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These storming new covers pack more power than Lord Voldemort’s cannon-blast curses. Absolutely mythic. Boy wizard Harry Potter – ‘the boy who lived’ – is one of our all-time fictional heroes. His bestselling story is a legend in its own right: a magical blend of hi-jinks and fantasy. And it’s never looked mightier. From Harry’s game-changing first day at Hogwarts to his final terrifying battle against the Dark Lord, now you can savour every moment of the magic. And make your bookshelves look great at the same time.

  • One of the world’s best-loved and bestselling fantasies
  • Now with beautiful new cover artwork by Jonny Duddle
  • A coming-of-age story set in a wonderful magical world
  • Grows in complexity and emotional depth with each book

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8270 in Secondary Rewards 2017/18, 5674 in Schools Catalogue 2017/18, 421 in September Teen UK 2017 and 333 in September Primary UK 2017

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Paperback

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Author/Illustrator

J.K. Rowling

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J. K. (Jo) Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. Such a funny-sounding name for a birthplace may have contributed to her talent for collecting odd names. Jo moved house twice when she was growing up. The first move was from Yate (just outside Bristol in the south west of England) to Winterbourne. Jo, her sister and friends used to play together in her street in Winterbourne. Two of her friends were a brother and sister whose surname just happened to be Potter! The second move was when Jo was nine and she moved to Tutshill near Chepstow in the Forest of Dean. Jo loved living in the countryside and spent most of her time wandering across fields and along the river Wye with her sister. For Jo, the worst thing about her new home was her new school.

Tutshill Primary School was a very small and very old-fashioned place. The roll-top desks in the classrooms still had the old ink wells. Jo’s teacher, Mrs Morgan, terrified her. On the first day of school, she gave Jo an arithmetic test, which she failed, scoring zero out of ten. It wasn’t that Jo was stupid – she had never done fractions before. So Jo was seated in the row of desks far to the right of Mrs Morgan. Jo soon realised that Mrs Morgan seated her pupils according to how clever she thought they were: the brightest sat to her left, and those she thought were dim were seated to her right. Jo was in the ‘stupid’ row, ‘as far right as you could possibly get without sitting in the playground’.

From Tutshill Primary, Jo went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She was quiet, freckly, short-sighted and not very good at sports. She even broke her arm playing netball. Her favourite subject by far was English, but she also liked languages.

Jo always loved writing more than anything. ‘The first story that I ever wrote down, when I was five or six, was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee. And ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so. I was afraid they’d tell me I didn’t have a hope.’

At school, Jo would entertain her friends at lunchtime with stories. ‘I used to tell my equally quiet and studious friends long serial stories at lunchtimes.’ In these stories, Jo and her friends would be heroic and daring.

As she got older, Jo kept writing but she never showed what she had written to anyone, except for some of her funny stories that featured her friends as heroines.

After school, Jo attended the University of Exeter in Devon where she studied French. Her parents hoped that by studying languages, she would enjoy a great career as a bilingual secretary. But as Jo recalls, ‘I am one of the most disorganised people in the world and, as I later proved, the worst secretary ever.’ She claims that she never paid much attention in meetings because she was too busy scribbling down ideas. ‘This is a problem when you are supposed to be taking the minutes of the meeting,’ she says.

When she was 25, Jo started writing a third novel (‘I abandoned the first two when I realised how bad they were’). A year later, she went to Portugal to teach English, which she really enjoyed. Working afternoons and evenings, she had mornings free to write. The new novel was about a boy who was a wizard.

When she returned to the UK, Jo had a suitcase full of stories about Harry Potter. She moved to Edinburgh with her young daughter and worked as a French teacher. She also set herself a target: she would finish the ‘Harry’ novel and get it published. In 1996, one year after finishing the book, Bloomsbury bought Jo’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

‘The moment I found out that Harry would be published was one of the best of my life,’ says Jo. A few months after ‘Harry’ was accepted for publication in Britain, an American publisher bought the rights for enough money to enable Jo to give up teaching and write full time – her life’s ambition!

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  1. Patricia Tatar
    on 14 November 2016

    Yass

    HP series is amazing and I really just want to reread it over and over again! ;D

    5out of 5
  2. DEMITRIUS
    on 26 September 2016

    HARRY POTTER

    SO AWSOME

  3. Waiss Ghareeb
    on 19 September 2016

    Harry potter

    way better than the movies with more depth and description definitely worth your time and money. My favorite series by far the characters are so developed and by the end of the 3rd or 4th book you feel like you actually know them.

