Imagine a school in a castle filled with moving staircases, a sport played on flying broomsticks, an evil wizard intent on domination, an ordinary boy who’s the hero of a whole world he doesn’t know. This is the story that comes to life in the marvelous Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
The Dark Lord, Voldemort, tried to murder Harry when he was just a baby—but he failed, killing Harry’s parents but leaving him with a lightning-bolt scar. After Voldemort’s disappearance, Harry is sent to live with his nasty aunt and uncle, far away from any hint of magic. But at the age of eleven, he is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and a magical world opens before him.
Each of the seven books in the series chronicles one year in Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts and his battle against Lord Voldemort. Harry makes two marvelous best friends named Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He studies topics like Transfiguration and Potions under wise headmaster Albus Dumbledore and the malevolent Severus Snape. He becomes expert at a game called Quidditch; encounters incredible creatures like phoenixes and dragons; and discovers an entire Wizarding universe hidden just out of sight, as prone to the darker aspects of human experience as our own, but brightened by a quirky original magic.
And slowly, Harry unravels the mysteries of his original confrontation with Voldemort: why the Dark Lord tried to kill him, how he lived… and what he must do to survive another encounter.
The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published in the United Kingdom in 1997; a decade later, the last novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, broke all records to become the fastest-selling book in history. The seven novels have been translated into sixty-eight languages, selling over four hundred million copies in more than two hundred countries.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of classic Wizarding fairy tales, first came to Muggle readers' attention in seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Never before had Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative stories: "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump," and of course, "The Tale of the Three Brothers."
This beautiful edition includes an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling; a new translation from the ancient runes by Hermione Granger; and extensive commentary by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Not only are these the equal of fairy tales we know and love, reading them gives new insight into the magical world of Harry Potter.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos (wearelumos.org), an international children's charity (registered charity number 1112575) founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling.
Lumos is dedicated to ending the institutionalisation of children, a harmful practice that effects the lives of up to eight million disadvantaged children around the world who live in institutions and orphanages, many placed there as a result of poverty, disability, disease, discrimination and conflict; very few are orphans. Lumos works to reunite children with their families, promote family-based care alternatives and help authorities to reform their systems and close down institutions and orphanages.
Quidditch Through the Ages is a comprehensive guide to Quidditch and the ultimate resource for anyone interested in the magical world and its most popular sport. Written by Kennilworthy Whisp, it is charmingly reproduced as if it were a facsimile of the very copy from the library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Diagon Alley Retail Price: 14 Sickles, 3 Knuts
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an A to Z listing of magical beasts — those you've heard of and some you haven’t — and a complete guide to their appearances, personalities, abilities, and habitats. Written by Newt Scamander, it's on the required booklist for all Hogwarts students and much revered by Hagrid, the Hogwarts groundskeeper. Diagon Alley Retail Price: 14 Sickles, 3 Knuts.
We are proud to offer the first boxed set of the complete Hogwarts Library, including Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The books have been completely redesigned to form an elegant boxed set with colorful boards, headbands, footbands, and foil stamping.
Inside readers will find books taken out and treasured by users of the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander contains descriptions of 27 magical beasts, written by a renowned magizoologist. Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, gives a comprehensive history of the game and its rules as well as a rousing description of the top teams in the sport. (Both books are graced with the doodles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and other students at Hogwarts who couldn't resist.) Finally there is The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes of a Wizarding classic, with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.
From every sale of The Hogwarts Library, Scholastic will donate twenty percent of the retail sales price less taxes of this boxed set to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling which works to end the institutionalization of children, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.
The perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike, we now present a breathtaking special edition boxed set of J. K. Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter books! The box itself is beautifully designed with new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi, and the books create a gorgeous, magical vista when the spines are lined up together. The Harry Potter series has been hailed as "one for the ages" by Stephen King and "a spellbinding saga" by USA Today.