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Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0545044251
LANGUAGE: English

"Hmm. I really must be missing something with these books, unless all the fans wouldn't know a good book if it bit them (which is possible). Yeah, they're OK. They're young children's books: they read like young children's books. It's obvious (to me, but not apparently to other people) that Rowling has basically gone through all the mythology and popular fantasy literature she can find, grafted it all together, got together three characters and set them up in a 'magic school'. Am I the only person who is annoyed by the fact that she denies almost all her influences and pretends that she is some kind of myth-maker, which she isn't. (For example, she says she hasn't read The Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guin, which I doubt).

I remember Jason Manfield on 8 out of 10 Cats wondering why it is acceptable for a grown man to read a Harry Potter book on the train and yet you would get strange looks if you got out a colouring book and started colouring it in. I wonder as well: it troubles me that the books read most obsessively these days are children's books and crap thrillers. I think AS Byatt summed it up best: "a secondary world, made up of patchworked derivative motifs from all sorts of children's literature ... written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip".

A lot of the time the writing is poor and I'm really surprised that so few people have noticed that. If the road to hell is paved with adverbs, JK is well on her way.

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" The reading of this series is done by Jim Dale. He is a fantastic reader in this series. You are transported to the world of Hogwarts through his character voices and beautiful accents.I love these stories anyway, and this is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. " said.

" Dont hate me. For me, it was okay. " said.

"Sigh...

I've finally added Harry to my list. Though many of my friends here at GoodReads have given it very high marks, it simply didn't move me. Perhaps, if I had come to the books when I was 8 or 10, I'd be more impressed (though my reading was pretty sophisticated even then -- I was devouring The Silmarillion at 11). And I would (and do) give the last few volumes 3 stars -- Harry was getting older and more interesting -- but I didn't find anything particularly amazing or innovative about the characters or plot.

Perhaps, in the final analysis, that's my "problem" with the series: It didn't push the envelop. Perhaps, unfairly, I wanted a more challenging read.

I would recommend this to young readers just getting their feet wet, and then guide them into more (IMHO) challenging authors like Norton, Le Guin, Tolkien, White, etc. (i.e., the deep end of the pool).
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"this “review” is simply notes to myself, not much of interest to anyone but me, and not containing much in the way of spoilers given how cryptic the notes are, but just in case:

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"Welp. I did it. I finally diddly-dun-did it. I caved. I got a hold of the complete audiobook set read by the lovely Stephen Fry and dove right in. (Sidebar, I haven't had the slightest desire to actually read these past several months; audiobooks have become my solace lately.)

As someone who only saw the movies--never having grown up with the books since I wasn't a reader as a kid--I was surprised how very few differences there were between the books and movies. The books felt like much more in-depth and immersive experiences while the movies were the equally gorgeous yet more condensed visual counterparts.

There's really nothing else I can say about a series that has achieved such legendary status. I was always curious to find out if it really was as incredible as it had always been gushed about to me and, well, yeah. It is. This series is the real deal.

And Rowling is most definitely the real deal. Bow down, bitches.
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"Been reading this lately, just to feel the nostalgia that literally ran thru my veins when i was a teenager. I used to LOVE harry potter, obsessively. I never actually lost hope in getting a secret invitation to Hogwarts, or discovering a secret magical world. Its everyones wish i think. When i read this and i think of all the great stuff about this fantasy, i remember how much i HATE being a grown up. I hate it. I know deep down that I am still a little girl inside. I cant understand why some people are being mean or asking me about weird grown up stuff, like paying the bills, or dating, or being responsible for a parking spot. This sucks. I have always been in trouble for not choosing to grow up. Thats why i designed a new way to escape their blames. I pretend to be grown up outside and in my safe, happy place, ill be myself. Funny how this gets the best of me cuz harry potter reminds me of childhood excitement. I grew up with harry's adventures. When they were choosing characters for the harry potter movies, i was the exact same age as emma Watson (i still am" said.

"Harry Potter and his friends is a series so special to me. J.K. Rowling created a whole new magical world, very detailed and ingenious, which kept going for seven books with the same quality.
There are so many ineteresting characters beyond the main ones, who are brilliant. Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin, Minerva McGonagall and many others are interesting, loveable and so real in their vulnerability .
The plot is intelligent, but to my opinion more ipressive were two features. J.K. Rowling uses symbols in order to picture many psychological aspects of human nature. For example the Dementors who suck every positive feeling represent depression and the Patronus Charm, our positive thoughts which function as a shield against bad thoughts.
Secondly,another element is that the writer has an incredible knowledge of the chlidren's and teen's nature (well, i must admit she knows how adults tend to think as well). She represents accurately the development of the characters, their mood swings, how they grow-up and become almost adults, and all these feelings like love, friendship, jealousy, the feeling of failure and abandonment, thoughts about right and wrong and all the contradictions that may arise even in the strongest friendship.
J.K.Rowling reached the child's inner world without being didactic and on the same time she managed to show that there is always a light in every hadrship.
The finale was superb, the contradiction between Snape (such a special character...) and Dumbledor, made the reader think a lot about good and evil. I know that many readers wanted a death, so that the story could appear more convincing, but i think that would be too "easy". Personally, i felt rather strange about Dumbledor.
Although i read the books in a older age than most fans, i was completely enchanted, became friend with the characters and waited eagerly for the next book. I felt sorry when the series was completed but i admit that it was the right thing.
Lastly, we should never forget that J.K.Rowling introduced many children into the magical world of books and that is the greatest achievement for a writer!

