Harry Potter-by now the name is surely as magical to you as it is to the millions of others who are devouring the books in J.K. Rowling's awesome series. Do you want to find out what others are saying about how they'd like to fly on a hippogriff or raise a pet dragon? What it would be like if they were students at Hogwarts and played on a Quidditch team? Their opininons on what really happened to Hary's parents? Read letters kids have written to Harry Potter, Hagrid, Hermione, and many ot the books' other unforgettable characters. Like the Harry Potter books themselves, We Love Harry Potter! is a treat for all ages!
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About the Author
Sharon Moore is the author of The First Blue Jeans, a children's reader, and has worked on several previous projects with Lamppost Press, the packager for We Love Harry Potter! and for many other books of interest to children and teens. She has also written books and articles on food and travel.
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We Love Harry Potter!
We'll Tell You Why
By Sharon Moore
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 1999 Lamppost Press
All rights reserved.
Our Comments About the Harry Potter Books
WHY AND WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THE BOOKS
Carolyn Singer Minott, 10 years old
I get so involved reading the Harry Potter books that I feel like I'm inside Harry's world.
If I went to wizard school I'd study everything: spells and counterspells, Defense Against the Dark Arts — but not Potions, because I don't like Snape. He only saved Harry because he was in debt to Harry, and so just evened the score.
I love how Hermione gets into stuff, like the Polyjuice Potion. She's a very smart girl, although sometimes she overdoes it. Sometime she's a pain in the neck and I get pretty mad at her.
Dumbledore is very fair. He hasn't expelled Harry or his friends because of the trouble they get into. Snape is mean but he makes the book more interesting. The Dursleys aren't believable, but you need something to hate, so Go, Harry! Dudley looks like a big fat balloon with a fat face and blond hair. I loved it when Hagrid gave Dudley a tail!
Buckbeak the hippogriff was wonderful, especially when he injured Malfoy. Hippogriffs are very sweet but they can be dangerous. I love their pride. I loved the way the two fugitives, Buckbeak and Sirius Black, escaped together at the end of the third book.
The wizard crackers at the Christmas feast were great. I loved the way the pictures moved, and also when the knight Sir Cadogan defended the entrance to Gryffindor after the fat lady's picture was slashed by Sirius Black. It was comical when Ron says "shut up!" to the picture. The ghosts and the pixies were funny, too.
It was neat how some wizards could turn themselves into animals — they were called animages. They could go anywhere and listen to what they weren't supposed to. I'd turn myself into a poisonous frog, or a cat.
I didn't like Madam Trelawney. Madam Pomfrey's too protective. She lives in her own little world. That's not my cup of tea. But I loved how the antidote to spells was chocolate.
Gilderoy Lockhart has a big head and a little brain. He thought of himself as the greatest, but he didn't equal one Harry. He wasn't very smart.
Moaning Myrtle was a pest. She just wanted attention.
I liked Lupin. His name fits him (he was a werewolf). I was unhappy to see him go.
I'd like to see what happens to the first-year students in the future. Colin Creevey was a clinging vine but it would be interesting to see what he turns into. I admired Cho Chang (the Ravenclaw Seeker). I hope we see her again.
If someone is going to be killed, I don't want it to be Ginny. I'd like to see Ginny and Hermione hook up. I'd like to see Percy leave, though; he was a party pooper, too full of himself, and his head's as big as Lockhart's. I'd like to see Snape get the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor; it may take out some of the tension. I don't think Snape is involved in the Dark Arts, he's just unpleasant. He treats everyone except Slytherins badly.
I was glad Mrs. Norris got petrified.
I like the way they use different languages, like Latin and French.
I'd love to play Quidditch — I'd love to fly a broomstick. I'd catch the ball and rub it into a Slytherin's face.
Some children have trouble imagining or remembering what Dudley Dursley looks like. It's often hard for children to picture a character unless he or she looks like someone they know, especially if the chracter is a strange-looking person. And there are some very strange-looking people in fiction! But the fun part of reading is making up your own image of a book character's appearance.
