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Harry Potter – JK Rowling

21523103Original Title : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 1997
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 332
Status : read from 06/23/16 to 06/26/16
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Synopsis
: When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Review : I’ve read the same book in French at the end of 2015, but I wanted to read the whole series in English to discover JK Rowling’s real writing. I’m not disappointed at all, I’m still in love with this book ! I’m gonna discover the next books now, because I haven’t read them before. Harry Potter will always be a wonderful series, even after all these years that have gone by.

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Original Title : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets22037377
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 1998
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 360
Status : read from 06/26/16 to 07/05/16
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Synopsis
: Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.

Review : Like the first book, I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The novel gives lots of details compared to the movie, even if I loved the movie too. I rediscovered many things that I didn’t get when I watched the adaptation and I have to say that JK Rowling’s writing has also an impact on my 5-stars rating.
I love Harry Potter’s world and all the details JK Rowling gives us about the potions and spells, for example. As we read the book, we feel like we are in Hogwarts too and live the same adventure as our favorite heroes. I definitely love this series and I can’t wait to begin the third book!

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22842001Original Title : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 1999
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 462
Status : read from 07/06/16 to 07/09/16
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Synopsis
: Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Review : This book is my favorite one so far from Harry Potter’s series. I love Buckbeak, I love Sirius Black and I love the whole story behind. I already enjoyed the movie (that was also my favorite one), but the book is wonderful! I hardly could stop reading when I had to and if I could, I would have read it in one shot. JK Rowling surpassed herself in writing this novel. There are suspense, emotions and a happy ending. All we need to love a book is here!

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Original Title : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire22037439
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 2000
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 617
Status : read from 07/10/16 to 07/28/16
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Synopsis
: When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort’s rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival – especially with the Dark Lord’s forces on the rise…

Review : First of all, I think this book is less interesting than the previous ones. Don’t misjudge me, I really enjoyed my reading, but I found this book was pretty long without any justification. I think there were less suspense and actions than in the previous books. As I said in my updates, the year began around the 120th page and I don’t think it was a really good idea to take so many pages to talk abour the Quidditch World Cup. Moreover, there are chapters which are really long and I think it could have been shorter because there were repetitions about what had happened in the last novels.
However, I enjoyed my reading. Especially because Lord Voldemort had risen again and I know the story really begins now. This book reminds me also of Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory and I remember that I really loved it when I was young :p
I also liked the description of the Triwizard tasks, even if there were too many spiders for me (eww!). But I have to say that it was almost a minor part of the book even if it was supposed to be the main subject and I think this is sad not having developed it a little bit more.
To finish, I still love the relationship between Harry and his friends (Ron, Hermione and Hagrid), but also with Sirius and Dumbledore. There is something strong between them that I deeply appreciate.

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22037456Original Title : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 2003
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 800
Status : read from 07/29/16 to 08/26/16
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Synopsis
: Harry is furious that he is stuck at the Dursleys’ house for the summer, when he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, and the wizarding authorities seem unwilling to do anything. Harry’s so-called friends are trying to keep him in the dark. But he knows that Voldemort’s forces can find him wherever he is; he could be attacked at any moment. Harry is finally rescued from Privet Drive by members of the Order of the Phoenix – a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort – and discovers that maybe he is not alone in this battle after all.

Review : Some chapters were pretty long without any justification in my opinion. I think that I’m not a big fan of books which have more than 600 pages (or around) and that’s why I took so much time to finish this one (well, I haven’t enough time to read too, but the length didn’t help).
Apart from that, I appreciated the story and how it was developed when it concerns the relationship between Harry and Lord Voldemort. I also liked the members of the Order of the Phoenix but I didn’t like the fact that they hide lots of things to Harry when he is involved in the story. This leads me to the fact that I literally hate when Harry becomes aggressive towards Hermione, Ron and the other characters. He often was angry in this book and this is something that I don’t appreciate. I just wanted to skim through the book to escape these passages.

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Original Title : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince22037471
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 2005
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 542
Status : read from 08/26/16 to 09/10/16
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Synopsis
: As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny…

Review : I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and I literally loved it! So far, my favorite novel from the Harry Potter series was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but now, it is on an equal footing with this one.
I love how this novel was about Harry and Dumbledore’s relationship. I have always admired Dumbledore and this was a good think to dedicate one book to his character. As I said in my updates, I love his stories and how he shared them with Harry and with us. Obviously, I am so sad about the end of this novel, but Dumbledore will always be in our hearts.
I also liked the fact that there were lots of actions in this novel. It was much more interesting to read than when there are only describing passages and no actions to bring the story forward. When books are so long, I really need to be involved in the story, like I was in the research of the horcruxes.
To conclude, I definitely had to give a 5 stars to this novel because I really loved it!

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22037483Original Title : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author : JK Rowling
First published in : 2007
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Bloomsbury
Pages : 620
Status : read from 09/11/16 to 09/23/16
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Synopsis
: Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil.
In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

Review : Oh. My. God. I’m in love with this book! Let’s get my mind clear so I can write my review… How can I begin? I don’t really know what to say apart that this book is brilliant!
I wanted to finish it to know the end (I already knew the end as I watched the movie but this isn’t the same in a book and in a movie, right?) and at the same time, I didn’t want it to finish. I loved how this book was not only descriptive but had also lots of actions. The story has finally been resolved and I’m glad about it. I couldn’t help but hated Voldemort, while I loved more and more Snape and Dumbledore. Obviously, there were some passages that I disliked but it is not important compared to my love for the whole story.
I also have to say that JK Rowling did a good job because I cried several times through the book but I was never angry at her for doing so (aha). Seriously, was it necessary to kill so many people I love? I was completely depressed at some time but at the end, it was worth it, no? Voldemort is gone and Hogwarts is back. This is all that counts!
‘After all this time?’ – ‘Always.’

Also by J.K. Rowling : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child + Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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