Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga’ by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.” This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages!
Top customer reviews
IMPORTANT: For U.S. customers purchasing the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you will notice the text has NOT been converted to the “Americanized” version of the original U.S. releases. This difference isn’t as prominent or noticeable as it was with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, but still something to keep in mind. Also, to answer a question that has come up quite a bit, this is the FULL BOOK and not an abridged or shortened version.
The overall quality is fantastic. The colors are vibrant and the images are, in my opinion, even better than those in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1).
The best features:
1. Underneath the book jacket, the novel is bound in a sturdy orange hardback with green lettering on the spine.
2. The paper is thick with an eggshell glossy finish.
3. All chapter intros are illustrated.
4. Some images take up full pages or multiple pages. Most illustrations share the page with text.
5. Every inch of the book is illustrated or decorated in some fashion. There are NO white pages in the book. Even the pages without large illustrations have the paper printed and marked with ink blots or paper “stains”. In Chamber of Secrets (compared to Sorcerer’s Stone), some pages even have beautiful patterns over the entire page. One page has a spider-web pattern and is right next to a picture of Aragog. Quite brilliant overall.
I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to read the series (again, or for the first time), especially if you plan to read this with someone younger. Based on the fact that the illustrations for this book were even better than in the first book, I’m now looking forward to the rest of the series even more. Prisoner of Azkaban is next and I’m heartbroken it’ll be so long before I get to have it in my collection.
You simply can’t go wrong with a Harry Potter book, and even after multiple readings, Chamber of Secrets continues to age like fine wine. Ms. Rowling has taken a great idea and turned it into a modern day classic by creating a world and populating it with interesting characters. Heroes and villains alike are favorites of many readers, and Lord Voldemort (for those of us brave enough to say his name) will probably emerge as one of literary’s everlasting bad guys, on the level of a Fu Manchu or a Darth Vader.
This book covers Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts. There is an evil that threatens the students, the same as it did 50 years ago. Harry and his friends dig for clues, putting the pieces together one by one, searching for the answer that will solve the mystery and protect their fellow students. As always, the author presents readers with interesting characters and situations. Her style of writing captivates both young and old, as she is able to present the story from the viewpoint of a twelve-year-old boy yet describe everything in a manner to keep an adult interested.
The beauty of this series is that over the years, there will constantly be new readers discovering the wonders of Harry Potter and his years at Hogwarts. Five stars for year two.