 12 or 13. Its not the reading level that bothers me, it is the content. There is real cruelty in this book, fratricide, and the death of an admirable character essentially because he is so admirable. Also, I wonder why we read so much about James Potter and how much Harry resembles him, and Lilly Potter gets almost no credit for Harry, other than his eyes. Maybe I notice that more as a mom. Again, I like the books. And so does my 14 year old. But I would not give this book unhesitatingly to a middle schooler, unlike the first two. P.L. Travers is a better choice for that age.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: Two Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J. K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: Two Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
o. k....


I won't lie to you, I found these books rather arcane and dull. That probably has more to do with being and adult than the actual quality of the books, because my 9-year old son, who has practically memorized the Harry Potter books, thought they were fascinating.



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)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


The fifth installment in the Harry Potter saga has certain high points, the comically evil character of Professor Umbridge for one, but far too many low points. Although clearly the longest installment in Harry's life at Hogwarts, and maybe because it was the longest, this book is, in my opinion, the weakest of the five. The climatic scene was determinedly similar to the first book. Many other elements and plot devices found in Order of the Phoenix also seemed to be cobbled together from the earlier books as well. Also, athough Harry has been put through the mill so many times, I can understand him having a bad attitude, if he continues to dwell on his misfortunes, his bitterness will make him downright unlikeable by the seventh book. Hears hopeing Rowling picks it up a notch in book six.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
I haven't read a book in ten years, but I love these books!


I have not read a book since I graduated from Law School ten years ago. I have a full time job, three active boys, and a part time job in the Nebraska National Guard. If I had any spare time it was spent gardening, remodeling, or paging through a magazine.However, I recently was deployed for six months in Macedonia. My son sent me his Harry Potter books. Being deployed in this area of the world is much like spending time in a minimum security prison. Just work and exercise. No television, no leaving camp--except official business, a USO show every 2-4 weeks. That is it! Every night I looked forward to crawling into my bed and reading Harry Potter as a pleasant diversion from my day to day duties. It was the highlight of a very long six months in the Balkans. I was particularly amused that Albania and Bulgaria were both mentioned by name in Ms. Rowling's books. My duties took me to both of those countries, but I didn't see any dragons. I am anxiously awaiting another book and when I get home my sons and I are going to see the movie.



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)
Another amazing story about Harry


Well, J.K. Rowling has written another riveting tale and I can't wait for the next one...unfortunately, I'll have to. As promised, the Order of the Phoenix is a bit different than the previous four. Harry has to deal with the tumultuous feelings that come with being a teenager as well the added pressures of being one of the select few who is willing to admit that Lord Voldemort has returned. The plot runs along quicky and the characters, old and new, are as entertaining as ever. Anyone who has read the first four books will no doubt read this one and enojoy it. And anyone who hasn't read the other four should pick those up in addition to this one!



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)
HOW COULD SHE ...


since i am not allowed to reveal the plot of the book .. all i can say is that J K R has outdone heself this time. This is a typical Harry Potter to the core ... enchanting, a pleasure to read, with surpirses springing at reader left right and centre. though the ending is a little (an understatement i guess) depressing ... it is definitely one of the better books i have read.
i havent felt so moved after reading a book since i have (re)read J R R Tolkiens The Silmarillion.
i will place this book alongside it and there is no higher praise i can give.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Does Not Dissapoint


I was not dissapointed by this newest intallment in the Potter series, but I did finish the book with a little less of a "wow" feeling than the previous few books. While both "Order of the Phoenix" and "Goblet of Fire" were more action packed, this book was more back story and set up.

I have heard J.K Rowling describe this book as "Part 1 in a two part story. Part two being being book 7" With that in mind, this book is excellent. Very much a set-up for what is going to happen to end the series. It was nice to get all the back story that i've been only guessing at until this point.

It will be a long and painful wait until book seven! :)




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)
A great Reveiw


Harry Potter is a wonderful book for all ages, I bought this book not knowing really what it was about. But, it was the best book I have ever read. Harry goes on his adventures with his best friend Ron , and his ever so clever friend Hemorione. The story starts out alittle boring , like the first page , but then after that its incredible. Ive never read the first 2 books , but now im begging for them for christmas. Since Iam a teenager , i think this book should go for more of the 12-15 age group since the book has a little bit of cursing. I give this book 5 stars , and I would give it more if there was more stars to give.



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)
Awesome


The 5th Harry Potter book was amazing. When I first got it, I read through it in one day! I am currently reading it again and its the 4th time I have read it. I even took it with me this last summer to read when I was traveling to Greece. This book and the 3rd are my favories in the series. While the book is somewhat dark, I find it to be very fun to read and I love seeing how the plot and characters develop. I must say that everytime I get to the end of the book I do cry for the end is sad but over all this is an excellent book and I can hardly wait until the 6th comes out.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Authors: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 2/5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
enchanting at times, but definitely not a classic


I think the real appeal of this book - why millions of all ages have been drawn to it - is its strong basic theme. It's the story of an abused and under-appreciated person being recognized for his true inner greatness. It's easy to relate to because this greatness lives within each of us, and this story gives us hope that maybe...someday...our own greatness will be recognized. My problem with this book is that this great theme - this classic theme - is rendered into a weak story. The Hobbit works off the same theme, but J.R.R Tolkien weaves his story with far more finesse. The Hobbit's character development is slow and subtle, with depth and insight. Harry Potter, on the other hand, goes from being a miserable, abused, depressed kid to being a worshipped bigshot in a matter of two pages, which amounts to the entire character development in the story. To make matters worse, the entire shift happens through no work or perseverance of his own. Bilbo Baggins has to work and has to face real emotional challenges...and you grow to respect him for it. Harry Potter: he's essentially the same character at page 50 and page 310. And the Hobbit...what tension in the story! It followed an emotional arc, slowly unfolding, with the unique and many-sided characters become increasingly lovable and admirable. Harry Potter lacked this tension, being dull and unsuspenseful by comparison. I found myself not really caring what happened in the end, and not really being emotionally drawn to any of the characters. I'll probably forget their names in a few days... I remember the Hobbit's characters' names years later. And Harry Potter: it read like a trivia book...tons and tons of irrelevant names and details and characters and side stories. It just felt like fluff...the kind kids like to read and amass...but doesn't make for an enduring book.And last extremely annoying point: why is it that a bunch of completely untrained 11 year olds are able to use better magic and logic and intelligence than the greatest wizards and witches in the world? It makes for a cute story, but not a cohesive one.So all in all, I predict that this book - and series, from what I can guess - will not become a classic, not even remotely in the same boat as the Hobbit or James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... If you really want to read a good book, don't buy the hype and read this one...there are others that are better.



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