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Follow Harry from his first days at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, through his many adventures with Hermione and Ron, to his confrontations with rival Draco Malfoy and the dreaded Professor Snape. From a dangerous descent into the Chamber of Secrets to the Triwizard Tournament to the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, each adventure is more...

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Overview

Six years of magic, adventure, and mystery make this paperback collection the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Follow Harry from his first days at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, through his many adventures with Hermione and Ron, to his confrontations with rival Draco Malfoy and the dreaded Professor Snape. From a dangerous descent into the Chamber of Secrets to the Triwizard Tournament to the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, each adventure is more riveting and exhilarating than its predecessor, and now all six books are available together for the first time in a

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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 1-6), 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, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The books come snugly packed in a sturdy, beautifully decorated cardboard slipcase.

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: 9780439887458
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Edition description: Paperback Boxed Set
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 5.60 (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.

Good To Know

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Be careful

    Overall this is a set with great quality (of course, the books are indescribably amazing). However, the books, being paperback are easily bent and are tightly crammed in the box so exactness is needed in depositing the books into their case. I was careless and accidentally bent the cover of my copy of the sixth book. Whoops. Please learn from my mistakes. Highly recommended, all the same.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    fast delivery

    I received the box set within a week of purchase in good condition. It was about $20 cheaper on line than it was in the store.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    great birthday gift

    I bought this set for my 22 year old daughter who had never read a H.Potter book! For some reason she wanted to and put the books on her birthday wish list. I was delighted the boxed set was available in paperback--wished the 7th one in the series was included, but that's okay. She was delighted as well with the six contained in a nifty box. I recommend this set for anyone who does not have any of the HP books and would like a neat organized way to display them. Perfect for the newly initiated.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Great Books

    these books are great for summer reading. they are a fun read and a must for anyones collection along with the movie might i add

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Good to Grow Up With

    I read the series on a challenge from a friend who assured me that the series was not for children. I was impressed with the books overall but I was quite stunned by the later violence and darkness of the last few books. I suspect that the books were written with the original readers in mind. If you bought these books when they came out you would have 'grown up' with them and therefore, the later books would be 'age appropriate'. If you are buying these books for a young adult or older child, you should read them yourself to make sure they are age appropriate. I don't feel the later ones are appropriate for younger ages regardless of how popular they are. Otherwise, they are clever and fairly well written.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    interesting, relaxing, way of spending time with old friends

    got started with the movies, #1 and #2 are very close to the books but,the rest had holes that left out information, like quiditch.
    the flow of narration was very good. word pictures painted very well.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Wonderful for all ages

    I finally got around to reading this series of books and was surprised how much I enjoyed them. Being well beyond the "young" reader age, I didn't think they would be interesting. But recommended by my daughter, I found I loved them (just as she said). Great read.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    Excellent!

    I don't have anything to say about HP that others haven't said. It's well researched and excellent. I really just wanted to recommend a book to the adult fans of HP who are also interested in science. See below!

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

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    The Book you'll ever find

    My oh my what should i say its stupendous a thriller of a lifetime. This book changed the way I looked at reading. The author lets you picture everything as if you were watching an artist create a picture. The way she develops the characters is absolutely astounding it's almost as if each character has their own plot line. I will say though as the books progress somethings may not be appropreate for yonger readers.<BR/><BR/>i say 9+ for the first and second 11+ for the 3rd and forth and the rest i believe should be 12+<BR/><BR/> I hope this review enlightens you to read harry potter and learn about a world you never thought possible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    paperback harry potter

    as a collecter these books were pritty amazing but it is better in hardback.<BR/>i have loads of harry potter books as an collecter E.G. <BR/><BR/>harry potter 1-7 uk version hardback and papperback, uk adult version hardback and paperback, usa version hardback and papper usa adult version.<BR/><BR/>and puls i have read all the books about 10 times now and still dont get bored of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    Very good!!!!

    These books were awesome!!!!But some of the deaths in books 4,5,and6 mad me really sad,like crying for HOURS!!!But the books were still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    GREAT BOOKS FOR ANY AGE!!!

    If you do not read anything else make sure you read Harry Potter! Rowling is so descriptive and leaves her readers begging for more. I have read every Harry Potter book and encourage the children I work with to sit down and read these books, and it has not failed me yet! The children take to Harry Potter like candy and it is easy and relaxed reading for adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Amazing!

    Right berore the third movie came out, I tried to start reading the series. I started with the first one, but got bored within the first chapter. So I moved on to the third. The same thing happened. A couple days ago, while visiting relatives, I ran out books to read and my cousin had the second one sitting on her shelf so I picked it up. I got to page 229 before I had to leave. This is an excellent price and I am a member, so I will definitely be buying these books, and look forward to the seventh one coming out in paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    best books ever!!!!!!!!

    best books i have ever read so great i highly recomend thes books they rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    How could you NOT Love Harry Potter???

    I am a Older person and I have read and re read all of 6 books thus far and am counting the days down for book 7.. and Yes I HAVE A LIFE!!! My hobby is reading...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Read them

    Great books. All great. If i had to pick only 2 series that are my favorites i would pick this 1 and The Inheritance Trilogy(Eragon).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    perfect

    A must for any Harry Potter fan! A magnificent set!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    'Magical!!!!!!!!!!'

    This book is AMAZING you will be staying up all night , flipping pages to see what will happen next .Very good . I defintely recommend it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Harry Potter ROX ! ! !

    Harry Potter is the BEST. When i was younger I thought they were boring, and now I'm reading them and they're AWSOME ! !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Awesome books

    I simply love the Harry Potter series. At first I didn't want to read it cause I thought that it would be mean to pagans but it was written in such a fashion that no one could be insulted by it. I cannot wait to own book 7!

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