Sword of Shanara

     Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
1   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  
3   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow

Lee's Review: 

This was an enjoyable read. It is a fast read but you find yourself rooting for Harry (the underdog) and his friends. The story is told from Harry’s point of view only – you’re not able to get inside another character’s head and see what’s going on. The story is imaginative and as the series goes on its tone gets darker as “he who shall not be named” comes back and plots to regain his power. The characters in it are either all good or all bad and have stayed that way the whole series so far. I would have liked to see some of the characters develop and becoming a shade of grey but that never happened. The possible exception to an all good or bad character is Snape although his relationship with Harry is the same in the fifth book as it was in the first book - I was hoping there would be some mutual coming to terms between the two of them but maybe something will happen in the final two volumes. This is a nice read and I’m looking forward to the next book.

Veronica's Review: 

I liked the struggles of the character, Harry Potter, in this series.  The fact that he survived the person his parents died fighting, made society expect great things of Harry.  Harry has to somehow live up to the social pressures applied to him for something he doesn’t even remember.  As an orphan, he is forced to live with relatives who want nothing to do with him.  School becomes a home for Harry.  His friends, Hermoine and Ron, become family to him.  The series is centered on Harry trying to survive the revenge of this evil person while he tries to survive the life of being a student.  If you like magic, you’ll like Harry Potter.

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