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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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harry finds that he is a powerful wizard that had survived a blast from a dark wizard. With his parents dead harry has to live with his aunt and uncle. ( )
  gerbillover | Mar 27, 2015 |
The Harry Potter book are a phenomena for a reason, they are just that good. Rowling has created a character in Potter than any child across the world can relate to and stand for to see him come out on top in the end. Her portrayal of poor, young, neglected Harry is what entices a reader to first fall in love with the boy under the cupboard and everything after that is his climb to popularity of "the chosen one". Children connect to this because they feel dramatically wronged in life and that they deserve a star filled ending like HP.
Rowling fantastical description of Hogwarts is another element that draws a reader in. Her world building is so elaborate and full of fantasy that every reader hopes and wishes to be a witch or wizard in Hogwarts. There's a reason many 11 year old sit by their mailbox on their birthday waiting for a letter to arrive.
A great book and series to start kids on reading or maybe get a "book hater" to turn around. ( )
  crieder95 | Mar 26, 2015 |
Summary: A boy is orphaned when he was an infant due to, what he believed to be, a car accident. He was raised by his aunt and uncle who treated him very poorly, which led to him feeling alone and like an outsider. On his 11th birthday he received a letter accepting him into Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. It turns out his parents were magical and his aunt and uncle, who disapproved of magic, tried to hide this from him so he would be "normal". Once Harry finally makes it to Hogwarts, he is in awe of the magical world and finds that this is where he belongs. He quickly finds new friends and enemies in this new world. His new life is full of exciting and dangerous adventures as he defends the magical world from Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard responsible for the death of his parents.

Reflection: This is a very good book filled with action, excitement, and suspense. There are many twists and turns in the book and series that are sure to grab the readers attention. It is very easy to lose yourself in this book. It is very entertaining.

Extensions: There are many things you could do as a classroom extension with this book. One thing you could do is have the students write a story about their favorite part of the magical world. Another extension you could do would be to turn your classroom into the wizarding world and have everyone act as a witch or wizard.
  mikefletch | Mar 25, 2015 |
This book followed the adventures of Harry Potter, a teenage wizard who was taken away from his home and goes to a school for witchcraft and wizardry. He gets caught up in a series of events as he develops his magic.
Personal Reaction
I personally enjoyed reading this book. It was one that my cousin—who read this series many times over recommended to me. It was something I didn’t think I’d like it, but I thought that it was a good series.
Extension Ideas:
1) In class I can break my students up into different Hogwarts houses and arrange a point system so that they can earn points throughout the school year for good behavior.
2) In class I can have the children write a journal prompt based on their favorite character and why that specific character is their favorite.
  GSoto95 | Mar 25, 2015 |
Lindsey Johnson

Book # 2


Book Summary: Harry Potter stayed at the Dursley’s house all summer. Harry didn’t hear from his friends all summer until Ron and his brothers show up one night in a flying car and take him to the Weasley’s house. When Harry started his second year at Hogwarts people around campus start being found, frozen. They hear a story about a chamber of secrets with a beast that only the heir of Slytherin can unleash. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go about trying to find a way to stop this. Harry ends up down in the chamber of secrets and has to face the heir of Slytherin.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book, it had great suspense. I think the children will really like reading it.

Extension Activities:
1. Write a story about Hagrid while he is in Azkaban.
2. Draw a picture of the snake that is in the chamber of secrets.
  LindseyJohnson | Mar 24, 2015 |
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On the whole, ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. J. K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.
The light-hearted caper travels through the territory owned by the late Roald Dahl, especially in the treatment of the bad guys — they are uniformly as unshadedly awful as possible —but the tone is a great deal more affectionate. A charming and readable romp with a most sympathetic hero and filled with delightful magic details.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vierikko, VesaNarratorsecondary 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.
The change to 'Sorcerer' is in the US title.
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Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize. 

(Charles Duff Review below)

What else can you say about Harry Potter....phenomena...landmark...revolutionary...historic.  Whether its read to young children or children read it themselves.  Harry Potter is removed from the torment of his Aunt and Uncle and attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  It's almost an automatic choice for independent reading.  English teachers could use this, since so many read it, to offer up blogging opportunities for sharing thoughts and opinions on the text.  Here is a link for teachers on some teaching resources for the Harry Potter series: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/teac...
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher

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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.

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