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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
A boy's own review of Harry Potter
Joe Eason
Joe is quickly engrossed in the "great" new adventure
By Joe Eason, aged eight

I was really excited about the new book all week and couldn't wait until Saturday.

My mum had ordered it from a bookshop and we went to get it as soon as they opened on Saturday morning.

I started reading it straight away in the car. I think it is GREAT!

I couldn't put it down. I had to, because I was playing my clarinet in a concert, but I managed to read some before and after the rehearsal.


Potter books
Shops had enough copies to cope with the early rush

Then on Sunday I read it whenever I could except I kept getting told off for being so rude. Finally I managed to read up to chapter eight.

I think it was clever of JK Rowling to start the book with a dream. But at first I did not know what was going on.

It was saying things that I knew weren't true because I have read the other three books (four times).

I really like being back with Harry and his friends, especially Ron and Hermione and Ron's family. His older brothers are in this book.

The Quidditch World Cup is breathtaking. It's Ireland versus Bulgaria. And who should turn up but Harry's arch enemy, Draco Malfoy.

But I don't want to give away the plot.

It is good to have read the other three books so you know who everyone is and what is going on.

I think JK Rowling might have got fed up with explaining who Harry is like she did before.

All of my friends love the books too. It will be good to talk to them about it in school.

I just wish I knew how to "apparate" so I didn't have to walk there.

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