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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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The Harry Potter Series has always been my favorite books. One thing I liked about the first book are the characters. In the first book you are just getting introduced to the characters but you really learn to like them the more you read. For example, we first think that Hermione is just a know-it-all but later we come to find out that she is really kindhearted and nice. Another reason I liked this book is because it is thrilling and keeps the reader interested. For example, the three headed giant dog that they all encounter on the third floor corridor had me reading to find out why it was there. Overall, I think the big message of this book is that bravery and friendship can get you through almost anything.
  rjayne2 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Summary: Harry Potter is, more or less, an ordinary boy, until his eleventh birthday, when a giant arrives in the midst of a thunderstorm to inform Harry that he is a wizard. But not only is Harry Potter a wizard, he is a famous wizard, whose name is known throughout the secret wizarding community for vanquishing the most evil wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort, when he was a baby. So Harry goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn magic. He has a number of excellent adventures, and stumbles upon a plot to steal the Sorcerer's Stone, an object that has the power to give eternal life and unlimited amounts of gold. He and his friends, Ron and Hermione, manage to stop their teacher, who is working for the (defeated but not dead) Voldemort, from stealing the Stone, and Harry returns to his aunt and uncle's house to while away the summer until next school year.

Review: This is the first book in a series that will probably define my generation. It is a fantastic story, unlike anything that there ever was before. Though it can be treated as an escape from real life, there are also valuable lessons to be learned from this book, if the reader digs deeper, such as: your home is where you are happiest. Harry's home is not the house where he was raised by his aunt and uncle; it is his school, where lives his true family of friends and teachers who care for him more deeply than his relatives. All in all, a wonderful, marvelous book that I recommend to anyone and everyone.

Central Idea of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Love is one of the most powerful forces in the world. ( )
  jlampr1 | Sep 16, 2014 |
There is really no way to do this book justice. I felt years younger in spirit just from reading it. This is all.


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  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
What can I say? Harry is great. Rowling does such an excellent job creating this alternate world, full of so much detail that the reader's imagination has no limits. This is akin to the Star Wars universe. So many opportunities to use this book with students.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 13, 2014 |
The book that led me through life, there will never be one so flawless again. ( )
  writercity | Aug 13, 2014 |
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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
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary 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.
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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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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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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