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HARRY POTTER BOXED SET 1-7 includes the seven phenomenal Harry Potter hardcover books by best selling author J. K. Rowling. These books are housed in a limited edition, collectible trunk-like box with sturdy handles and privacy lock. Bonus decorative stickers are included in each boxed set.

 

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HARRY POTTER BOXED SET 1-7 includes the seven phenomenal Harry Potter hardcover books by best selling author J. K. Rowling. These books are housed in a limited edition, collectible trunk-like box with sturdy handles and privacy lock. Bonus decorative stickers are included in each boxed set.

 

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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 Boxed Set (Years 1-7), 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 seven Harry Potter books delivered to your doorstep at once.

The Harry Potter Boxed Set includes hardcover 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, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The books come snugly packed in a decorative, trunk-like box with sturdy handles and a privacy lock -- and includes decorative stickers!

So buy the set, and not even a pesky Locomotor Mortis spell cast by the evil Lord Voldem...(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: 9780545044257
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Edition description: Hardcover Boxed Set
  • Sales rank: 5,351
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 18.30 (w) x 13.90 (h) x 7.60 (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.

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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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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    Good to Grow On, Or For Those Who Have Already Grown

    A series made for everyone 7 and up, the series is fantastic for helping younger readers build their vocabulary (seeing as the characters use a wider vocabulary as they get older themselves), and learn important life lessons.<BR/><BR/>The series is more than a vocabulary fun fest, though. The characters argue, they suffer from jealousy and anger, they cry. They have a realiztic relationship with one another, and they learn from their arguments what is important, and that's having and keeping each other. The stories have good morals, and endings that are reached realistically (considering that they are wizards, of course). <BR/><BR/>Rowling certainly shows that life can have happy endings, but at a cost. I think this rings true for most people ... That we have to lose some people along the way. That we can't have the people with us here and now, but we can still keep them in our hearts to help us move forward. That's an important thing that some people forget. <BR/><BR/>Despite the lose, the characters learn to overcome and do what they feel is the right thing. Yes, they may make mistakes, but so does everyone else, their world or ours. <BR/><BR/>The writing style helps to get through the books quickly, but maybe too quickly. I've found myself rereading and not remembering some parts. Maybe I was too excited, but it seems better the second time around. <BR/><BR/>Overall, this is a great series for anyone, young, old, or somewhere in the middle. I highly recommend it for someone who likes adventure, fantasy with a little bit of mystery and romance thrown in. A healthy combination for any reader.

    236 out of 291 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Essentially, I would like very much to purchase these books thro

    Essentially, I would like very much to purchase these books through Barnes and Noble; i read a few of them as paperbacks and enjoyed them very much. i do most of my reading on Nook and would like to own and read them in that format.

    As it was, I was redirected to to a 3rd party site, inputted some CC info, found the payment declined due to my bank's no recognizing the site as secure (they are typically EXCELLENT at protecting internet security) and 30 minutes later had a phone call from my bank regarding a &quot;potentially unauthorized transaction attempt&quot; in the UK. Had i not been home at that time to take the call my ATM card would have been locked.

    I will happily order these when they become available directly from Barnes and Noble. Until then, nope, not worth the hassle.

    233 out of 328 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Loved it

    The Harry Potter Paperback set is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading all the books from start to finish.

    197 out of 237 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    Wonderful

    I believe that anyone at any age will enjoy this set. I ended up reading them again and again. Plus, the movies are totally amazing as well!

    177 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    While I love the book series, I don't care for the hoops I have

    While I love the book series, I don't care for the hoops I have to jump through to purchase them. Based on need to set up a Pottermoore account, I have decided against making the purchase. It's too much of a pain. Sorry B&amp;N and JK Rowling... you've missed out on $60.00 in digital purchases.

    174 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Why is the eBook version so expensive?

    The 7 books are available in paperback for less money than the eBook version, why is that right? There is nothing in the eBook format that justifies it costing MORE than the physical medium, after all there's no paper, ink, printing costs, etc. So, why is it about $7 more?

