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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The British version of the first novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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  • Nov 9, 2010
I was unable to figure out what all the fuss concerning Harry Potter was about. As a fan of fantasy and someone who works with children, I made a promise to read the first book in the series and discover myself what the fuss is about. I have finally fulfilled that promise to myself and have been made to understand.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is not a great piece of literature, nor will it change your life or make you a wonderful person. However, it is a great story filled with wonderful characters, a fantastical setting, and exciting adventures.

The plot is rather simple. Young Harry is an orphan raised by his wicked aunt and uncled and forced to live in a closet under the stairs. However, just before his 11th birthday Harry receives a letter. Harry learns that he is a wizard and in the fall is to begin classes at Hogwarts, the world's greatest and most famous school of magic. In September, Harry makes the journey to the school and a variety of exciting things happen: learning to fly on a broom, delivering an illegal dragon to safety, and protecting the famous Sorcerer's Stone.

The world in which Harry enters is one full of fantasy. That's part of the book's appeal. However, the biggest part of the appeal are the characters. Rowling has created a cast of characters that every child can relate with: a lonely boy who's family hates him; a chubby kid who's clumsy and always breaking things; a bookworm; a boy from a poor family. These types of characters are nothing new. However, Rowling writes in such a way that children are able to identify with the characters more quickly than in other stories. The fascinating elements of the story speed the identification and makes it stronger.

At times the story doesn't seem to live up to it's potential. However, I believe this is because Rowling has a masterplan worked out and this is only the first of what will eventually be at least seven books. Also, the themes of bravery, family, and friendship make the book that much more rewarding. A delightful rewarding book that children are sure to enjoy as well as many adults.

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November 12, 2010
I'm like you and @cpw1952...except I still haven't read this book! Thanks for reviewing it and letting me know why I should give it a go :)
November 12, 2010
You're welcome. :)
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review by . April 18, 2010
Most decidedly curmudgeonly! Yes, that's it. One of the few remaining people on the planet who hadn't read any of the Harry Potter novels and, like Vernon Dursley, my initial reaction to all this wizard and magic rubbish was a very mugglish "stuff and nonsense". I admit it. As I read the first few pages, my initial thoughts were that this was all quite silly. Where had this Harry Potter phenomenon come from and what did everybody see in it?       But then, very quickly …
review by . June 08, 2010
I picked up my first Harry Potter book at the end of 4th grade. I had forgotten to bring a book for reading time again and I was scouring the shelves when the librarian offered this book she’d heard about. I looked at it, told her that it was too childish, and put it away. That summer I tried find that book again, for curiosity’s sake. What was it called? Harry Something and the Wizard’s Stone? I eventually got around to reading it.       I tore through …
review by . June 06, 2010
   Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone aka Sorcerer's Stone written by JK Rowling is one of my favorite books of all time. It is an excellent Young Adult novel and is a great way to start the Harry Potter Saga. Rowling takes us to another world filled with magic and strange creatures. What makes this world so intriguing is how familiar everything is but given a magic element to it. For example, we have all gone to school but never been to a school for wizards. We have bought …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
The famous Harry Potter. This a good litterature but sincerely... nothing to add in your life. Easy vocabulary and no moral of story. If you want to be a witch when you grow up, maybe it can help you.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
JK Rowling takes Cinderella and turns her into a boy with mean foster parents, a bullying coison who discovers he is wizard. Written for older teens. good writing and good story.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
read this book in the 3rd or 4th grade. since then ive read it about 20 more times. the harry potter series is one of my favorite series of books in the world. the way they all just go together, the stories dont stray off, its all about trying to get rid of voldemort. its too the point, very well written. you can tell she kind of changed directions somewhere in the story from her original ideas. but that just made her writing style even more signature than it already was. really good first book.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
the book that opened the doors from rowlings wizarding world, to the world of us muggles. who would have ever known that one little boy could thrill an entire generation of kids?
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
well I read this I think after I saw the movie but as it all most ALWAYS is the book was MUCH better..... although the movie wasnt that bad
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Never could get past the first chapter
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Great as always!
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Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Children's Literature, Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Format: Novel

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