“In honor of the birthday of the boy wizard and his creator, I am throwing a Week of Potter right here on Escaping Reality — One Book at a Time. It could be anything. Whatever I’m feeling like at the moment I decide to write a post. It might be a “Dear Jo” letter, a “Dear Mr. Potter” letter, it might even be the ramblings of a member of the Fred Weasley Death Denial Support Group. Or it could be mini-reviews highlighting my favorite parts of the books.” Day One can be found HERE. Day Two can be found HERE. Day Three can be found HERE.
I’ve never really felt the need to review the potter series seeing as they’re basically my life, and there’s really not a lot you can say about them. However, in this post I’m going to attempt to highlight my very favorite parts of each of the books.
By – J.K. Rowling – Published June 26th, 1997
The beginning of an era… There’s something wonderfully magical about this book. You open this book never having entered this world before, and you get to become fully immersed as the story slowly unfolds around you. You’re thrown full tilt into the end of a war, and the beginning of freedom. …But is it really all that it seems? This book is pure perfection. You feel Harry’s pain, the horror of his childhood, and you feel his absolute ecstasy when he discovers that he is special. A lot of people don’t like “Chosen One” stories starring orphans, because people think that it is just far too “convenient,” but Harry’s story isn’t like the others. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I first read it at the age of 4 or 5. It was the first real chapter book I ever read. This book changed my life. ★★★★★★ 6 Stars.
By – J.K. Rowling – Published July 2nd, 1998
The adventure continues… This book is hilarious. It’s in this book that you begin to get to know Fred and George a bit better, which is absolutely fantabulous. In fact, this entire book stars the Weasley family — Percy, Ginny, the twins, Ron, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, the whole deal. You get to know all of them! The story really begins to develop here, as you (unknowingly) confront and destroy the first of Voldemort’s horcruxes, as well as discovering his identity. Chamber of Secrets is definitely a mystery. You don’t know how anything’s happening, you just know that Harry’s being blamed for all of it. Rowling lays out the clues so carefully and discreetly, that you never feel frustrated, but you never could have guessed who it really was. Rowling expertly crafts the story of Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, while further progressing the overall story arc. Because of Ginny, this was a childhood favorite of the series. ★★★★★★ 6 stars
By – J.K. Rowling – Published July 8th, 1999
The Prisoner escapes… This book shakes things up. 3 is a big year for the Hogwarts students, but it’s much bigger for Harry than anyone possibly could have considered. This the last truly happy and bright book of the series. This is Harry’s final year as a child. The reason this is the best book ever??? SIRIUS BLACK. AND REMUS LUPIN. TOGETHER AT LAST. Victory! I still remember the first time I read this book. The excitement and suspense, and the climax! Everything you previously believed is completely unraveled, and the action is at break-neck speed. You, and Harry, are given a burst of hope, you can see the light, the answer, pure happiness. To good to be true, right? Right. :/ And, of course, the wizard time travel! The best thing about this book is the excellent writing of J.K. Rowling. She is a master of her craft, Joanne Rowling is The Queen of fantasy literature. This book is definitely one of my favorites, of the series. Well, they all are, actually. ★★★★★★ 6 stars
By – J.K. Rowling – Published July 8th, 2000
Darkness returns… This is the beginning of the Second World War, and the end of Harry’s childhood (if it hadn’t already been obliterated during his time in the cupboard). It begins with a bang! and doesn’t slow down for an instant. Chapter by chapter, it gets darker, and darker, as you slowly struggle to discover who’s really behind it all. The magic of J.K. Rowling is that you never suspect the true perpetrator until it is revealed, but you believe it right away. Sometimes when I’ve read books like this, when the bad guy is finally revealed, you just get mad, because the author didn’t handle it well. Fortunately, that’s now how Rowling works. Everything is absolutely perfect. Each piece revealed at just the right time. And the end of the book? It brings tears every time. Harry’s just a child – fourteen! Your world, and his, is ripped to pieces.
★★★★★★ 6 stars
By – J.K. Rowling – Published June 21st, 2003
Dumbledore’s Army begins recruiting… This is my personal favorite of the series. Originally, I refused to read it. I even went so far as to read books 6 and 7 before I finally broke down, and opened OotP. But when I did, it instantly became my all-time favorite. As soon as I finished it, I read it again. Harry is a PTSD wracked teenager, the Dark Lord is back, and he’s lying in a garden of rose bushes, listening to the news, because, you see, “it changes everyday.” Sassy Harry has finally appeared! Even though this book is the darkest Harry’s life has ever been, you never get hopelessly deperessed. There are still those happy moments, those moments of laughter, the smiles, the complete joy. Harry’s character development within this book is incredible. Yes, we have Angst Harry, but it’s so very realistic. Harry is broken, and this book certainly doesn’t heal any wounds. This book probably makes me cry more than any other book I’ve ever read. I love it. Continually in a state of re-reading. ★★★★★★ 6 stars
By – J.K. Rowling – Published July 16th, 2005
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen?… Even though I still absolutely adore this book, it’s always been the most “meh,” for me. I don’t know what exactly it was, but it just isn’t my favorite of the series. It’s a new brand of darkness, and one that I just don’t like. However, Quidditch is back! Quidditch! YAY! This book sets off all the sequences of events to make book seven possible. You don’t understand everything at the time, but it’s all of the absolute essence. Even the characters! The DA has been dissolved (but we all know that won’t last for long), and Snape has finally received the coveted post of DADA teacher. It’s a strange world you have returned to. But you still love it. The ending of this book… it’s horrible. Heart breaking. But it’s a wonderful finish. I loved every second of it. This book moves the series to a new level. ★★★★★★ 6 stars
By – J.K. Rowling – Published July 21st, 2007
The end of an era… The grand finale. How does one truly describe a book as superb as this one? I’ll attempt it, but I can’t guarantee it’ll be cohernet. And I can promise that it won’t come near to expressing how phenomenal this book is. This is the first book that does not spend the majority of it’s time at Hogwarts. The war is in full swing, and the Golden Trio are out trying to save wizard – and muggle – kind from an unthinkable evil: the uncontested reign of Lord Voldemort. The character development in this book is definitely at it’s high point in the series. Characters you love make horrible mistakes, say horrible things, do horrible things, and again and again you are forced to remember that these are teenagers. Hardly more than mere children. They’re ‘so young, to be fighting so many.’ Another think I love about Rowling’s writing is that even when it seems like there is no hope left in the world… well, let’s just say that “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” The big finish was done with the spectacular story telling that only Jo could have pulled off. Loose ends are tied up, and everything comes full circle. Watch out, you’ll cry, a lot. No matter how many times you’ve read the series. ★★★★★★ 6 stars
To Sum it Up: Best series ever written.
OBLIGATORY GENIUS MOMENT.
JKR is The Queen.
And as always…
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