Hey Fellow Witches, Wizards and Blog/Technology-Crazy Muggles,

This page is basically a page for dummies. It tells you about the basic knowledge of Harry Potter, for you magicless, non-pro-magic Muggles out there. I figured that we need the basic stuff first, before we really set the cauldron on fire.

So, here goes the ingredients:

Harry Potter is a series of 7 fiction books by an English author, J.K.Rowling. Like the books, the film series became extremely popular, a huge hit wordlwide.

In 1990 J.K.Rowling (or Jo Rowling) wanted to move into a flat with her partner in Manchester.

According to Wikipedia: “‘After one week of flat hunting, I took the train back to London on my own and the idea for Harry Potter fell into my head… A scrawny, little, black-haired, bespectacled boy became more and more of a wizard to me… I began to write the Philosopher’s Stone that very evening. Although, the first couple of pages look nothing like the finished product.’ Then Rowling’s mother died and, to cope with her pain, Rowling transferred her own anguish to the orphan Harry.”

Jo spent 6 years working on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and in 1996 she earned a grant of 4000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which enabled her to finish the book and begin plans for the sequels.

The first book:

The first book of the series is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was rejected by many publishers, I think about 9 times, until it was accepted by Bloomsbury. It was published on 30 June 1997 by Bloomsbury in London, and then by the Scholastic Corporation in 1998. It reached the top of the New York Times list of best selling fiction in 1999, and stayed near the top for around a year. The illustration on the front cover was created by Thomas Taylor. It has been translated into many other languages.

Welcome to Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

This book is about an 11 year old boy (Harry) who lives with his mean aunt and uncle. His parents died in a ‘car crash’ and he is treated unfairly by Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley, and their spoilt son (Harry’s cousin), Dudley. Harry is a special person and he doesn’t know why, until the family begin to receive numerous letters from someone strange, addressed to Harry. Finally, Harry receives the truth from a huge, friendly giant named Hagrid: he is a wizard, and is enlisted in a magical boarding school. So Harry visits Diagon Alley and purchases his school items and then boards the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 and 3 quarters to the magical boarding school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here he makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, enemies with Draco Malfoy, and discovers that he is famous, famous because he survived a Killing Curse from the Darkest wizard of the age (Lord Voldemort) at the age of 1. For some reason, Voldemort came to Harry’s house one night and killed Harry’s parents, Lily and James Potter. He then attempted the killing curse on Harry, but instead of killing the baby, it backfired onto Lord Voldemort. Harry was then left with nothing but a mysterious lightning bolt scar on his forehead. During the story, Harry, Ron and Hermione experience an adventure of a lifetime with a never-ending curiosity that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Blurb:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!

Reviews:

“This is a story full of surprises and jokes; comparisons with Dahl are, this time, justified.” The Sunday Times

“… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has all the makings of a classic… Rowling uses classic narrative devices with flair and originality and delivers a complex and demanding plot in the form of a hugely entertaining thriller. She is a first-rate writer for children.” The Scotsman

“A richly textured first novel given lift-off by an inventive wit.” The Guardian

“…this is a terrific book.” The Sunday Telegraph

“I’ve yet to find a child who can put it down. Magic stuff.’ The Glasgow Herald

“…the most imaginative debut since Roald Dahl.’ The Mail on Sunday

“I loved it.” The New Statesman

“Mystery, magic, a spectacular cast of characters and a splendid plot – this is a bold and confident debut from a splendid writer and storyteller.” Lindsey Fraser, Book Trust Scotland

“…a terrifice read and a stunnng first novel. Harry is a really memorable character… This is one of those books that can’t be put down; the story raced along and had me hooked to the last page. Joanne Rowling clearly has a remarkable imagination and this splendid first novel leaves me full of anticipation of what she might do next.” Wendy Cooling, Children’s Book Consultant

The first movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 4th November 2001 in London and 16th November 2001 in the U.S.A. The movie runs for 152mins, but the extended edition (with the deleted scenes) runs for 159mins. However, on my disc the cover says that it goes for 147mins. It was directed by Christopher Columbus (not that explorer who discovered America), written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The music was composed by John Williams and the cinematography by John Seale. It was edited by Robert Francis-Bruce. The studio is Heyday Films 1492 Pictures. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The budget for the movie was $125million and the Box Office was $974, 755, 371. Harry Potter is played by Daniel Radcliffe, Ron by Rupert Grint and Hermione by Emma Watson. **

Special Features:

*Never-Before-Seen Footage
*Self-Guided Tour of Hogwarts
*Mix potions, perform transfigurations, explore Diagon Alley, catch a Snitch and much, much more!
*Theatrical Trailers
*Scene Access

DVD-ROM PC FEATURES:

*Collect Wizard Trading Cards
*Be Sorted by the Sorting Hat
*Download Screensaver and Remembrall
*Receive Owl e-mails
*Link to the Web

Review:

“‘The Wizard of Oz’ of it’s time. A complete triumph.” Richard Roeper, “Ebert & Roeper”

The second book:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published in the U.K. on 2 July (the day after my birthday! :P) 1998 by Bloomsbury and 2 June 1999 by Scholastic Inc. in the U.S. Even though Rowling found it difficult to finish the book, it won many awards and high praise from critics, young readers and the book industry. The UK illustrator of the cover was Cliff Wright and the US illustrator was Mary GrandPre.

