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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1996)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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Harry Potter was a boy who lived with his aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. When he gets the mail, there is a letter for him, which his uncle reads and tears it up. The letters keep on coming until they get out of the house. In the middle of the night at an old shack on a stormy island, it turns to Harry's 11th birthday. Then a giant man breaks down the door. Harry's Uncle comes down with a gun, but the man breaks it. The man called himself 'Hagrid'. Hagrid told Harry, that he was a wizard, and a famous one. The next day they go shopping for the supplies Harry needs for the new school he is going to, Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry. While there Hagrid buys Harry an owl named Hedwig. Harry goes on a train that is on, 9 and three quarters. When he gets on the train he meets a red haired kid named Ronald Weasly(Ron). During the train ride, a blonde skinny kid by the name of Draco Malfoy talks to Harry. Malfoy tries to make friends with Harry by telling him about Ron's family, that are poor. Harry declines the friendship offer. Later they meet a girl named Hermoine Granger and a boy named Neville Longbottom who ask about a toad that went missing. After the trainride, Hagrid takes them all on boats so they can go to Hogwarts. When in the hallways of Hogwarts they meet a lady named Professor Mcgonical who takes them to the dining hall where they meet the sorting hat, a hat that decides which team you will be on, and Professor Dumbledor, the schools headmaster. The 4 teams are Gyrfindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Ron, Hermoine, Neville, Harry, and others get sorted into Gryfindor.
They meet Professor Snape, the potions master, as well as the Slytherin house leader. Harry and Ron instantly dont like him. Later they have Professor Mcgonicals class, transfiguration. She is also the house leader of Gryfindor. They meet Professer Quirll who is the Professor of the defense of Dark Arts, and a constant studder. on Halloween a Troll "sneaks" into the dungeon. Hermoine, crying in the girls bathroom because of Ron, almost gets killed by the Troll until Ron and Harry saver her. Hermoine is now friends with them for saving her. Later they find a three headed dog in a locked room, that was hiding a trapdoor. They suspect that Snape was trying to steal something from the trapdoor. They later figure out that the dog was guarding a stone called the sorcer stone, a stone that granted the user infinite life and infinite gold. near the end of the school year, they figure out that someone snuck into the trapdoor and go in after the guy. they go through multiple puzzles built by multiple Professors to get to the final room, with just Harry left. Harry goes through the final door to fin Professor Quill. Quill reveals that he was the one who wanted the stone. Quill takes off his hood to reveal another face on the back of his head. The face belonged to Voldemort, the most feared and powerful dark wizard of all time. Harry finds the stone and holds off Voldemort until he passes out. Harry wakes up in the hospital wing with his friends. A week later he gets out of the wing in tome for the House Cup. Ron, Hermoine, Harry, and Neville all give points to their house which wins the cup. They all go home to their familys. ( )
  ColinA.B4 | Mar 16, 2018 |
This is the first series of the Harry Potter mysteries. Harry has magical powers that he is unaware of, until a giant man named Hagrid from Hogwarts visits to deliver a letter of invite from Hogwarts. Harry was orphaned as a baby, when an evil wizard named Voldemort had killed his parents and tried killing Harry but left him a scar on his forehead. He was left to be taken care of by his Aunt and Uncle Dursley, until he was about eleven and he was now ready to attend school at Hogwarts. ( )
  varshabanerjee | Mar 16, 2018 |
Yep ( )
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
Awesome! ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
This first book in the much loved series by J.K Rolling is one of trials and tribulations. Harry for the first time in his life is learning the truth about almost everything all at once and there is an influx of knowledge. Harry spends everyday in the Dursley's home miserable, until one day he no longer has too. He learns the truth about how his parents died, and about who they really were, about who Harry is or is going to be. This book is great for more advanced readers. This book does have some dialect that can be more difficult to understand and follow. Once you read this first book, you have to read them all. The main message that this story give is that no matter where you come from you can do great things. This is conveyed through the key details within the text. This is a great series for all types of reader. ( )
  DanielleLubin | Mar 11, 2018 |
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One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is going to prove a classic of children's literature, but Rowling, whatever the aesthetic weaknesses of her work, is at least a millennial index to our popular culture. So huge an audience gives her importance akin to rock stars, movie idols, TV anchors, and successful politicians. Her prose style, heavy on cliche, makes no demands upon her readers. In an arbitrarily chosen single page--page 4--of the first Harry Potter book, I count seven cliches, all of the "stretch his legs" variety.

How to read"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? Why, very quickly, to begin with, perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do. is there any redeeming education use to Rowling? Is there any to Stephen King? Why read, if what you read will not enrich mind or spirit or personality? For all I know, the actual wizards and witches of Britain, or America, may provide an alternative culture for more people than is commonly realized.

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Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bar-Hilel, GiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Escorihuela, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraga, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fritz, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høverstad, Torstein BuggeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marienė, ZitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matsuoka, HirokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nic Mhaoláin, MáireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tóth, Tamás BoldizsárTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wilharm, SabineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things - terrible, yes, but great.
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Initially published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher'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 of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Novelist)
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.


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