Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER Series

1. The Philosopher’s Stone

2. Chamber of Secrets
3. The Prisoner of Azkaban

4. Goblet of Fire
5. Order of the Phoenix

6. The Half-blood Prince

7. The Deathly Hallows

Also by J.K. Rowling:  Tales of Beedle the Bard
A biography of the author: J. K. Rowling by Bryan Pezzi
A book about the world of Harry Potter: The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert

You can learn more by visiting the official Harry Potter website at . . .

Your Responses and Reviews!

I have recently read a great book called Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling. In this book, the main character, Harry, faces a dilemma: should he continue the quest Dumbledore left him before his passing or give himself up to Lord Voldemort? Harry faces all sorts of complications: his wand breaks, Ron leaves, Voldemort has sent out Travers to catch Harry, Hermione and Ron and there is a tracking spell on Harry and his friends, Hermione and Ron. I found this one of the most motivating and compelling novels I have read in a long time. If you like fantasy, Harry Potter is the series for you! (Melissa in grade eight)

http://images.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsfraser&Password=fraser&Return=1&Type=L&Value=9780747599876Have you ever dreamt of magical creatures at night? You will after you read this book! The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling, is a book filled with many short stories that have been told to wizards and witches as they were growing up. After each story, there is a response giving Dumbledore’s thoughts. But be careful! Muggles like us shouldn’t be reading these tales. They are meant for magical beings only! Whatever you do, don’t give this book to goblins; they will rip you off. As you read the various stories and responses, you will notice one thing. Each conflict is the same: The wizard hates the muggle. Always. But our real conflict is this: should Dumbledore hate muggles, too, or should he befriend them? Read this fascinating book to find out! (Melissa in grade eight)

I recently read a fabulous book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling (Bloomsbury, 2007). The main character, Harry, unfortunately had no real home in this novel because he was not attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the year, and had no family to speak of other than his horrible Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. From a secret hiding place, a magical tent, Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione quietly tried to find Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. They were trying to hide away from the magical world full of wizards that were looking for them, and soon enough Harry faced a serious dilemma: find Voldemort’s horcruxes to finish him off or go after the powerful Deathly Hallows. There were all sorts of complications. Harry’s wand was broken, Ron left Harry and Hermione alone to find horcruxes whilst wondering if their families were safe and Harry believed he had to die because he was an accidental horcrux. At the end of this exciting novel Harry left his most loyal friends behind, overcame his fears and defeated Lord Voldemort. By cleverly disarming Voldemort and sending his own killing curse back at him, Harry finally defeated his greatest enemy on his own. Harry was happy that Voldemort was finally gone yet sad that he had lost some of his dearest friends during the terrifying battle.
I thought this book was terrific and exciting. J.K Rowling couldn’t have ended the series better. The way the author finally answers the questions we have been itching to know, and unravels the clues from previous books, makes this novel one of the most intriguing and fascinating novels I have read in a long time. (Meghan in grade eight)

I recently read a great book called Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling. The main character, Harry, lives in London, England and faces a dilemma.  Should he complete the quest Dumbledore gave him or should he go back to Hogwarts? There are all sorts of complications: Lord Voldemort wants him to die, a new headmaster has taken the chair at Hogwarts and the Horcruxs have been getting more difficult to find. At the end, Harry decides to complete the quest. I can tell you that this is one of the most magical novels I have read in a long time. (Melissa in grade eight)

