The Harry Potter books are aplenty in bookstores, libraries and on the World Wide Web for sale. There are countless reviews, critiques and fan sites for the books. There is much to be said about the J.K. Rowling's four-part series, which is going to grow in the upcoming years.

Here, let't take a look at the books. A lot has been said about the books which is examined in the Critics and Controversy section of this Web site. The official site for the books is Scholastic.com for more information on them.

Basically, the important thing to know is that J.K. Rowling wrote the books in a series based on Harry's schooling at Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Book 1 equals Year 1 in Hogworts terms. The books are listd below or go to the New York Times for a review of each book.

So, the books are obviously in order by each year that Harry is at Hogworts. Each year Harry is one year older and by the last book, he will graduate from Hogworts School (we think)! J.K. Rowling has said that she has a lot of the events mapped out for the remaining novels. There are plenty of sites that are full of rumors for what is going to be in the next books. Before the fourth, and most anticipated, book was released, there were tons of rumors that one of the main characters dies, or that Harry meets his parents. Even rumors about the titles were surfacing before anyone knew for sure. The fifth book is expected to be released in February 2002. The name is rumored to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, but it has not been confirmed.

Another important aspect in examining the Harry Potter books is the popularity of each when they were released. The fourth book is undoubtedly the most anticipated, as bookstores had people lined up for hours to get their books at midnight on the day of its release in July. The first three books were released in Britian before they were in America. Their popularity was growing, but the hysterical fad was not yet at its peak.



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