Carter Brown Grotta, 6 years old
It was cool that Harry didn't know he was a witch at first.
We play Harry Potter on the playground at school. I bring the Harry Potter books and another book that I call Tom Riddle's diary. My friend Nicky Silvi is Harry Potter, and I play Ron.
What we need to do is make a map of the playground because all of the other kids who have forts there are always attacking us, especially the girls' forts. So we are making a map of our Harry Potter land, although we don't know what we're going to call it yet.
We're also making a map of Hogwarts. We need to have a place to keep our books, journals, secrets, Quidditch balls and stuff.
One thing is pretty bad. We don't have enough people. We only have eight, and we need 18 more — that's how many people there were in Hogwarts.
I made a broomstick out of sticks, and tied a lot of threads together for the broom part. I have a sticker that looks like a lightning bolt that I stick on my forehead. Then I look like Harry Potter, because I wear glasses, too.
I made a wand out of a bunch of sticks connected with a rubber band. I put red-colored paper around it, so I have a red wand.
I made the Tom Riddle diary up especially. I'm trying to get some red blobs (like the ink Harry spilled on the diary) to put on it.
Emily Lebowitz, 14 years old
The Harry Potter books take you to another reality, to a place that's out of this world — a place you'd never think of by yourself.
I'd like to go to wizard school, but I'm not sure which house I'd want to be in. Probably Harry's. I'd study potions and spells, and create things like food, or medicine — things you might not be able to make with what we have in our world, like a cure for cancer.
I love Quidditch. If I could play I'd like to be a Seeker. I'd love to fly on a broomstick, and see the world from an aerial point of view. It would be easier than waiting until I'm old enough to have a car!
What's great about Harry is that, after all the abuse he puts up with from the Dursleys, who put him in the cupboard and everything, he still has a positive outlook on life.
Hermione is a doer. She always tries to do everything, even though she doesn't always succeed.
I'd like to have Every Flavor Beans that taste like strawberry, or other real fruit, like pears, or Coke, or corn muffins, or Thanksgiving dinner — you could have a whole set that tastes like turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. I'd hate to get liver, or tongue.
I didn't care for the Chocolate Frogs, because I have a pet frog. Her name is Cher. I keep her in a cage and feed her crickets.
In the next books, I hope something bad happens to the Dursleys; for example, Uncle Vernon loses his job. They should get a taste of what they're doing to Harry. They should have to treat Harry as an equal for a change.
I think Sirius Black and Harry may be related. Black is a good guy, really looking out for Harry's well-being in some way. But I'm not sorry Harry didn't go to live with him. It would change everything if Harry wasn't at Hogwarts. It's harder for him to live there, but the tension adds to the excitement of the book.
I want to see what happens to Harry after all his adventures. I know there are supposed to be seven books, but I'd like to see an eighth, a conclusion book. I want to see what happens after Hogwarts, what Harry becomes, where he lives and what he does.
Ariel Doctoroff, 9 years old
My sister Jenna is too young to read the books, but she's grateful for Harry Potter because I tell her all about him.
The books are exciting, and so is the magic.
I like the funny names of people and places.
Harry is my favorite character, but I also like Ron and Hermione and of course I don't like Snape and Malfoy.
My favorite animal is the hippogriff. They're funny. They look something like an ostrich.
I like being scared. I liked the dementors because they were so scary. My favorite scary part is the end of the Chamber of Secrets, with the snake sliding around, and Tom Riddle is really Voldemort and Ginny is trapped in the chamber, about to die — but then she gets saved.
The hippogriffs are half-horse, half-eagle, so they would indeed look something like an ostrich.
Phillip Zelonky, 9 years old
The books are interesting, not boring like a lot of books.
The Quidditch game is my favorite thing about the books. I like the chess games, too.
My favorite characters were Sirius Black and Snape, because they're exciting. But I think they should have done more evil things — if they were more bad, the story would be more exciting.
I didn't like Madam Pooch, or the Dursleys.
