After listening to a the radio talk show about this book Harry Potter and how the Religious right were trying to get the book banned I saw it at my son's school during a parent's teacher's conference. He was in 1st grade and they were having a book sale. I saw the book and I just had to check it out. I bought it for myself to read. I almost didn’t make it past the first several chapters because it really felt so immature, but I kept with it and it turned out to be a pretty good book, so I bought the 2nd and then the 3rd. It was “The Prisoner of Azkaban” is where these books really took off as a real class act. It was almost as though it weren’t the same author. I waited a couple of years after that for the 4th book to come out in paperback but after that I started buying them on Amazon 6 months before they came out. That’s right I paid hardcover prices for them. I NEVER DO THAT! Well almost never. Five six and seven were all worth the price, and delivered on the very day of publication. Another thing I never do. They were all worth the wait.