A parent's guide to the Harry Potter Phenomenon
What's all this Harry Potter stuff you've been hearing about from your kids? Harry Potter is the
hero of a series of children's books by author J.K. Rowling. These books have captured the imagination
of 9 to 12 year olds all over the world. It's truly amazing to see how kids devour these books. Even
children who say they hate reading love these books.
Most children can identify with the unlikely hero Harry and imagine themselves in his place. These
books are pure escapism and teach kids that reading can be fun. The Harry Potter books are
often the first books that a child reads just for the fun of it. They open up children's eyes to the
further possibilities for recreational reading. They can change a child's whole attitude about reading
while at the same time improving their reading skills.
Below are short descriptions of the first 6 books in the series so far, and some of the other Harry
Potter related products available.
Click on a book for more information including how to order.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1 of the series)
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you.
Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy
owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry,
grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly
what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a
nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were
killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor
of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously
refined sensibilities, and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's quite, yes, altogether
different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2 of the series)
It's hard to fall in love with an earnest, appealing young hero like Harry Potter and then to watch
helplessly as he steps into terrible danger! And in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets, the much anticipated sequel to the award-winning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone, he is in terrible danger indeed. As if it's not bad enough that after a long summer with the
horrid Dursleys he is thwarted in his attempts to hop the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry to begin his second year. But when his only transportation option is a magical flying
car, it is just his luck to crash into a valuable (but clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this
seems like a day in the park compared to what happens that fall within the haunted halls of
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3 of the series)
For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old
hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third
book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard
"accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon
and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from
officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in
the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4 of the series)
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and
delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her
orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his
lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius
Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting event, the Quidditch World
Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the
Death Eaters--are out for murder.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5 of the series)
As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry
Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating
crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It's been yet another infuriating and
boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero's
non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the
magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to
Hogwarts will be a relief... or will it?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6 of the series)
Opening just a few weeks after the previous book left off, the penultimate entry in the series
is, as the author foretold, the darkest and most unsettling yet. The deeds of Voldemort's Death Eaters
are spreading even to the Muggle world, which is enshrouded in a mist caused by Dementors draining hope
and happiness. Harry, turning 16, leaves for Hogwarts with the promise of private lessons with Dumbledore.
No longer a fearful boy living under the stairs, he is clearly a leader and increasingly isolated as
rumors spread that he is the Chosen One, the only individual capable of defeating Voldemort. Two attempts
on students' lives, Harry's conviction that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater, and Snape's usual slimy
behavior add to the increasing tension. Yet through it all, Harry and his friends are typical teens,
sharing homework and messy rooms, rushing to classes and sports practices, and flirting. Ron and Hermione
realize their attraction, as do Harry and Ginny.
Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-5)
Five years of magic, adventure, and mystery at Hogwarts -- now available in a complete hardcover box set.
Includes books 1-5 of the worldwide bestselling series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The Harry Potter Movies
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie
Here's an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life
Harry Potter's world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength
of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with
all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever
makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris,
Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his
schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming
Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane).
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
First sequels are the true test of an enduring movie franchise, and Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets passes with flying colors. Expanding upon the lavish sets, special effects, and grand
adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry involves a darker, more malevolent tale (parents with younger children
beware), beginning with the petrified bodies of several Hogwarts students and magical clues
leading Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) to a 50-year-old
mystery in the monster-laden Chamber of Secrets. House elves, squealing mandrakes, giant spiders,
and venomous serpents populate this loyal adaptation.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return
for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who
poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle
a half-horse half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination.
They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the
most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry must overcome the
threats of the soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and finally deal with the truth
about Sirius Black and his relationship to Harry and his parents. With his best friends, Harry masters
advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life. Directed by
Alfonso Cuaron and based on J.K. Rowling 's third book, this wondrous spellbinder soars with laughs,
and the kind of breathless surprise only found in a Harry Potter adventure.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Widescreen Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling
battle for glory among three wizarding schools - the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted
his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an
enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film
adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave
childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.
You can find more Harry Potter stuff including large print books, audio books, boxed sets,
collector's editions and foreign language editions, video games and computer games at Amazon.com's
Harry Potter Store.
eBay also has tons of Harry
Potter stuff for sale all the time.
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and birthday gift shopping online and save time, money and frustration.
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