    143 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I love it

    I accidentally stumbled upon the Harry Potter movies one day while sick and watching television. I turned it on after the show I was watching went to commercial. I was unable to return to my previous program because I became so engrossed in the story. At this point I had not read any of the books and, though I was able to follow what was going on, I was somewhat confused. After watching the most recent movie, I decided it was time to finally read the books. I have been unable to put them down since. They are extremely easy to read and even more engaging than the movies. They are also very beneficial in clearing up some of the more confusing aspects of the movies. The first three follow the movies pretty closely but after that, there are many deviations which keep it interesting. I highly recommend these books. The writing lives up to hype and provide a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

    142 out of 164 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    love the books don't like the payment plan. purchased a gift car

    love the books don't like the payment plan. purchased a gift card for nook to purchace these books and then cannot use it need a major credit card.

    110 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    5 Stars for J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series!

    In my opinion J.K Rowlings Harry Potter series was a brilliant work of literature. Every Harry Potter book that i have read captured my attention, J.K Rowling did such a great job of absorbing the reader to read more. By the end of the first two books i was craving to read the rest. I finished the last two books in literally 8 days. J.K Rowling has a very imaginative mind, she has ideas in her books that people would never have thought of. Her amazing vocabulary usage, and unbelievable cliff-hanging ability leads many of her books to great eminence. J.K Rowlings Harry Potter books have to be the most extravagant works of literature that i have laid my hands on. Till this day i still wait for the rest of the Harry Potter Movies to come out so i can compare them to the books. I am giving J.K Rowlings Harry Potter series 5 stars.

    92 out of 108 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    The Harry Potter series

    These are great books for children and adults to read. They lead you into a wonderful exciting world of wizards. A must read for all.

    84 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    What?

    I love the books, but it's stupid to have to buy them from pottermore.


    71 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    LOVE IT !!!!!!

    The Harry Potter boxed set is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading all the books from start to finish.

    57 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

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    a great book set

    I received this for my birthday. I am a big Harry Potter fan! I can read these books over and over again. Never get tired of them. It was a wonderful gift!

    54 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    I'd like to be able to buy these from B&N. I have a gift ca

    I'd like to be able to buy these from B&amp;N. I have a gift card to B&amp;N...

    51 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    So glad the books are finally available but I hate the pottermor

    So glad the books are finally available but I hate the pottermore site, such a pain in the butt. It took like 10 steps just to get the books on my ipad.

    45 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Wonderful!!!1

    The first book came out when I was in the second grade and ever since I've been hooked. I've pre-ordered over half the books and seen every movie except one the day it was released. This series grabs you from the very beginning and keeps pulling you along till the very end. The characters are believable, the good guys lovable, and the villians absolutely dreadful. Rowling's writing wraps you up in the emotion and action of the story and makes your heart beat and tears come to your eyes. This is the only series of books and Rowling is the only author that has every made me cry. The Harry Potter books were my first all-time favorites and they will always be some of my favorites. I recommend everyone to read these books because they have something for everyone: fantasy and magic, action and adventure, duels, monsters, romance, struggles both inside and out, and laughter. These books are truly amazing and must reads.

    39 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Harry Potter okay, It Rocks my Socks!

    I was skeptical. But a few years ago these books sparked my love affair with reading. Everything about them the thrill, the suspense, the friendship, the lessons, and well you get my drift. The books definitely pull you in and absorb you into this world that can't possibly exist. J.K. Rowling keeps her character so alive and with each book comes a new story. Unlike other series which seem repetitive and barely vary. With the stories came growth withing them and it was like I transitioned with them as well. From middle school to high school. I even know adults who love these books and well I love them.

    38 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    Harry Potter series

    I guess that almost everyone loves this series, so my loving it is nothing special, but I really was obssessed with it. These books were THE BEST - with action, suspense, and humor. But I think what made this series truly magical for me was how real it all seemed, the characters, their feelings, their actions, even the magical world they lived in.

    36 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    Harry Potter Box set

    We had owned these books in paperback, but when my 3rd grade son was starting to read them for school, I decided that I would get him hardbacks with the case. He displays it and loves that his books have there own box. I love these books and now that I share the passion of reading with my son, I think no book is too much when it gets my child to read and enjoy it. He has read the first 2 books and is know on book 3. These are 6-7th grade reading level so for him to read and take tests on them I am very proud that he enjoys this. He will read 3 and 4 over the summer and I know if you were to buy them you would love them too.

    31 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    It's Harry Potter, DUH!

    The box set is so much fun, my husband and I are both Harry Potter fans and we decided to buy the box set. It's not only a good place to keep the books, but it's cute the have on our book shelf.

    30 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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