Harry Potter Books
SPOILER WARNING: This page contains cover excerpts from each of the books
in the Harry Potter series. Some of them refer to events in previous books,
and some key plot points may be revealed. Thanks to Amazon
for the editorial book reviews.
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Philosopher's Stone/Sorcerer's Stone
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
It's hard to fall in love with an earnest, appealing young hero like Harry Potter and then to watch helplessly as he steps into terrible danger! And in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
, the much anticipated sequel to the award-winning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
, he is in terrible danger indeed. As if it's not bad enough that after a long summer with the horrid Dursleys he is thwarted in his attempts to hop the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. But when his only transportation option is a magical flying car, it is just his luck to crash into a valuable (but clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what happens that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts.
Prisoner of Azkaban
For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to
spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate
like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from
officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic
world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.
Goblet of Fire
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of
dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle
relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to
make his lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius Black.
Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make
Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the Death Eaters--are out for murder.
Order of the Phoenix
Book five takes the series to a darker, more serious level, as we see Harry's attitude and feelings change dramatically
as J.K. Rowling takes us deeper and deeper into the fight between good and evil. Normally safe at the Dursley's, Harry
suffers an almost fatal dementor attack before being taken to the secret headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, a
special group of wizards united in their efforts to defeat Voldemort and his followers. At the headquarters, Harry runs
into Kreacher, a vile, horrible house elf and also Sirius' mother, who never misses an oppurtunity to scream the house
down. Our hero returns to Hogwarts, where things begin to get ever more perilous as he encouters terrifying dreams, a
teacher with an attitude like venom and corruption of the highest level and all the time, Harry still can't find out
what exactly lies in the Department of Mysteries.
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
has arrived, and the
question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is
simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks
and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case
of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that
will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story. But take one
warning to heart: do not open Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
until you have first found a secluded spot,
safe from curious eyes, where you can tuck in for a good long read. Because once you start, you won't stop until you
reach the very last page.
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--
such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
that no fan will make it
to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly
dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and
right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are
not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final
adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.
Quidditch Through the Ages and
Quidditch Through the Ages
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
--charmingly reproduced as if it were a facsimile of the copy from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--starts with the history of broomsticks, describes the evolution of Quidditch through the generations, and includes the rules of the game as well as a chapter on modern-day play.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
is the most complete A to Z listing of magical beasts that exists, and includes their classifications. From Basiliks to Jarveys to Werewolves, this book covers all the magical beasts you've only heard of and will introduce you to a host of new ones you haven't.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard
, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated
by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Amazon was fortunate to come into possession
of one of the original copies, and it was our privilege to share images and reviews of this incredible artifact. Now J.K.
Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle
, available December 4, 2008.