Monday, February 25, 2008
Harry Potter series (book review)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling, is the story of eleven-year-old Harry Potter. He lives with his cruel aunt and uncle until a mysterious stranger arrives and tells Harry that he's a wizard! Now, Harry is whisked off to a magical school and a whole world of magic, danger, and adventure is opened up to him.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is excited to go back to his favorite place in the world, the magical school called Hogwarts. Then he receives a message by a strange creature warning him not to go this year. Harry ignores its warning and returns, only to find that someone is turning students to stone...and he is the main suspect! Harry's got to find out who's attacking everyone, or he and his friends might be the next victims!
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the story focuses on a criminal who escaped from the wizard prison of Azkaban, Sirius Black. Azkaban's guards heard Black muttering, "He's at Hogwarts...He's at Hogwarts..." and everyone seems to think Black is talking about Harry Potter! Now, the only place that was ever a home to him may be the most dangerous place yet, and a mysterious black dog called the Grim, which is a sign of early death, is following Harry everywhere. Could this year really be his last?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the story of Harry's fourth year. After surviving an attempt by a dark wizard to take his life the previous year, Harry is ready to go back to Hogwarts. To his surprise, this year his school is sponsoring the infamous Triwizard Tournament! But his excitement changes to worry when his name appears in the cup, for students have been known to die in the tournament. Now, Harry has three dangerous tasks ahead of him, and a rift in his closest friendship doesn't help. On top of it all, there may be a traitor at the school. With the help of his friends, Harry is going to try and win the tournament, as well as uncover the traitor.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry discovers a secret organization dedicated to fighting the Dark Lord, Voldemort. He is pained by disturbing dreams, and when he finally returns to Hogwarts, things don't get better. A cruel teacher is ready to take away one of Harry's favorite things at Hogwarts, and a bunch of expectant students want him to teach them to fight Voldemort. Harry knows that the Dark Lord will strike again soon, and he will be ready. But will he be ready for the death of one of his greatest friends and allies?
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry is still shaken by the death of his close friend. But yet another death, and a betrayal by one of the people Hogwarts trusted most will tear his life into even more pieces.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final installment in this series. Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, are on a hunt for seven gruesome items called Horcruxes. If they destroy the Horcruxes, it will only be a matter of time before they can attack Voldemort. Then, a legend about three objects called the Deathly Hallows distracts Harry from his quest. If he can get the Hallows, he may be able to defeat Voldemort once and for all. But to what length will he go to gain them?
I loved all of these books (though my favorites were the third and fourth), and that's why I decided to read them all again. It was fun to be able to read them all at once this time, instead of having to wait for the new one to come out. I recommend them to anyone who hasn't already explored J.K. Rowling's magic, especially lovers of fantasy or adventure.