Harry Potter Boxed Set (Harry Potter, #1-6)

ISBN: 0439887453
ISBN 13: 9780439887458
By: J.K. Rowling Mary GrandPré

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Six years of magic, adventure, and mystery make this paperback collection the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages.Follow Harry from his first days at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, through his many adventures with Hermione and Ron, to his confrontations with rival Draco Malfoy and the dreaded Professor Snape. From a dangerous descent into the Chamber of Secrets to the Triwizard Tournament to the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, each adventure is more riveting and exhilarating than its predecessor, and now all six books are available together for the first time in a

Reader's Thoughts

sarah dunebuggy

I read all six books in two or three weeks. . . my farewell to unemployment, one might say. Once you read one of them, you never need to read it again and you can just forget about it and move on to the next one. They get more interesting the further along you go. I liked the sixth one the most. . . but once the seventh one comes out I'll probably like that one the most.

Netangel

I have read each of these books and can't wait till the last one. i have re-read 4-6 and enjoyed it the second time. I usually tell most people they can skip 1 & 2 and just read 3 up. That's around where the movies no longer cover what you need. I think these are great books. Reading them as an adult you can see how they grown in their maturity level for kids. What a great idea. I can't wait until my neice and nephew are old enough to read them.

Emily

I've read all of the Potter books. In the first three, Harry was great then, he became a rude, hormonal teenager. But, everyone should read at least one of them (the first is the best).

Isabelle

What started as a joke (I bought the first Harry Potter when my husband, Pascal, my main reading buddy, said he was getting old for the first time on his birthday a few years back), became a passion in my household. We both loved the series so much that we spent time coaxing whoever read the book first to keep on reading so that the other could get a hold of the book. We eventually came to wait for each release, pre-ordering each new book etc... Will we be seen at the future Harry Potter Conventions, dressed as wizards???Anyhow, each book was such an entertaining event: full of creativity, wit and a great running commentary on all things British...I have really gotten to like some characters: Snape of course, Sirius Black -- a lot --, the Weasleys etc... I just wonder what it is like to read those books when you are a child. It must be marvelous!

Ginny

Great, great books. Worth all the hyperbole. Rowling has a wonderful imagination; the names are rich. And one of the most amazing things is that the books get even better as you progress in the series.

Derek

Get over yourself and the stigma of reading a children's book. The series is so well written and imaginative it's easy to get past. Plus you get to feel like a pedophile shopping in the kid's section, and who doesn't like that?

Toby McMillen

I remained skeptical & snobbish about this series for quite awhile, until my son wanted me to read the first book to him. It hooked me, & I am now quite sad that the series is done. But I'm glad the author went out on a high note. Highlights: The Sorcerer's Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban, & the Deathly Hallows were the best; 5 stars for those. I probably enjoyed the Order of the Phoenix the least. All, by the way, far outstrip their respective movies, but I must admit that when I read the books I see the characters as they appear in the flicks.

Sarah

Be patient with the first 50 pages of Book one then let your imagination fly with Harry et al. (They're good in French, too. Haven't tried Latin yet.) I can't wait for the last one to come out!