In J.K Rowling’s Harry and the Half Blood Prince (Bloomsbury Publishing 2005), Harry had to deal with events both horrible and wonderful.  He found the http://images.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsfraser&Password=fraser&Return=1&Type=L&Value=0307283658Half Blood Prince’s Potions Book, Ron got poisoned from some oak-matured mead and a brilliant wizard suffered a dreadful death.
In Harry and Ron’s sixth year at Hogwarts, they decided to sign up for potions class. When they attended their first class, Professor Slughorn gave them both a copy of Advanced potion Making. This had a great effect on Harry. He was mad at first because Ron had received a nice new copy while he had ended up with an old tattered copy full of scribbled writing. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the old copy had once belonged to the Half Blood Prince, and all the scribbled writing in the book turned out to be advanced wizardry that showed Harry how to make much better potions than his classmates, which meant he soon reached the top of his class. Finding this book, affected Harry in one other way as well. Because Hermoine was worried that he would get caught and that the book could potentially be dangerous and because she was jealous that he was beating her in class, she was mad at him.
Another event that affected Harry was when Ron was poisoned by some love potion chocolates that were meant for Harry. Once Harry realised what had happened to Ron, he took him to Slughorn’s office for an antidote. When they got to Slughorn’s office, they were welcomed in and Slughorn made an antidote. Once all was right with Ron, Professor Slughorn offered them some oak-matured mead in celebration of Ron’s seventeenth birthday. Ron drank his with a big gulp and fell to the floor, jerking uncontrollably with foam trickling from his mouth.  Harry immediately and frantically searched Slughorn’s cabinets for a bezoar, a substance with the ability to cure a seriously poisoned person. Once Harry found one, he ran back to Ron and shoved it into his mouth. He knew Ron would be okay once he was under the care of Madam Pomfrey in the Hospital Wing, but he had been very afraid for awhile that he’d lose his best friend.
At the end of this book, death eaters ambushed Hogwarts through a vanishing cabinet. Harry had just returned from a harsh journey with Dumbledore to find a Horcrux of Voldemorts and a terrorising Dark Mark above the school.  Harry was full of fear. He had a cold feeling. He knew he would have to fight against the vicious death eaters. Dumbledore was very weak from the trip and had little power to fight, so he told Harry to go and get help from Snape. What neither Dumbledore nor Harry knew was that Snape was a death eater on the Dark Lord’s side. As Harry opened the door to get Snape, he found Draco. Draco wanted to kill Dumbeldore. Harry knew it. The door opened again and Snape burst in, pushing Draco aside, raising his wand at Dumbledore and pronouncing, “Avada Kedavra”. A jet of green light erupted from the end of Snape’s wand and hit Dumbledore straight in the chest, knocking him backwards out of a tower window. He was gone. Poor Harry felt sadness and shock as he watched Dumbledore die in pain and agony, helpless to do anything to prevent it. He felt horrible. As it finally dawned on him that he would never speak to Dumbledore again, he knew he wanted, and still needed, to know so much more. He had lost his mentor and friend and had never felt so alone before. He would have to defeat Voldemort and his followers without his best ally. (Meghan in grade eight)

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix many people treated Harry poorly. These people included Dolores Umbridge, the Ministry of Magic and Draco Malfoy.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry welcomed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge, a vile and mean professor. Harry recognized her from the hearing that he had had the previous summer and immediately realized what this meant: the ministry was interfering at Hogwarts. Professor Umbridge treated Harry very unfairly. Dolores Umbridge thought that there should be no magic actually practiced at Hogworts and that the students should only learn how to defend themselves in theory. She did not acknowledge that Voldemort the Dark Wizard had indeed returned and was at large once again. She believed that rumour to be a lie. One day during Professor Umbridge’s class, Harry stated that Voldemort was indeed back and that he and the class believed it was ridiculous that she was not going to teach them how to actually perform any defence spells. For speaking out of turn, Harry was given a detention with  his now least favorite teacher other than Snape. In that detention, she made Harry write with a special quill so that he had to use his own glistening bright red blood to write, “I must not tell lies” over and over again on a piece of parchment. While using this magical quill, the same words he put on the parchment were magically and painfully being engraved into the back of his hand. Another time during a quidditch match, Professor Umbridge took away Harry’s privilege of playing his favorite sport because he aggressively punched Malfoy who had insulted his mother and the Weasley family.
Professor Umbridge was not the only one who treated Harry poorly. The Ministry of Magic did, as well. Harry got into a heap of trouble from the ministry because he had used magic during the summer in front of a muggle, his dreadful cousin Dudley: he had to perform a patronus charm to save his soul and Dudley’s from two dementors who had been attacking them. If Harry was found guilty at a hearing in front of the Ministry, he would be expelled from Hogwarts School. Fortunately, he was cleared of all charges because it was ruled that underage wizards could use magic if it was a serious situation, which it had been! Nevertheless, the Ministry still didn’t believe Harry when he insisted that Voldemort was back.
Draco Malfoy was another character who never treated Harry very nicely at all. He provoked Harry and regularly insulted him, his family and his friends. He got Harry into heaps of trouble but never got caught and Professor Snape always sided with Draco, who walked around the school acting smug because he was a prefect and thought Harry brainless for hanging out with Hermione because she was muggle-born instead of  pure blood.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, many people treated Harry horribly. Not surprisingly, he felt like he was all alone and was afraid because he knew we would soon have to face the evil Voldemort. Would he be able to rise to the challenge and defeat those who plotted against him?  (by Meghan in grade eight)

