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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban Hardcover – Box set, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551922738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551922737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Harry Potter and his friends are so delightful!
Anne
It plots a wonderful and magical storyline, which makes you feel like you are right there in the story.
David Kirkby
I would recommend them to anyone of any age... these books are NOT JUST FOR KIDS!
Norah Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
JK Rowling has exquisite talent using the English language to weave a fabulous tale within the genre of fantasy. As a parent, former elementary teacher and current professor, I recommend this book to all with the reminder that it is not reality - it is fantasy! Take joy and fly on the imaginary flight Rowling offers us as Harry soars above evil characters unwilling to look within themselves. Our hero strives to keep happiness, joy, and unconditional acceptance of others as the norm for his life. My 9 year old son, who is thoroughly bored with the basal reading of one story per week in class, had given up on reading. He said he hated it! Then, I brought home Harry Potter, began reading it aloud and stopped at a particularly climactic point. What happened next? Well, hours later on my way to bed, my son was nose deep in the book! Several nearly sleepless nights later, he finished the first and begged for more. Do I think these books are evil? Absolutely not. And, yes, we are church goers; my husband is in ministry! We are all anxiously awaiting book four. Just hope it comes out after I've graded all of my papers! I predict generations of fame for JK Rowling in these neo classics akin to CS Lewis.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I haven't sat down and read a book for quite a while. It used to be romance, then horror/suspense. It got to the point that I could figure out the ending before finishing the first chapter. Then, my eight year old daughter came home from school and said that her teacher was reading a book to them in class. I asked which one and she replied, "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone." I said that was nice and asked her if she liked it. "Yes", she said, "Can you get it for my birthday"? Well, to make it short, I did get it for her but I read it first because of the few reports that I've heard about it. I had that book read in less than 12 hours and I wished that I had had "The Chamber of Secrets" on my bookshelf. I was so impressed with this story that I am reading it again, only this time, aloud with my daughter. The funny thing about this is that I bought this paperback version for her birthday and my mother who was at her party told me that I shouldn't have bought it because she had bought the entire hardcover set for us as a Christmas present. She went on to say that she had to find out what all the fuss was about and read the first one which led to the second one and then the third. She can't wait until the fourth one and so forth. She and I believe that these books will go down in history as one of the best all time favorites for children and adults alike. One last note, my father who hasn't sat down and read a book in over 25 years has read all three books and is also awaiting the fourth. Thank you J.K. Rowlings for putting the reading back into our family.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rainy Day Mom on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm 19 years old, and yet I find myself captivated by these tales of a young wizard! Harry is an incredible hero, and he's kept me enthralled for weeks. I've been neglecting my schoolwork in order to read about Harry, but it's worth it! Only 4 more books...they can only get better!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norah Smith on January 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I must say whe i received these books as a christmas present i was a bit skeptical, however i can now say that they were some of the best books i've read in a long, long while. I'm 19 and i had forgotten how much i love books like this, not since C. S. Lewis' Narnia series have i come across something as wonderful as these books. I would recommend them to anyone of any age... these books are NOT JUST FOR KIDS! They are highly entertaining and are extremely well written. I've read them twice and cannot wait to read the next adventures of Harry Potter.
by the way: Any parents who are a bit skeptical about these books because of some peoples beliefs that these books are inappropriate for children, may a suggest that you read them too... i doubt you will find anything to complain about... there is nothing wrong with exposing your children to a wonderful imagination and the creative mind of such a wonderful author
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought this books was really great! I am a college graduate with a degree in English, and am hoping to one day be a physician. I have read everything from Dickens to J.R.R. Tolkien to CS Lewis and yes they are great authors. ...to imply that an adult who reads childrens books does not have the comprehension to understand more complex story lines is absurd. I started reading children's literature again when I started college as a form of stress relief. I wanted books that have great plot, but are a simpler to read that "adult classics". Children's books, especially the Harry Potter stories have an intricate way of letting the reader's imagination run loose. These books, even though they are simple, are extremely well written. Great plot, great characters, great everything! I recommended these books to all my college friends and family members, and they loved them too! ...if you keep to the stringent idea that a book should only be read by the specified age guidelines, you are missing out on some of the greatest authors that include Lloyd Alexander, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl...I could go on
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