I was restless, desperately waiting for the school bell to strike so that I can return to my hostel and jump into the bed with my favourite Harry Potter book. Finally the bell gave its call at one o'clock and soon I was lost in the enchanting world of Harry Potter. Such is the magic of a Harry Potter book! J. K. Rowling, who is an American author, writes the series of Harry Potter books. There are a total of five beautifully written books in the series: o Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone o Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets o Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban o Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire o Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix A lot has been gone into the writing of each of the above books to keep the millions of Harry Potter fans all over the world on cloud nine.

The novels unfold the life and adventures of a wizard called Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter lives with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his nephew, Dudley at number four Privet Drive. His uncle told him that his parents died in a car crash but in reality his parents were killed by the most feared wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort but Harry survived Voldemort's attack and in return he got a scar on his forehead for which he became famous. One day Harry gets an invitation from Hogwarts asking him to seek admission in the school, but his uncle being a Muggle (non-magical person) strictly refuses to admit him into Hogwarts as he had a very medieval attitude towards magic. So in comes Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts to rescue Harry from the boorish Muggles. From then on Harry's life takes a new form with adventures, surprises and challenges awaiting him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry teams up with his best friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, to face the dark and evil forces of Lord Voldemort. This is what forms the base of all the Harry Potter novels. J. K.

Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, was born in Chepstow, Gwent in 1965, and her full name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling. Her writing career started at the age of six when she wrote a story called Rabbit. Since then she has graduated from Exeter, worked as a teacher and been an unemployed single parent. Divorced and living on public assistance she wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at a table in a caf'e during her daughter's naps. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was bought and published by Bloomsbury in 1997 her life changed dramatically, the Harry Potter series has since then won numerous awards and become a tremendous success around the world. The novels written by J.

K. Rowling are fantastic and spellbinding. Her imaginative powers are undoubtedly fascinating which can not only capture the hearts of children but also the more aged. J. K. Rowling deserves all the praises that are being heaped upon her.

An international newspaper writes, "for once, the word phenomenon is an understatement." These have been the most successful children's books in history and will continue to attract readers of all ages in many more years to come. The recent addition to the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which has been termed as the most successful and widely sold book of all time. "We expected to sell 1 million copies in the first week and we sold that many within the first 48 hours," Barnes & Noble Inc. CEO Steve Reggio said Sunday as "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" set records around the world in its first weekend. I believe this is a perfect read for all children because it inspires children who do not like to read, read for the action, suspense, and the courage of each character. The Harry Potter books have also been adapted as movies produced by the Warner Brothers, which were huge box office hits throughout the world.

Hopefully J. K. Rowling will continue to write many more novels in the near future and entertain her worldwide fans to the fullest. So why don't you go and fetch your copies of the Harry Potter novels! I'm sure you will love them and read them again and again.

The fantastic description and the lovable characters will pull you in and you " ll never look back. Highly recommended to readers of all ages!