It was listed by the American Library Association among the 2000 Notable Children’s Books and its Best Books for Young Adults. In 1999, Booklist named the Chamber of Secrets as one of its Editors’ Choices and as one of its Top Ten Fantasy Novels for Youth. The novel won the Children’s Book of the Year British Book Award and was shortlisted for the 1998 Guardian Children’s Award and the 1998 Carnegie Award. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal in the 9–11 years division. The Cooperative Children’s Book center made the novel a CCBC Choice of 2000 in the “Fiction for Children” category. (BTW I copied most of that from Wikipedia since there were some long titles, but you get the point: everyone likes this book)

Carrying on from the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry finds himself back again at No. 4 Privet Drive with the hateful Dursleys, who have locked his only means of communications with the magical world, his owl Hedwig, in a cage. After a disastrous dinner and meeting a strange creature on his bed, Harry is threatened by his Aunt and Uncle that he won’t go back to Hogwarts again. Then suddenly, the Weasleys rescue Harry by a strange, magical way (I’m not giving everything away) and Harry enjoys the luxury of a magical environment again. When Harry and Ron’s attempt to cross the barrier to Platform 9 and 3 quarters to board the Hogwarts Express to, er… Hogwarts fails, the boys see no other option than to take Mr. Weasley’s car. At school there is a new, handsome, famous wizard who has taken role as a teacher. This new teacher forms a Duelling Club, at which Harry discovers he has the gift of Parseltongue, a skill of speaking to and understanding snakes that is said to be a sure sign of a Dark wizard. It is said that the last wizard known to speak Parseltongue was Salazar Slytherin. Numbers of Petrified students create tension amongst the students and staff, and rumours of a myth coming true are whispered among the students. As you journey with Harry through his second year at Hogwarts you will experience the curiosity, fear, excitement and relief that is the mark of a true story.

Blurb: Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last…

Reviews:

“Joanne Rowling’s second book is just as funny, frightening and unexpected as her first.” The Daily Mail

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is as good as its predecessor… Hogwarts is a creation of genius.” The Times Literary Supplement

The second movie:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released on 3 November 2002 in London and the 15 November 2002 in the US and UK. Everything is basically the same, although it was edited by Peter Honess and the cinematography was by Roger Pratt. The budget was $100million and the Box Office was $878,979,634. The film made a total of $879million worldwide, which made it the fifth highest-grossing film at the time. Production began on 19 November 2001 and the film runs for 161mins. The extended edition runs for 174mins. (I’m going to check mine later, just in case… :P) Ok. My disc runs for 155mins. Maybe thats not including the credits…

Blurb: “Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K.Rowling’s second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he’s more than a wizard, he’s a hero!”

A most magical curriculum of DVD extras:

*19 Additional/Extended Scenes, including more Dobby mischief, more flying car adventure, a frightening encounter with the Malfoys in Borgin and Burkes and much more!
*Crystal-clear self-guided tours let you linger on the details of the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore’s Office and Diagon Alley, including places never shown in the film.
*Harry, Ron, Hermione and other students and professors talk about making the film, favourite scenes, what their friends think and more.
*Exclusive interview with author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves about rendering the adventure to the screen.
*Escape to the Forbidden Forest, sneak into the chamber, visit Lockhart’s class and more.

DVD-ROM PC features:

*Magically control your computer with your voice.
*Keep track of events with the Hogwarts official, animated timeline.
*Over 15 animated puzzles, sliders, screensavers, matching challenges, magical trading cards and much more.

Review:

“Outmatches even its own predecessor with more action, humour and thrills.” Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

The third book:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was first released in the UK on the 8 July 1999 (7 days after my birthday! :P) and in the US it was released on the 8 September 1999. The UK illustrator of the front cover was Cliff Wright and the US illustrator was Mary GrandPre. It is the only book in the series that does not feature Lord Voldemort in some form.

To be continued…

Keep checking my blog for more posts and info! 😛

Finite Incantatem,

Butter Beer

**I will be creating a page on characters and other things.

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