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J.K. RowlingThe summer months are traditionally a quiet time for the book trade. The summer of 1999 was a notable exception. The publication on 8th July of the third Harry Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was heralded by an excitement among the British media and public seldom observed in the literary world. The launch of "HP3" confirmed the existence of what has become widely known as "The Harry Potter Phenomenon".

The hero of the three novels by J.K. Rowling, is Harry Potter, a young orphan, who becomes a pupil of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (motto; DRAGO DORMIENS NUMQUAM TITILLANDUS = Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon). Harry, in spite of years of having been downtrodden by his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon in Privet Drive, proceeds to embark on a spectacular career in wizardry.

The 'rags to riches' story of J.K. Rowling is well known - how, as an impoverished single parent she sat in Nicolson's, the cafe at Edinburgh's South Bridge, eking out cups of coffee as she scribbled the first draft of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". She managed to complete the book with the aid of a Scottish Arts Council Award and it was not until a year after completion that a publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, finally accepted it for publication. Within a very short period after its acceptance, J.K.Rowling became winner of the 1997 Children's Book of the Year and the first writer to win the Smarties Prize two years in a row.

Her success has enabled her to achieve her long-held ambition to become a full-time writer. After graduating in French from Exeter University, Joanne Rowling worked for a short time as a bi-lingual secretary, but, unhappy with office life, gave this up to travel abroad and teach English as a Foreign language. Following this, she moved to Edinburgh with her young daughter, and set herself a deadline to complete her first Harry Potter novel, before settling down to a career as a teacher of French.

The reception of her three books has been unprecedented. She has topped the best seller charts in the United Kingdom and U.S.A. Warner Brothers have bought up film rights for a seven figure sum and her books have been translated into 11 languages. Massive queues form whenever she attends for a signing. In the United States, crowds gathered before 8.00 a.m. for a 2.00 p.m. signing - it is calculated she can complete 550 signings within an hour. The next book to be published by Bloomsbury (as yet untitled) is scheduled for July of next year and there is no sign of the enthusiasm abating before then.

 J. K. Rowling Novels

 Harry Potter Paperbacks (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

     Harry Potter Paperbacks (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Adult Cover Paperbacks (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Hardbacks (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Hardbacks (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Collectors' Ed (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

     Harry Potter Special Ed (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Large Print (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

     Harry Potter Braille (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter French PBs (US)
  • Harry Potter l'Ecole des Sorciers
  • Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets
  • Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban

     Harry Potter French PBs (UK)
  • Harry Potter l'Ecole des Sorciers
  • Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets
  • Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban

     Harry Potter Cassettes (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter Cassettes (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

     Harry Potter Adult Cover Cassettes (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

     Harry Potter CDs (US)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     Harry Potter CDs (UK)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


     Related Works
  • Beacham's Sourcebook For Teaching Young Adult Fiction: Exploring Harry Potter (US)
  • Beacham's Sourcebook For Teaching Young Adult Fiction: Exploring Harry Potter (UK)
  • We Love Harry Potter (UK)


     First Editions and Rare Copies
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry potter is a very unusual boy. He can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays! But that's not the only unusual thing about Harry; Harry's school is Hogswart's Scool of Witchcraft and Harry is a Wizard!

    When Harry, along with his best friends Ron and Hermione, go back to their third year at Hogwart's, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school....."
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