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Book review: Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stoneREVIEWED BY ISABELLA, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, ill. Mary GrandPré, Scholastic, ISBN 9780545582889

Have you ever heard of the book series Harry Potter? It is by JK Rowling. Have you seen the front cover? It’s so phenomenal! Well at least to me. I think that the illustrator Mary GrandPré did a very good job! I love all the front covers. Because they have details! And they are unique! And the front cover makes me feel like I’m in the story.

Do you also like magic? Because Harry Potter is about magic! Harry Potter is a story about this bad wizard named Voldemort. He’s trying to do something bad to Harry Potter. Harry Potter is really good at magic! The reason I like Harry Potter is because he does magic! I think that magic is amazing! Another reason I like Harry Potter is because he goes to Hogwarts! Which is a MAGIC school! My favorite part is the Holiday Feasts. I wish that the Holiday Feasts were in real life!

One of my favorite characters is Ron Weasley. He’s so funny. One time, in the second book, Malfoy called Hermione a Mudblood, a name for a muggle born, and so Ron tried to do a spell on Malfoy. Muggle born means human born. That hurt Hermione’s feelings. The spell that Ron did was eat slugs. Since the Whomping Willow smashed his wand, the spell reversed back on him, and he threw up slugs. His jaw just opened  and he started throwing up slugs! I like Hermione and Harry too, but my least favorite characters are Draco Malfoy, Voldemort, and the Dursleys. Malfoy is my least favorite character  because he’s mean to Harry Potter. I don’t like Voldemort either because he’s trying to do something bad to Harry Potter. I also don’t like the Dursleys because when Harry was only 11, they made him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. So, basically, that was his room. When I first read it I was wondering, “How could a family do such a thing?” On one of his birthdays, or ALL of his birthdays, OR for the whole summer AND his birthday he HAS to pretend he doesn’t EXIST! And plus it’s his BIRTHDAY! I can’t imagine that life.

These are all the reasons I love Harry Potter!

The first book in the series is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*. The second book is called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The third book is called Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The fourth book, that I’m reading, is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fifth book is called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The sixth book is called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The seventh book is called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And those are all the books in the Harry Potter series.

 

*In Australia this book is published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


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Book review: HARRY POTTER SERIES

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling illustrated by Mary GrandPréREVIEWED BY MOMO, SECOND GRADE, MISSOURI, USA

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, ill. Mary GrandPré, Scholastic, ISBN 9780439136358

I think you should read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Keep reading don’t stop. It might seem really boring at first. Hey! Wait! Just at the beginning.

In the first book he finds the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley help him find it. Harry Potter is eleven in the first book. I LOVE this book series because they all have a lot of action in them. Also he finds the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Also because he has a cute little owl! Awwww so cute.

I give this book a nine out of ten. I found this book in a bookstore. I am on the fifth book in the series. My sister read all of the books. I recommend this book for ages 8–12.


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Book review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

REVIEWED BY JAMES

Year 4 student at Arden Anglican School, Beecroft NSW

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, Bloomsbury Children’s, ISBN 9781408855652

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a great book and has been round for 19 years and many people enjoy reading the series of books.

Joanne Rowling’s books have been translated into 78 languages and the Harry Potter series are her best books yet. Not only children enjoy reading it but many adults like to read the books.

The book has broken many records and there are many reasons it is famous. It has some of the best ratings you could see for a book that has been round for many years.

The best part I like about this book is many people think Harry knows a lot and that he has the power to control nearly anything. No one can do a lot in their first week at Hogwarts but Professor Snape is a bit jealous of Harry and the attention he gets. He tries to prove he knows nothing but he is still the same as he was before. Snape isn’t very nice to Harry because he expects a lot more, like to tell some people to do the same thing as they where told to when he never knew what the other people where doing.

The paragraph I like best is this:

Things didn’t improve for the Gryffindors as potion lesson continued. Snape put us all into pairs and set them to mixing up a simple potion to cure boils. He swept around in his long black coat, watching them weigh dried nettles and crush snake fangs, criticising almost everyone except Malfoy, whom he seemed to like. He was just telling everyone to look at the perfect way Malfoy had stewed his horned slugs when green clouds of acid green smoke and a loud hissing filled the dungeon. Neville had somehow managed to melt Seamus’ cauldron. “You Potter why didn’t you tell him not to add the quills. Thought it would make you look good if he got it wrong did you?”

The part I like about this certain paragraph is that professor Snape is jealous of Harry’s powers so he tries to make him look bad in front of everyone. The only thing that made Harry famous is when Voldemort tries to kill him but couldn’t and something was protecting him.

This book has more action than usual books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid which is just a basic story. This is the best book I have read in the 9 years I have been around for. At the beginning you’re eager to see what happens next because it just describes a few characters and the settings. This book has a very tightening tension scene at the beginning. Yes it gets a bit boring reading the setting at the beginning but wait till another 5–8 pages and you’ll be totally addicted to it because I couldn’t stop reading.

Every night my Mum or Dad would come in an hour or 2 later after they said goodnight and I’d still be reading this magnificent book. The best character I like is Hagrid. You can never get enough of Hagrid, that’s one thing I know for sure! The best part I like with Hagrid involved is the Gringotts bank when they take a train back to the ground floor from Harry’s vault at the bank. This is what I like the best: Hagrid told Harry, “don’t talk to me on the way back, it’s best if I keep my mouth shut.” This is why I like Hagrid he is always in a pickle.

Even though Harry is just learning everything, he gets the hang of things very quickly. When he was taking his first flying lessons Neville broke his wrist so the teacher had to go. “Nobody can go on their brooms till I say so.”After she left Harry got on his broomstick and started flying to save one of Neville’s gifts his parents sent him. Malfoy always likes to tease or steal one of Harry’s friend’s things or even his stuff.

I like this because Harry is new and already he has friends and is helping them fit in even if he hasn’t already fit in.

This book has lots of descriptive language and that is very important in a book like this. Because it has a lot of stuff happening you need to have a little read of the sentence and you can basically remember what happened 5 pages ago. You can always keep up because the author explains every little detail. Some people may think that’s boring but when you get further into the book that little detail becomes very important and if you don’t have the detail you’ll lose track of where you are in the story

This book has changed my experience of reading books it has had so much action following with lots of detail. This story also has a very good sense of humour throughout it.


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