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Harry Potter – Part I – III – Book review

July 28, 2009

Considering the alieniation I had with books, its not a surprise that this is my first post fully dedicated to book. Just want to share my views on the Harry Potter book in the form of review, so that I will not reveal the whole story which will affect the pleasure of reading. Hope I will do this ok.

Basic of Harry Potter books is, each book deals with one year life of Harry from July. The most Prominent characters of this book apart from Harry Potter are Professor Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Head of Gryffindor house, Proffessor Severus Snape, Head of Slytherin house, Professor Sprout, Head of Hufflepuff house, Professor Flitwick, Head of Ravenclaw house, Rubeus Hagrid, Gamekeeper of Hogwarts and friend of Harry, then there are students Neville Longbottom, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, twins Fred and George Weasley, Parents of the Weasleys, Mr.Arthur and Mrs. Molly, Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle, Luna Lovegood, Dean Thomas, Seaman Finnigan and many more and last one, Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone:

First book of the series and also lighter in the way things are going and also magic of all the books. Harry was handed over by Dumbledore to the Dursleys who happens to be his aunt, after Lord Voldemort kills his father and mother. After spending 10 good years(!!!!) at the Dursleys, he gets a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After initial resistance from Dursleys he goes to the school. There he finds his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger and also Draco Malfoy, with whom he is in loggerheads. As that year passes on, they came to know about Philisopher’s stone and Voldemort was keen on reaching it and returning to his body. But now the question how he is functioning now and  who is helping him??? Harry can’t resist himself on finding it. Ron and Hemione were joining him. In between, Quidditch, classes and detentions were going on.

This is the smallest book of the series, but didn’t less in the content. Most of the character and location developments were happening in this book. Each and everything explained in this book builds up for the next one. I can’t say it is not put downable. But its really enjoyable to read all the magic.

My rating: 3.5/5

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Now Harry and his friends were returning to the Hogwarts for the second year. This time they were joined by the Sister of Ron Weasley, Ginny. As the school is going on fine, Harry hears some strange voices and lot of the students get petrified. Then they were seeing the writing on the wall ‘The Chamber of secrets were open again. Enemies of heir of Slytherins beware’. When many of the students were doubting Harry, Harry, Ron and Hermione were doubting Draco Malfoy. Strange things were happening inside the Hogwarts Castle and Dumbledore is sacked from Headmaster post for not controlling the things. When the school is about to be closed, the truth comes out. Once again Harry and his friends were in the thinck of action. But who is the real heir of Slytherin and what lies inside the Chamber of Secret??? the answers for this questions are well answered by J.K.Rowling.

I have a personal liking for this book in this series. This is the book which made me to read all the books in one go. I must admit that the first part of this book is really dragging and we don’t what happening there. But the last 60 pages were really action packed and interesting. I have read them over and over again, Thoroughly enjoyable. New thing like Parseltongue is introduced in this book and also Dobby a new, small, nice, laovable character gets introduced to us.

My rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

Now the third year starts for the Harry and his friends. But before he can reach the school, the news is broke out that Sirius Black is escaped from the Azkaban prison in pursuit of Harry. Nobody has ever escaped from it and he is the first one to do so, makes him more dangerous. To catch him, Ministry of magic patrols the Hogwarts castle with the help of Dementors who will cause the feel of hopelessness when they are around. Harry was forbidden from roaming around the castle after hours. But still while playing the Quidditch the dementors comes there and he fears them most. Remus Lupin joins the school as the new defence against dark arts teacher whom helps Harry in encountering the dementors. But what Sirius Black is really upto? who betrayed whom??

This book tells more about the Harry’s father James Potter and a new place is introdued this time called ‘Hogsmeade’. There are many twists in this book which keeps us hooked till the end. This book won’t give a complete feel as the other 2 gives. And you can find it when catch that.

My rating: 4/5

Short Review of Harry Potter 6 film:


If it has been seen as an individual film, its fast and entertaining. CG is really great in this film. And also the performance of many. But if we see it as an adaption of a novel, it failed miserably. The importance given to the love and the CG, has not given to the main theme of the book, Horcruxes. Every student in this film, were roaming around with love feeling and nothing else. I don’t how they are going to start the 7th part of the film without giving any idea about Horcruxes.

