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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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Hello old friend

  • Jun 8, 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 the first three books, and summer heralded the arrival of the fourth. Harry Potter made me turn from tomboy to bookworm, and my search for similar books led me to the computer world; now I was a computer geek as well. Harry Potter seems to have nerd-ified me; but its a metamorphosis that I am grateful for.

A fourth grader when I picked up those books (even if I didn’t read them), I was a high school senior by the time the seventh book came out. The Potter books watched my grow up alongside Harry – from waiting for my Hogwarts letter to going to my own version of the Yule Ball.
My mom often wondered why I hung on to those seven books, and I don’t know what to say. How can you explain when something so distant has affected almost every powerful memory of your adolescence? How do show how much your life has changed because of a book? And for me, the toughest question of all: What do you do when it ends? A year after the last book, I went to college. Within two, I'd forgotten about how much my life revolved around a black-haired boy with emerald green eyes. Within a decade, that boy will recede into a vague memory of happiness.
But some part of me, wherever I land, will always be a Potter fan.

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review by . November 09, 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 …
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 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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