    10/10

    5out of 5
  4. reefer
    on 13 September 2016

    yes

    yus

    5out of 5
  5. Charlotte Jones
    on 22 June 2016

    Harry Potter

    Great price

    5out of 5

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    MarigoldCrystalEmerald
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    mair1m
    on 31 March 2017

    I loved reading these books because after reading one page it drew me in and I just wanted to keep reading. I recommend this for ages 8+.

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    CatMermaid1427
    on 6 February 2017

    I loved the series its great for roleplay and games it’seven better if your friends and you read it at the same time. You should definitely read it it will get you started on reading, as soon as you read the series you want more harry potter so you should read the book go on the official sites and fan fiction.

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    on 7 January 2017

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    1out of 5
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    Bubbles2804
    on 30 December 2016

    A great book series!!!!

    5out of 5
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    Prashan
    on 21 November 2016

    COOL BOOKS. MY MOTHER WOULDN’T LET MY DAD READ IT TO ME BECAUSE SHE WAS SO KEEN (LIKE ME)

    5out of 5
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    Westbrom77
    on 26 June 2016

    Harry potter is an extraordinary novel and I highly recommend it.

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    on 14 June 2016

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    HuNGaRianHorNtAiL
    on 6 June 2016

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    Mathgeek
    on 6 May 2016

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    on 10 March 2016

    I apsolutely loved it. It is the best series I have read forever!😄😃😀😊😀😃😄😃😀😊😀😃😄😃😀😊

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    funreader6776
    on 9 March 2016

    theese books are sooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing

    5out of 5
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    BAD-boy345
    on 9 March 2016

    I like j.k Rowling Harry Potter books

    5out of 5
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    owletgirl
    on 9 October 2015

    These books changed my view on magic. They are the best and I have read the series 3 times! I hope you guys read my review and like them too.

    5out of 5
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    jjmash
    on 4 October 2015

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    on 19 September 2015

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    5out of 5
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    These books are awesome and perfect for people who are adventorous

    5out of 5
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    Tots786
    on 19 August 2015

    Petrificly Awesome!!!! Never read a better book (or books) !!!! If you like it you’re saved. If no the AVADA KEDAVRA!!!!!!

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    Bookworm003
    on 22 April 2015

    Truly breath taking as soon as you start reading J.K sucks u into her world of mystery. U feel like u are part of her books an amazing author and stunning books

    5out of 5
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    potter1
    on 21 March 2015

    awsome my favourite was the third book . It is a very good read

    5out of 5
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    bearGrylls1000
    on 13 March 2015

    i love harry potter i would like kill to be in the series you just get so stuck in the books and the movies are just the best! me and me family are so into it we love it it is what i call a perfect movie and book series its so magical and adventurease

    5out of 5
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    Youngpopop
    on 28 February 2015

    The Harry Potter series are amazing. The way J.K. Rowling writes is amazing and there are so many twists and turns.

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    MegaMila
    on 28 February 2015

    These books are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    on 7 February 2015

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    moonbeam22
    on 1 January 2015

    Magic, mystery, mayhem . Three words that pretty much summon up Harry Potter. J.K.Rowling has captured the attention of many child and adult readers with her Harry Potter series. Harry Potter, other wise known as the boy who lived or the chosen one, has grown up in ignorance due to the fact that he is unknowingly a wizard but on his 11th birthday he is recruited to go to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry… READ THE BOOKS TO FIND OUT MORE!!!!!!!

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    saffystar99
    on 24 December 2014

    Harry potter is the best thing ever! I love all the books and the movies! You have to read it because without thinking about or experiencing Harry Potter we aren’t real, true people… So even if you hate it (which I highly doubt will happen) you are still amazing!!!! I’ve read all of them more than once and I just can’t explain how much Harry Potter means to me because he’s got such a gripping story line and I am just a MAD fan so basically read harry potter and tell me when you do!

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    on 17 December 2014

    I love how it is able to make you cry and laugh at the same time and it contains my favourite characters of all tomes: Fred and George Weasly

    5out of 5
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    bookworm822
    on 22 November 2014

    My favourite books ever! NO.1 fan

    5out of 5
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    monsterNOX
    on 15 November 2014

    Who doesn’t love magic and adventure. J.K. Rowling is the best!

    5out of 5
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    on 3 November 2014

    The best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5