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Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 Hardcover – Box set, October 16, 2007
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So, I finally gave in. Once I started reading, I could not put these books down. They seem like very long books, but you can read through them with ease. I love books that I do not want to put down, and every single book in the series did just that. I read each in only a day or two setting, so if you have not read these yet plan to put a side time to actually read these. You will not want to stop.
I read these as they came out, and I plan to start re-reading them now that I can read them all at once. This is a great book series, and one that will be read for years. I highly recommend it if you have never read them. Don't knock it until you try it. I almost did not, and I am so glad I did!
I re-read the series to compare the books to the movies. I think I like the books better than the movies, especially this one. She did an excellent job of tying up the loose ends. The movie had a lot of questionable subjects: like when Harry is using the Resurrection Stone, why weren't Tonks and Fred present, since Lupin was (answer: they weren't germain to telling the tale.)
The only problem I have with the series is that the first book needs to have a stronger binding. Each time a new book came out, I went back and re-read all the books. So I've read Sorcerer's Stone over 10 times now, and the binding has split. The other books are still intact. I tend to treat my books very gently, so it isn't a matter of abuse, it's a matter of overuse. But they are very enjoyable.
What else can we say about J.K. Rowling's famous septology? We've had mystery, a bit of romance, mythology, drama, folklore, comedy, and adventure, wrapped up in a wonderful package. The standout of this story (all well as the previous six books) is Rowling's eye for detail and imagery, as well as character development. She also understands psychology really well, being able to create distinct personality quirks for each character. The Potterverse isn't Harry's alone, it's everyone's from owls, centaurs, wizards and witches, house elves, and magic spells. One is no greater than the other. I also liked learning the pathology of each of her characters: their fears, desires, their motivations, and ideas.
In this book, Harry and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger decide to carry out Albus Dumbledore's request of Harry to find the remaining Horcruxes in order to finally defeat Voldemort. Three 17-year old (barely qualified) wizards on a journey to destroy the most evil wizard of the age is not an easy undertaking, physically and emotionally. They begin their journey in a panicky escape, and sort of improvise the entire way (where would they be without Hermione, one of the most brilliant witches of their generation?) The journey wears heavily on them, but this is the true coming of age for the three. What they discover on this journey is probably the greatest education that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry could have never given them. They experience pain, loss, abandonment, freedom, sacrifice, and most importantly, the impact of love.
If there's anything that I would criticize, it's Rowling's trite epilogue. Compared with her complex storytelling throughout the series, the epilogue was pretty childlike, a bit corny. In her defense, she wrote the epilogue very early in her creation of the entire Potterverse, and was determined to stick with it until the very end. For the orphaned and neglected Harry, who faced death again and again, I suppose that it's only fair that he gets a bit of saccharine. If anyone deserved a chance at a happy ending, it would be him. At least for us faithful readers, we know that his major ordeal wasn't all for naught.