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Harry Potter Boxset Pb 1-5 Paperback – Box set, October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Series: Harry Potter
  • Paperback: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Box edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439682584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439682589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.4 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

JK 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, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 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 have been prize-winning and consistently on the bestseller lists, and have now sold over 190 million copies worldwide. Originally published as an author for children and still primarily so, JK Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books in an unprecedented fashion. JK Rowling 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, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, distributed by Warner Brothers, have been released to huge success. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

J K (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in the summer of 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, and where her course included one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to her daughter Jessica in 1993. When her marriage ended, she returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where "Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone" was eventually completed and in 1996 she received an offer of publication. The following summer the world was introduced to Harry Potter."Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in June 1997 and was published as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in America by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in September 1998.The second title in the series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", was published in July 1998 (June 2, 1999 in America) and was No. 1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts for a month after publication. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was published on 8th July 1999 (September 8, 1999 in America) to worldwide acclaim and massive press attention. The book spent four weeks at No.1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts, while "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" simultaneously topped the paperback charts. In the US the first three Harry Potter books occupied the top three spots on numerous adult bestseller lists.The fourth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia 8th July 2000 with a record first print run of 1 million copies for the UK and 3.8 million for the US. It quickly broke all records for the greatest number of books sold on the first weekend of publication. The fifth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia on 21st June 2003. Published in paperback on 10th July 2004, it is the longest in the series - 766 pages - and broke the records set by "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire" as the fastest selling book in history. The sixth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", was published in the UK, US and other English-speaking countries on 16th July 2005 and also achieved record sales.The seventh and final book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was published in the UK, US and other English speaking countries on 21st July 2007. The book is the fastest selling book in the UK and USA and sales have contributed to breaking the 375 million copies mark worldwide.J K Rowling has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's school books within the novels. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Quidditch Through The Ages" were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books and Scholastic in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The Harry Potter books have sold 400 million copies worldwide. They are distributed in over 200 territories and are translated into 67 languages.

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Customer Reviews

I've already read books 1-4.
Kristin White
The set is very reasonably priced, and it comes with a nice little box to hold the books on your shelf.
Clyde
If you are indifferent to the movies--read the books.
M. Covington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

414 of 437 people found the following review helpful By M. Covington on October 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
You remember those times as a kid when you picked up a book that was truly magical? Those were the days of "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Chronicles of Narnia", where you could be swept away in an amazing world and desperatly desired to become part of that universe. The Harry Potter books are kind of like that. You, as an adult, should read them. Here's why:

1. They're fun. They're pretty easy reads that you can pick up and get lost in. They're a great escape from daily life and from "heavy" literature. They get better as the series progresses.

2. They have imagination. Has anyone else noticed that books written for adults are severely lacking in this department lately? These books are rich with imagry, have a well-designed plot, and more than their share of imagination.

3. They're mature. Moral lessons are thinly disguised at points, and the first chapter of each book is redundant, but these books are written in mature, adult-friendly prose. You don't feel like you're being preached to, or that you're being hit over the head with the "learn this" stick.

4. They're good. Yes, I've heard the rumors that Harry Potter is BAD because of its connections with "witchcraft"--in fact, my co-worker is one of those people in the "Harry Potter is turning our kids into evil satan-worshippers" camp. Truth be told, there is no religious agenda in these novels, but adults will be pleased that Harry Potter extoles the traditional "Christian" virtues and is truly GOOD. Once I convinced my co-worker to just read the books, she found them quite enjoyable.

5. They're better than their movies. Of course, most books are better than the movies, but these are really much funnier in print than on the big screen. If you feel great about the movies, you'll love the books.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Dad on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I must admit, before 1 month ago I was completely ignorant about every aspect of the Harry Potter universe that is consuming the world. I had never turned a page in a Harry Potter novel, and never rented any of the Harry Potter movies. I assumed the Harry Potter series was for children under 12, and had no inclination to read a children's novel.

Then my world changed.

My oldest daughter, now nearly 7, had watched a Harry Potter movie at a friend's house, and was now becoming a Harry Potter fan. She wanted to watch the movies over and over again. I watched the movies with her to make sure that there wasn't anything too scary (she gets scared easily with monsters and such), and I became hooked.

I decided to purchase Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and read it. The book reviews revealed to me that adults were reading the Potter series, so I gave it a try.

Now I am working my way through the series, and I look forward to each page. I have yet to find anything that has made my journey through Hogwarts with Mr. Potter to be tedious.

If you are an adult who has never considered reading Harry Potter I recommend that you give it a try. It is not childish in the least, and is a very fascinating and enjoyable read.

And from the viewpoint of a parent, I find the Harry Potter universe to be wonderful for my 7 year old daughter. The fantasy aspects challenge her to expand her concept of what is possible, and the stories end with good triumphing over evil.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MicheleLK VINE VOICE on August 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought these to read what all the fuss was about, and I've fallen in love with the Harry Potter series thus far!

The collection itself comes contained in a sturdy decorative box - I have our books up on display in the box, it makes for a nifty look! Each of the books has eloquently made diamond patterns on the hardcovers themselves. They all have the book jackets as well, the same ones as the regular hardcover releases. I know that I'll be re-reading them and will probably lose the jackets, which is why I'm so pleased the actual hardcover books stay with the whole HP theme.

The bookmark is VERY cute, my only complaint with it is that in the humidity it can sometimes stick to pages. Also, I unwittingly placed the bookmark under my hand as I lay down to read, and about an hour later noticed the blue words "Harry Potter" displayed in reverse on my hand. Don't do this!! It's wierd trying to explain that to your boss!

I agree with some of the other reviews, I was very concerned about buying a 5 book boxed set when there will be 7 books, but then I realized that this set is exactly like the 5 individual hardcovers being pulled off bookstore shelves. The covers and artwork are the same - it's just a great way to save money on the series!

If you're curious about the Harry Pottery series, buy this set instead of buying just book 1 to get started. J.K. has weaved her magic on us so that you can't stop at Book 1!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SanMoro on June 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
To the Christian reviewer, and all who read the "12 year-old's" comments: These books are good reads, descriptive and easy to follow. As far as JKR being the devil, please keep in mind these books are fiction. I don't know about anyone else, but I was taught the difference between fiction and reality by my parents and teachers at a very young age. Just because I read these books does not make me want to go out and curse people or even believe that this type of magic exists. I suppose all works for fiction could be taken this way if you have that much time on your hands. I prefer to read, enjoy and move on. Personally, I know I've read required reading through school that is much worse than these as far as being influential to young minds. In closing, please lighten up and enjoy the read. :0)
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