Books - Review

Showing all books by: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry goes to Hogwart's school of Magic and has some adventures
Not bad, but still doesn't get near stuff like the Hobbit.
Score: 7
Published: tbc
Read: January 2nd 2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry goes back for his second year at Hogwart's school, but someone, or something is attacking the students.
Jolly good fun.
Score: 7
Published: tbc
Read: March 26th 2002

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry goes back to Hogwarts for his third year, but Sirius Black, an evil murdering wizard has escaped from the notorious escape-proof Azkaban prison...and is seeking revenge from ... Harry Potter! And the mysterious Dementors, the Azkaban guards sent to protect the school, could turn out to be more dangerous than anyone thinks.
Crumbs - more exciting spells and enchantments, this is surely the best Harry Potter yet. Including the best description of a Quidditch match I have ever read, the whole book is action-packed from cover to cover. And is Harry falling for the lovely Cho Chang, the talented quidditch player from Ravenclaw?
Score: 7.5
Published: tbc
Read: June 23rd 2002

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry goes to the Quidditch World Cup but is troubled by sudden pains in his scar, and there are mysterious goings on after the Cup Final. Later at Hogwarts Harry is entered as the fourth contestant into the tri-wizard tournament and has to complete three tasks over the year, variously hampered and helped by those around him. But which of those are on his side and which are the servants of Voldemort, whose power seems to be returning?
Best Harry Potter yet, exciting pacy plot and the teenage element of who fancies who is terrific. I bet he ends up married to Hermione, even though he fancies the beautiful and talented Cho from Ravenclaw.
Score: 8
Published: tbc
Read: May 5th 2003

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry and his friends have to cope with the now-returned Voldemort, in the face of disbelief from Cornelius Fudge and friends at the Ministry of Magic, who are trying to discredit Dumbledoor and take over Hogwarts.
Not bad, but not as good as the others. A bit long winded in places.
Score: 6.5
Published: 2003
Read: June 24th 2003

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry goes back to Hogwarts as a sixth-former, having passed the required OWLs. However Malfoy seems to be even more evil than normal, Snape is back and Dumbledore keeps disappearing on secret missions, as Voldemort's mob get more vicious and people start to die. They still win the Quidditch though.
Jolly good, nice and easy read. Good plot development on the romance front too!
Score: 7.5
Published: 2005
Read: August 3rd 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry is in hiding - he and Ron and Hermione can't return to Hogwarts for the new term but must instead track down and destroy the remaining Horcruxes that each contain part of Voldemort's soul. Aided by all the usual characters, and a few new ones they battle onwards, falling out with each other and making up just in time to save each others' lives.
Jolly exciting, especially the big battle at Hogwarts at the end. Shame there was no quidditch though. Bought this for Isobel on her visit here. Larissa read it first - staying up until 2am on a schoolnight!
Score: 7.5
Published: 2007
Read: July 31st 2007