"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'." Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
"'There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'" Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
"'You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.'" Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time...
"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'" When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss...
"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building... wherever they had murdered..." When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny...
"'Give me Harry Potter,' said Voldemort's voice, 'and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded.'" As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy...
"'There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways ... their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.'" The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling to end the institutionalisation of children worldwide. As familiar to many Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogwarts, as well as illustrations from J.K. Rowling herself. For wizarding and Muggle readers alike, this is a must-have edition, featuring fate-seeking witches, a hairy-hearted warlock and the tale of the three brothers who tried to cheat Death . . . By buying this unique and special book, you are helping Lumos to make sure that, by 2050, no more children live in institutions or orphanages around the world, and that every child is able to enjoy their right to grow up in a family. All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to Lumos. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1112575.
From its origins on Queerditch Marsh in the eleventh century to the sophisticated sport played today, discover how `Quidditch unites witches and wizards from all walks of life, bringing us together to share moments of exhilaration, triumph and (for those who support the Chudley Cannons) despair', according to Professor Albus Dumbledore's foreword. Do you know why refereeing a Quidditch match was once a task for only the bravest witches and wizards, or how to tell a Transylvanian Tackle from a Woollongong Shimmy? In this enlightening and highly popular Hogwarts library book, Kennilworthy Whisp reveals the daring highs and dangerous lows of the glorious game of Quidditch. At least 15% of the net retail price* of this eBook will be donated to Comic Relief (UK). Comic Relief (UK) is a registered charity number 326568 (England & Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). * The net retail price means the price paid by the consumer less applicable sales taxes.
Natürlich weiß Harry, dass das Zaubern in den Ferien strengstens verboten ist, und trotzdem befördert er seine schreckliche Tante mit einem Schwebezauber an die Decke. Die Konsequenz ist normalerweise: Schulverweis! Nicht so bei Harry; im Gegenteil, man behandelt ihn wie in rohes Ei. Hat es etwa damit zu tun, dass ein gefürchteter Verbrecher in die Schule eingedrungen ist und es auf Harry abgesehen hat? Mit seinen Freunden Ron und Hermine versucht Harry ein Geflecht aus Verrat, Rache, Feigheit und Verleumdung aufzudröseln und stößt dabei auf Dinge, die ihn fast an seinem Verstand zweifeln lassen.
Eigentlich hatte Harry geglaubt, er sei ein ganz normaler Junge. Zumindest bis zu seinem elften Geburtstag. Da erfährt er, dass er sich an der Schule für Hexerei und Zauberei einfinden soll. Und warum? Weil Harry ein Zauberer ist. Und so wird für Harry das erste Jahr in der Schule das spannendste, aufregendste und lustigste in seinem Leben. Er stürzt von einem Abenteuer in die nächste ungeheuerliche Geschichte, muss gegen Bestien, Mitschüler und Fabelwesen kämpfen. Da ist es gut, dass er schon Freunde gefunden hat, die ihm im Kampf gegen die dunklen Mächte zur Seite stehen.
Endlich wieder Schule!!! Einen solchen Seufzer kann nur der ausstoßen, dessen Ferien scheußlich und die Erinnerung an das vergangene Schuljahr wunderbar waren: Harry Potter. Doch wie im Vorjahr stehen nicht nur Zaubertrankunterricht und Verwandlung auf dem Programm. Ein grauenhaftes Etwas treibt sein Unwesen in den Gemäuern der Schule - ein Ungeheuer, für das nicht einmal die mächtigsten Zauberer eine Erklärung finden. Wird Harry mit Hilfe seiner Freunde Ron und Hermine das Rätsel lösen und Hogwarts von den dunklen Mächten befreien können?
Für Harry beginnt das vierte Schuljahr in Hogwarts. Doch davor steht noch ein sportliches Großereignis, das die scheußlichen Sommerferien vergessen lässt: die Quidditch-Weltmeisterschaft. Und ein weiterer Wettkampf wird die Schüler das ganze Schuljahr über beschäftigen: das Trimagische Turnier, in dem Harry eine Rolle übernimmt, die er sich im Traum nicht vorgestellt hätte. Natürlich steckt dahinter das Böse, das zurück an die Macht drängt: Lord Voldemort. Es wird eng für Harry, sehr eng. Doch auch seine Freunde und ihre Unterstützung kann Harry sich auch in verzweifelten Situationen verlassen.