I'd like to be able to make up a spell. It would be really neat to use a spell to do something like turn on the TV!
I heard all about the fourth book already — my friend heard about it on the Internet.
Josie Chen, 12 years old
The books are full of mystery and fast adventures.
It's especially good when Harry is sneaking up on somebody like Quirrell or being chased by Malfoy in a Quidditch game.
I want to have a dragon for a pet. They don't have to be as big as the one Hagrid was trying to raise, Norbert. They can be little and cute.
I tried to solve the problem with the seven bottles in the first book, and I got most of it, I think. But I'm glad I didn't have to be the one to drink them because I might've got it wrong, and then I'd get poisoned.
My guess is that Harry's parents went back to the Muggle world, took regular jobs and did magic stuff in secret, like spells and potions that made their Muggle jobs easier. Like, maybe they put a spell on money stocks so they'd make more money.
I heard that Harry gets a girlfriend in the next book. I hope it's Cho Chang, the Seeker for the Ravenclaw team. She's pretty and has almost the same name as me.
Children are natural problem-solvers and they love puzzles, riddles and word games. There are plenty of these in the Harry Potter books, which is one of the reasons why children love them. The mysterious power of words is an important element in magic through the ages, and the ability to understand foreign languages and codes was a basic skill that all wizards and witches had to know.
Becky Rubin, 10 years old
The beginning is cool, when Harry goes off to
Hogwarts — how he runs through Barrier Nine and Three-Quarters, and Dumbledore makes the plates fill up with food.
My favorite character is Hermione, because she's funny and so perfect, always trying to get Harry and Ron to do their homework. Percy is funny, too. I like the Weasleys.
Hermione is very brave. I picture her as tall and skinny with brownish red hair and brown eyes.
I didn't figure out the puzzles, but Hermione did. She's a total Einstein. The chess game at the end of the first book was exciting and scary.
I like the way the books leave you things to imagine and figure out.
My favorite animal is Hedwig, Harry's owl. It's cool to have an owl deliver a letter and get a return.
I'd like most Every Flavor Beans, especially chocolate, but I'd hate to get a pepper one.
Malfoy and his father and You-Know-Who were the characters I didn't like. Snape wasn't as bad as Filch, but Snape was a bully.
You hear more about Harry's father than his mother because his father was killed fighting You-Know-Who. His father was fighting because men are more brave. Harry's mother just tried to protect him, because women love kids.
I think Harry's father probably worked for the Ministry of Magic after he left Hogwarts and married Harry's mother.
In the next book, I think Harry goes back to Hogwarts but not Percy or the other Weasleys. Maybe in a future book Harry will grow up, and even get married. I'd like to see all the characters grow up and get famous, but not be in contact until they meet — they could have a reunion at Hogwarts.
I didn't see why Mrs. Norris had to die in the second book, even though no one liked her. Why didn't a person die, instead of a cat?
Laura Duell, 11 years old
Mysteries and puzzles appeal to me. I always try to figure out what's going to happen next in a story, and usually I can, but not in the Harry Potter books. There's a lot going on and you get caught up in the plot.
I don't think I'd like to go away to school. It would be pretty strange to sleep in a room with a lot of other kids all the time. Whenever my friends and I have sleepovers we never get any sleep. But if I could learn to be a wizard I would try it.
It would be better to fly on a hippogriff than a broomstick. It's easier to fall off a broomstick. And you could talk to the hippogriff, and feed him pumpkins and birdseed. I could keep him in the garage. I'd like to fly way up in the air and look down at the country.
Snape is really awful. It was funny when the magic map called him a slimeball and told him to wash his hair. I hope in the next book Sirius Black comes back and gets him kicked out of Hogwarts.
It's not common in the United States for children of grade-school and middle-school age to go away to boarding school, although it has always been part of the British educational system. But American children often go to sleepaway camp in the summer, so the idea of living away from home and parents is not new.
Sarah McKenna, 10 years old
Harry is like a real boy — except that he's a wizard! My favorite character is Hermione, because she's smart. Some of the boys like her because she is smart.
