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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

The American version of the first novel in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series.

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the book that started it all

  • Jul 20, 2010

This is the very first and one if the best books  in the Harry Potter series. I read this when it first came out, and then my mom read aloud to my little sister. In this book we meet young Harry in his pre-Hogwarts days when hes still living with his aunt and uncle. Watching Harry's day to day life is almost tear-wrenching, they are so mean and hateful towards him you can't help but feel badly for him. Rowling set the reader up perfectly for the rest of the story by getting us so emotionally attached to Harry because then when he discovers his wizarding background and goes to Hogwarts we are connected with him and feel for him as he starts a whole new life in an unknown world. Aside from starting a new school where he dosn't know anyone in a whole new lifestyle that he's never encountered, Harry's life is not without extra stress. Not long after starting his new life Harry begins to learn about his clouded past. Though he is interested in learning about his parents, it makes him sad to hear that they were murdered in cold blood. While at Hogwarts Harry faces teachers who don't like him because of his parentage, others who have high expectations for the same reason and students who always stare at him because of the scar left on his head by his parents murderer. Harry does experience some good points at school, he meets some people who will become his friends through the end of the series. Also he gets accepted the the schools sports team known as Quidditch ( the youngest person to ever do so). But as time goes on weird things start happening at Hogwarts: Harry's scar begins to burn sometimes, unicorns are being killed in the forbidden forest around the school, and Harry and his friends discover a 3-headed dog guarding a trapdoor in the castle. Harry and his friends think one of their teachers ( the devilish professor Snape) is trying to bypass the dog and steal what they discover the dog is guarding...the sorcerers stone. In a very dramatic ending we discover that Snape is actually innocent and none other than Lord Voldemort ( the murderer of Harry's parents) has returned by drinking the blood of the unicorns and leeching off of another wizard and is now after the stone. In his weakened state Lord Voldemort cannot form his own body and he also cannot stand to be touched by Harry, because as we find out Harry's mother sacrificing her own life for her son infused a magical protection into his blood. Because of this Harry is able to defeat Lord Voldemort when his host body is all but disintegrated when harry touches him. This book is entertaining for both children and adults. It is simple enough for younger kids to follow and identify with Harry and his struggles. But the realm of fantasy is intriguing enough for adults to want to know more.

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review by . January 07, 2010
Late to the party--again? I didn't read and review The Da Vinci Code until everyone else in the world already had, and I know I'm late to the Potter party as well--even in my own house. I'm the last to start reading the series (after my wife and college-age children), and I have studiously avoided the movies, preferring to get my first impression from the original content.    Which is Rowling's howlingly successful series about young Harry Potter, a comically downtrodden (demonstrated …
review by . July 04, 2010
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review by . July 12, 2010
When I picked up the novel and read its title, I was puzzled. But upon reading it, I was thrilled to have discovered it (not hard since JK Rowling is most of the most recognizable names). I would recommend this book for people of all ages. The plot transcends any gender or age barriers. How can you say no to a battle between good versus evil?   The plot begins with the introduction of Harry Potter, the seemingly ordinary boy trapped in a miserable life and forced to obey his uncle and …
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
I had so much fun reading this book and think that it is wonderful how this entire series can bridge many ages/generations!
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2010
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review by . July 12, 2010
Looking back at the Sorcerer's Stone, there was SO MUCH planning that went into the series from the beginning. I honestly never thought I would fall in love with a book about witchcraft but I think it's more about just accepting people the way they are and having tolerance for differences. All of the Harry Potter books are good but I really do just love the first book.   This is a book where all age groups can like the movie. There's adventure, love, good themes, and anything …
review by . July 02, 2010
This book is the first one in the Harry Potter series, and in my opinion is one of the best. You first see Harry living with his Muggle (non-magical) aunt, uncle, and cousin who torment him to no end. They treat as an inferior person, making him sleep in a closet under the stairs. Harry notices that strange things have been happening about him; he then finds out that he is a wizard, and his whole life changes. The book introduces Harry's soon to be best friends, Ron and Hermione, as well as …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
ive read this book entirely too many times. i think its around 30 now. a very good start to what is in my honest opinion the best book series of all time. harry potter haters say what you want. but find a series more well written, with an everchanging cast of characters, and an equally changing magical world, coinciding with a normal world, and that has made as much money, and ill understand what your saying.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
One of the most perfect series-starters ever written; also works well if you never pursue the rest of the series. A lovely introduction to a world of mundane-plus-magic. The reader is instantly taken with Harry, learns with him, enjoys the excitement of it all. Worth re-reading!
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
This looks like the rpg games that we have, is interesting, it hooks you in, but at the end you realize that you just wasted your time.
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ISBN-10: 0439708184
ISBN-13: 978-0590353427
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Children's Books, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
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