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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling (2000).


The fourth instalment of the Harry Potter series has a much darker over tone than its three predecessor’s. The excitement of Harry returning to The Burrow and the amusement of how he manages to travel starts the novel off light heartedly. However, things turn dark at the end of the Quidditch World Cup, and the new addition of Death Eaters gives the novel the feel of waiting for impending doom. This is continued even after our favourite trio arrive back at school. 
This year’s adventure focus’s on the return of an old magical tradition, the Tri wizard Tournament. In which Witches and Wizards from schools all over the world, come to together to compete in a variety of tasks set for them. This year, it is to be held for the first time in centuries, and the event hosted by none other than Hogwarts witchcraft and wizardry.
Again Harry’s loyalty’s are tested, along with his courage, bravery and strength.  His friendships, especially with his best friend Ron, are strained with the strange happenings and events around the school. But even though angry with one another, still jump at the chance of reconciliation the first chance they get, showing that it would take more than jealousy to destroy their bond. Which is a very good thing, as it is the trio’s friendship that helps Harry through the last few weeks of school after the Triwizard Tournament is completed. With several deaths and scandals within the walls of Hogwarts, everyone really needed the emotional support of each other. 

This novel even delves into the darker sides of life, or rather Death, giving the reader the understanding that not everything is fine and rosey all of the time, and that bad things do happen to good people. I recommend this novel for young teens and up, as some content could possibly upset or frighten young children. However, anyone older, young teens and up, including adults, that have imagination and enjoy a generous dose of magic, this is the book for them. I give Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling (1999).


Although I am a woman grown, and far from the days when I lay awake at night desperately straining to read on to see if Harry survive what could easily have been a fate worse than death, I still enjoyed every single page of this third instalment to the Harry Potter series. Book 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban leads into a darker side of the world of magic, and also into a darker side of Harry’s past. As we follow Harry through his third year at Hogwarts School for witchcraft and Wizardry, we learn that there is a lot more to the death of Harry’s parents than anyone knew.

Throughout this novel Harry learns that not only is there a psychotic murderer who has escaped Azkaban, the devilish jail for Witches and Wizards, but is his Godfather and a very loyal and true friend of Lilly and James Potter. In fact, he had been wrongly convicted for their death, he had actually sought vengeance and was exacting his revenge when his whole world exploded around him and everything in it turned upside down.

As we follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione through each adventure, each character can clearly be seen to evolve. J. K. Rowling creates each character so brilliantly it is a pleasure to read and watch them grow-up. Its impossible to choose a favourite amongst the trio, as I feel that its the combination of the three that makes them who they are. Without the influence they have on each other their outcomes would be much different I suspect.

Overall, I believe J. K. Rowling produced yet another Masterpiece in the creation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I would recommend this book to all age groups, as always there is something in this book for anyone with the slightest bit of imagination. I give this novel a rating of 10/10 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling (1998). Book 2.


As I knew would be true, the second book to the magical world of Harry Potter was as brilliant as its predecessor. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a wondrous tale of magic, where the reader can find themselves completely involved once becoming immersed in the incredibly imaginative world created by J. K. Rowling. 

The story takes off with the ending of school holidays, and the beginning of a new term at Hogwarts. Our favourite trio, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, have joined each other for another year together, and after what looked to be a bleak beginning for Harry, find themselves amidst another attempt by Lord Voldemort to return wholly to the world of the living. The Chamber of Secrets is open and a Weasley of all people are amongst those recruited to help open it. It’s up to the loveable three to find the answers and save the day, but not before Harry comes face to face with his arc rival Lord Voldemort. It is here in the second series that Harry finds out a few things about himself, such as the ability to speak and understand Parseltongue, as well as his likeness to the Dark Lord himself. Though these revelations produce even more questions which could lead to some very unsettling answers. 

The thrill of mystery and suspense throughout this book provides much joy and delight to readers. J. K. Rowling has added immensely to each of the novels heroes and has produced what has proved to be an amazing adventure that can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love for magic and a world “outside the box”. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an incredible second book to the series and I give it a rating of 10 stars.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling (1997).


As the Harry Potter reaches his 20th birthday, celebrations all over the world have been held by muggles, and therefore given me the perfect excuse to re-read an old beloved favourite and lovingly write a book review. 

It was in 1997 that J. K. Rowling was first able to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, after prior rejections and obvious disappointments, and began what was surely as much of an astonishment to the author herself, a story that would influence generations of children. In this, the first book, we are introduced to a brilliant variety of characters that quickly capture the readers imagination and heart. Harry, Ron and Hermoine, are each special in their own way, making a strong trio. Within the storyline of these three there is at least one thing that happens that every reader can identify with, whether the reader is old or young, each one can relate to one of the characters in some way. But these three hardly stand alone, there are the Neville Longbottoms of the world (everyone knows one of these), and the Draco Malfoy’s (again everyone has had to deal with one of these at some point). The adults within the novel help steer the younger characters along the storyline, and in doing so create an amazing world of magic, and in turn produce an entire world that readers relate to and become lost in, making the story impossible to put down. It’s so easy to dive into this world and not want to return to reality.

Through this novel Harry and his friends teach us so much along our journey with him at his first year of Hogwarts. From the true meaning of loyalty and friendship, to what it means to be family, and even the sadness of loss. Basically this novel has everything that any young reader would adore and much more that parents are thrilled they are actively learning morals without being force! As a child I was engrossed with the Harry Potter, and things haven’t changed. Harry and his friends, in their incredible other world, will always be a tale dear to my heart. Definitely excited to have an excuse to re-read the series.

I would recommend this novel to anyone with the ability to read! It is just a fantastic story. I give this book the rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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