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Harry Potter (Three book set, includes Vols 1-3: Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban) Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
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A perfect introduction to the world of Harry Potter, containing special collectable editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel - the first of seven extraordinary novels published over the following ten years. She has also written three books for charity inspired by the Harry Potter novels: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 million copies worldwide and been translated into 72 languages. In 2012 she published her first book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations 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. J.K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh.
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In terms of the actual book, the illustration quality remains outstanding but the QUANTITY has noticeably diminished from Philosopher's Stone! A few full page illustrations throughout the book but mostly text against a coloured background for pages on end.
It gets one because it falls apart with Hermione and her time-travel thing. That undermines everything because suddenly anything anywhere can be changed. If you can suddenly mess about with time, then Voldermort could just go back and kill Harry's parents, or kill anyone in his direct family before he was born and suddenly NO MORE HARRY. It's such a massive plot hole and I can't believe JKR used it because it blows the series totally. If time travel is possible in Harry's world then nothing is ever final because everything can change at any moment, depending on who is controlling time itself. Big mistake, in terms of plot development. Try reading books four and five without thinking about Hermione's time piece. They don't work at all, because they should be very different once the principle of time travel is applied to them. If Harry could wind the clock back, suddenly the cause of all the problems in those books don't need to happen in the first place. Ooops.
If like me you love the idea of time travel then try reading ones where it's all been thought through properly, and the stories have been built on it. The Time Traveller's Wife is good, The Time Machine of course, and The Odessa Stone and The Guardian Of Time. They're all based on the effects and so on about messing with time or observing time passing by, and they work brilliantly because the principles get established about what's going on - and who's in charge of them! Most important, they're well thought out.
So if you can ignore the pitfall of JKR's folly in this one, which most people seem to do very easily, then you'll really enjoy the whole story, and the whole series as well. For me though, it's the most enjoyable story but it leaves a really big mess afterwards - but only if you think about it.
i'm still giving 5 stars because as a massive harry potter fan i know i will not be disappointed when it eventually turns up,
But it's not any old childrens story book; it's book three in the Harry Potter series of books and it's how it compares to the readers concept of the Harry Potter world that is the defining point of interest.
Well it as got past the misconceptions Jim Kay made in the first book and like the second is more inkeeping with the establish understanding of the Potter world and less like a generic cutesy picture book for infants the first one was. But, here it is the BUT, although it's captured the estabblished understanding of Potter World it's failed to grow with the reader. Where the first was too infantile the second pitched it just about right this one as stuck with, if not even retrogressed a little, the level of the second. But the stories don't. The stories age as Harry ages, each book charters a whole year of school and a whole year of Harry's life. So each new book moves up a year and the reading age corrospondingly so.
Book one concerns it's self with school (granted a somewhat magical school but never the less still a school) as experienced by a eleven year old child where as the final book that child is an adolescent on the threshold of becoming a man and the reading age of the book reflects this developement. The reader ages with Harry as they read so to speak and sadly (maybe I'm wrong and will find so when I delve deeper into this edition) I, so far, found no advancement of maturity in the illustrations of this volume from the previous. Still linguring in the first and second years when Harry is now a third year and has become a young teenager with all the anxious trepidations that age brings and so now I feel the illustrations should be becoming likewise more mature, just as beauitfull and magical, but this is the book that realy starts to explore the darker side of the world of Potter and if Mr Jim Kay persists in this style, beautiful as it is, it just won't work in the latter volumes, from the Goblet of Fire onwards, where the drama gets really dark and the lighter moments explore the sexual pubescent developement of the teenager among other more grown up emotions. But charming and pretty as they maybe, the illustrations, as Hermione once described Ron, have the emotional depth of a teaspoon.
But still, for the hardened Potter fan, worth having.
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