Harry Potter

A classic tale of good versus evil

​I'm a die-hard fan, but I wasn't at first...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 
The Illustrated Edition
By J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay
Scholastic Inc. (2015) $15.99
Age: 8+
Fiction, fantasy adventure, middle-grade, young-adult, new-adult, adult interest, Harry Potter, magic, witches, warlocks, good vs. evil

​​Harry Potter Coloring Book
Produced by Insight Editions
Scholastic Inc. (2015) $19.99
All ages
Includes detailed pages for coloring, photos of the cast and movie, possible posters, plus thick paper that should handle markers in addition to colored pencils.

Jim Dale
On Narrating the Harry Potter Books

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Illustrated version
By J.K. Rowling
Illustrated By Jim Kay
Genre:  Harry Patter, Classic, Good vs. Evil, Wizard and Witches, Magic, Coming-of-age

A must have for collectors, and a must-read for all. The third book re-released, fully illustrated, gorgeous, full-color illustrations throughout. The illustrated editions are a wonderful way to introduce new generations of readers to the world of Harry Potter. 

​For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Wizarding World Movie Magic: Volume 3

By Jody Revenson

Candlewick Press

​Age: 10+

Genre: Harry Potter, Behind the scenes, Harry Potter series, Movies Based on Books,  Movie Magic

​From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and Newt Scamander’s magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography, and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps, and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.

J.K. Rowlings Wizarding World:

Movie Magic Volume Two: Curious Creatures

By Ramin Zahed 

 Candlewick Press

Age: 10+

​Genre: Harry Potter, Behind the scenes, Harry Potter series, Movies Based on Books,  Movie Magic

Meet the magnificent creatures and fantastic beasts of J.K.Rowling's wizarding world. Featuring detailed creature profiles, stunning artwork and captivating insights from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films, these pages reveal everything fans want to know about how these creatures were created. Jam-packed with bonus material-pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, removable posters, and other goodies - this book offers young readers a thrilling backstage pass to the wizarding world.

I was not a Harry Potter fan from the beginning. I started reading the series after book three was released. At the time, my husband was teaching high school, and one of his students was reading Prisoner of Azkaban. The student told my husband, "It's really good." So my husband got book one and read it, and then he want out and bout books two and three. 

All right, I decided. I had to read it and find out what all the hype was about. From there the rest is history. I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan forever! Besides the fact that it's simply a great story, as a writer I'm extremely interested in the writing of these great books and their publication story. In my opinion, Harry Potter has become its own genre. It's publication changed the industry. Publishers learned from this that younger readers can and will read longer books, and gatekeepers are willing to spend the money on books for their children. 

As a reviewer, I picked up my galleys of books one and two and set them aside in my of "Of Interest" pile, as in "Books I'd love to read but probably never will have the time." Over the course of the Harry Potter years, those galleys were lent out. Somewhere, out there, someone has my Advanced Reviewers Copies of the first two books. (Those are worth money, if you happen to ever read this.)

I love to debate controversies over Harry Potter with my extremely conservative, born-again, hard core Christian dad. Hey, I'm a Christian too, and these are simply great, great stories! Is it glamorizing witch craft? I compare it to The Wizard of OzSleeping BeautySnow White, etc. Parents, if this concerns you, this is an opportunity for you to talk about this with your kids as you read, which is what I did. As in, if parents are going to bash it, they need to read it too. Trust me, there are far worse books out there. 

(Spoiler) I would also discuss the underlying Christian themes (they celebrate Christmas), and in the end, Harry sacrifices himself, as in dies, for everyone, which is why Voldemort couldn't hurt anyone in the end.

In the end, Harry Potter is simply a well-written, richly developed story about a group of kids who battle evil to save the world. Harry Potter has become a classic, in the tradition of the best-told fairy tales that have stood the text of time. A tale of good-versus-evil, which can be enjoyed again and again.