Quidditch is one of the best things in the books, and if I could play I'd want to be a Seeker.
I read the British version, too, as well as the American one, and didn't find it at all hard to read. I borrowed a copy from a friend who brought it back from England.
I don't exactly hate the Dursleys; I think they're funny. I also thought Dobby, the house elf, was funny. I liked the way he got into trouble trying to protect Harry, and then Harry freed him.
I read an article that said that there are going to be seven books, one for every year Harry is at Hogwarts. I haven't read the third book yet, but I heard that in it a prisoner escapes from the wizard jail — I'll bet it's the Professor who teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts — and Harry catches him.
In the future books, I'd like to see Ron get a girlfriend.
I don't think I'm a Muggle — just because you're not a wizard doesn't mean you're a Muggle!
According to J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, there will be seven volumes, following Harry through each of his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Mariel Klein, 8 years old
The adventures were a little scary. That's what I liked about them.
Harry and Hermione were my favorites. And I like Dumbledore a lot. I really disliked Lockhart, especially because of what he did on Valentine's Day — sending out those disgusting cupids. He was too nice to Harry, and then he played tricks on him.
Hagrid is funny. I was glad when I found out that he went to school at Hogwarts.
Of the animals Scabbers is my favorite. I don't like things that pester people. Snape is mean. So are the Dursleys.
In the next book, I hope Harry goes home and the Dursleys are nice to him. I'd like to see another wizard or a new professor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor. Children in both Britain and America often exchange Valentine greeting cards at school on Valentine's Day. In recent years, in fact, holidays like Valentine's Day and Halloween have become even more popular than Christmas or New Year's in this country.
Rebecca Brown, 9 years old
The first book was the best one for me. I had trouble picturing what happened in the second book.
I liked Aunt Petunia and Dudley, because I could picture them. The part about going to Hogwarts, getting on the train at platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
I'm not sure if I'd like going away to school. If I was Harry, of course, I would. And I guess I wouldn't miss home if I was having a good time at school.
My favorite part is where Harry puts on the invisibility cloak and sees himself and his family in the Mirror of Erised.
Most of the food sounds awful. He eats so much food, every day, and those yucky desserts! (I hate Jell-o.) I like the Chocolate Frogs, and I'd like to get a chocolate-mint Every Flavor Bean.
You're not really a Muggle if you're not a wizard.
In one of the next books I'd like to see Harry's parents come back and the Dursleys disappear.
To catch the train for Hogwarts, students must pass through a barrier between Platforms Nine and Ten to reach Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, which is invisible to anyone but wizards.
The Mirror of Erised shows to anyone who looks into it what it is he or she most desires.
Anna Holland, 13 years old
Fantasy and adventures are my favorite kind of reading. The plots of the Harry Potter books are complicated enough to be interesting.
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Table of Contents
1 - Our Comments About the Harry Potter Books,
2 - Dear Harry ...,
3 - What Wizards Eat,
4 - How We Play Quidditch,
5 - What Grown-Ups Say About the Harry Potter Books,
6 - Trivia Quiz,
7 - Survey of Our Opinions,
8 - Word Wizardry,
9 - Wonderful Ways to Be a Wizard,
10 - What We Think Harry Potter's Parents Were Like,
11 - What We'd Like to See in the Future Books About Harry Potter,
About J. K. Rowling - AUTHOR OF THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS,
Introduction - WHAT MAKES THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS SPECIAL,
PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS BY SHARON MOORE,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Harry potter will always be the best series i have ever read. The stories seem to come alive in your mind... i cried myself to sleep after i watched the deathly hallows part 2 cuz its the last one. My favorite character is totally tonks :)
No twilight! Hp rules!!!!!!