Η σειρά Χάρι Πότερ είναι για μένα από τα πιο ξεχωριστά βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει. Η ιστορία του ήρωα και των φίλων του είναι μαγευτική, σε μεταφέρει σε έναν άλλον κόσμο γεμάτο εκπλήξεις και ευρηματικότητα.
Η Ρόουλινγκ κατάφερε κάτι πολύ δύσκολο. Κράτησε την ποιότητα της ιστορίας της και το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη και στα 7 βιβλία δημιουργώντας έναν μύθο. Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν θεώρησα ότι ξεχείλωσε την πλοκή ή ότι με κούρασε. Οι χαρακτήρες είναι ενδιαφέροντες, ολοκληρωμένοι και δεν περιορίζονται στους βασικούς ήρωες. Συναντάμε πλήθος ατόμων με εξίσου ενδιαφέροντα στοιχεία, που προκαλούν συγκίνηση.
Πέρα πάντως, από την εξέλιξη της περιπέτειας, αυτά που με εντυπωσίασαν περισσότερο είναι δύο στοιχεία. Πρώτα, ότι χρησιμοποιεί διάφορους συμβολισμούς για να παρουσιάσει τις ψυχικές εκφάνσεις της ανθρώπινης φύσης. Ένα παράδειγμα είναι οι Παράφρονες που ρουφάνε κάθε θετικό συναίσθημα συμβολίζοντας την κατάθλιψη, αλλά και ο Προστάτης που είναι οι θετικές μας σκέψεις που ανακαλούμε για να αντιμετωπίσουμε τις άσχημες σκέψεις. Και δεύτερο, ότι η συγγραφέας είναι βαθιά γνώστης της παιδικής και εφηβικής ψυχής. Ο τρόπος που παρουσιάζει την εξέλιξη των πρωταγωνιστών, οι εναλλαγές διάθεσης, η πορεία τους προς την ωριμότητα, αλλά και όλα αυτά τα συναισθήματα που απασχολούν τα παιδιά της ηλικίας τους, όπως η αγάπη, η φιλία, το αίσθημα της αποτυχίας, το πώς νιώθει κάποιος όταν όλοι του γυρίζουν την πλάτη, η ζήλια, το δίκαιο, το άδικο, οι αντιπαραθέσεις μέσα σε μια φιλία και άλλα πολλά, είναι απαράμιλλος. Έχει τύχει να συζητήσω με γονείς που αγόρασαν τα βιβλία για μικρά παιδιά νομίζοντας ότι είναι πολύ παιδικά και απογοητεύτηκαν θεωρώντας τα δύσκολα. Κατά τη γνώμη μου, δεν είναι για πολύ μικρές ηλικίες.
Ουσιαστικά η συγγραφέας, δίχως βέβαια να γίνεται ποτέ διδακτική, καταφέρνει να αγγίξει την παιδική ψυχή και να αφήσει μέσα της κάτι θετικό, να δείξει ότι παρ΄όλες τις δυσκολίες, υπάρχει φως. Αυτά τα στοιχεία έδωσαν βάθος στην ιστορία της, που ξεφεύγει από μια απλή ιστορία φαντασίας.
Μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ και η ανατροπή που έγινε στο τέλος. Η αντιπαράθεση των δύο χαρακτήρων, του Σνέηπ (ο οποίος στο τέλος μας συγκίνησε όσο δεν πήγαινε) και του Ντάμπλντορ ήταν εξαιρετική. Μείναμε άναυδοι και μπήκαμε σε σκέψεις για το καλό και το κακό. Δεν υπήρχε τίποτα προβλέψιμο, ας "γκρινιάζουν" κάποιοι φαν ότι έπρεπε να... είχαν πεθάνει περισσότεροι βασικοί χαρακτήρες για να γίνει η ιστορία πιο πειστική.
Προσωπικά, αν και διάβασα τα βιβλία της σχετικά μεγάλη (όπως και οι φίλοι μου) μαγεύτηκα από τον Χάρι Πότερ, περίμενα με ανυπομονησία πότε θα βγει το επόμενο, έγινα φίλη με τους χαρακτήρες και φυσικά υπήρξαν στιγμές που δάκρυσα με τις εξελίξεις. Στεναχωρήθηκα όταν ολοκληρώθηκε η σειρά, όμως καταλαβαίνω ότι δεν θα είχε νόημα να το τραβήξει κι άλλο.
Κάτι επίσης, πολύ σημαντικό είναι, ότι η Τζ. Κ. Ρόουλινγκ έκανε πάρα πολλά παιδιά που δεν διάβαζαν βιβλία να διαβάσουν και αυτό είναι το μεγαλύτερο επίτευγμα για έναν συγγραφέα.

Ένα άρθρο μου για τη Τζ. Κ. Ρόουλινγκ για το Book-Tour
http://www.booktourmagazine.com/news/...
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