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Fabulous Box Set containing 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!
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Fabulous Box Set containing 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!
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The exciting tales of Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training, have taken the world by storm, and fans just can't get enough of the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond. If you buy one of the Harry Potter books, we guarantee you'll want the next...and the next...and the next -- so why not have them all, right at your fingertips? With the Harry Potter Box Set (Years 1-5), Barnes & Noble.com offers simple one-stop shopping for your Harry Potter library! As easy as the wave of a magic wand, you can get all five Harry Potter books delivered to your doorstep at once.

The Harry Potter Box Set includes paperback editions of 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 books come snugly packed in a sturdy cardboard slipcase, beautifully decorated with memorable scenes from the books.

So buy the set, and not even a pesky Locomotor Mortis spell cast by the evil Lord Voldemor...(oooops, sorry -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) can get in the way of your enjoying all of the mystery, adventure, intrigue, and, of course, magic that Muggles around the world can't seem to get enough of. Hold on tight -- it's going to be a wild ride!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439682589
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Edition description: Paperback Boxed Set
  • Pages: 2000
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
A phenomenon like Harry Potter does not come along very often. The young wizard and his eager companions Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have inspired countless children to delve into reading with a fervor rarely seen, and we have J. K. Rowling to thank for that! Rowling has created a fantastic world of wizards and muggles, ghosts and trolls, and good and evil that has completely revitalized a love of reading in both kids and adults all over the world.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

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Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    A Fivestar Celebration

    The Harry Potter Boxed set is an outstanding set. I have read Harry Potter books for a very long time and would reccomend it to anyone. Take that seriously please I have read each book so many times I could recite them word for word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    great price for a great series

    how could you go wrong. this is the perfect gift for all those Potter fans

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2006

    A reviewer

    This is what I think of Harry Potter: A) The story-line is mediocre, and is basically just the author indulging in her own sick humor B) The personalities don't differenciate--everyone acts the same! C) The children are so disrespectful. I have never even thought of treating adults the way Harry and his friends do. D) The story-line isn't cool fantasy--it's fascination. Harry Potter isn't amazing fantasy, people. It's fascination--a dangerous kind of fascination! My main point is: when I walked away from reading Harry Potter, I didn't feel good--I felt dirty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Christina, Harry Potter Lover!

    Harry Potter is the best books in the whole world. If you like mystery books that is. J.K. Rowling is a wonderful writer. She uses a great deal of detail and i could actually picture what Hogwarts looked like. The stone , so powerful that you could live forever and forever it was completely magical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    IF ON A SCALE OF 1-10, I WOULD CHOSE 20!

    I absoulutly LOVED all of these books. They are suspensful, a little creepy and a little scary, but also heart-warming. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, drama, a little romance, and somethig scary!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    The best Books I Have Ever Read!

    I really enjoyed these books I cannot wait for the seventh one to come out, Please e-mail me if you know when it will come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Wonderful Books for The Young and Young at Heart

    I have been an avid book reader all my life. If you love to read good fantasy books, these books are truly magnificent. I really wasn't into the HP hype, until my mother let me borrow the first three books. I read all three in two weeks, and then checked out book 4 & 5 from the library and read them in the next two weeks. JK Rowling, definitely has the gift. Thoroughly enjoyable books. I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read the 6th book, once it is finally available at the library. And this coming from an almost 30 year old, busy mom of two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    A worthy successor

    Rowling deserves credit for the evolution and continuation of classic fantasy. Her novels transcend the stigma of 'sci-fi/fantasy' and can stand on their own as true works of literature. The only issue I find in Rowling is the lack of acknowledgment of those who came before. Her work is heavily influenced by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, the undisputed masters of the field. However, her series is a fun read and only gets better as it continues. The growth, and subsequent darkening, of the Harry Potter epic makes it a great read for anyone. The first two or three books may come off as 'children's stories', but some of the best books ever printed are children's stories (point in case the ENTIRE Chronicles of Narnia were written as children's stories). In addition, book four on are still quite funny and adolescent in ways, but have a darkness and maturity to them that should appease the harshest critic. Great reads, just do not forget to give due credit to the influence of the great authors who preceeded Rowling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Absolutely Original

    The HP series deserves all the credit it gets- This boxed set is a great value!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    Praises for J.K. Rowling

    I love the Harry Potter series written by author J.K. Rowling. I started reading the books after the first movie came out. I knew I have always wanted to be a fantasy writer, but when this series came out I knew that it was time to get a move on. J.K. Rowling is a great author and is able to write in a manner that kids and adults alike enjoy her books. I would really recommend these books to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    THEY WERE SO AWESOME

    These books are the best ever. I like to read a lot and the Harry potter books are what got me started. J.K Rowling is a really good author who has come up with a very good set of characters for her stories and an intricatly woven plot. They are a must read series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    GREAT BOOKS!

    I am only on the 2nd book and it is great! I am wishing to buy all of them so I can finish them and watch the new movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    best books ever!!!!

    Harry Potter are some of the best books i have ever read! A must have for any summer reading list. They are good to read when you want to escape from your life for a few hours. Anticipating the next-nearly dying from the wait!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    The best books i have ever read

    these books are absoutly amazing they are the perfect books to allow a person to escape into a magical world and forget about all the problems in their own. a must read for anyone that claims to love to read or anyone else even those that dont like reading at all they will all love these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    An amazing novel collection set!!!

    I loved reading all of the Harry Potter novels in this boxed set. A must have for any Harry Potter fan or for any collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Surprisingly wonderful!

    As a male college student I must let out my resentments toward Ms. Rowling. I have always enjoyed reading highly respected literary works, but since glancing at my little sisters copy of The Sorcerers Stone last month I haven't been able to put the series down. I have finished all 5 and am a month away from the release of the 6th. I however can't get my head out of the magical world of Harry Potter. Curse you Rowling, for writing a masterpiece destined to last on forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    THE CLASSIC MUST READ CHILDREN'S SERIES

    If you think you can ignore the Potter Books... think again. Never will we see such a fantastic series of books (ALL OF THEM)in our lifetime. Think Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, James Bond, Agatha Christie all rolled into one... Think I'm joking? Read a couple. Classic Literature in it's purest and most enjoyable form for Children as well as adults. Don't miss the oportunity (both societally and culturally) to share these books with your kids. They will love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    not a fan until the movie came out.

    At 21, I wasn't going to give into the harry potter mania until my best friend told me that i needed to read them. I bought the first three books in the boxed set. That night I stayed up all night to read the first two. I couldn't put them down. The following night I finished book 3. I now own all five and have preordered number 6. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Harry Hoopla

    I must say that I was not into the 'The Harry Hoopla' when the books/movies started to get popular. I am a full-fledged reader now with movies to be watched as well. This is the best reading series that I've come across since I was young, which happened to be Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House on the Prairie.' Although totally different, each tells a side of life uncommon to the present. Harry looks towards the future while Laura is part of America's past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    Hate it

    I am completely dumbfounded by this book's popularity. Half the story serves no purpose whatsoever it is merely the author's own sick indulgence. I actually hoped that the entire plot would turn out to have some meaning or provide an explanation for these apparently unnecessary scenes. The other shortcomings of this book are trivial in comparison. Among the most distracting features of the book is the extremely juvenile dialogue. It is understandable that the author would attempt to contrast the children's emotionally immaturity with their advanced intellect, but instead the children come across as intellectually dumb and dumber emotionally. Try something original like Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves or In the Service of Dragons

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