Harry Potter books related reviews


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)
u changed the title!


This is by far the most outstanding novel I have ever read. Why, you may ask, has this Harry Potter tale (along with the others) become such a huge success? First of all, the characters are skillfully crafted. The struggles and triumphs of Harry, Hermione, Ron, etc. are easily related to the struggles and triumphs of today's generation. Then, there's the exciting plot. Let's face it: most, if not all of us, hate boring books with pedestrian plots. This novel grabs the reader's curiosity, due to the thrilling events in the story. Next, there is the despicable villian (essential in every good book!), Lord Voldemort. Finally, there is a suspenseful ending and an important lesson to be learned (of course, I will not disclose either one)! As you can easily see, these factors all contribute to the success of these stories. These days, I see many people devouring all three of the current Harry Potter tales, and I don't blame them!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Taking Umbrage with Umbridge


I've been caught up in the wizarding world of Harry Potter since Year 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I was as eager and awestruck as Harry in discovering the magical world of J. K. Rowling's imagination. But as the wizarding world has become more mundane to Harry over the past 5 years the focus has gradually shifted away from the delights of discovery to Harry's growing desire to find his ultimate place within the world of wizards. This change of focus has not made the Harry Potter series any less compelling for me. I was just as caught up in Harry's travails during his 5th year as the adventures of his 1st. The main thrust this time is Harry's battle of wills with Professor Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who is malevolent even beyond Snape. For where Snape has spent the book series trapped between his hatred of Harry and his need to protect him from Lord Voldemort, Professor Umbridge has a free hand to sadistically punish Harry and try to change the very essence of Hogwarts. While I wasn't really satisfied with the resolution of the Harry vs. Umbridge battle, it's impossible to be too critical without knowing what might happen in books six and seven because, as all readers of Rowling know, characters have a way of reappearing in new ways. I do feel that it occupied too much of the book however. It gave a face to much of Harry's anger and resentment, but I didn't see any growth in Harry because of his encounters with Umbridge.One sub-plot where I would have preferred more development and depth, however, was in Harry's relationship with Cho Chang. I think it would have held up as a larger part of the story. Cho has never really been developed as a character. She's just been an object of infatuation for Harry. Unfortunately, we don't really learn anymore about who she is in Year 5, even in the face of a blossoming romance. (And speaking as a former 15-year old boy, I think that Cho would have been on Harry's mind more than Rowling allows, even in the face of possible expulsion and death.)The biggest disappointment for me is that the Harry vs. Lord Voldemort plot that is driving the 7-book series plays a minor role in Year 5. After the rebirth of Lord Voldemort and the return of the Death Eaters at the end of Year 4, I expected the battle between good and evil to be joined early in Year 5. But if you expect that in Year 5, you've got about 35 chapters of filler to deal with. There is the obligatory showdown scene, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix finally accelerates Harry toward what must be his ultimate showdown with Lord Voldemort in Year 7. Although Harry learns important new facts this year, I think he has shown greater personal growth and maturity in his previous years.There is more British slang in this book than the previous Scholastic releases. I'm glad they didn't try to Americanize everything, but I did find it useful to find a British slang web site to use as a reference. One word of caution, however, the first site I found was replete with vulgar slang.I've read the other Harry Potter books at least twice each and I'm sure that I'll read this one again. My view of the book may change, the way I sometimes appreciate a CD more each time I listen to it. Has anyone started the countdown for Year 6 yet?



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Publisher: Scholastic
Authors: J. K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
The Most Wonderful Book In The Whole World!


These books transport readers of all ages to a world of magic and delight. Perfect for any child or adult who grew up differently. Ms. Rowling has written a series of books that enchant and tickle the human soul. I can hardly wait to get the next four in the series!



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)
Excellent book that the whole family can enjoy


This is an extremely well-written book, with a detailed plot, excellent descriptions, and likable characters. Although my eight-year-old brother was reading it, I figured that I'd give it a try (I'm 19) and read the first chapter. Afterward, I was hooked.I would also like to inform any other "Ann M. Oslund"-like people out there that this is fantasy. Magic doesn't really exist guys, so I think it's perfect to have kids reading this without worrying about them trying to emulate the characters (like one might worry about kids emulating the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers antics).



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Ok, still good, but not the best


When I finished it----I said, "oh." I wasn't burning with curiousity, I wasn't sad because it was over, I just sorta folded up the book and was ready to move on. And I had been DYING for 3 years! I waited in line for an hour!
I am in EXACT agreement with one of my fellow reviewers----
There were serious editing problems---can anyone actually edit J.K.Rowling? Do they dare? And Harry, through most of the book, is whiny and mean. MEAN. Our Harry! I swear!
But then, upon reflection, there were neat new good things about the book. Rowlings attention to detail, compassion and cool wizardry gadgets are ever present, thank goodness. I never thought I'd write a lukewarm Harry Potter review. I'm sorry.
I feel that J.K. Rowling was ready to do this when she needed to; like shes ready to move on but we want her to commit to the end---book 7. With some serious editing, perhaps books 6 and 7 will be shorter and more to the point. Less "playing around" until the showdown at the end.Yes, there were great aspects to the story. But....if Rowling's heart isn't in it, or Harry's, why should mine be?



