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Harry Potter (5 Volumes set) Paperback – 4 Oct 2004


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747575444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747575443
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children

For further information about J.K. Rowling, please visit her new website: www.jkrowling.com

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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "johngolden10" on 24 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am not the kind of person who writes big long review on the sort of things that are boring. All you need to know is that this box-set comes with five books, beautifully bound with a sandpaper cover, each with a superimposition of J.K. Rowling's signiature. You save about £29 if you buy the box-set, rather than buying them seperately (RRP).
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By mayahope on 7 Jun 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am an American. I have already read all of the American version "Harry Potter" series of books, and have appreciated how the characters and the writing increased in complexity with each volume. (I am also beginning to wonder if the last few books are going to be able to be used as doorstops or lethal weapons if dropped on someone from on high....) I also knew that we Americans had been dealt an unfortunate hand when the publisher decided to name the first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" instead of "...the Philosopher's Stone." Oh! the frenzied arguments in churches we have endured!
I tend to read voraciously and without stop when the story and characters are well-written. I had noticed a lack of "Britishisms" but chalked it up to it being a children's book written for an international audience. However, when I read aloud to my husband on a road trip, the process is slower, and things come to my attention that usually escape my notice during my silent reading. I became very suspicious when some things began to sound "American." I finally hit the roof when I read about when the Captain of the Quidditch team, Wood, was showing Harry the sport's equipment. The book I was reading indicated that he picked up something that looked like "a baseball bat"! I learned that the American version had been wiped clean of "Britishisms" and the language had been changed to include "Americanisms."
I am 41-years-old and have a doctorate, but I know that most children here in the United States have managed to read C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia without needing it to be "translated" for them. I read it without difficulty as a child. We have many people who still read the KJV of the Bible, for goodness sake! And Shakespeare is studied and performed in the original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on 22 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first started reading the Harry Potter books five years ago and even now am still able to sit down and start from the beginning. They are the most interesting and absorbing fiction I've read for some time and I would recommend them to anyone of any age. They have something to offer all age groups from the youngest children to the most mature adult; adults might even find more pleasure than a child in reading and understanding the factual references and symbology the books are filled with. Altogether a first class read!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Hall on 11 Oct 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well, I live in America, and I sort of took the US editions for granted. Then, a while back, I came across images of these books online. I thought "Wow, any serious Harry Potter fan has to get the British Adult Edition". So for my birthday, my mother bought me this boxed set. After over a month of international shipping issues, these beauties finally arrived on my front door step. I love them, they are much cooler than the American versions. They are also less cumbersome. It got to be very difficult to hold the American versions, especially when reading books 4, 5, and 6. My only complaint is that the set dosen't include the Half Blood Prince, but I'll be getting that soon.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hayley Kitchener on 9 Aug 2005
Format: Hardcover
After Hearing about harry potter from a friend at work, i decided to have a read myself, the first couple of pages or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5..... i just couldnt put it down, it has been a long time since i have picked up a book filled with the magic you believe and relish when you are a young child waiting for the tooth fairy, theres a child in all of us and harry potter is the key to the herminoe and ron withen. A must read!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sm Best on 13 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I had never read any of the books before. I am 25 and have watched all of the films, but then decided to start at book 1 and within 2 months i had read them all. The Order of the Pheonix and The Half Blood Prince took me 4 days each book! The one thing i have noticed with the most recent two, mentioned above; most of the action takes place over the last 150 to 200 pages, alot of the build up was slow, but i have to say well worth the endings. The plots are not just Harry Vs Voldemort but an insight into each character, there are alot of sub plots which you want to hear about as much as the main story. Ie, Ron and Hermione's attraction and Sirius Black. I am surpirsed and sad about certain events that take place in the Order of the Pheonix, but i could literally not put it down. It has to end though and Jk Rowling really has her work cut out to meet the plot expectations of her Harry Potter hungry public!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "3k5" on 12 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
A very appealing series of Books for everyone. It is true that it is rather more exciting to children but I found that it is liked by most from the age of 5 to 65.
The story revolves around a boy who finds out that he is a wizard and is famous because his parents were killed by a certain dark wizard, Voldemort. On the course of the books, he fights his way through the troubles and challenges he gets at the Howarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In this book, JK Rowling creates a whole new world. She has covered every detail so finely that you can find absolutely no flaw in the book or the plot itself.
Some of the latter books being as big as over 400 pages, it can be surprising to see that even kids as old as 5 can get through them easily without getting bored. JK Rowling has made every aspect of the book so interesting and with a twist that you can never get bored.
It is very hard to put the book down after you start reading. It is simply irresistable. It gets the readers to ask for more. As the sixth book now comes out, Billions of people await its release wanting more of the Harry Potter's wizarding world.
The only thing that could be classed as a 'con' for this book is that it is directed at children so some adults may not find the language to their satisfaction.
Over all this book exceeds everyone's satisfaction levels. A person has to be very unusual not to like Harry Potter. I recommend these books to everyone and before you know it, you'll find yourself getting pulled into the world of Harry Potter.
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