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Special Edition Harry Potter Box Set

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The perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike, we now present a breathtaking special edition boxed set of J. K. Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter books! The box itself is beautifully designed with new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi, and the books create a gorgeous, magical vista when the spines are lined up together. The Harry Potter series has been hailed as "one for the ages" by Stephen King and "a spellbinding saga" by USA Today. Now is your chance to give this set to a reader who is ready to embark ...
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Overview


The perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike, we now present a breathtaking special edition boxed set of J. K. Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter books! The box itself is beautifully designed with new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi, and the books create a gorgeous, magical vista when the spines are lined up together. The Harry Potter series has been hailed as "one for the ages" by Stephen King and "a spellbinding saga" by USA Today. Now is your chance to give this set to a reader who is ready to embark on the series that has changed so many young readers' lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545596275
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Sales rank: 20
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 5.35 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, bestselling, record-breaking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the United States by Arthur A. Levine Books in 1998, and the series concluded nearly ten years later with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in 2007. J. K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including an OBE for services to children’s literature, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. She supports a wide number of causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children. J. K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the New York Times bestselling Amulet series and Copper, a collection of his popular webcomic. He is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed Flight anthologies. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, his first graphic novel, was listed as one of the Best Books for Young Adults by YALSA, and Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Children's Choice Book Award finalist. Kazu lives and works in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their two children. Visit Kazu online at www.boltcity.com.

Mary GrandPré has illustrated more than twenty beautiful books for children, including the American editions of the Harry Potter novels. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal, and her paintings and pastels have been shown in galleries across the United States. Ms. GrandPré lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family.

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 January 7, 2014

    The book are wonderful, but the seller is horrible. I ordered t

    The book are wonderful, but the seller is horrible. I ordered the books on 12/2, they shipped on 12/3 and as of 1/9 I have not received the books. Have not gotten a response from B&N since the "20 business days" have elapsed. From the other reviews, sounds like this isn't a new issue. DO NOT ORDER ONLINE!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I did not receive the product.

    Has been 1 month and 1 day and I still did not receive the product. I am an old customer and always received my orders in time, now BN is saying that besides the 4-14 business days I should wait 1-2 weeks, this is outrageous, there is no information in the website about that. I ordered at least more 7 times since the order of this product and just the 1 to 4 business days arrived. In chat support they tell me nothing.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    do these books have the new cover art?

    do these books have the new cover art?

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    I'm somewhat torn on how to rate this product. I had previously

    I'm somewhat torn on how to rate this product. I had previously read all of the Harry Potter books, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I never owned my own and found this lovely boxed set, so I had to purchase. Unfortunately, the set I received was damaged. The box was ripped...didn't discover this until the shrink wrap was removed. Wasn't thrilled about that but thought ok, it's just the box. Then discovered that The Sorcerer's stone book was damaged. Now that pissed me off! I am unable to return it due to the removal of the shrink wrap. Barnes and Noble has lost a customer. My star rating is for the service and the irreplaceable damaged book, not the wonderful world of Harry Potter .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

    This is probably the best thing I have ever spent my money on.  

    This is probably the best thing I have ever spent my money on.  Obviously I have the original book covers, but when these first came out I immediately bought them.  The books were tightly squeezed in the box and were hard to get out, but once you manage to shake them out, they are beautiful.  The cover illustrations are amazing, as well as the quote on the back.  The covers are the soft paper back type, and it overall was a perfect purchase.  If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a must. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Everyone should read the Harry Potter series, and the covers for

    Everyone should read the Harry Potter series, and the covers for this particular box set are beautiful. 

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Beautiful cover artwork!

    My only complaint about this set is that the box was flimsy. One side had already come undone when I took it out of the shrink wrap, but other reviews had mentioned that. so before I even gave it to my daughter, I reinforced the whole box with clear packing tape. The only thing now is that the books are a little too snug in the box, but I guess you can't have everything. But hey, I only paid $50, since it was on sale and I got 10% off for being a member and free shipping, so I can't really complain too much.

    The books are beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Beautiful set - I love it!

    I received this box set promptly after ordering it, and it does not fail to impress me. There was a little bit of damage to the box, but it wasn't a huge deal to me as I think I have already managed to rip the box a bit more from taking the books in and out of it (it's a REALLY tight fit). Nevertheless, I am so glad I purchased this set. It's gorgeous! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Great Deal and Beautiful Product!

    I bought this set for my boyfriend so he can finally read them all before our trip to Universal Orlando. I was worried about shipping delays since it seemed to be a consistent problem according to the other reviews, but I received a confirmation that it had shipped the next day I bought it, and after that I was able to track it through DHL and then USPS (DHL apparently delivered it to our local post office, who then brought it to our place), and I received it fairly quickly, within a week of my ordering it. (This might help, but I ordered it in early March, when there aren't particularly a lot of people ordering presents.) The product is really nice with beautiful illustrations on the covers and the box. The side art is a really nice touch too. The books are a bit tight and hard to get in and out since the books aren't slick, but it helps the pic on the side of the books look more together and nice. Overall, highly recommended!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I got this and it's beautiful

    I got this and it's beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Great stories, lousy service

    As always Rowling's stories were fantastic. My problem isn't with the books themselves, but with Barnes and Noble. I ordered online, because the set is $40 cheaper online than in the store. When I checked out I was trying to use a $25 gift card. It did not get credited to my account. I spent at least 3 hours trying to get someone to help me, and all I got was a guy who said there was nothing that could be done and hung up on me. When the books came in I started reading and when I got to the fifth book three chapters were missing and had been replaced with three chapters that I had read previously, the page numbers literally skipped back, then forward a good 300 pages. When I went in to a store I was able to exchange that book for one that was published correctly, but it was a hassle to drive in to exchange a book due to a mistake like that. With other bookstore going out of business I feel like B&N is losing their customer service because they know that people don't have many options for their books anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This product is not too expensive. The cover art is beautiful. It's a must-have for any Harry Potter fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    I ordered it just now, I hope it arrives before New Years)

    I ordered it just now, I hope it arrives before New Years)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    It's good but damaged.

    I received the books today. They're nice but was damaged. Right bottom and right top of the box is ripped and corners of the box is smashed. I'm pretty upset about it but I'm from Turkey so it came from other half of the Earth. Probably it was damaged on the way. Thank you.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    Love it!

    This is a beautiful set and it arrived in perfect condition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    I got it for my fiance for Christmas you should of seen his smil

    I got it for my fiance for Christmas you should of seen his smile. Growing up with Harry Potter in our lives this was perfect for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    highly recommended!

    this set is awesome and he has very nice graphichs.
    the packacge came in time but the case was a little damaged in the corners,
    but the books are no harmed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    These books looks grate! Very good quality and contition. Thanks

    These books looks grate! Very good quality and contition. Thanks a lot!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Must-Have for Any Harry Potter Fan!!

    Being a huge Harry Potter fan I jump at the chance for anything new in the way of Harry Potter. So when I saw these in the store I had to buy them, and I am so glad I did. The artwork on the covers and box is absolutely gorgeous! And the fact that the spines form a picture of Hogwarts means that my Ukranian copies actually have competition for prettiest spines. I would definitely recommend them to any diehard fan of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I love the new cover art, but it is impossible to get the books

    I love the new cover art, but it is impossible to get the books in and out of the box. It took me ten minutes took get the books in last time and now, I have been trying to get a book out for thirty minutes with no prevail. I have done everything short of rip the box open.

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