Shanna Gonzalez

Since the first book was published in 1997, Harry Potter has become a cultural sensation. There are movies and merchandise based on the series, and gallons of ink have been spilled discussing their literary quality and cultural significance. Additionally, there has been an ongoing debate among Christians about the moral quality of the series. Advocates such as John Granger argue that the books provide a cosmic good-against-evil battle that is essentially Christian (a claim that Rowling may have indirectly refuted in her strange 2007 announcement that Dumbledore, the deceased headmaster of Hogwarts, was gay.) Detractors claim the books could lead readers into occultic involvement. A good example of the spirited debate over Harry Potter is the July 18, 2005 discussion on the Albert Mohler radio program.The books tell the story of the orphaned Harry Potter, who lives with his outrageously abusive (and nonmagical) aunt and uncle. On his eleventh birthday he receives a letter inviting him to study at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where his parents attended before him. There he discovers that his unique gifts make him special, and he earns his place at Hogwarts through excellence at the wizard's sport Quidditch. At Hogwarts he deals with the everyday trials of preadolescents, making some enemies and a few good friends who join him in his adventures.Most of the wizarding community are goodhearted, and many are heroic; but Voldemort, an evil wizard, holds the wizarding world in terror, and he emerges as Harry's nemesis. In each installment of the series his vendetta against Harry is expressed in a new way, and each time Harry defeats him.I have read books 1-6, and found that books 1-4 seem to be entertaining, basically innocent magical fantasy including loyal friends, some positive adult role models, and a classic good-against-evil struggle. Unfortunately, books 5-6 grow quite dark and are rather disturbing as Harry matures into a young teen. His confrontations with evil become progressively more frightening (at times horrifying and macabre), and sensitive readers will definitely be disturbed.More troubling than the magical elements, which can be dismissed as mere fantasy, are Harry's relationships with the people in his life, especially those in authority. The Hogwarts faculty who care about Harry often overlook important safety concerns, forcing him to break the rules in order to oppose Voldemort. Even Dumbledore, his primary advocate and father figure, is unable to prevent his own murder in front of Harry, and his death leaves Harry bereft of his primary source of adult guidance. Young teens are already prone to the belief that they know more than their elders, and Harry's experiences will do nothing to discourage this delusion.Harry's isolationism is also troubling. While his friends do show courage and loyalty as they join in the fight against evil, it is always Harry who ends up facing down the villain. At the end of book six Harry walks away from the wizarding community as a one-man vigilante. While his heroism is not all bad, there is an individualistic and self-absorbed quality to his departure that is likely to appeal to adolescent pride. If any readers have read book seven, I would be interested to know if this quality is altered in his final confrontation with Voldemort.The Harry Potter series is entertaining and well written, and follows a good-against-evil motif that is in some harmony with a Christian worldview. The magic in the early books seems for the most part fantastical, although the later books move into darker, more occultic territory. More problematic is Harry's isolationism, as well as the absence of trustworthy, competent adults in his life.Some families may feel that the books' popularity with their children's peers is reason enough for reading them, and a reasonable case may be made for their inclusion in home reading as a part of cultural literacy. However, I would recommend that if the books are approved, their introduction should be delayed until the early teen years, when readers are old enough to engage the problematic elements with the help of a discerning adult.

Natasha

Harry Potter was one of those "there is no way I'd like these books. But once I finally caved, I was hooked. Amazing children's book, that I was I had back when I was 13-14 years old.

Emily

Read these back in 2006Books 1 - 4:We had been watching all our movies on DVD and it sparked my interest to read the books. I love seeing differences between movies and books. I started book 1 on a Tuesday and I finished book 4 on the following Monday in the wee hours of the morning. If that gives you any indication on the “oh my gosh these are so good I can’t put them down” meter.5&6:I liked both of these books but they made me very sad at times. Book 6 especially and I also found book 6 to be a bit slow and it did not keep my attention as well as the previous books. I hate to say it but it was as if JK had lost a bit of her "suck you in writing" in this one. :/ Not to say it wasn't a good book, it was just not as good as the others.Oh and where the heck was Hedwig in book 6, she was hardly mentioned compared to previous books.

Lesley

(It is just easier to rate the whole series, instead of each book) Ah, young Harry Potter. You can't say enough good things about the Potter books. Magic, adventure, tragedy, humor, and red-headed poor-kids, lets be honest what is better than that! I'd have to say that the 6th one is probaby my favorite, but it is hard to say. I was always sad when I finished a book because I knew that it would be SO LONG before I got another one. But it was always worth it.

Tianna

Rowling's imagination is wonderfully superb! I love these books and Tavian, my 9 yr old is now reading them. I was sad to finish them, but I had to get them all finished this summer because I have no time to read for pleasure during the school year. However, it wasn't hard to read them within a month because they are just that good.

Michelle

She is the best fantasy author that I have ever read. I love this world of magic. It made me believe that small things can conquer big. A lot of symbolism of real life.

Heidi Hodges

This series is amazing. I would really recommend them to anyone. The plots are interesting and never predictable, the characters well-developed and they are all page-turners. I will be sad when the series is over!

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