My Punch: High in grandeur, very less in content.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2009 11:28 pm

    nicely done 😀

    kanagu: Thanks Reema 🙂

  2. July 29, 2009 1:12 am

    🙂 I am yet to watch half-blood prince. Sequels can be a little over-whelming. I am guessing (based on your review), HP6 would certainly attract the love-birds and teenagers 😉

    kanagu: Welcome here Kiran 🙂
    I don’t think so.. even that is half-baked 😦

  3. July 29, 2009 8:12 am

    hey I am a crazy potter fan.. just came across your blog.. nice post! and yeah 6th part sucked big time..

    kanagu: Known that from you name 🙂 and thank you 🙂
    Welcome here Ak 🙂

  4. July 29, 2009 8:17 am

    improve your language a little bit.. there were some grammatical mistakes in this post and then your blog would look awesome..

    kanagu: I am trying AK.. will improve for sure 🙂

  5. July 29, 2009 9:30 am


    Fantastic reviews!!! I have read only the 3rd part of the book liked it but enuff to buy all books 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Smita 🙂
    read all of them Smita.. you will like it 🙂

  6. July 29, 2009 10:41 am

    Though not a Potter fan,your post was well written and informative…Thanks Kanagu..

    kanagu: Thank you Nimmy 🙂 but read it.. you will like it for sure 🙂

  7. July 29, 2009 11:32 am

    i have the first 3 parts but as i have told i haven’t read any.. 🙂

    now i might try..

    nicely done..

    me yet to catch the 6th part movie.. 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Oorja.. 🙂
    if you find some time pls read it Oorja 🙂

    see the movie.. hope you will like it 🙂

  8. July 29, 2009 11:49 am

    Nice 🙂
    Of the first 3 books, I too found the 2nd book a tad boring 🙂

    kanagu: But as I said, 2nd is my favorite 🙂

    Third is my favorite because Lupin is introduced there and he is one of my favorite characters in the series! 🙂 🙂

    kanagu: Lupin is my favorite too but Sirius was my ultimate favorite and also Hagrid 🙂

  9. July 29, 2009 11:57 am

    Good review 🙂

    But i never read harry potter books nor seen the movie 😦

    kanagu: Thanks Saritha 🙂
    If possible, try to read the books 🙂

  10. July 29, 2009 12:09 pm

    Never been a Harry Potter fan but hv seen all my siblings go gaga over him!!
    I liked the way u hv written the review though 😉 May be it will get me to read the book – second one seems interesting!

    kanagu: Please read it Swaram.. you will like it for sure 🙂

  11. July 29, 2009 12:49 pm

    Nice review !!!! Chamber of Secrets is my personal favorite of the first three parts …. and GOF overall 😀 …

    P.S. They made a mess out of Half Blood Prince in the latest potter flick 😡

    kanagu: Thanks Harsh.. 🙂

    and also HP6 film is so bad 😦

  12. craftyshines permalink
    July 29, 2009 2:06 pm

    wow kanagu! u did the reviews!!!
    😀 😀

    kanagu: 🙂 😀

    geeeeez kanagu….my first book lies untouched….wail!!!
    bow after ur review…i actually feel like beginning from the second book….Chamber of Secrets! 😛

    kanagu: First book is also good 🙂 start from that Crafty 🙂

    no no, not to worry! i will read from first book only!!! 😀 😀

    kanagu: Cool 😀

    nice reviews kanagu! i will read and will be in better position to discuss them with you after that!


    kanagu: We will discuss it for sure Crafty 😀 😀

  13. July 29, 2009 3:39 pm

    Sorry Dude!! Harry Potter never fascinated me. Threw away one of the books after reading a few 100 pages 🙂

    kanagu: Don’t know why you didn’t liked it na.. I liked it much 🙂

  14. July 29, 2009 6:58 pm

    Harry Potter book reviews? now??? 🙂

    kanagu: I am very late 🙂

    i’ve been dying to see the movie of the 6th part… shud be getting around to it soon i hope…

    kanagu: See it in Satyam Ash.. that is the best one to see English films 🙂

    • July 29, 2009 7:10 pm

      btw blogrolling u 🙂 just realised i havent done it so far! silly me 😛

      kanagu: Thanks for blogrolling me Ash.. I am really happy 🙂

  15. July 29, 2009 7:41 pm

    I am going to start reading the books now!! Very soon. 🙂

    kanagu: Cool Amit 🙂

  16. July 30, 2009 4:15 am

    Good review. Thanks for contributing your time effort to write this. I’ve read only 3 anyway.
    Nicely written.

    kanagu: Thanks Saranya 🙂
    read others too.. they are good 🙂

  17. July 30, 2009 3:00 pm

    Nice review!

    kanagu: Thanks Mystery 🙂

  18. July 30, 2009 3:14 pm

    bah ! i aint readign this..

    kanagu: 🙂 I know bhai 🙂

  19. July 31, 2009 12:26 am

    I have added you to my blog roll….. keep blogging!

    kanagu: Thanks AK 🙂

  20. July 31, 2009 11:30 am

    Yes. I agree. It didnt feel like I was waching a potter movie. I wonder if the writers have read the 6th book. Well the cinematography was cool though.
    And you have reviewed the books too 🙂 double dhamaka.

    kanagu: yes Shruthi , they have missed all the important plots 😦

    Keep writing and thanks for stopping by my blog 😀

    kanagu: I will try Shruthi 🙂

  21. August 9, 2009 10:20 am

    The second book does drag a bit, but enjoyable nevertheless.

    I haven’t watched the 5th film yet 😦

    kanagu: Yes Raj 🙂
    and me too yet to watch the 5th one 😦

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