| A Review of the Harry Potter Books
By Nora Kirkeby
Jan 1, 2004, 19:32 PST
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is an epic tale of magic, full of surprises that's so good you'll want to read it over and over and over...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
(UK: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone)
To us, Harry Potter is the boy who has captivated millions, but in his world he's the boy who lived. His parents were murdered by the greatest dark wizard of all time and he tried to murder Harry too, but some how he survived. He was stuck with his terribly non-magical aunt and uncle, as well as tortured by his porky cousin Dudley.
Life was pretty miserable until the day of his eleventh birthday. That was the day he found out he was a wizard and had been enrolled in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Once he gets there though, he realizes that there are more than hidden doors in Hogwarts, and there are dangerous guardians who protect dangerous secrets.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter has many admirers, human and otherwise. Dobby happens to be otherwise, but loves Harry to the point of heroism, and attempts to save his life. Harry Potter must stay where he is safe. He is too great, too good, to lose. If Harry Potter goes back to Hogwarts he will be in mortal danger.
Although Dobby almost kills Harry trying to keep him away, Harry goes back to Hogwarts determined to enjoy time with the friends he has missed so much over the summer. Things never go quite as they're planned and when mysterious incidents bring harm to students, the teachers wonder seriously about the death that might follow.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Dark shadows follow Harry everywhere, whether they be omens of death or glimpses into his worst memories. A convicted mass murderer stalks Harry, and his friends once again try to keep him safe. But when his friends ask him to stay out of trouble... I don't go looking of trouble, said Harry, nettled. Trouble usually finds me. What Harry means is that life at Hogwarts is bound to be as exciting as always.
On a different note, Hermione solves the age-old mystery of how to be two places at once. Hagrid sends Harry a book to help him, but it has a nasty bite. Even flying becomes very hard due to certain difficulties with Harrys broom. Everything in the book leads up to a stag, a dog, a wolf, and a rat that are all part of an ending thats impossible to predict.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Quiddich has been canceled in order to host a different event thats top secret. On the other hand, this event is just as exciting as Quiddich; the only problem is that Harry might have been entered into this event by someone who wants him dead. If he doesnt get bitten, stung, or burnt by Hagrids new pets, there is every possibility that he may be burned, drowned, or killed in the event. The fact that there are now two schools watching Harry's every move doesnt help either. If that werent enough, there's the possibility of some new romantic relationships in Harry Potter, not really, but almost. Dumbledore doesnt tend to worry very often, but this time, he is very worried.
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