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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Submitted by Kate 
(May 18, 2003)

These are the best books I have read. J.K. Rowling writes with such honesty and reality that it makes the entire book come alive. Each character is extremely 3-dementional; you feel like you know each one of them personally. They all have feelings that each person can relate to. The books take you to a whole new world. This is a new world full of amazing creativity and wonder. Whenever I'm having a bad day, and I wish I could be anywhere other than where I am, I can just pick up my book and be immediately transported to a world filled with magic and surprise. Harry is such a great character, because he is the person almost everyone is inside at one point or another, and at other times, the person everyone wants to be. He helps you get hope to become that person you want to be. J.K. Rowling has done the unthinkable: rescued children from an era of DVD's and reality television; she's re-taught the joy of reading, at a point when thought near impossible. My congratulations go to Ms. Rowling, and thanks for sharing her amazing talent with the world!

Submitted by Margaret Wilson 
(May 18, 2003)

I would have to say Harry Potter is wonderful. I read all of them in a week. They want you to go on and on, and J.K Rowling captures that! I could hardly stop. It's not the best series I have ever read, but it definitely is in my top 5 at #2. I can't wait till they all come out. J.K Rowling really puts a lot of effort into writing these books and her hard work has paid off. She is very famous for her books and it was so good now some of them are movies! I love the passion of her books and how she puts mystery and adventure into them. You actually feel like you are in Hogwarts. I would recommend these books to people of all ages. My big brother and auntie have read them and they both love them. You can capture each and every feeling of each of the characters, the anger and pain of what they feel. Some get you very emotional and some bits in it you want to read over and over again. How did she ever come up with the ideas? My favourite ideas about the way she writes the story is how people never say Voldemort, they say 'You Know Who', about Harry's parents and about how his Aunt and Uncle treat him. I also like Ron Weasley who isn't rich and has hand-me-downs, Hermione, whose smartness and uniqueness shows throughout the series. Harry himself is very courageous and is not afraid of whatever is coming for him.

Submitted by Anonymous 
(May 18, 2003)

Harry Potter. What is there to say about Harry Potter? Well as soon as that name pops into my head a million thoughts zoom through my brain like a Fire Bolt chasing after a Golden Snitch, a Fire Bolt ridden by a boy who could none other be but the famous Harry Potter.
All those thoughts lead to a great story written by a brilliant author, J.K.Rowling, of whom I admire very much and I recommend her books not only to children but to people of all ages. It is a great tale to tell and I would love to tell it to you but I feel my description will not compare to the way J.K.Rowling describes the stories.
As a big fan of the two movies, I decided to expand my mind and introduce myself to the thought of contemplating the reading of the third Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Never having read a whole book in my life without the help of my mother, I finished the book in less then a week, with this I was very proud of myself as were my parents, but I was not satisfied I needed to read more, so Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire made it's way into my life. I found the book fascinating and in some parts I was shaking with excitement but after having read the fourth book I found myself in a sea of boredom, I read the first and then then the second and now my hunger for the fifth book is getting stronger as is my need for more read.

Submitted by Adam 
(Apr 04, 2003)

I have just finished reading the Harry Potter books, and I must say I am amazed at the quality of the writing that Rowling uses in her work. It is a rare gift for an author to be able to write with such a depth so as to literally create another world. Yet it is a gift she clearly has, and as the books have come, she has become increasingly efficient at harnessing that amazing talent, and has propelled herself to being one of the best writers of the world today.

One thing that impresses me about these books, aside from the wonderful storylines, is the rich style of writing that Rowling uses. She uses such exquisite detail in her story that I am constantly reminded of another author that commonly writes with such a style. That other author is Stephen King. Especially in her fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, she takes on many of the same techniques that makes King's work so fun to read. An example of this is at the beginning of The Goblet of Fire, when Frank Bryce is the focal character and he walks in on Lord Voldemort and Wormtail. There is no real purpose that Bryce serves other than to introduce the fact that Voldemort is making a plan. It is a technique that worked quite well for Rowling, and one I hope to see her continue to use whenever possible.

Another interesting detail of the stories themselves that I find to be quite appealing is the description of the classes offered at Hogwarts. Having been interested in academics my whole life (currently a student at Brown University), the description of such enchanting subjects as Transfiguration and Defense Against the Dark Arts makes one actually want to be in class with them, learning the material they are learning. It is a quality that I'm afraid was not translated into the movies, but that works out in the end because it's one more reason to read the books.

In each book, Rowling creates a very intersting story for the readers to follow. The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, is a tale of wonder as Harry makes his first trip, along with the readers, to Hogwarts, and the world of magic.

The second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, creates a darker tale in which questions that arose in the first book, such as Hagrid's history, are answered. Readers cannot help but be drawn into the dark tale, wondering who opened the chamber of secrets.

The third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, maintains both the wonder of the first and darkness of the second, but focuses more on Harry's having to grow up and face his fears, most particularly the sounds he hears when the dementor's come near him.

And if there was anything the first three books didn't convey, the fourth certainly did. This book focused on Harry having to experience his feelings for women for the first time, having to learn the value of friendship, having to again face his worst fears, and showing bravery in the face of certain death.

As a whole, the books convey so many qualities that we as a society hope our children take on. We can only wonder what new aspects of growing up Rowling chooses to introduce in the remaining books.

As a last point, I would like to say that these books, no matter what many feel, are not children's books. The writing is far more elegant than a typical children's book. These are definitely books that even adults who have been reading for years will enjoy. The fact that children read these books is actually quite extraordinary because they are now teaching themselves to read beyong basic reading. All in all I must say that these stories, and owling's writing in general, make these book irresistable favorites.

Submitted by Anonymous 
(Apr 04, 2003)

O MY GOD!!!!! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best book I've ever read ever and I really mean that! I'm reading it right now for the 10th time and even though I know exactly what is going to happen I still can't help myself. I'm 12 years old and from Canada so I have to wait a bit longer for the books to come out so when HP #4 came out and my aunt was in london I had her buy it and mail it to me because I coudn't wait for the North American release date!! really I love Harry and I've gone to see both movies 15 times for real no lie! I can't wait for number 5 the Order of the Phoenix to come out June 21st 7:00 am at Chapters I'll be there because I can't wait to become indulged into Harry's world once more!!

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