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry had to deal with a lot of events. He had to deal with “death eaters” at the Quidditch world cup, compete as the youngest and least experienced competitor in the tri-wizard tournament, and battle against Lord Voldemort, a powerful and sinister wizard.
Harry was really very exited to go to the Quidditch World Cup, but the death eaters had to ruin that occasion by torturing innocent muggles, setting the landscape on fire, and conjuring the dark mark. This made Harry very worried because this conjuring could only mean that Voldemort was up to something, probably something very bad and evil.
Another event that affected Harry took place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Somehow, Harry’s name found its way into the Goblet of Fire. This goblet is where people who wanted to compete in the tri-wizard tournament placed their entries. Harry was not allowed to enter his name because he was not of age, not yet seventeen. He wondered who put his name in? Why, when and how? He had a very good suspicion that someone was out to get him. No one believed that Harry hadn’t put his name in the Goblet himself. Harry ended up getting mad at his friend Ron for not believing that he hadn’t put his own name into the Goblet. This made things much worse for Harry; he felt horrible. Not only did he not want to participate in the tournament, he was also worried about what would happen with Voldemort and his good friend was mad at him.
The next thing Harry knew, he was getting ready to face the first task of the tournament. He was in a tent alone; all he could hear was the loud screaming and cheering of fellow students at Hogwarts. He was sitting there waiting anxiously to face the Hungarian Horntail. He was nervous, frightened and scared because he knew he was the underdog, the youngest of the four champions. Still, he found the courage to get past a dragon and collect a golden egg, his clue to the next task. It was a good thing Harry had a lot of confidence and bravery.
In the end, he had to face the third task, which was to find the tri-wizard cup in a maze. Poor Harry must have been very frightened, wondering if he would encounter Lord Voldemort in the maze. The tri-wizard cup ended up being a port-key to Lord Voldemort, something that Harry didn’t know. This was the person Harry loathed the most. Not only had Harry’s parents died at the hand of Voldemort, he then had to witness another competitor, Cedric, die in pain at the hand of Voldemort as well. He had to fight against Voldemort, which was very scary for him. I think more important than the fear, though, was his anger and desire to get back the port-key (the cup) with Cedric`s body.
Harry Potter endured a tough life of pain and suffering. The events in this book affected him to the point that he did not really have much time to be scared or nervous. He had to be brave. He just had to try his best to defend himself, his friends and his loved ones from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Voldemort) and his followers! (Meghan in grade eight)

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Raincoast Books, 2003)  there are many conflicts, all of  which revolve around the main character, Harry Potter. Durng the summer, while he is living at his awful aunt and uncle’s house, he and his cousin Dudley are attacked by two Dementors; Harry is forced to use magic even though he is an underage wizard. The next conflict arrives at Harry’s disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic when the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, is trying to get Harry expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; thankfully, Harry is cleared of all charges. After Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, he gets on the bad side of the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge, who is working for the Ministry and intends to take over Hogwarts.  Harry, Hermione, and Ron Weasley start a secret Defense against the Dark Arts group called Dumbledore’s Army, even though Umbridge bans all student clubs. The three are caught, Dumbledore is forced to flee, and Professor Umbridge becomes Headmistress. Finally, Lord Voldemort tricks Harry into believing his godfather, Sirius Black is being tortured. Scared and worried, Harry and his friends set off to the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic where Harry finds himself trapped. He battles all the death eaters but still loses his Godfather to death. Will Harry ever win a conflict? (Andriana in grade eight)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of the Fire by J.K Rowling (Raincoast Books, 2000) is an amazing story full of adventure, suspense, mystery and fear. Harry Potter, going into his fourth year at Hogwarts School, finds out that there will be a Triwizard Tournament against two other schools. The competition will be dangerous: students will have to use all their skill and brain power to succeed. Since a student was killed at the previous tournament, this time very young students will not be allowed to participate; older students who want to compete have to write their names on slips of paper and put them into the Goblet of the Fire, which will choose one student from each school. Viktor Krum is chosen to compete for Durmstang, Fleur Delacour is chosen to compete for Beauxbatons and Cedric Diggory is chosen to compete for Hogwarts. But there is a big surprise: Harry Potter is also chosen! Lots of people are enraged. Even Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley, is enraged. Did someone in Hogwarts cheat and put Harry’s name into the Goblet of the Fire to kill him! What should Harry do? Read this magnificent book to find out!! (Kang in grade 7)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling (Raincoast Books, 2007) is a tragic, eventful story. Over the summer, Harry had had a hard time because he lost his godfather, Sirus, whom he had liked a lot. His godfather, who had been trying to protect him, had been killed by one of the helpers of Lord Voldemort in the Ministry the previous year. Every wizard was now afraid that Lord Voldemort and his army were becoming more powerful. While at his uncle’s and aunt’s house, many dreadful things had happened. For instance, Rufus Scrimgeour had replaced Cornelius Fudge as the new Minister for Magic. Amelia Bones, who had worked in the Ministry, was killed by Lord Voldemort. In addition, Emmeline Vance had also been killed by Lord Voldemort. When finally Harry goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his sixth year, he finds out that Horace Sughorn is the new Potion’s teacher and Severus Snape is the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry is devastated. He hates Severus Snape. As the story goes on, dreadful, tragic things happen that will change Harry’s life forever. Will he be ready? Read this amazing book to find out! (Kang in grade 7)

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