I am a huge fan I started reading Harry Potter when I was 8 now I'm 10 and this is my fifth time reading the series on book 3 just started I love Harry Potter so much I have dreams sometimes about it where Voldemort chases Harry and Hagrid in a truck act out sences while I'm watching the movie protending I'm in it and quote I hope you love Harry Potter as much as I do or might want to watch you back:) -McKaila p.s fav book is #5
I WENT INTO MY LIBRARY AND THE LIBRARIAN TOLD ME TO TRY A HARRY POTTER BOOK! WOW DID I TRY IT THE NEXT DAY IT WAS FINISHED.I WENT AND BOUGHT THE NEXT 2 AND READ THEN IN THREE DAYS! THEN I COULDN'T WAIT I JUST WANT TI READ THE 4TH ONE SO BAD THAT I WAS THE FIRST ONE ON THE HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE WAITING LIST! THEN THE NEXT TWO DAYS I FINISHED IT. I AM STILL TRYIN TO FIND OUT WHAT THE 5TH ONE WILL BE CALLED. I KIND OF THINK WHAT ITS GOIN TO BE ABOUT. WELL THATS WHAT I THINK OF HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I AM A TOTAL HARRY POTTER FAN, I LOVE GRIFFINDOR EVEN THOUGH I AM A TOTAL RAVENCLAW, I THINK GINNY IS MUCH BETTER THAN CHO CHANG, GINNY IS MUCH PRETTIER TOO,
I have been a harry potter fan ever since 6th grad when my teacher gave me the philopsers stone and it had helped me sooo much and now i got my friend emily to start reading it and btw karlo you sooo have to get wth emily
I love Harry Potter! It is soo good i am only 9yr. old, but i started to read them at 7yr. Harry Potter puts a great picture in your mind and is great book. There is sad times, happy times, scary and more differant feelings that you can have while reading this book. - Grace P.S when watching the movies at home, Long John Silvers is best with it.
i love the harry potter books. mrs rowling should keep up the great work. IF i was a witch i would thank her for giving me incouragment 2 do what i like. PEOPLE WISH 2 BE GREAT WITCHES AND WIZARDS BUT IF THEY BELIEIVE THEY WILL BE IT.
I love Harry Potter. I have read all 4 books. My family listens to the books on tape. I can't wait for the 5th one and I heard what it was about. If I could I would give these books all the stars in the universe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are the best books i've ever read.
I am a Pottermore Ravenclaw. GO EAGLES!!!
Harry Potter books are just those kind of books. They will live on forever. If u dont like HP....ur crazy.i dont mean it as a good thing.....
I am addicted to Harry Potter and I've red th books abour 50 times each love love love them!!!!
I love it so much I wish I could give it many more stars……… …………………………! : ) ! I bet I am the biggest fan of Harry Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I MEAN WHO DOESN'T??????????!!!!!!!
I am absessed with harry potter!
Harry potter is the most amazing book ever
GO TO CHAMBER OF SECRETS
I just LOVE harty potter its amazing i never wanted it to end i love love love the harry potter series <3 ron is my fave
I am 9 almost 10 ad i have read the seiries twice! Totally a good book! I was 8 when i first read Harry Potter! LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER!!!!!! GO ONTO POTTERMORE TOO!!!!! I AM CALLED A HORSE AND HARRY POTTER ADDIC!!!!! TRUST ME!!!!!
I love the Series. OH YEAH I IN POTTERMORE RIGHT NOW!!!!!
I do not know everything, but if u were to say, "whats ur favorite book" i vwould say "one out of seven?" And ud b stuck on a lecture about the greatness of HP! In april POTTERMORE will be BETA free and open to the public. POTTERMORE is an online reading site. I think you go thru the books as Harry (or u cld say main character) and change a few thing here or there. JKR will join in with HHPI (hoarded Harry Potter info)!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right now only a select few are allowed in. All i know.
I <3 luna
I cried just reading the books when dobby and dumbledore died
Harry Potter is the best book ever written and I love reading about his adventures and I can't wait for the rest of the books to come out. I recommend this book and all of the Harry Potter books to anyone who si looking for anf awesoem story to get swept away in. Harry Potter changed my life and I am pretty sure that it will change anyones life who reads it.
This was an outstanding book series. I hope that Ms.Rowling will make hundreds of hundreds of books.