Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Levine Books, c1998
ISBN: 9781551927008
Characteristics: vi, 509 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 01, 2015

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the very popular Harry Potter series which consists of seven novels. This magical fiction novel, written by J.K Rowling, follows the mythical life of an eleven year orphan who lives with his family, the Dusrleys. The Dursleys are emotionally and verbally abusive to Harry, causing him to feel very abandoned, unhappy and lonely.

On Harry’s eleventh birthday, his life is forever changed when he figures out he is a wizard who has been accepted into Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizardry. Attending Hogwarts allows Harry the opportunity to finally remove himself from his depressed family life and to the wonders of magical things. Harry soon becomes best friends with Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger. However, with all of the wonder and greatness of the wizarding world, comes the darkness and truth about how Harry became an orphan. Harry and his new friends must try to save the wizarding world in an incredible battle to find and protect the philosophers’ stone from his nemesis.

I love this book as it is funny and very imaginative. The author does a great job describing the characters so the reader has a very vivid picture and can easily relate to the characters. This book is very interesting and makes it hard for the reader to put the book down as we cheer on for Harry and his friends. I recommend this book for elementary school students and older. It contains mythical creatures and death, and contain some swearing, intense battles, violent deaths, and other mature subject matter that may not be right for very young children – but I guarantee if you read this book, you will become a Potter fan.

Jun 29, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) by J.K. Rowling is the first novel in the epic series known as Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series is a globally known work of art which almost everyone should have a copy of. The first book in this seven part succession introduces the characters and setting in a lot of detail. The main protagonists are Harry Potter himself, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and the evil antagonist- Lord Voldemort. We follow 11 year-old Harry as he discovers he is a wizard and leaves his aunts abode to venture off to Hogwarts. He later meets his two lifelong companions named Hermione and Ron as they all enter a world that is foreign to both themselves and us (as the readers). We soon learn that Harry is desired by one of the most wicked wizards in the world. Since it was the first book in the sequence, not much of the main plot was revealed besides the fact that Voldemort does exist. I really loved this beginning of the amazing story because it was a well written introduction to the setting of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and uses a lot of foreshadowing techniques to keep the reader interested. As a young reader, I’ve always been interested in books that included sci-fi and fantasy themes, so following Harry’s journey was definitely one of my passions. J.K. Rowling does a phenomenal job in providing suspense at the end of every chapter. I was so hooked to this book; I literally could not put it down. This novel also includes a wide range of vocabulary and literature systems to make certain themes shine.

Dec 18, 2014

I just recently finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerers stone by J.K Rowling. I must say this is 100% one of my favourite book I have ever read. Harry Potter learns he is a wizard after getting a letter saying he has been accepted into Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He walks into the school as a celebrity, the boy who lived. There he learns more about his past life and new secrets to come. Such as the philosophers stone. Along with his two best friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione go on an adventure to find the stone and stop Lord Voldemort from returning. At first I didn’t really want to read this book but once I started reading the first two chapters I just couldn’t stop. The book was so amazingly written and had me hooked on with every word. Every prediction I would make would always be wrong or way off. To be honest I didn’t think a book could be so thrilling as this. Even when I would put the book down I would still be thinking about it. This book truly did make my imagination run wild and took my mind to a whole different place. Everything that was going on seemed so far from reality but at the same time the most realistic thing ever. I really did feel as if I was in the movie experiencing everything that was happening. With a combination of fantasy, mystery, thriller and adventure, Harry Potter: The sorcerers stone is the one book that every should read at least once in their life time.

Dec 08, 2014

I'd seen all the movies(1-8) and was hesitant to start the series for this reason. I had read reviews and blogs suggesting that the books would still be better than the movies and you would still enjoy them even though you've seen the entire movie series...and I wasn't disappointed.

This book takes you deeper into the Harry Potter world than the movie, and this is expected considering writers don't have limits such as filmmakers. I was pleased with the way the world was described and had my own interpretations on what the settings looked like even though I had seen them in the movie. I also enjoyed the characters much more in the book and found their humor and conflict much more realistic and in depth than in the movie. The trio act more like kids in the book through their ways of thinking and actions than in the movies where they seem very mature (I thought so anyways). The book wasn't written from a 1st person POV but it still had the effect of this as the author only followed Harry's story. I feel that narrating the story had a better effect than if it was to be written in 1st person. The author still tells us how Harry feels and what goes on through his head and what his opinions are. Narrating it makes it easier for us readers to better imagine the world and the problems than if it were to be from an 11 year olds POV.

This was a great book and definitely a classic that I will pass on. Great movies, better books

Jun 08, 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first installment in the critically acclaimed series written by J.K. Rowling, introduces the reader to magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. The story begins by detailing the dull life of Harry Potter, a ten year old boy who is severely mistreated by his relatives whom he lives with due to his parents’ death as a baby. Though strange occurrences appear to be the norm for him, Harry wonders how these seemingly impossible acts can happen to someone as unfortunate as him. Little does Harry know, his eleventh birthday will change his life so drastically that things will never be remotely the same again. Despite his non-magical aunt and uncle’s desperate efforts, Harry discovers that he is a wizard, with magical blood flowing through his veins. In order to hone his sorcerous talents, Harry is sent to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to study with others of his kind, where he will form lasting relationships with fellow students (both friendly and hostile), partake in dangerous magical sports, and protect the school from the magical world’s most sinister force: Lord Voldemort, the same murderer of Harry’s parents whose failed attempt to kill Harry as a toddler has skyrocketed him into awestruck fame in the magical community. Drawing on themes of peer pressure, coming of age, relationship development, and the moral quandaries faced when making tough decisions, this title provides underlying guidance that is applicable to our daily social lives. In this fast-paced, action-packed adventure, readers both young and old alike will be captivated by the opening act of what promises to be a complex, character-driven series that will have you burning the proverbial candle for hours on end.

Jul 24, 2012

I thought that it wasn't as good as the movie. My favourite character was Hagrid because he seemed very kind and caring especially for Harry.
Good job J.K Rowling!

Jul 05, 2011

This is the only series that, when people my age (late teens to early 20s) say they don't enjoy it, I literally cannot fathom why. It's a personal thing, obviously, but for someone who's grown with the series from the age of 7, and attended the midnight premiere/book release since movie 5 and book 6, I have a hard time understanding how people AREN'T sucked into the world of Harry Potter and all its fantastical characters. This story was a major part of my childhood, and I'll never forget how much it drew my family and I together. I hope that many other readers for generations to come enjoy the series as much as I did.

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Jul 24, 2012

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