Harry Potter Pbk Boxed Set Paperback – Oct 4 2004
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J.K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was her first novel, followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as well as two books written specifically for Comic Relief and based on the Harry Potter novels, Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them and Quidditch through the Ages. The Harry Potter novels are prize-winning and consistently on the bestseller lists, and have now sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Originally published as an author for children and still primarily so, J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books in an unprecedented fashion. She was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. Films of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban distributed by Warner Brothers, have been released to huge success. For a full list of prizes please see the website.
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Secondly: A little bit about the books- [So far, we are in book 5 of 7]. It is the story of a boy named Harry Potter who has a scar on his forehead in the shape of a lighting bolt and for ten years lived a miserable life with his aunt and uncle Dursley and spoil brat cousin, Dudley, but at age of elven learns that he is a wizard. The story takes from there. In each book, Harry has to confront evil, Lord Voldemort (or He Who Must Not Be Named or You Know Who) who is responsible for Harry's scar and the his parents death.
Thirdly: The Theme(s)-At first glance, or a read at teh back of the book, the reader gets the impression that Harry Potter and his world is nothing but pure magic: wizards and withces; unicorns and trolls; spells and curses, etc. But there is more to these books. For instence, and the most easy theme to be capture, is good vs. evil: Harry and his frieds(the good force) and Lord Voldemort and this followers( the bad force) confronting each other. Another easy to get theme is friendship: Harry and Ron and Hermoine always counting with one another in tough times. But there are also those themes that are a little bit more deeper and intense. One of them is racism/intolerance: In Harry world there are those wizard characters (like the Malfoys) that belief that only pure-blood wizard and witches are worth something; also, there are non-magic folks (like the Dursleys) that despise the magical world and its people. Another theme is corruption and power: the ministry of magic thrying to keep some things hidden from the normal-and-nest-door wizard.Read more ›
As for this set however I really don't see why anyone would buy it.
If you haven't read the books (shame on you), buy or borrow the paperbacks.
If you are a true Hary Potter fan, then buying a set with the terrible american covers, and the idiotic american title for the original novel (it's the PHILOSOPHER'S stone, not the sorcerer's stone), seems a little heretical to me. If you want a collector's item surely the original covers and the proper titles are more worth collecting?
The main issue I have with this set though is the same issue I have with DVD box sets that come out when you KNOW there will be more titles available (Star Wars episode 1&2 for example). Why do it? You know that you'll only end up buying a box set with all 9 novels in, and you'll never be able to sell the 5 novel set afterwards.
This is expensive and pointless.
Disappointed with the packaging of this set is really the best way to describe my experience it. First of all, it is really one set of books made up of one set of books 1-4 and book 5 crammed in for good measure inside of a nice "New Limited Edition Box". The publisher must of had trouble moving the last Limited Edition Box of books 1-4. Then the Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix leather book mark IS NOT LEATHER BUT IT'S COUSIN LEATHERETTE. Yes, Leatherette which is made from that elusive snipe found only in the wild of adult's imagination to torment kids. It is cheap and tacky and I expected something more substantial from this box set. I've seen Harry Potter bookmarks at the bookstore that were extremely pleasant. This is not one of those.
That being said, the bottom line is this is a great series of books to own if you are looking for Hard Cover copies of this series but this package is sure to leave you disappointed.
These books make an excellent addition to any personal library, no matter what the age! My little sister convinced me to give them a try and I ended up reading all five of them in under a week! These books have all the elements of a great story, from great characters to great adventures. Humor, action, and mystery kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. And as soon as things start to settle down, JKR throws in another twist to the plot--whether it be a new character, interesting object, or a new problem for Ron, Harry, and Hermione to face together.
Anybody who rates these books poorly clearly has not read them for themselves; they're just spouting off the anti-HP rhetoric fed to them in Sunday School. Please give these books a chance before disregarding them; I promise you won't regret it.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these books for people of all ages who can appreciate a great story.
Most recent customer reviews
I love these books! Rowling is an author who follows in the footsteps of the best fantasy authors such as Tolkien and Lewis. These books will be cherished for genarations to come. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
These are the best books I've ever read in my entire life! There's something for everyone in them, whether it's the fantasy world at Hogwarts and Diagon Alley or any of Harry's... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
This is a wonderful story. What J.K Rowling has given to us is beyond great.
The characters are so vivid and the stories are quick, and easy to read through. Read more
SO we've read them all, together. Who knew that I would be the one who couldn't wait for her to come home from school so we could continue on with our readings. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
On the note of the fact that in England the name of the 1st book is "Philosopher's Stone", I can explain it. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I bought this set because I wanted all 5 books in hardback, but as another reviewer wrote, it is like they made a cheap outside cover for the box set of books 1-4 & threw in book... Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I initally purchased and read the paperback copies. I love the book series and purchased the "Special Edition" copies as well so I would have a collectable. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
The series I give five stars, but I'm talking about the box set. Considering that the books all cost around $30 in hardcover, this is a great deal, but most people already have the... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Newbia
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