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)
The Magic Is Back - You'd Better Believe It!


I don't know how she does it - create one masterpiece after another. I had only to read the first chapter, where Harry is back on Privet Drive with the Dursleys, to know that dear ol' J. K. Rowling was back in all her glory. From the very beginning I was swept away by the magic, the intrigue, the revelations and the machinations as well as the delightful little touches with which she always fills her book (verisimilitude, for the literary minded). Anyone who could put this book down obviously has never read it, or else has no clue as to what fiction is about.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre
Rating: 1/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Terrible Book!!!


By the end of the book, you won't really care what happens to Mr. Harry Potter. He's not the same Harry as we know from the other books, instead, we have to read about a snappy little smart mouth who has no reguards for people's feelings. But the author says that that's ok because Harry is a teenager and teenagers ARE SUPPOSED to act like that. This book sends a terrible message to any youth who reads it, suggesting that it's ok to be a pompous little twit, because that's how teenagers like Harry Potter are supposed to act! Cry me a river Harry!!!



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)
It's worth the hype


Who said Harry Potter is just for kids? I'm a 27 year old professional woman who just so happens to be a die-hard fan of the most imaginative writer, J. K. Rowling! My 9 year old brother got me hooked on Harry Potter, so when Book 4 came out, we had a race to see who could finish it first (he won). In this book, Harry becomes even more approachable and admirable. You feel sorry for him when his friends turn against him (except for the ever-faithful and practical-minded Hermione, a girl after my own heart! ); you cheer him on as he completes the daunting tasks put before him in the Triwizard tournament; you pray for him when You-Know-Who finally carries out his threats and reveals himself in a most frightening way! I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out WHO was betraying Harry at Hogwarts. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be . . . (don't worry, I'm not going to ruin it for you!) It's so great that kids have something to look forward to other than video games and TV shows. Parents, support your children's quest for imagination! Harry Potter is an excellent role model for the next generation and a great example of heroism, morality, tolerance, and devotion. So when does Book 5 come out?



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
Publisher: Scholastic
Authors: J. K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5
Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
WOW


I probably would never have picked up a copy of the books if it weren't for the fact that I had heard so much controversy about them. I decided to read the first one and got instantly pulled into a world full of magic, monsters, adventures. Easily the best book I've ever read; my highest compliments to Ms. Rowling. This is the FIRST book that has ever gotten me offline just so I could read. Yourself, your kids, your friends won't be disappointed when they read this book; which, as good as the movie was, is better than the movie. Because of these books, I'm now a HUGE Harry Potter fan!!!



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)
10 stars!


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) is by far the most complex of Rowling's books and the most entertaining. In this book both Rowling and Potter mature. Sure the plot is basically the same - Harry is out of Hogwarts, Harry comes back to Hogwarts, Harry battles Voldemort, Harry goes back to Muggles. What makes this and every other book in the series unique is what happens to Harry along the way, the characters he meets and the situations that he finds himself in. His relationship with Hermione and Ron matures. With the new characters and situations, his and our lives are richer.

For those who keep a keen eye on Quidditch, we go beyond the intramural scene and are treated to the Quidditch World Cup. Now that has got to have a whole set of possiblilties built into it and Rowling does not disappoint. See, I got into this whole thing from this book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)) then I had to read the first three books in order to even appreciate the history of Harry Potter. I think it is fair to say that the book can stand alone but it is made so much richer as part of an evolution. Evolution is key here as we meet folks who come to the Triwizard Tournament. I may not have seen a Veela but I am sure I am in love. Alastair "Mad Eye" Moody and Rita Skeeter are a wonderful addition and Hermione's need to save the enslaved house elves is a real concrete step by Rowling to infuse a sense of humanity.

I think it is a mistake to compare Rowling with Tolkien as they are as different as black and white. Tolkien's Epic of travel and return is more akin to ancient Homeric legends - the stuff of the Epic genre - there and back again. I see more C.S. Lewis in these set of books as the character goes from one "space" to another. In the Harry Potter series, there is the Muggle world and the world of Magic - existing side by side and sometimes interacting. Conversely, with Tolkien, Bilbo or Frodo where in Middle Earth - just different areas at different times - not like two separate "realms" existed. This style of writing is also reminiscent of Stephen R. Donaldson - who employs the same style but certainly for a more mature audience. There is no real "Epic" to speak of, but yes there is that battle of good versus evil. In Harry Potter, the lines are clearly drawn; with Donaldson they are not. The only way to really appreciate the Harry Potter series is to take it for itself and just have fun with it.

Miguel Llora



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