Hard Cover First Edition. Fine in New jacket. First printing and First US Edition. Fine (unread) copy in fine jacket. Full reverse number sequence 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 03 04 05 06 07 and "First Edition, July 2003" stated on copyright page. "Printed in the U.S.A. 12 ".
First printings in fine condition are becoming increasingly scarce. Not a remainder, Book Club or ex-library copy. The $29.99 flap price is intact with 52999 above smaller barcode line present on rear jacket panel. Blue boards with raised diamond quilt pattern, gray cloth and blue-black endpapers. A clean, straight copy without price-clipping.
Award History: Amazon's Top Ten Books of 2003 for Science Fiction & Fantasy; Amazon's Top 50 Books of 2003; Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2003-Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
So spoke Albus Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts. But as Harry enters his fifth year at wizard school, it seems those bonds have never been more sorely tested. Lord Voldemort's rise has opened a rift in the wizarding world between those who believe the truth about his return, and those who prefer to believe it's all madness and lies-just more trouble from Harry Potter.
Add to this a host of other worries for Harry.
A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
And of course, what every student dreads: end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams
...and you'd know what Harry faces during the day. But at night it's even worse, because then he dreams of a single door in a silent corridor. And this door is somehow more terrifying than every other nightmare combined.
In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter confronts the unreliability of the very government of the magical world, and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.
Despite this (or perhaps because of it) Harry finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifice.
Though thick runs the plot (and the spine), readers will race through these pages, and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
This is just a short look into last Year
It's the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards.
J. K. Rowling is our generation's Shakespeare! Get this book NOW! (If you haven't already...)
-- August 12, 2003
A great book!
I have read this a couple of times and my daughter has read
it 6 or 7 times. Her first copy was ruined and so this was a
replacement for her.
(Profession: Office Manager)
-- February 20, 2012
Better Than Before
On Amazon.com there is an adult who didn't like the 5th book of Harry Potter: The order of the Phoenix. Well he shouldn't say anything... Why would you read a 9-12 age book??? It's because of our imagination, fantasy and all of the other things that we want to come true.
-- October 17, 2003
Also Recommended: Please read all of the other books.